Albert Einstein and Joan Baez: 2 Amazing Pacifists

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Einstein and Baez Everyone has their own points of views of war. Famous examples are Albert Einstein and Joan Baez. Their reasoning for their views holds strong points, and they have influenced the way some people think of war. “Early in her career, Joan Baez committed herself to the causes of people and non-violence (Grimbly, 28).” Baez was not only an anti-war activist, but she was also a folk singer. She gladly put her career aside to protest war. Although she protested in non-violent ways, she would find herself getting arrested. She’d write about it, saying she was arrested for interrupting peace when she was trying to interrupt war. “All through 1968 and 1969, the anti-war movement grew. By the end of 1969, 34,000 men had refused induction (Hedda 74).” Baez’s actions in protests had influenced the lives of many. By telling people about war, she talked some out of joining the army, not individually, but as groups. Taking her career to an advantage, Baez sang about war and held anti-war concerts, where she would sing about war. “The antiwar movement continued to gain momentum (Hedda 75).” Baez was very much visible in civil-rights marches, becoming even more vocal about her disagreement about the war in Vietnam. In 1964, she decided to resist paying taxes by keeping sixty percent of her income taxes in 1963. Baez also founded the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence (along with her mentor, Sandperl) and encouraged draft resistance at her concerts in 1964. Baez was arrested twice in 1967 for blocking the entrance of the Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California and spent more than a month in prison. “We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war (Einstein 203).” Einstein stated his

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