44 years after Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of unarmed Kent State students protesting the Vietnam War, killing four, wounding nine and galvanizing anti-war protests nationwide; four years after newly uncovered evidence refuted the longtime government claim the Guard's actions were prompted by a sniper but no command-to-fire; and two years after the Justice Department declined to reopen the case citing “insurmountable legal barriers" - a claim critics called "beyond ludicrous" - the Kent State Truth Tribunal will attend next week's UN Human Rights Committee session to seek justice for the victims of Kent State. They argue Kent State remains "a glaring example of government impunity....when lawful protest was pushed into the realm of massacre" - a chilling escalation, they say, increasingly likely today.
"Allison stood for peace and died for peace. May no other protestor in the U.S. ever have to pay the price she paid for her peaceful political dissent." - Laurel Krause, sister of 19-year-old Allison Krause, killed "by U.S. bullets" while protesting U.S. miltary violence.