1968 The Great Rehearsal
1968 The Great Rehearsal was a " Symposium and Week of Events on the Long ‘68 " held at the University of California, Berkeley September 17-25, 2008.
The revolutionary upheaval of 1968 was seen as a 'rehearsal' for the looming revolutionary events of the coming era.
American Indian Movement to the World Indigenous Movement, 1968 - Present
Intertribal Friendship House
1. Exhibit of AIM photographs and posters.
2. Flags and banners, Longest Walk, Sacred Sites, Len Foster, of AIM.
3. DVD John Trudell biopic: "Tattoo on my Heart." AIM at Wounded Knee, testimonies from vets.
4. Panel with guest speaker, Bill Means and a speaker for Peltier Committee
5. Discussion of the border fence and U.S. militarization and immigration; the merging of the Americas. Discussion about a socialism taking place across the Americas and is picking up currency with Indian participation as a labor force in these countries.
- Morning Star Gali, Intertribal Friendship House
- Tony Gonzales, American Indian Movement West
- Bill Means, American Indian Movement (AIM) andInternational Indian Treaty Council (IITC)
- Bill Simmons, IITC
- Jose Cuellar, musician, SFSU professor in Chicano Studies
- Mary Jean Robertson, American Indian Movement
40th Anniversary: San Francisco State Strike 1968-69
The student/faculty strike at S.F. State College in 1968-69 was a seminal event, ushering in ethnic studies in higher education, contributing energy and activists to dozens of San Francisco political movements and much more. Learn about it from original participants: Roger Alvarado, Margaret Leahy, John Levin, Nesbit Cruschfield.
Archives of Dissent
Free Speech Movement Café
- There are special problems facing those committed to documenting and preserving what has been called "history from below". Archives of Dissent will bring together librarians, curators, oral historians, conservators, publishers, booksellers, and others working to prevent the loss and erasure of radical voices, events and movements of both the past and the present.
- The Free Speech Café, itself a legacy of the ferment of the Sixties, is the ideal venue to host a debate and general discussion about the documenting and archiving of dissent and radical expression across a wide range of media – books, posters, photographs, film, newspapers, zines, audio and video, and the expanding online world.
"Archives of Dissent" is one of a week-long series of Bay Area events, under the rubric of "The Great Rehearsal" and the auspices of the Global Commons Foundation, commemorating the worldwide upheavals of 1968, their impacts and legacies. The series will also include a teach-in on the Berkeley campus, sponsored by Historians against the War.
- Julie Herrada, Labadie Collection Librarian, University of Michigan, and curator of a "1968" special exhibit. The Labadie Collection is an internationally renowned archive of social protest materials.
- Kalim Smith – UC Berkeley doctoral student in anthropology and folklore, researching the preservation of Native American languages threatened with extinction.
- Lincoln Cushing, independent librarian and Docs Populi archivist. A rolling montage of images of dissent from the 1960s, assembled by Lincoln Cushing for the event, will be projected between 6:00 and 6:30.
- Megan Shaw Prelinger & Rick Prelinger, co-founders of the Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly, image-rich, browsable research collection of 50,000 books, periodicals, printed ephemera and government documents, located south of Market St in San Francisco.
- Gillian Boal Hans Rausing Conservator Head of Conservation Treatment Division Preservation Department
Robert Hillary King
The Green Arcade
Book launch for his autobiography ‘From The Bottom Of The Heap: The Autobiography Of Black Panther Robert Hillary King’. Robert Hillary King is better known as one of the Angola 3, who served over 31 years in Louisiana’s ‘slave plantation’ at Angola, 29 of them in solitary confinement. He, together with his Angola 3 comrades, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, organized within the prison the first (and only) Black Panther Party chapter behind the walls.
National Teach-In on the Iraq War
University of California, Berkeley ) MCC-Heller Lounge- MLK Student Union
Organized by: Critical Response and Intervention for a Sustainable Ethnic Studies (CRISES), UC Berkeley, Historians against the War, and War Times/Tiempo de Guerras
UCB Co-Sponsors: Arab Student Union, Cross-cultural Student Development, Institute for the Study of Social Change, Students for Justice in Palestine, Visuality and Alternity Working Group, Xinaxtli de UCB.
- Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers: Secrets and Lies in the Vietnam War and the Iraq War, introduced by Daphne Taylor-García, Postdoctoral Fellow, Chicana/o Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Panel on Torture, Aggressive War & Presidential Power: The Constitutional Crisis
- Anne Weills, Civil Rights Attorney
- Dennis Cunningham, Civil Rights Attorney
- Tom Reifer, University of San Diego, Associate Fellow of Transnational Institute,
- John Hayakawa Torok, Critical Race Theorist, Ethnic Studies, UCB; UCSB
- Sami Kitmitto, Arab Resource and Organizing Center
- Paco Ignacio Taibo III, activist, writer: Mexico 1968 and after
- Andrej Grubacic, Global Commons: "humanitarian intervention" in the Balkans
- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Historians against the War
- Neda Atanasoski, Assistant Professor, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz
"A Time to Stir" Film clips and discussion with Director Paul Cronin ,The film is a work in progress that documents the Columbia student revolts of '68
- Eddie Yuen, Sociologist, Author, Associate Producer of "Against the Grain" KPFA Brown Bag Lunch
- Tom Hayden, Founder SDS, Author of Port Huron Statement, anti-Vietnam War leader
From the Vietnam War to the Iraq War
- Carlos Munoz, Vietnam Vet, Veterans for Peace, Professor, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
- Antonia Juhasz, Author, The Bu$h Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time; and The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry -- and What We Must Do To Stop It
- Forrest, Iraq Veterans Against the War
- Cleavon Gilman, UCB student, Iraq veteran
- Tom Hayden
- Roberto Hernandez, Ph.D. Candidate, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
Stopping U.S. wars of aggression.
- Immanuel Wallerstein, Senior Research Scholar, Yale University; Fernand Braudel Center
- Dunya Alwan, Iraqi American, Co-founder of Birthright Unplugged and International Women’s Peace Service
- Keiko Schnelle, Code Pink, UC Santa Cruz student
- Roberto Hernandez, CRISES, UC Berkeley
- Annie Fukushima, Ph.D. Candidate, Ethnic Studies/DEWGS, UC Berkeley
Questions, Comments, Discussion
- Max Elbaum, WarTimes
- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Historians against the War
- Roberto Hernandez, Ethnic Studies, UCB:
- Daphne Taylor-Garcia, Ethnic Studies, UCB; UCSB
- Dalida Maria Benfield, Ethnic Studies, UCB
- Rick Ayers, educator, UCB graduate student:
- Tom Reifer, University of San Diego Associate Fellow of the Transnational Institute: Consolecb@aol.com
- Carole Travis, community organizer
- Steve Tappis, Sixties activist in Chicago
1968: A Discussion On The Lessons and Vibrant Legacy Of The Year That Shook The World
Julia Morgan Center For The Arts
- Robert Hillary King – former Black Panther and Angola 3 political prisoner. Author of the new autobiography: ‘From The Bottom Of The Heap: The Autobiography Of Black Panther Robert Hillary King’
- Immanuel Wallerstein – distinguished sociologist, world-systems analyst, activist, and author of numerous works.
- Staughton Lynd – legendary historian, lawyer, and prisoner rights activist. The author and editor of over a dozen books, his latest publications on PM Press are ‘Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations On Anarchism, Marxism And Radical History’ (with Andrej Grubacic) and a new, revised, updated edition of his seminal ‘Labor Law For The Rank And Filer’ (with IWW organizer Daniel Gross).
- Andrej Grubacic – Balkans anarchist and activist. Grubacic is the author, most recently of ‘Wobblies & Zapatistas’ (with Staughton Lynd) and is the editor of the forthcoming ‘Staughton Lynd Reader’. He edits Z Magazine’s Balkan edition.
- Paco Ignacio Taibo II – Mexican writer and ‘68er, equally loved for his detective novels, and non-fiction work on the likes of Pancho Villa, Che, and the Mexican student uprisings of ’68. Future fiction and non-fiction in translation will be forthcoming in 2009 from PM Press.
- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz – Historian, feminist, activist, and author of numerous works of memoir, and Indigenous history.
"Wobblies and Zapatistas" Book Launch with Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic
City Lights Bookstore
A book launch for ‘Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations On Anarchism, Marxism, And Radical History’ by Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic. Moderated by Denis O’Hearn, the author of ‘Nothing but an Unfinished Song: Bobby Sands, the Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation’, and the introduction to ‘Wobblies & Zapatistas’.
Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement
Reading and Discussion with Dr. Carlos Muñoz
The Green Arcade
Dr. Carlos Munoz was the founding chair of the first Chicano Studies department in the nation in 1968 at the California State University at Los Angeles and the founding chair of the National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS). He is a pioneer in the creation of undergraduate and graduate curricula in the disciplines of Ethnic Studies. He is the author of numerous pioneering works on the Mexican American political experience and on African American and Latino political coalitions. His book, Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement won the Gustavus Myers Book Award for "outstanding scholarship in the study of human rights in the Untied States" and has become the classic study of the origins of the Movement. The 1st edition of the book underwent 12 printings and was a major resource for the PBS television series Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.
Global Africa: 1945 to Today
A discussion of African liberation movements and decolonialization from 1945 to present, of political problems of the post-independence period - coups, civil wars, struggles against oppressive regimes, economic problems of post-independence, of cultural renaissance, and of links to movements in diaspora. Immanuel Wallerstein, Will Grant and Walter Turner.
