Jerry Elmer, a Vietnam-era draft resister and a national leader in the peace movement, will present “Nonviolent Civil Disobedience: Lessons from a Draft Resister,” on Tuesday, April 9, as part of the Niagara University Vincentian Center for Justice Social Justice Speaker Series. The talk, which is co-sponsored by NU's PeaceAction NY and the Peace and Justice Studies Association, will center on Elmer’s efforts to promote peace, justice, and protection of the environment. It takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Bailo Hall Room 201 and will also be broadcast via zoom at:

Elmer is the only convicted felon to graduate with Harvard Law School’s class of 1990. He was involved in the public, nonviolent destruction of draft files at 14 draft boards in three cities, including Boston, Mass., Providence, R.I., and Rochester, N.Y. He described these raids in detail in his 2005 memoir, “Felon For Peace: The Memoir of a Vietnam-Era Draft Resister.”

Elmer’s newest book, “Conscription, Conscientious Objection, and Draft Resistance in American History,” is a definitive history of conscription in America and the first book to consider the entire temporal sweep of conscription from pre-Revolutionary War colonial militia drafts through the end of the Vietnam era.