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Sat Oct 4, 2014, 12:31 PM


Celebrate Free Speech Movement 10/1/14 and 10/1/64


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Reply Celebrate Free Speech Movement 10/1/14 and 10/1/64 (Original post)
antiquie Oct 2014 OP
pinboy3niner Oct 2014 #1
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Response to antiquie (Original post)

Sat Oct 4, 2014, 12:38 PM

1. Interesting footnote about Berkeley FSM and "Don't trust anyone over 30" catchphrase

The background below, provided by an FSM participant, is an interesting footnote on the origin of the catchphrase. The link no longer works, but is provided for the record.

Credit where due. The phrasing "We don't trust anyone over thirty" came from Jack Weinberg, who was indeed among the leadership of the UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement. Jack was, in fact, the person arrested on Sproul Plaza for trespass on October 1, 1964, and the more or less spontaneous protest where we surrounded the police car in which he was held was the tipping-point event that led directly to all of the sit-ins and strike actions - and eventual victory - that followed.

The line was a throw-away intended as a dismissive to a reporter who was pestering Weinberg, trying to get him to confirm false rumors that the FSM was controlled by powerful Communists. The point was that the students were running things, young people, not a bunch of old men in the Kremlin, but an SF Chronicle reporter latched onto it and ran it as an attack on the American Establishment.

Other activists, including Jerry Rubin, Paul Krassner and Abbie Hoffman among many, in turn seized on it for just that purpose, using it repeatedly because it provoked such a virulent reaction by the Powerful. In that sense, I suppose, it could reasonably be called a "Yippie" catch-phrase.

Weinberg is, last I heard, still alive and still raising hell. Thanks be to him and to the new generation of "Robert Ericksons" for having the guts to stand up in person for truth and justice.

Posted by: Graham Firchlis | Nov 16, 2009 at 10:48 PM


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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 4, 2014, 12:52 PM

3. I was in Sproul Plaza on October 1, 1964

On my way to get something to eat on Telegraph Avenue. I saw the large crowd of people and wondered what was going on. I wasn't really into protest much back in the day, I had a wife and a one year old daughter, and two jobs to help pay my through Cal.

It was either a Thursday or Friday and I didn't find out what it was all about until the following monday. Engineering students were always the last to learn about those things.

One thing about free speech protests. The spelling on the protest signs is a hell of a lot better what you see at than the Tea Party, 2nd Amendment, anti abortion protests. The protesters seem to be a lot thinner as well.

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Sat Oct 4, 2014, 12:45 PM

2. Solidarity with Hong Kong: Jack Weinberg at Berkeley Free Speech 50th Anniversary


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