May 25, 2016: 50th anniversary of “Napalm Ladies” arrest and trial — San Jose, California

Napalm was first used by the United States in World War II. It was created by the Dow Chemical Company, the same American company that makes household products. It was used in the firebombing on Dresden. 1800 tons was dropped on Tokyo over two days in 1945 “asphyxiating and incinerating over 140,000 people” and it was then used on 59 other Japanese cities.

This was against international law.

600,000 tons of napalm was dropped on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

The Kellogg Briand Treaty of 1928, the Washington Treaty of 1922, and the Nuremberg Principle 4 were violated.

Video about the 4 women who blocked a forklift loading napalm bombs at the port of Alviso, California (near San Jose):

From San Jose Peace and Justice Center (

Join us on the 50th anniversary of the anti-Vietnam Way action by four South Bay women: Aileen Hutchinson, Beverly Farquharson, Joyce McLean, and Lisa Kalvelage.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

South Bay Yacht Club

1491 Hope St.,

Alviso, CA 95002

Their arrest and five-day trial exposed the horrors of the war. Newspaper headlines dubbed them “The Napalm Ladies.” Lisa’s powerful statement at the trial was put to music by Pete Seeger. We’ll gather at the site of their action for remembrances by family members, videos, song, and refreshments.

Gathering at 6 pm for refreshments

Program begins at 7 pm.

Please RSVP to 1-408-297-2299.

Sponsored by San Jose Peace and Justice Center, San Jose branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and other local organizations.

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