Category Archives: SDS

Uncovering the Truth About a Raid on the Black Panthers

“The call came in the early morning hours of December 4, 1969. ‘Come to the crib’ was the command. ‘The police have murdered Chairman Fred.’ I was a second-year law student at Northwestern Law School, working with a group of … Continue reading

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Tom Hayden: The Rolling Stone Interview

“When Tom Hayden was 17, he wrote his swan song editorial for the Daily Smirker (rhymes with worker) back at Royal Oak High School in Detroit, Michigan, on the overcrowding of public schools. Bland as the body of the editorial … Continue reading

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Carl Oglesby

Carl Oglesby in 1968. As a leader of Students for a Democratic Society, he helped galvanize opposition to the Vietnam War. “Carl Preston Oglesby (July 30, 1935 – September 13, 2011) was an American writer, academic, and political activist. He … Continue reading

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The Panthers and the Patriots

The Black Panthers and Young Patriots hold a press conference in 1969. “In July 1969, the Black Panther Party convened a huge meeting in Oakland that attracted radical groups from across the country. They called it the Conference for a … Continue reading

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Training Teenagers for Guerrilla Warfare in the Wealthy Suburbs? Welcome to 1969

Stephen Kling using a toy gun and a water balloon “grenade” while teaching guerrilla war tactics to students from Scarsdale High School. The girl in pigtails played a “peasant,” as the original caption put it. Aug. 14, 1969. “In the … Continue reading

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Roz Payne

“Roz Payne was born in Patterson, New Jersey, and grew up in a political household. Her mom, Edith Berkman, was of Jewish and Polish descent and a Communist labor organizer. She was arrested during the Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile strike in … Continue reading

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Debating the Working Class 50 Years Ago in SDS: Lessons for Today?

“Fifty years ago in August 1966 delegates from across the United States attended the annual Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) Convention in Clear Lake, Iowa. Located in north central Iowa and held at a local Methodist camp, it provided … Continue reading

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