Over nine hundred men, mostly clergy, sent their draft cards
via Chaplain Coffin to affirm that, with draft immunity as clergy, we were opposed to a war that was illegal, immoral, and very unwise.
d The Supreme Court ruled that burning a draft card
was protected by the First Amendment.
In World War II he was also listed as having a "dark" complexion on his military draft card
, but in this case, the term "dark" was part of a hierarchical list of categories that ranged from "Sallow" to "Light, "Ruddy," "Dark," "Freckled," "Light Brown," "Dark Brown," and finally "Black.
When Tom Cornell informed his draft board that he lacked a draft card
, he did so not out of a sense of civic duty or because he desired to follow the letter of the law.
Guarino explains instead he waited at home for his draft card
to come in and worked in the neighborhood bank as a teller "I finally got the call, and I failed the physical.
In counterpoint, there are the student leaders and followers as the events of the 1960s unfolded: draft card
burning, sit-ins, demonstrations, general strikes, and riots.
19) A young man bums his draft card
,(20) defaces the American flag,(21) or bums it.
When a member of the Anarchist Caucus (in the '60s, even a predominantly right-wing organization could support an anarchist faction) denounced the war as an imperialist adventure and burned his draft card
, all hell broke loose.
The draft-card burner could express his position as often he wanted, as long as he did not use his draft card
to do it.
I got my draft card
and voting card at about the same time.
The Court first identified two decisions involving "symbolic conduct," the draft card
burning case, United States v.
7) O'Brien, which upheld a conviction for draft card
burning, applied quite minimal scrutiny in light of the government's asserted speech neutral interest in efficiently administering the draft--an interest which Professor John Ely has aptly described as "plausible but little more.
Political miscreants in the United States are charged with destroying government property in the form of a draft card
, withholding someone's private property in the form of a slave or smuggling aliens in the form of desperate Guatemalan peasants.
I tucked my draft card
in behind my driver's license and stared at my wallet morosely--folding it slowly, as if it were a damaged wing.