San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive - Strike Videos
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A KQED report from San Francisco State College, featuring scenes of students gathered outside chanting "power to the people", "A.F.T.!" and "on strike, shut it down!" President Hayakawa holds a press conference stating that many of the student body's demands are unacceptable. Ends with views of a faculty picket line and further commentary from Hayakawa.
KPIX’s Mike Lee interviews AFT representative Professor Gary Hawkins at SF State College about his reaction to the violence and arrests on campus yesterday. They also discuss a fund raising campaign to alleviate the financial hardships faculty members are facing due to loss of pay during the strike. Ends with views of students picketing along 19th Avenue on a rainy day.
Views of the San Francisco State College campus and of white and African-American students engaged in classroom debate. Students are seen congregating outside and a ransacked chemistry lab is shown in close up. After more general views around the campus, a member of faculty announces to reporters that an Ad Hoc Group will go on strike if George Murray isn't re-instated and that a collection will be made for Murray's defense fund. They feel the actions of Chancellor Dumke may be unconstitutional. Another member of faculty expresses his misgivings about the Ad Hoc Group's methods and timing.
A KQED report on the SF State College Strike featuring a press conference with Mayor Alioto in which he asserts: "As long as there is violence … on any campus in San Francisco, it will be the obligation of the San Francisco policeman to put down that violence." There are also views of faculty and students picketing and of the riot police in attendance. There are episodic scenes from a press conference by President Hayakawa, during which he calls college Departmental Heads irresponsible for encouraging teachers to strike and declares: "this college is not a rich man's college … it's a college in which the children of working class people and the children of immigrants get their chance at a college education." Alioto states that: "peaceful picketing is not an offence" and confirms that so far the city has spent $186,000 on maintaining a police presence on campus. Ends with Hayakawa claiming that: "a militant minority of the faculty has hitchhiked onto the militant student, violence-ridden strike, for a vicious power grab."
KTVU News report from November 1968 from San Francisco State College by Claud Mann featuring views of riot police, interviews with students and mass demonstrations on campus. President Robert Smith discusses his reasons for bringing riot police in to deal with the unrest and protesters are seen marching and chanting: “End campus racism!” Closes with Mann delivering a lengthy editorial voice-over about the strike’s year long history, eventually bringing things up to date with the most recent events at State.
KTVU News report from December 4th 1967 at SF State College in San Francisco featuring student demonstrations on campus, including views of students kicking in a glass door and marching through a building chanting: “Hell no, no suspensions!” John Gerassi is seen scuffling with authorities before giving an interview, in which he states the real “anarchy” here is the lack of due process. President John Summerskill gives a press conference in which he claims that: “What occurred at SF State College today verges on civil insurrection,” followed by views of students speaking to crowds on campus. Ends with scenes of students arguing over who has the right to speak on a podium.
Opens with scenes of arrested students at SF State College being detained outside a police paddy wagon, followed by views of students picketing. KPIXs Mike Lee interviews a spokesman for the campus Dining Hall, who explains that the walk out of union employees has made it extremely difficult to continue serving meals to students there on a daily basis. Ends with a brief glimpse of a campus demonstration featuring a giant photograph of a pig being held up like a banner in the crowd.
KPIX Eyewitness News report featuring scenes from SF State College of arrests and badly injured protesters being put into stretchers and carried away by riot police. This is followed by a press conference at the Press Club of San Francisco, in which President S.I. Hayakawa introduces new policies on dealing with campus unrest, exclaiming: "I hate to do this but listen, this campus has been in disorder for so damn long and someone has to decide where the thing stops!" He is also interviewed by Belva Davis about his administrative strategy and admits he hasn't met with members of the BSU since being appointed as President.
Members of SF State Colleges Black Students Union are seen arguing with President S.I. Hayakawa over the fact he called a press conference when they were expecting to have a meeting about student funding. One student makes the point that: "There should be some allocation for emergency funding for student needs" and another heckles the President, repeatedly demanding to know: "When you're gonna give up money for the students!"
KPIX Eyewitness News report from December 24th 1968 at San Francisco State College featuring a press conference by the Black Students Union, in response to President S.I. Hayakawa's criticism of an honorarium they recently paid to Reverend Cecil Williams for $400.00. They point out that Williams returned this payment to them as a donation, that Hayakawa himself received $1500.00 for delivering a lecture in Orange County and go on to question his motives for raising this issue in the first place.
Members of the black community are shown addressing crowds at San Francisco State College, which include Reverend Cecil Williams and Ron Dellums. Ruth Williams also speaks and exclaims: "I'm from the ghetto community and at the sound of my voice, when I rise up just about the masses of Hunters Point rises up too! So I am, I am supporting the Black Students Union, the World Liberation group 100 per cent!" People in the crowd raise their hands and shout "strike!" repeatedly and students march around, chanting "on strike, shut it down!" A spokesperson tells reporters he believes President Hayakawa's intention is to crush the strike. A man with a megaphone tries to prevent black protesters attacking white anti-strike protesters, who are taunting them and clearly trying to provoke a fight. He keeps shouting: "back off … it's a trick!" Also includes an interview with San Francisco Supervisor Terry Francois.
There are brief views of students relaxing on campus at SF State College, followed by KPIX's Belva Davis reporting on-going developments relating to the Black Students Union. Ends with Dr Nathan Hare giving a press conference about the mis-education of blacks in the Higher Education System, during which he states: "This is where black studies was born and black studies can die here. And so we hope to save it and we will do whatever is necessary to save black studies in the country through SF State College."