Real Cost of Prisons Comix
Book Launch with editor Lois Ahrens
The Green Arcade
“One out of every hundred adults in the U.S. is in prison. This book provides a crash course in what drives mass incarceration, the human and community costs, and how to stop the numbers from going even higher.” Through the comics, and associated campaigning, hundreds of thousands of prisoners, their allies, and activists, have had the grisly facts and consequences of mass incarceration and its devastating effects on communities, families and the poor, made accessible. Each comic includes alternatives to the costly and inhumane system we have now. More than 30 organizers in and out of prison write about how they use the comix in their work. Long-time activist and organizer, Lois Ahrens discusses the The Real Cost of Prisons Project and introductory essay by Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Craig Gilmore frames the comix within a political context.
Join the editor speaking about the book, and the wider project, together with the following activists who will talk on how they’ve used the comic books, and their work:
- Marlon Altan is a social studies teacher with 5 Keys Charter School. 5 Keys charter school is a high school that works out of the San Francisco County Jail.
- Amie Dowling is an Assistant Professor in the Performing Arts Dept at the University of San Francisco and through Community Works leads theater/writing workshops in the San Francisco jails.
- Debbie Reyes, Open Society Institute Fellow, Central Valley Coordinator California Prison Moratorium Project, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, Fresno, California.
- Karen Shain is Co-Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, a San Francisco-based 30-year-old prisoners' rights organization that advocates for the rights of incarcerated women, their families and communities.
- Mara Taub from Santa Fe, NM, is the coordinator/editor ‘Coalition for Prisoners' Rights Newsletter’. Since 1976, the Coalition for Prisoners' Rights has worked to gather and disseminate information and analysis for those imprisoned, formerly imprisoned and their allies. Their short, free, monthly ‘Newsletter’ features news from/for prisoners nationwide; offers a variety of resource lists; and emphasizes analysis of the U.S. punishment system.
Incarceration, Resistance, Costs And Consequences: A Discussion with Authors, Activists And Former Political Prisoners
First Congregational Church of Oakland
Co-sponsored with KPFA. A benefit for the Angola 3 Defense Fund.
A lively discussion on the rising costs, and consequences of incarceration. And of those that are resisting the Prison Industrial Complex.
- Robert Hillary King, author of the new autobiography ‘From The Bottom Of The Heap: The Autobiography Of Black Panther Robert Hillary King’ (PM Press). Robert Hillary King is better known as one of the Angola 3, who served over 31 years in Louisiana’s ‘slave plantation’ at Angola, 29 of them in solitary confinement. He, together with his Angola 3 comrades, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, organized within the prison the first (and only) Black Panther chapter behind the walls.
- Lois Ahrens, editor of the ‘Real Cost Of Prisons Comix’ (PM Press). Through the comics, and associated campaigning, hundreds of thousands of prisoners, their allies, and activists, have had the grisly facts and consequences of mass incarceration and its devastating effects on communities, families and the poor, made accessible. Each comic includes alternatives to the costly and inhumane system we have now.
- Victoria Law, author of ‘Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women’ (PM Press), and longtime prison activist. About the forthcoming book: In 1974, women imprisoned at New York's maximum-security prison at Bedford Hills staged what is known as the August Rebellion. Protesting the brutal beating of a fellow prisoner, the women fought off guards, holding seven of them hostage, and took over sections of the prison. While many have heard of the 1971 Attica prison uprising, the August Rebellion remains relatively unknown even in activist circles. ‘Resistance Behind Bars’ is determined to challenge and change such oversights. As it examines daily struggles against appalling prison conditions and injustices, ‘Resistance’ documents both collective organizing and individual resistance among women incarcerated in the U.S. Emphasizing women's agency in resisting the conditions of their confinement through forming peer education groups, clandestinely arranging ways for children to visit mothers in distant prisons and raising public awareness about their lives, ‘Resistance’ seeks to spark further discussion and research into the lives of incarcerated women and galvanize much-needed outside support for their struggles.
- Matt Meyer, editor of ‘Let Freedom Ring’ (PM Press/Kersplebedeb), and activist with Resistance In Brooklyn:
‘Let Freedom Ring’ presents a two-decade sweep of essays, analyses, histories, interviews, resolutions, People’s Tribunals verdicts and poems by and about the scores of U.S. political prisoners and the campaigns to safeguard their rights and to secure their freedom. Represented here are the radical movements that have most challenged the U.S. empire from within: Black Panthers and other Black liberation fighters (several still held after 30+ years), Puerto Rican independentistas, Indigenous sovereignty activists, Chicano/Mexicano freedom strugglers, white anti-imperialists, environmental and animal rights militants, and others. This invaluable resource guide details the diabolical methods--from isolation to sensory deprivation to parole denial--used to suppress these freedom fighters, as well as the creative--and sometimes winning--strategies to bring them home.
- Ashanti Alston, former Black Panther Party member, Black Liberation Army political prisoner, and longtime activist, and a contributor to ‘Let Freedom Ring.’
- Rita ‘Bo’ Brown, former member of the George Jackson Brigade, political prisoner, and longtime prisoner and queer activist, and a contributor to ‘Let Freedom Ring’