OccupyForum presents . . . The Original Free Speech Movement: “Berkeley in the Sixties”

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, October 2nd, 2017 from 6:45 – 9 pm at the Black and Brown Social Club

474 Valencia between 15th and 16th Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion, & community! Monday Night Forum!!

OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

The Original Free Speech Movement:

“Berkeley in the Sixties”

Lately, when we hear U.C. Berkeley’s hosting extremists from the far right (white nationalists, racists, etc.) billed as “Free Speech Week”, we could just cry with frustration and outrage, and also laugh out loud at the scathing irony and sheer Orwellian chutzpah. It’s time to re-acquaint ourselves with the original Free Speech Movement of the ‘60s, and OccupyForum will do so through watching and discussing the film “Berkeley in the Sixties.”

Berkeley is considered the birthplace of the original Free Speech Movement, a massive, long-lasting, student-led protest against campus restrictions on political speech. Students first aimed to support the struggle for civil rights and later opposed the Vietnam War. In 1964, the Berkeley campus became the seedbed of the nascent antiwar movement when student demonstrations culminated in the mass arrest of hundreds of protesters. Under the leadership of Mario Savio, Jack Weinberg, Michael Rossman, Jackie Goldberg and others, and the participation of thousands of students, the Free Speech Movement was the first mass civil disobedience on a college campus in the U.S. Students demanded the administration lift the ban on on-campus political activities, and acknowledge students’ right to free speech and academic freedom. Spanning the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-Vietnam War Movement, it had far-reaching influence on the political views and values of generations of college students, college administrations, and the general public of the U.S.

OccupyForum will screen “Berkeley in the Sixties” by Mark Kitchell, and discuss the Free Speech Movement in light of the recent co-opting of the name by the extreme right.


Time will be allotted for discussion and announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

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