A US Army bomb disposal team is shown arriving at SF State College to deal with a pipe bomb that was discovered on campus in a purse. A police sergeant gives a follow-up press conference in which he describes the explosive device and the circumstances under which it was found.
KTVU News report from December 1968 at San Francisco State College by Claud Mann featuring how two home made explosive devices were discovered overnight in the Administration and Psychology Buildings. Mann interviews John H. Bunzel (outside whose door one of the bombs were found), who says there aren’t enough funds available to hire proper campus security.
KPIX-TV Eyewitness News report from January 19th 1969 by Ed Arnow at SF State College’s Library featuring an interview with Margedant Hayakawa, who explains how volunteers are helping to re-organize and shelve thousands of books that have been deliberately misplaced by student protesters. Volunteers are shown re-shelving books (including Professors David Gamble and John Edwards) and there is a scuffle between a middle-aged volunteer and students, followed by a shouting match which is broken-up by campus security. Ends with Assistant Library Director Dr Mary MacWilliam reflecting on how they haven’t faced this level of disruption since the last earthquake.
KPIX's Rollin Post reports from Sacramento where the State Senate is debating legislative bills which relate directly to the student unrest at SF State College and throughout California. Senator Nicholas Petris is interviewed, expressing discomfort at the repressive nature of this legislation. His opinions are countered by Senator John Harmer, who believes the proposed bills are necessary to deal with anti-social acts of violence on college campuses.
KTVU News report from December 1968 at San Francisco State College by Claud Mann. President S.I. Hayakawa is seen briefly at a press conference followed by scenes from Mill Valley of Mrs William Pemberton asking members of the public to display support for Hayakawa’s program at SF State, by wearing a blue ribbon. Reverend Cecil Williams holds a press conference at Ecumenical House to pledge support for the Black Student Unions's (BSU) demands. He states that: "It is our belief that the BSU demands are reasonable. They speak directly to the need of black people for relevant education.” Hayakawa is shown making a statement about the violence and police presence on campus and emphasizes that classes will continue despite campus disruption. Mann describes clashes outside the Library and Leo McClatchy explains how a vote of no confidence in the Academic Senate was defeated. Ends with Mayor Joseph Alioto at a press conference giving his reaction to the rioting at SF State.
Students are seen handing out pamphlets at San Francisco State College and there is a press statement by African-American students regarding the importance of the strike. Students are also featured chanting "power to the people!" Police are shown crowding by the entrance to the Administration Building. After a student speaks to crowds in front of the building, a rock is thrown through a window. Students shout: "pigs off campus!" at police. There are views of student protesters milling around campus. President Hayakawa is heard over the public address system asking students to disperse. He is seen waving pamphlets on top of the sound truck and being mobbed when he gets off. Someone grabs his hat and he is lost from view in a crush of students shouting "on strike, shut it down!" Ends with a besieged Hayakawa on the sound truck, being drowned out by chanting protesters.
KPIX's Ben Williams reports on the convocation at SF State College. He points out that it is the first of its kind, devoted exclusively to the status of American minorities. There are views of the convocation hall, large audiences and scenes of various panel speakers in action (including Jerry Varnado).
KTVU News report from December 11th 1967 at San Francisco State College, which opens with scnenes of Leo McClatchy speaking from an outdoor podium in response to the Trustees regulations about how undertaking campus disruption will be disciplined: “Quite frankly … I have serious reservations as to whether or not these sections if tested in the courts would stand.” He is followed by Walcott Beatty who asks people to remain calm and not to participate in mass demonstrations and then condemns the recent actions of the Trustees and Governor Ronald Reagan. An angry faculty member climbs onto the podium calling protesters “politically naïve” and a “silent muddle” before being allowed to explain why he believes how staging a sit-in at the Administration Building would be counter productive to their goals. President John Summerskilll is seen telling students they need to appoint members of their own judiciary board to deal with suspensions. Ends with views of protesters entering the Administration Building, arguing with officials and staging a sit-in.
A KQED report from San Francisco State College opening with scenes of demonstrators getting off a chartered Greyhound Bus. There is an interesting shot of protesters assembled quietly, waiting to begin protesting, before they all begin to march and shout: "on strike, shut it down!" and "we want the puppet!" Contains footage of various public speakers - including Willie Brown, Dr Carlton B. Goodlett and Jerry Varnado - and demonstrates the sheer energy of some campus protests.
KPIX Eyewitness News report by Mike Lee opening with rooftop views of riot police making arrests on campus at SF State College followed by a press conference by the TWLF, who claim that President S.I. Hayakawa is wasting tax payers money by calling the police on campus to deal with student protests. A TWLF spokesman refers to authorities as the slave master and tells reporters the battleground will be temporarily moved over to the Standard Oil refinery in support of oil workers there. There are scenes of picketing on 19th Avenue and outside the San Francisco Hall of Justice, where police make several arrests and Terry Hallinan gives an interview inside expressing his belief that laws regulating unlawful assembly were used in an unconstitutional fashion to curb freedom of speech rallies at SF State. Ends with brief glimpses of students being arraigned on-stage by a judge in groups.
Dr Carlton Goodlett gives a press conference to explain how local community and labor forces are mobilizing in unison to support student protests at SF State College, in anticipation of a protracted struggle to restructure Californias Higher Education system.
