This Day in History

Dec. 20, 1990: Dr. Yolanda Huet-Vaughn Refused Service in First Gulf War

Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

The issue was not whether I belonged in the military but whether the military belonged in the Middle East waging war. I did not want to focus on the personal decision. I was trying to focus on the decision for which each and every American would have to be responsible

Dr Yolanda Huet-Vaughn

Dr Yolanda Huet-Vaughn.

On Dec. 20, 1990, Kansas reservist Dr Yolanda Huet-Vaughn refused orders to serve in the first Gulf War (Desert Storm) and was later sentenced to prison.

Learn more from this interview, ‘From Kansas City to Ireland: A Response to the So-Called Transfer of Power in Iraq’on Democracy Now!  

See a clip of Rosario Dawson reading a statement by Huet-Vaughn for Voices of a People’s History of the United States. 

Yolanda Huet-Vaughn – Refuses to fight in Iraq during the first Gulf War from Plowshares Media on Vimeo.