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FSM 50th Reunion & Celebration
September 26-October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014 Noon Rally in Sproul Plaza broadcast & streamed on KPFA 94.1
 Dolores Huerta, Bettina Aptheker, Jackie Goldberg, Jack Weinberg, Lynne Hollander Savio, speakers

We urge you to wear something yellow in solidarity with the students of Hong Kong

October 1 is Free Speech Day in California


FSM Archives Letter to Chancellor Dirks


Edward Snowden, October 1, 2014

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today, as we recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement.

Berkeley's unparalleled traditions of student activism and community engagement have been both a challenge and in inspiration to human rights movements worldwide. They compel us to imagine the world that we want to live in and to stand up for it -- and they show us that with vision and persistence, we can change the world. I am honored to join with you today to celebrate that tradition.

The threats to free expression in the United States and around the world today are vast and complex. In order to better understand and combat these new threats, we must look back on the great victories of the Free Speech Movement and its part in the people's movements that created checks on government power at that time.

Many of these checks, unfortunately, have now been almost completely eroded. The extraordinary mass surveillance and censorship capabilities and unprecedented government secrecy require us, once again, to take urgent action to preserve our free societies.

This is the challenge of our generation.

While new technologies have introduced extraordinary opportunities for free expression and communication around the globe, governments have, in secret, worked against these forces to reengineer these new capabilities as tools of mass surveillance and oppression.

Surveillance, without regard to the rule of law or our basic human dignity, creates societies that fear free expression and dissent, the very values that have made America strong. When we know we're being watched, we impose restraints on our behavior - even clearly innocent activities -- just as surely as if we were ordered to do so.

On this campus in 1964, Mario Savio said, "There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part." Over the past fifteen months, people around the world have spoken out and continue to stand up against the forces of censorship and surveillance. Together, we will restore the public's seat at the table of government.

And Don't Forget:

This month marks 50 years since the Free Speech Movement launched at UC Berkeley. The legacy of activism that was sparked by these young students still burns brightly today – from making college more affordable and preventing widening income inequality to expanding public health programs and encouraging global cooperation, my constituents work every day to build a better world. What an inspiration!

Congresswoman Barbara Lee



The Essential Mario Savio
Freedom's Orator
by Robert Cohen
Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power
by Seth Rosenfeld

December 3, 1964: Jim Jumblatt photo
©FSM Archives
Occupied Sproul Hall. F S M signs by Peter Wiesner

November 20, 1964: March to Regents' Meeting
L to R: Mona Hutchin, Ron Anastasi, ... John Leggett, John Searle, Michael Rossman, Jack Weinberg, Sallie Shawl, Mario Savio, Ken Cloke.
Bob Johnson photo ©FSM Archives All rights reserved
October 1, 1964:
Jackie Goldberg speaks atop police car
by Ron Enfield © Ronald L. Enfield.


What Happened during the FSM
Short Histories
Short photo history
Books, poetry, fiction, other
Journalism1964 to the present 2600+ articles
Film & Video
Audio & Music listen!
Internal Organization of the FSM
FSM Work Ethic
The FSM and Farm Workers

1964-65 Original Documents from students, faculty, administration
FSM Archives Scans "The Archives"
Bancroft Library Transcriptions
Faculty Hub

What Happened Before the FSM
Prior Student Movements
What led to the FSM?
SLATE Archives website
SLATE and Due Process
Civil Rights Movement

What Happened After the FSM
What followed from the FSM
The End of the FSM
The Trials
Graduate Coordinating Committee (brief history)
Obscenity aka "Filthy Speech Movement"
Free Student Union
Free University Berkeley
FSM Arrestees denied CA Teaching Credentials, appeal, prevail
Vietnam Day Committee
Education Reform

FSM Participants

 The Arrestees List
 In Memoriam
 Participant organizations
  Participant Studies
 Women in the FSM
  Mario Savio

FSM Archives, the Organization
 The Nonprofit
 Recent Activities

 2014 Schedule
 Registration Form
 Visit Berkeley

FSM Additional Topics
●  Free Speech Day in California
 Steve Silberstein Gift
 Savio Steps
 Mario Savio Speakers' Corner
1991 Mark Brest van Kempe Monument
"Berkeley Big People" Statue
FSM Websites

UCB Resources
UCB FSM Portal
UCB Summer Reading
Mario Savio Memorial Lecture
Bancroft Library Transcriptions
Poster Contest
On The Same Page Freedom's Orator
Pacific Film Archive FSM series
Berkeley Student COOP
Art, Tech, & Activism on the FSM 50th
UC Berkeley History Social Science Project


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