Scenes from a press conference by Dr Carlton Goodlett in which he announces that Superior Court Judge O'Day has again moved to deny students at SF State College the right to protest with a legal injunction. He expresses concern that: "The police establishment as well as the judiciary is an agent of the political establishment of this state." He introduces a representative of the Community Conference to support the strike who reminds reporters how: "In the student struggle their central issue is institutionalized racism in this society." Goodlett also answers a variety of questions from the press regarding the actions of President S.I. Hayakawa, Governor Ronald Reagan and state authorities. Ends with community organizer Jim Queen describing events surrounding the recent trouble and arrests at Mission High School, as part of his wider role in Operation Motivation.
Dr Nathan Hare is seen joking with friends outside a San Francisco municipal courtroom before going in to face his arraignment. Reporter Jay Newburn states that Hare pleaded not guilty on two charges of illegal possession of a loaded .38 caliber revolver and also claimed that police have been trailing him ever since his dispute with San Francisco State College over their Black Studies Department. Closes with the reporter explaining that Judge O'Keane dismissed the bench warrant against Hare.
Dr Nathan Hare discusses the crisis of the negro intellectual and his desire to take an active role in addressing this issue. He expresses his belief that the struggle for black power needs to be conducted on an international stage and relates this view to his recent dispute at San Francisco State College with President Hayakawa over the creation of a Black Studies Department, reflecting that: "I think one can get bogged down reacting to insignificant and tragic individuals such as Hayakawa and I think that at some point one has to move to a new level to begin to try to do something worthwhile."
Dr Carlton B. Goodlett is seen carrying a pile of newspapers into the Sun Reporter office building. He is shown working in his office, treating a medical patient and delivering a speech. Although this is silent footage, he is discussing the dynamic between the protests at San Francisco State and the Civil Rights movement. Contains excellent footage of Dr. Goodlett interacting with people.
Scenes from a press conference at SF State College during which four members of faculty explain their decision to resign from their posts. Joseph White states: “There is one and only one purpose to reducing EOP: to prevent non-white students from enrolling in this college … Under these conditions we can only submit our resignations.” Ends with President S.I. Hayakawa’s immediate reaction to these resignations: “Each of the men involved had already made plans to leave” and he goes on to claim that the Black Studies Program might well be “enhanced by their resignations.”
A KQED report from San Francisco State College, featuring a brief glimpse of George Gorner walking up and down campus singing 'Blue Meanie' and playing his guitar. Students are heard chanting "English Department on strike!" Thanks to Casper Gorner for providing us with the correct spelling of his father's name.
Scenes from a press conference at San Francisco State College, featuring a statement by Dr Joseph White that: "We are trying to alter the destiny of Higher Education in this country ... and I feel it is about time that the power structure in this country gets off this gun smoke game and comes to grips with the changing order of the times." President S.I. Hayakawa is shown delivering an academic advancement speech from a podium, which is interrupted by Dr Nathan Hare, members of the BSU (including Jerry Varnado) and other faculty who shout: "Down with the puppet!" and clamber on-stage in protest. Hare shouts: "Do you need police at an academic advancement? Why do you need policemen here?" Hayakawa replies: "Because of you Mr. Hare!" before the protesters are arrested and taken away by police. Also see KQN 241 and KT88.
Part I of a KQED news reoprt from San Francisco State College, where students are seen protesting on campus in front of riot police. Many close up shots of the riot police in action. President Hayakawa holds a press conference. There are views of students and police moving all around the campus and police chase and arrest individuals up on 19th Street. At the press conference, Hayakawa states that Kay Boyle, Professor of English, has not been fired.
Part II of a KQED news report from San Francisco State College featuring student protests. A Third World Liberation front spokesman advises students to stay out of class, from a loudspeaker attached to the roof of a car. President Hayakawa is surrounded outside by a crush of students shouting: "on strike, shut it down!" Professor Patrick Gleeson is interviewed, claiming he was denied tenure for supporting the strike. A press conference is held by the Black Students Union, the Third World Liberation Front and the Martin Luther King Liberation School, in order to reinforce the 15 Demands. Black children from the school recite political messages. Ends with views of protesters and riot police moving around campus.
SF State College President S.I. Hayakawa is seen giving a speech about the need to safeguard academic freedom at the California State Chamber of Commerce, followed by a press conference in which he and Governor Ronald Reagan discuss the recent campaign of what they describe as intimidation of students and faculty by protesters at SF State. Ends with Reagan calling for a need to determine which individuals were guilty of violating state laws at SF State during the strike.
Part I of a KQED news report from San Francisco State College, featuring a glimpse of student protesters and riot police in vans on the quad, followed by African American speakers discussing President Hayakawa and Ronald Reagan. Members of the crowd tell reporters the police presence is oppressive. Hayakawa announces the creation of a Black Studies Program at a press conference. Leo McClatchy and J. Fenton McKenna announce the implementation of a program to increase admissions of minority students. Hayakawa says he regrets allowing students the use of sound equipment yesterday. Students are seen outside, listening to Hayakawa's words though loudspeakers. A large crowd shouts: "kill the pigs, right on!" at the junction of 19th Avenue and Holloway.
Part II of a KQED news report from San Francisco State College featuring views of protesters marching around campus, including Ron Dellums, Dr. Carlton Goodlett and Jack Alexis. Also includes a press conference with President Hayakawa and Leo McClatchy and a separate conference with Willie Brown and Cecil Williams, who calls Hayakawa a pawn and says he should resign. Riot police are shown encircling angry protesters and making arrests and students are seen throwing rocks at windows in the Science Building.
