40 Years Later: Kent State Truth Tribunal To Examine 1970 Killings at Protest Over Bombing of Cambodia

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40 Years Later: Kent State Truth Tribunal To Examine 1970 Killings at Protest Over Bombing of Cambodia

Family Members of Victims Seek Full Accounting for Events that Triggered National Outrage; Call for Healing and “Restorative Justice”

KENT, Ohio - On May
4, 1970 the Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed students
protesting America’s bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. In a
day that changed America, four students were killed and nine were wounded
as they protested against the war. The incident triggered national outrage in a
country already divided. In response to the Kent State Shootings, more than four
million students rose up in dissent across 900 campuses, generating the only
nationwide student protest in U.S. history. Fearing civil unrest, President
Nixon was taken to Camp David for his protection.

The Ohio National Guard has never
publicized the findings of its investigation of command responsibility for the
shootings. And importantly, there has never been a public inquiry to hear,
record and preserve the stories of those directly impacted by Kent State.

Forty years later, family
members of those killed have initiated the Kent State Truth Tribunal to
preserve and honor the stories of those whose lives have been touched by this
tragedy. The Truth Tribunal will generate the only comprehensive
historical record and live archive of the Kent State massacre. The tribunal
will take place for four consecutive days, mirroring the events of 1970, and
held at Franklin
Square Deli Building, corner of Water & Main Streets, 110 S. Water Street,
in downtown Kent, Ohio on May 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2010. Organizers are asking for
all who were original participants and witnesses of the 1970 Kent State to
pre-register at www.TruthTribunal.org

“The Kent State
shootings have never been thoroughly examined,” said Laurel Krause who
was 15 years old when her older sister Alison was cut down by a
Guardsman’s bullet. “We hope the Kent State Truth Tribunal
will shed light on the truth of the murders that transpired on May 4, 1970. We
have not set out in pursuit of punitive justice, but rather the restorative
justice that comes from collective, historical inquiry and healing,” she
added.

Organizers are reaching out to
participants and witnesses to the events of May 4th 1970 and others
who were present on campus and in the community including protesters, Ohio
National Guardsmen, Ohio State officials, local residents, students, family
members and others who were affected by the shootings.

Among the confirmed participants will be

·        
Doris Krause – Mother of slain student
protester Alison Krause

·        
Dean H. Kahler – wounded on May
4, 1970

·        
Thomas Grace – wounded on
May 4, 1970

·        
 Marc Siegel – KSU student
witness of May 4, 1970

·        
 Sue Corbin – KSU student
witness of May 4, 1970

·        
 Emily Petrou – Kent
resident and witness of May 4, 1970

·        
 Barbara Agte – Instructor at
KSU and witness of May 4, 1970

·        
Avery S. Friedman, nationally-known civil rights
lawyer and law professor who was a monitor on campus in the immediate aftermath
of the killings

The personal narratives of original 1970
Kent State witnesses and participants will be beamed via integrated, new and
social media technologies to broadcast live over the first four days of May
2010 and will be available on the Internet at the Truth Tribunal website where
it will continue to grow (http://TruthTribunal.org).

The Library of Congress has expressed interest in the
recorded masters of the Kent State Truth Tribunal event on May 1, 2, 3 & 4
for inclusion in the American Folk life Center. It is America's first national
archive of traditional life, and one of the oldest and largest of such
repositories in the world.

With 18 days away until the event organizers report a
groundswell of interest reflected by more than 500 face book fans in its first
week, an upswing in registrations from original participants and an endorsement
from Michael Moore who has offered free advertising and other support to the
Truth Tribunal.

For More Information, visit: http://www.truthtribunal.org

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