The Los Angeles Resistance collection is comprised of papers, correspondence, writings, legal records, newsletters, news clippings,
datebooks, prints, photographs, digital still and moving images, audiotapes, and ephemera chronicling the non-violent anti-draft
activities of the Los Angeles chapter of the Resistance.
The Resistance was an organization dedicated to non-violent non-cooperation with the federal Selective Service System, the
federal government agency which administered the Vietnam War draft. The first Resistance chapter was founded in Palo Alto
by David Harris, a former Stanford University Student Body President, in 1967. The Los Angeles Resistance was founded in Westwood
in 1967 by Donald “Don” Kalish, the former Chair of the UCLA Philosophy Department. It was part of a national network of local
Resistance chapters which coordinated their efforts to stop the draft.
From 1967 to 1968, the L.A. Resistance regularly held peaceful protests outside of the downtown Los Angeles Selective Service
office, where busloads of young men were taken for induction into the armed services. Members of the L.A. Resistance worked
with the national Resistance network to organize four national draft card turn-in events. After many resisters were imprisoned
for refusing induction, various national Resistance groups worked together to form the Resistance Prison Project, in order
to aid and advocate for those imprisoned for non-compliance.
This collection chronicles the activities of L.A. Resistance and the anti-war organizations they collaborated with such as:
the Orange Grove Friends (Quaker) Sanctuary, (Quaker) Friends of the Resistance, Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam,
Peace Action Council of Southern California, San Francisco Resistance, Palo Alto Resistance, Alpha House Resistance Commune,
Westside Committee of Concern on Vietnam, the Quaker Action Group, Committee for Draft Resistance, and the War Resisters League
of Southern California.
3.336 cubic feet (8 boxes)
This collection is open for research on an appointment basis. Video and audio footage created by Neil Reichline, Norman Witty,
and Charles Domokos are restricted.