Scenes from a press conference about the recent violence at SF State College featuring President S.I. Hayakawa and Mayor Joseph Alioto followed by a campus report on recent events by KTVU’s Claud Mann. There is a press conference from the AFT who confirms that the labor council have granted them a strike sanction and Hayakawa responds by claiming the AFT have lost control of the picket line and are in fact “hitchhiking opportunistically” onto the back of the student strike. Ends with views of police making arrests on campus.
San Francisco State College President S.I. Hayakawa is interviewed from the back seat of his car by Claud Mann whilst driving around the city. Hayakawa draws parallels between what he calls "bullying tactics" of campus demonstrators and the National Socialist Party's intimidation of political opposition in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich, explaining: You have to counter gangsterism and violence by counter violence, "There's no other way of stopping it, is there?" There are views of angry demonstrations at the University of Colorado at Boulder, including a scene where a riot policeman wrestles and chokes a young woman on a platform, before dragging her away through an angry crowd (c8:52). Hayakawa gives a press conference in which he informs reporters that students from SF State were allegedly involved in the Boulder college riot and expresses a belief that all current student unrest on US college campuses is linked. He is also seen responding to a BSU press conference about the injury of one of their members on campus, in which he refers to their claims of "white racism" on campus as a "shabby argument." Ends with a representative of the Gator newspaper being interviewed about their need for funds to continue printing and Hayakawa's announcement that a student board needs to be established to recommend guidelines for publications, before he'll release any funds to the Gator.
A KQED News report from San Francisco State College featuring a press conference with President Hayakawa in which he discusses the Japanese American community, reflects upon 13 months in office and confirms he has no intention of running for the U.S. Senate. He feels that: "to dedicate oneself to the defense of academic freedom then, when you find yourself in a position to do so, is perhaps the most important thing an educator can do. Therefore I am not going to run for a seat in the United States Senate." He also touches upon the subject of political activism and the Black Studies Department.
President S.I. Hayakawa makes an official announcement that the emergency measures he imposed at SF State College to deal with the strike there on January 6th 1969 are rescinded, qualifying his statement with a reminder that: “Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to incite riot.” Ends with Dr Hawkins of the AFT expressing skepticism about Hayakawa’s claim that he isn’t currently interested in entering politics, suggesting he’s using the high profile student unrest at SF State as a platform to enter into politics.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from 1976 at SF State College campus featuring an editorial by Linda Schacht, who describes President S.I. Hayakawa's reaction to press coverage of his policies, followed by a brief glimpse of students occupying a building. Hayakawa is then seen giving a speech about the need for students and the administration to reach a compromise over their current dispute. He attempts to take questions from the audience but is constantly interrupted and shouted down by students, with angry cries of: "Hayakawa war maker!"
KPIX Eyewitness News report featuring scenes from a dinner reception to promote Samuel I. Hayakawa's bid to be elected as a US Senator, featuring supporters being welcomed by the candidate and an after dinner speech in which he expresses opposition to Proposition 14.
There are brief glimpses from SF State College of students in class and riot police on campus, followed by President S. I. Hayakawa inspecting a burnt out classroom. Ends with a large crowd of students chanting: "Power to the people!" and "On strike, shut it down!"
KTVU’s Andrea Boggs interviews S.I. Hayakawa at home about his ambition to be made permanent in his role as President of SF State College. He predicts a peaceful Fall semester, claims that his permanent appointment as college President would be good for morale and goes on to address press speculation that he might run for the US Senate. He is seen later in a press conference after the Trustees have indeed confirmed his permanent appointment, reemphasizing his intention to maintain stability at State: “I remain a liberal … but I am also an administrator.” There is a brief glimpse of Dr Nathan Hare interrupting Hayakawa’s speech in the McKenna Theater (see KQN 241 and KPIX 37732A) and closes with George Mason Murray’s lawyer describing his client’s religious conversion and conditions of probation to reporters.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from October 16th 1969 by Pat O'Brien featuring an interview with President of San Francisco State College S.I. Hayakawa, who is asked to reflect on the college's unusually high grade point average in recent semesters. Includes scenes of him speculating on the suspicion that lecturers deliberately assigned higher grades to students during the campus strike, in sympathy with protestors.
Dr Willard Carpenter is interviewed by KPIX's Mike Lee at SF State College about his notice of dismissal from President S.I. Hayakawa, claiming it is directly linked to his grading system and membership of the AFT. Hayakawa is seen at a press conference discussing the faculty dismissal notices and denies he had any knowledge of Carpenter's affiliations, followed by a spokesman for the School of Third World Studies declaring to reporters that: "The actions of S.I. Hayakawa and his administration constitute a direct threat against both the school of Third World Studies and more importantly against basic principles of self determination."
Views of students picketing along 19th Avenue at SF State College are followed by an interview with a representative of the ILWU, who explains they are demonstrating on campus in support of the AFT. Also features a press conference by social activist Julian Bond, who is in the Bay Area to attend a banquet in San Jose for black Olympic athletes. He is asked by the press to comment on the violence at SF State and the Black Studies Program there. Includes good shots of 16mm camera crews filming Bond.
Dr Nathan Hare is interviewed about the Black Today Symposium and explains his belief that a certain amount of debate must precede any kind of civil action. He emphasizes how the student protests are focused on establishing a formal Black Studies Program at SF State College, describing this endeavor as: "The greatest and last hope to solve the educational problems of the black race in this country."
