Peace movement icon endorses Lisa McCormick for governor

Rose Kasmir, shown here during the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington DC with the iconic photo taken of her at the 1967 Pentagon protest, has endorsed Democrat Lisa McCormick for New Jersey governor.

Rose Kasmir, whose bravery confronting American soldiers during a 1967 Pentagon protest against the war in Vietnam became a world-wide symbol of the flower power movement, says New Jersey voters should elect Lisa McCormick for governor.

Kasmir said Lisa McCormick will be a governor for the people, whose courage should be inspiring and whose agenda for revolutionary action will restore dignity and integrity to government.

-“Our generation ended a war, liberated women, protected the environment, advanced civil rights with jobs and justice,” said Kasmir. “Today, we are a bunch of senior citizens hoping the Republicans do not hijack Social Security and Medicare, watching our children and grandchildren struggle with a rigged economy and political system while democracy itself is on the chopping block with billionaires buying elections from the White House to New Jersey’s governor’s mansion.”

“I was the girl confronting American soldiers outside the Pentagon in the 1967 picture that became a world-wide symbol of the flower power movement. I’m writing to say why New Jersey voters should elect LisaMcCormick for governor,” said Jan Rose Kasmir, in an email to New Jersey voters. “Lisa McCormick will be a governor for the people, whose courage is inspiring. Her agenda for revolutionary action will restore dignity & integrity to government.”

“Today, the Hippies & flower children are senior citizens hoping the Republicans do not hijack Social Security or Medicare, watching our children struggle with a rigged economic/political system while democracy itself is on the auction block,” said Kasmir. ”Our 1960s idealism was not meant to let billionaires buy the White House or New Jersey’s governor’s mansion. But we are not powerless.”

“Bayonets did not cut through my chrysanthemum and one man stopped tanks in Tiananmen Square,” said Kasmir. “You have power to vote for Lisa McCormick. You also have a voice to tell everyone not to elect a greedy Wall Street billionaire who profits off war, cheats workers & exploits retirees!”

Lisa McCormick has a plan that will cut property taxes in half, improve the quality of education, restore safety & justice plus derail the forces that have made things so bad for so many people in New Jersey,” said Kasmir. “As the only woman among ten Democratic candidates running for governorLisa is recruiting challengers to stand up to crooked political insiders supporting the Wall Street billionaire. New Jersey needs a political revolution. It is up to you make it successful.”

The Ultimate Confrontation: The Flower and the Bayonet is a photograph of Jan Rose Kasmir, at that time a 17-year-old high-school student, photographed by Marc Riboud on 21 October 1967 while taking part with several thousand anti-war activists in the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam’s March on the Pentagon to protest U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Jan Rose Kasmir, at that time a 17-year-old high-school student, shown clasping a chrysanthemum and gazing at bayonet-wielding soldiers, was featured in a special edition of Look magazine and the photo became a symbol of the flower power movement that was republished world-wide.


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