People's Peace Treaty - 1971

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A propagandistic People's Peace Treaty was created by North Vietnam and communist sympathizers in the U.S. in 1970-71 in an attempt to promote a "people's" movement to end the war in Vietnam. The U.S. groups who actually helped to write the "treaty" included a group created with that name, the leftist-takenover National Student Association (NSA), and former leaders of the pro-Hano Vietnam Moratorium Committee (VMC).

The full history of this organization, with photos, can be found in the House Internal Security Committee (HISC) series of hearings entitled "National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC) and People's Coalition for Peace and Justice" (PCPJ), Part 1, May 18-21, 1971.

"A Joint Treaty of Peace Between the People of the United States, South Vietnam & North Vietnam" can be found in a shorten version on pp. 1631-1632 of the above cited hearing and was signed by the literally non-existent South Vietnam National Student Union, South Vietnam Liberation Student Union, North Vietnam Student Union, NSA, Saigon, Hanoi and Paris, December 1970.

A list of people whose name appeared in the New York Times, March 7, 1971, in an ad paid for by the "People's Peace Treaty" was published in the conservative weekly Human Events, March 27, 1971, p. 14, along with an article about this propaganda operation. Under the title of "The Backers of the 'Peoples' Peace Treaty'", Human Events published the following signers/supporters of the ad.

[KW update: Because the Human Events list was not adequate in terms of identifications, KW is reproducing the whole list of sponsors from the [{New York Times]] (NYT) ad by the People's Peace Treaty (PPT), May 7, 1971 with KW-added information for further information on some of the signers]:

Davis was mentioned in the House Internal Security Committee HISC "Subversive Involvement in the Origin, Leadership, and Activities of the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam and Its Predecessor Organizations", Staff Study, 1970, p. 3, as "president of Local 1199, Drug and Hospital Workers of America (DHWA), and who refused to tell a subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and Labor in 1948 whether he was a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA)."

Also see his identification source, cited below for more information about his close affiliations to CPUSA in the above cited New Mobe Staff Study, HISC, 1970.[1]

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  1. : Ftnt61, p. 32, House Internal Security Committee, (HISC), Staff Study - "Information on the CPUSA connection of Leon J. Davis may be found in convenient form in hearings on "Subversive Influences in Riots, Looting, and Burning, Part 4, Newark, NJ, House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA), 90th Congress, 2nd Session, April 24, 1962, p. 1917,