KPIX's Belva Davis interviews John Gerassi at SF State College, who explains that he and some students are challenging the arrest warrants that were issued for them whilst taking part in the recent protests on campus.
John Summerskill gives a press conference following his resignation as President of SF State College, reflecting on prevailing student attitudes, the California State college system and political interference in Higher Education. A crowd of students is seen chanting: "Hell no, no suspensions!" outside the Administration Building and climbing inside through windows. KPIX's Ben Williams also summarizes the events leading up to Summerskill's resignation.
Scenes of mass demonstrations at SF State College, featuring public speakers and crowds marching around campus and gathering at the Administration Building. Danny Glover and members of the BSU lead the crowd with a loudspeaker in chanting: "On strike, shut it down!" and "Pigs off campus!" Students heckle riot police and demand that Hayakawa come out to meet with them: "We want the puppet!"
Part I of a KQED News report from San Francisco State College, featuring major skirmishes between students and riot police on campus and many arrests. Pro-strike speakers address crowds and Dr. Carlton Goodlett puts himself between riot police and students, trying to maintain a semblance of order. A fight between protesters is shown and many students are seen covered in blood or unconscious on the floor. This footage shows how at times the demonstrations escalated into ugly and chaotic riots. President Robert Smith tries to justify the police presence but is shouted down by an angry roar from the massed students. Some of this is duplicate material from KQN 183.
Part II of a KQED News report from San Francisco State College, featuring major skirmishes between students and riot police on campus and many arrests. This footage shows how at times the demonstrations escalated into ugly and chaotic riots. Ends with a scene of police arresting a priest on his knees, surrounded by screaming onlookers. Some of this is duplicate material from KQN 183.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from November 7th 1969 by Dave Monsees at the Solano County Fairground, featuring youths dressed up as riot police staging a mock confrontation with protesters. This performance/re-enactment (?) is an elaborate parody of recent student unrest and violent clashes at SF State College. The participants are highly enthusiastic and many 'arrests' are made, accompanied by raucous laughter.
KPIX Eyewitness News report by Dave Monsees featuring views of campus life at SF State College followed by an interview with President S. I. Hayakawa about the Attorney General's freezing of student funds and his personal efforts to raise money for them.
SF State College's President S.I Hayakawa gives a press conference in which he states there will be no amnesty for student protesters who were recently arrested on campus. He will insist upon due process and justifies this position by explaining: "To commit violations and to insist that there be no consequences I would say is childish and morally frivolous."
KQED reports on a demonstration by members of faculty at SF State College and an announcement to students about an opportunity for them to have input into the decision making process. A member of faculty asks for volunteers to communicate the news around campus, as there is no PA system. President Robert Smith talks to reporters about the class discussion groups that will consider proposals for a conference. An angry student questions why the member of faculty speaking didn’t insist that classes were cancelled during convocation. She explains she didn’t know this was the case. The current situation with regards to the Black Students Union, the police presence on campus and Mayor Alioto is related to the crowd in a series of ‘live’ updates. This footage presents an excellent illustration of how events on campus were influenced by the difficulties everyone concerned had in communicating with each other.
KPIX Eyewitness News report featuring scenes of protesters speaking, marching, picketing and scuffling with riot police at SF State College, including a struggle by students to climb a flagpole and fix an American flag to it. Also features an outdoor press conference by the Black Students Union in which George Mason Murray declares: "The goal of all the black people who have struck at SF State is the seizure of power so that we can implement the 10-point set of demands of the BSU."
KTVU New report from January 1969 at San Francisco State College by Claud Mann featuring scenes of riot police scuffling with picketers on 19th Avenue and making arrests, followed by views of the US Army bomb squad arriving on campus and a press conference about the pipe bomb that they removed. There is a press conference with the Committee for an academic environment in which a spokesman claims: “Citizens and parents must realize that SF State is in great danger and it could be closed permanently. If this happens the radicals and the militants would have won a major victory.” A speaker is heckled by students at a downtown San Francisco rally in Union Square to support President S.I. Hayakawa and spectators are seen arguing heatedly with each other. The speaker refers to the protesters as: “The anti-intellectuals who pose themselves as the college community … But we recognize also that these people are one of the community’s many problems!” Ends with more views of riot police and picket lines back at the campus.
An interview with San Francisco Chief of Police Thomas Cahill in which he discusses the current state of the police department, crime statistics and the overall effect of the college riots on policing in the city. He points out that the role of police has altered in the last few years because of corresponding changes in society and the law. He also states that officers were pulled in to deal with the unrest at San Francisco State from as far away as Santa Cruz and Fremont.
Students at San Francisco State College sit down in a field listening to protest songs from a female folk singer. Police are seen in riot gear, standing in the way of a group of protesters. Two black students describe police behavior on campus. A black woman describes in compelling detail how she was intimidated by an Officer Sheehan immediately upon her leaving a class. A white man speaks from a podium, asking for an end to the strike and trying to appeal to reason. Members of the Black Studies Department also address students.
Scenes from various press conferences focusing on the student unrest at SF State College, featuring Governor Ronald Reagan declaring that: "The strike is failing, it is on the way out" and Mayor Joseph Alioto's assessment that the recent use of police force on campus was both lawful and morally justified.
A press conference with President Robert Smith at San Francisco State College discussing meetings with students and the role of the campus police force. He also discounts the rumors that he will be resigning. A group of four students call for protesters to attend a demonstration at 5th and Mission and argue that the news media have distorted the facts in their coverage of the protests. A male student confirms that the student government is fully behind the strike. Ends with a spokesperson for the Committee for an Academic Environment talking down hecklers and insisting that they oppose any form of protest which encourages academic disruption.
