Protests & Puppets at San Francisco State

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Members of San Francisco State College's faculty are seen marching and making an announcement they will be joining the strike, cJanuary 13th 1968. Numerous speakers address crowds with hand held microphones and megaphones. Inflammatory statements are directed toward politicians (including Governor Ronald Reagan) and College President Hayakawa. Students entertain the crowds with giant puppets, which are used to enact a political comedy sketch from a platform. There are views of the police presence on 19th Avenue and many more speeches, including one by Professor Kay Boyle. Ends with the dispersal of defiant crowds, who are chanting: "On strike, we'll be back." Contains excellent footage of crowds and passionate (often semi-incoherent) protest speakers and also of George Gorner singing a protest song.

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archival news film
16mm, b&w magnetic sound film
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KQN 34

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Great archive. The words of the Black clergyman were prophetic, the TWLF impacted eurocentric universities throughout the U.S. and the world. Ethnic Studies curriculums began to be formalized after the TWLF and other student movements and organizing (Berkeley and el Plan de Santa Barbara) and the struggle continues especially around Arizona's RAza Studies struggle and Ethnic Studies Now campaign to change the eurocentric silencing curriculum in high schools, happening today throughout California. La lucha continua ... Venceremos!

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