5,000-10,000 demonstrators (The accounts vary) gathered at a Berkeley anti war rally on Saturday, October 15, 1965. It marked the beginning of a week of protests across the country. The crowd attempted to march from Berkeley through Oakland to the Oakland army base, but they were turned back by 300 Oakland policemen.The rally was sponsored by the Vietnam Day Committee. Their stated goal was to tell the soldiers stationed at the base that they would be violating international law if they fought in Vietnam.

Governor Edmund Brown (Jerry Brown’s father) said of the protest “It gives aid and comfort to Hanoi.”

The following day saw more anti war rallies, mostly on college campuses. There was also march on Fifth Avenue in New York that drew 10,000 protesters as well as a large number of hecklers and counter protesters.