KTVU’s Claud Mann reports from SF State where the Channel 7 news car was set on fire, featuring views of the fire department dealing with this situation. A large crowd of protesters gather outside the Administration Building chanting: “Re-hire Murray now!” and a number of public speakers are shown addressing protesters. Mann delivers a summary of recent events on campus and reflects on how today was relatively quiet and uneventful.
KTVU News report from November 1968 at San Francisco State College by Claud Mann, on the first full day of classes there since President Robert Smith suspended lecturer George Mason Murray. Followed by a Black Students Union (BSU) press conference in which Benny Stewart reads out their demand that Murray be re-instated. Robert Smith reminds the press that many US academic institutions have had to deal with strikes recently and there are also views of student demonstrations on campus and riot police making arrests. Ends with representatives of the Committee for an Academic Environment protesting against their school being closed because of recent disruptions.
KTVU News report from December 1968 at San Francisco State College featuring a series of press conferences on campus, including a Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) spokesman (Dr Juan Martinez) explaining to reporters their pre-conditions for negotiating with the administration, followed by views of mass demonstrations on campus. Mounted police are shown patrolling 19th Avenue, President S.I. Hayakawa inspects burnt out classrooms, students are beaten and arrested and a firecracker is set off outside the Administration Building. Also features an eyewitness report of how one protester fired off blank rounds from a pistol into the air during confrontations with police. Please note this footage includes brief glimpses of Bill Moore operating the KTVU camera. He was the first African American news cameraman in California.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from November 22nd 1968 at SF State College campus by Mike Lee featuring: riot police confronting students; an interview with President Robert Smith; a press conference by the Committee for an Academic Environment and an eyewitness account of an attack by riot police on students outside the Library building. Ends with views of this incident being caught live on camera by the KPIX news team.
The Associated Students of San Francisco State College hold a press conference. They urge student to continue supporting the strike and confirm anyone suspended or expelled by administration whilst doing so will retain their Associated Student membership rights. Speakers from the black community (including Ron Dellums and Cecil Williams) address a crowd outside, emphasizing they are united in their demands that the college be shut down. Men and women address the crowd, including a man demanding that the Filipino community should be recognized. There are confused scenes of a black spokesperson trying to quell an angry crowd and of students marching and chanting "on strike, shut it down." A group of white students shout "keep it open!" and are cordoned off from other protesters by the riot police. A member of the Japanese-American community tells the crowd that Hayakawa does not speak for them and a student condemns the presence of the San Francisco Tactical Squad on campus.
KTVU News report from December 1968 at San Francisco State College by Claud Mann featuring scenes of picketing, demonstrations and distributing food to protesters on 19th Avenue. One news cameraman is shown wearing a crash helmet in anticipation of trouble. There is a brief glimpse of President S.I. Hayakawa giving a press conference followed by views of a neon sign outside the Hub Adult Theatre in downtown San Francisco, which reads: “Give SF State radicals their own campus on Alcatraz! Dear TAC squad: sock it to em!” Ends with demonstrators (including Dr. Carlton Goodlett) on campus chanting: “On strike, shut it down!”
Members of San Francisco State College's faculty are seen marching and making an announcement they will be joining the strike. 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.
KTVU News report from January 1969 at San Francisco State College by Claud Mann. He reports from the roof of the Library Building, commenting there have been no mass rallies today. Mann interviews Roger Alvarado who feels that labor unions have adopted a racist position with regard to the Bay Area’s Third World people, by excluding the Third World Liberation Front's (TWLF) 15 Demands as part of their negotiations on grievances. There are views of arrests on campus, President S.I. Hayakawa gives a press conference in which he says it would be a “tragedy” if students lost a whole semester’s work because of the strike and Mann delivers an editorial on AFT picket lines. Ends with scenes of picketing and riot police on 19th Avenue.
KTVU News report from December 1968 by Andrea Boggs from Mill Valley where Mrs William Pemberton is organizing a Blue Ribbon Campaign in support of President S.I. Hayakawa at SF State College. Followed by a press conference in which Hayakawa announces he’ll make an official statement about adopting measures to deal with campus unrest tomorrow. Mayor Joseph Alioto also makes a statement predicting that a separate Ethnic Studies Department will be established at State in February 1969. There are views of picketers refusing the offer of money from the public at a demonstration in downtown San Francisco and offering them literature instead and then mass demonstrations are seen back on campus, featuring confrontation and arrests. A press conference is given by an eyewitness who saw faculty member George Price being choked and maced whilst being detained by police and there are more scenes of arrests and injured students outside the Library Building. Ends with Hayakawa confirming he will continue to use his discretion about requesting police assistance at SF State.
Part I of a KQED News report featuring extended fragments of an interview with Governor Ronald Reagan, during which he expresses his disapproval with how the student protests at Berkeley were handled in 1964. He also criticizes the California Board of Regents and Trustees. He blames the unrest at San Francisco State on: "a dissident faction of outright lawbreakers and anarchists" and describes a letter he received from a former teacher who resigned because of the protests. He also discusses capital punishment, in-lieu tax, BART and his re-election. Also includes a brief glimpse of Dr. Carlton Goodlett in a crowd of protesters at San Francisco State.
