Sixties Activist and Author Timothy Fitzgerald Reflects on the Anniversary of the Nixon Doctrine on the Vietnam War

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As a qualified historian, Timothy Fitzgerald authored "The Wawona Brotherhood: The San Jose State Campus Revolt" in which he chronicles his experiences at San Jose State University during the turbulent 1960s through the early 1970s. As a campus leader, Fitzgerald was a widely recognized authority in the 1960s at San Jose State. Fitzgerald reflects on the anniversary of the Nixon Doctrine on the Vietnam War. Students across the nation were outraged by the Nixon Doctrine, because it failed to bring American troops home immediately. On July 25, 1969, President Richard Nixon established the Nixon Doctrine under which American troops in Vietnam would slowly be replaced by South Vietnamese troops. According to the doctrine, South Vietnamese allies in the Vietnam War would be responsible for handling their own military defense. President Nixon later made his sole visit to Vietnam on July 30, 1969.

"Students across the nation were outraged by the Nixon Doctrine, because it failed to bring American troops home immediately," said sixties activist Timothy Fitzgerald. "We fought back by participating in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam."

As a qualified historian, Fitzgerald authored "The Wawona Brotherhood: The San Jose State Campus Revolt" in which he chronicles his experiences at San Jose State University during the turbulent 1960s through the early 1970s. In his eight-year quest to obtain his bachelor's degree, Mr. Fitzgerald battled mental illness and poverty. As a campus leader, Fitzgerald was a widely recognized authority in the 1960s at San Jose State.

On July 25, 1969, President Richard Nixon established the Nixon Doctrine under which American troops in Vietnam would slowly be replaced by South Vietnamese troops. According to the doctrine, South Vietnamese allies in the Vietnam War would be responsible for handling their own military defense. President Nixon later made his sole visit to Vietnam on July 30, 1969.

At the time, Timothy Fitzgerald (http://www.timfitzgerald.org) was a 23 years old student leader at San Jose State University. Forty-one years later, Mr. Fitzgerald reflects on the impact of the Nixon Doctrine on the Vietnam War.

"Students across the nation were outraged by the Nixon Doctrine, because it failed to bring American troops home immediately," said author and sixties activist Timothy Fitzgerald. "We fought back by participating in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, which was the first nationwide protest against the Vietnam War under the Nixon administration. I am proud that I along with millions of other Americans across our nation participated."

"President Nixon was clearly out of touch with the mood of the youth of American along with other anti-war activists during the Vietnam War," continued Timothy Fitzgerald. "The history of student activism made a tremendous difference in the anti-war efforts."

In 1969, Mr. Fitzgerald led the winning campaign that made history in the state of California by mobilizing the San Jose State campus to elect the first African-American campus student body president in the state university system. In addition, he was instrumental in desegregating off-campus student housing in San Jose. Furthermore, Mr. Fitzgerald collaborated with establishment campus figures to create a new governing system on the San Jose State campus.

Mr. Fitzgerald has been a community activist in San Jose for over thirty years. He ran for San Jose City Council in the 1980s; and in the 1990s, he ran for State Assembly. Mr. Fitzgerald is the former Vice Chairman of the Disability Advisory Commission in San Jose. And he is a former Green Party state leader.

At the age of 64, Timothy Fitzgerald currently is enrolled in the over-60 program at San Jose State University as a post-graduate student; and is now completing his third master's degree. He is on track to be awarded this degree in fall 2010.

Mr. Fitzgerald has been a guest on American Voice Radio Network's New World Order Disorder, LA Talk Radio's Bipolar Nation, San Francisco radio station KPOO's Community Worker, San Jose radio station KKUP's Silicon Valli Voice and has appeared on San Jose radio station KBAY and Mammoth Lakes radio station KMMT. He also has been interviewed by the San Jose State Spartan Daily along with the Mammoth Times and Los Gatos Times Weekly.

For more information about author and community activist Timothy Fitzgerald, visit his Web site http://www.timfitzgerald.org. For interviews, e-mail timothyfitzgerald97 (at) yahoo (dot) com or call 408.726.9940.

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