I Refuse to Kill: My Path to Nonviolent Action in the 1960s by Francesco Da Vinci

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At the risk of a 5-year prison term, Francesco Da Vinci struggles with his Virginia draft board to be recognized as a sincere conscientious objector to the Vietnam war.

While his CO case is on appeal, Da Vinci forms a peace group in San Diego called Nonviolent Action. The peace group becomes a national movement, and its campaign to help end the war reaches the halls of Congress with the help of Senator George McGovern.

For his stand as a CO and activist, Francesco becomes a target for hateful intolerance that spills over to his family and fiancée.

A special feature of Francesco’s memoir is the photography that supplements the text. The captivating images taken by the author document civil rights & peace marches and include portraits of individuals iconic to the 1960s.

You might ask, “Why now for a 60s memoir?”

The issues raised in I Refuse to Kill are today’s top issues-social justice, police brutality, government surveillance, persecution of nonviolent activists, and war versus the nonviolent resolution of conflict.

The contributions of conscientious objectors and ’60s activists have been largely omitted from our history or flagrantly distorted for political reasons. I Refuse to Kill sets the record straight.

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At the risk of a 5-year prison term, Francesco Da Vinci struggles with his Virginia draft board to be recognized as a sincere conscientious objector to the Vietnam war.

While his CO case is on appeal, Da Vinci forms a peace group in San Diego called Nonviolent Action. The peace group becomes a national movement, and its campaign to help end the war reaches the halls of Congress with the help of Senator George McGovern.

For his stand as a CO and activist, Francesco becomes a target for hateful intolerance that spills over to his family and fiancée.

A special feature of Francesco’s memoir is the photography that supplements the text. The captivating images taken by the author document civil rights & peace marches and include portraits of individuals iconic to the 1960s.

You might ask, “Why now for a 60s memoir?”

The issues raised in I Refuse to Kill are today’s top issues-social justice, police brutality, government surveillance, persecution of nonviolent activists, and war versus the nonviolent resolution of conflict.

The contributions of conscientious objectors and ’60s activists have been largely omitted from our history or flagrantly distorted for political reasons. I Refuse to Kill sets the record straight.

About the Author

Francesco Da Vinci is a journalist, nonviolent activist, public speaker, and documentary film producer. Previously, for more than 20 years, he was a celebrity portrait photographer with Getty Images. Publication of Francesco’s work include The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, and LIFE Magazine. Currently, Francesco lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is developing a documentary film based on I Refuse to Kill. The film will promote social justice, nonviolence, and altruism. Around his writing and film work, Francesco gives talks that pay tribute to conscientious objectors, past and present. Learn more at IRefuseToKill.com.
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