Part II of a KQED News report containing extended fragments of an interview with Governor Ronald Reagan, in which he discusses the recent mass student protests in California. Reagan delivers a speech on tax relief and then gives a heated press conference on the student protests at Berkeley, in which he is told: "You cannot run a university by bayonet." Reagan blames academics for the unrest before storming out: "All of it began the first time some of you who know better and are old enough to know better let young people think they had the right to choose the laws they would obey, as long as they were doing it in the name of social protest!"
Riot police are shown marching around the campus at SF State College, arresting protesters along 19th Avenue and breaking up crowds of students. Rocks are thrown at windows in the Administration Building and the BSU shout: "Hayakawa come out and speak to the people!" through a loudspeaker. There are various scenes of students confronting police lines, throwing rocks and chanting "Pigs off campus!"
President Robert Smith delivers a speech in the McKenna Theater at San Francisco State College. He is seen at a podium, asking for initial welcoming applause to cease. Students are shown watching the speech inside the auditorium, on television in a separate room and listening outside to loudspeakers. Much of the sound is muffled but he is clearly heard stating that police protection will be required on campus. Smith's speech is heard in the background, as the camera focuses on student reactions to his words.
Excerpt of KQED's Newsroom program from 1968, featuring brief scenes of SF State College's President S.I. Hayakawa arguing with George Dusheck, before walking off the set.
Scenes from San Francisco's Hall of Justice where over 400 student protesters who were arrested at SF State College are being arraigned in groups. Terry Hallinan attorney for the Associated Students is interviewed and claims that recent police action on campus has been unconstitutional. Ends with several women protesters describing how they were either beaten or had fire hoses turned on them in jail, followed by a police spokesman who directly contradicts their statements: "That is their version. That isn't true."
KPIX Eyewitness News report from November 8th 1967 featuring an interview with a police officer about the arrest of African American students at SF State College, who are suspected of attacking James Vaszko (editor of the Gater campus newspaper) on November 6th 1967.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from November 20th 1968 at San Francisco State Collge featuring views of students handing out leaflets, watching the college convocation on television in classrooms and attending live panel debates at the convocation hall.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from December 13th 1968 at SF State College by Mike Lee featuring a press conference by President S.I Hayakawa, who states he won’t accept that present members of the student government should be selecting representatives to take part in the planned judicial process for recent protests on campus. AFT spokesman Professor Gary Hawkins is interviewed and claims that the closing of the campus by Hayakawa and the Trustees was a victory for the AFT and labor movement and there are views of members of the African American community celebrating Christmas. Ends with Hayakawa expressing the hope that everyone involved in the dispute at SF State will use the vacation to relax and unwind.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from December 8th 1968 by Ed Arnow featuring scenes from a rally in downtown San Francisco, in support of the SF State College Strike. Includes an interview with Reverend Cecil Williams, who reacts to President Hayakawa’s claims that 'radicals and hop heads' are being brought in to support the strike by stating: “There are no outside instigators coming in here … What is he talking about? This is completely an irresponsible and irrelevant statement … He’s now backed up in a corner … because he knows he’s going down.”
KPIX Eyewitness News report from November 18th 1968 at San Francisco State College featuring views of students discussing the protests on campus, followed by Ben Williams reporting on a series of meetings about the strike, including one by the trustees in Los Angeles. Ends with a student proposing in class debate that a fundamental problem faced by students in California is the under-funding of their college system and a press conference calling for an Ethnic Studies Department at SF State.
KPIX Eyewitness News report featuring scenes of campus demonstrations and police arrests at SF State College, including an incident where a group of students storm into a building shouting: "On Strike, shut it down!"
KQED reporter Wanda Ramey speaking to camera at San Francisco State College. There are views shot around the campus as she explains in voice over how students are being affected by over crowding, racial tensions and the Vietnam draft. A brief excerpt of college President John Summerskill addressing a hostile crowd is followed by a series of angry speeches by three students. There are interviews with Phil Darlington (President of the Student body) and John Gerassi (International Relations lecturer). Gerassi states that the main achievement of this protest at San Francisco State was to provoke a national debate on the social issues troubling the United States. He was later fired by Dr Summerskill.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from November 20th 1968 at SF State College by Pat O'Brien and Mike Lee featuring scenes of students leafleting on 19th Avenue and walking around campus, followed by various speakers (including Roger Alvarado and President Robert Smith) taking part in the convocation’s panel discussions about student protests.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from May 2nd 1967 at SF State College featuring President John Summerskill giving a ceremonial speech about the need for change. Student protesters are seen heckling on the side-lines, waving signs and marching alongside faculty as they leave the ceremony.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from 1968 featuring scenes from a press conference by Dr Carlton Goodlett, in which he announces that Superior Court Judge O’Day has again moved to deny students at SF State College the right to protest with a legal injunction. He expresses concern that: “The police establishment as well as the judiciary is an agent of the political establishment of this state.” He introduces a representative of the Community Conference to support the strike, who reminds reporters how: “In the student struggle their central issue is institutionalized racism in this society.” Goodlett also answers a variety of questions from the press regarding the actions of President S.I. Hayakawa, Governor Ronald Reagan and state authorities. Ends with an activist describing events surrounding the recent trouble and arrests at Mission High School, as part of his wider role in Operation Motivation.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from January 23rd 1969 at SF State College by Pat O'Brien featuring scenes of students occupying campus buildings and staging a sit-in: obstructing foyers and corridors, singing and delivering speeches with megaphones. Terry Hallinan - attorney for the Associated Students - is interviewed about the recent arraignment of arrested student protesters and speakers are also seen addressing crowds outside.
Leo McClatchy is interviewed and reflects on the national importance of the campus protests and convocation at San Francisco State College, emphasizing that: "This is the most important thing going on right now in Higher Education not just in California but in the United States."
KPIX's Ed Arnow interviews Governor Ronald Reagan about the AFT's involvement in the SF State College Strike. Reagan insists that striking members of the AFT were violating the congressional intent and goes on to conclude: "Their strike is unsuccessful, they can't have a strike. It's illegal and they'll be discharged if they strike."
KPIX Eyewitness News report from September 9th 1968 at San Francisco State College by Mike Lee featuring brief glimpses of student arrests on campus followed by an interview with President Robert Smith. He clarifies his attitudes toward the ROTC on campus, student protests and Vietnam: “There is a deep issue here that has been tied to the Vietnam War.”
KPIX Eyewitness News report from November 16th 1968 by Mike Lee featuring scenes of students from UC Berkeley, SF State and San Jose Colleges picketing outside the San Francisco Chronicle Building, in protest against all news coverage of student protests in Northern California. Lee interviews spokesperson Gordon Demarkos, who explains the direct influence of political interests on local media reportage of the strike at SF State.
Shots of Terry Hallinan speaking to students at San Francisco State College. Placards demand that ROTC programs be made available off campus and that Professor Juan Martinez be re-hired. There are also shots of students walking to class past protesters who are staging the sit in. The protesters are clapping and jeering. Contains excellent footage of entire corridors filled by students sitting down in them, as part of the protest.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from San Francisco State College by Belva Davis on May 12th 1967, featuring a meeting of the Associated Student Legislature and voting on the contentious issue of a Black Studies communications project. Includes scenes of poet Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones) speaking about the moral role of a university in the wider community. Students are also interviewed about their opinions regarding the vote.
Dr Nathan Hare and President S.I. Hayakawa are featured in a series of interviews delivering statements about the creation of a Black Studies Department at SF State College. A spokesperson for the Black Students Union explains to KPIX's Ben Williams that: "We take the position that the Black Studies Department is going to have self determination. That will mean we have the power to hire and select whoever we wish to head that department. That person will be Dr Nathan Hare." Hayakawa confirms that he doesn't intend to renew Hare's teaching contract: "If a man disappoints you like that in a crucial job, there is no reason to continue his contract, is there?" and Hare reflects how: "Only time will tell if the speculations and hallucinations of Professor Hayakawa will materialize or not."
KPIX's Mike Lee reports from SF State College where students are forming picket lines in between classes and then quickly disbanding when riot police arrive on the scene.
Scenes from a student press conference about the attack on James Vaszko, in which the speaker places recent events at SF State College into a wider context of student protest and political repression in California.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from March 21st 1969 at SF State College featuring a press conference by President S.I. Hayakawa who confirm his acceptance of the recent select committee and Black Students Union recommendations to resolve the strike dispute. His reservations over the issue of student amnesty and discipline are addressed in a separate press conference by Dr Joseph White, who believes direct communication between the parties involved may resolve any misunderstandings. There are views of the main campus and O’Brien reports that Hayakawa has also announced that the Old Mint building at 5th and Mission will become a new downtown center for SF State, as part of his Operation Outreach program.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from November 6th 1969 at SF State College featuring a press conference by President S.I. Hayakawa, who describes how faculty members of the Black Studies Department failed to attend a scheduled meeting with him because they were: “Not at liberty to speak.” He goes on to suggest that “a handful of revolutionaries” are responsible for a campaign of intimidation on campus.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from May 10th 1970 at SF State College featuring a press conference by President S.I. Hayakawa, in which he argues that the “radical leadership” at SF State College has lost most of its credibility and following. He explains that students understand that peaceful rallies are permitted on campus but police will be called in to deal with any disruption or violence and also refers to a: “tremendous class prejudice against policemen” at the college.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from December 12th 1968 at SF State College featuring a press conference by President S.I. Hayakawa about how strike protests and picketing are adversely affecting the academic community. He comments: “I think teacher strikes are a disgrace” and explains that he is discussing potential action in response to campus unrest with his associates and attorneys.
Huge crowds of protesters at SF State College are seen marching down from 19th Avenue through the campus, chanting: "On strike, shut it down!" The KPIX camera crew films these scenes from various building rooftops, capturing the sheer scale of this mass demonstration as everyone finally congregates outside to be addressed by public speakers.
A press conference at SF State College about the administration's withholding and release of funds to students who are teaching assistants in the newly created Black Studies Department.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from January 30th 1969 at SF State College featuring scenes of students picketing on 19th Avenue, being pursued and arrested by mounted police, followed by views of riot police moving against protesters gathered outside Ecumenical House, who throw bottles at the advancing line and shout: “On strike, kill the pigs!”
KPIX Eyewitness News report from January 15th 1969 at SF State College by Mike Lee featuring scenes of students picketing on 19th Avenue and a brief glimpse of classes.
Scenes of mass demonstrations at SF State College, featuring an extended sequence of protests by students, which are broken up by riot police lines, followed by arrests. Police paddy wagons are then loaded with captive students and driven away, accompanied by defiant cries of: "Pigs off campus!"
There is a brief glimpse of an angry crowd of students followed by scenes of protesters climbing into a campus building through broken glass doors. They march through the corridors inside chanting: "Hell no: no suspensions!" Ends with a press conference by an administrator who insists that students must use normal channels of communication to express their political discontent. He goes on to explain how: "We've done that for years here and its been pretty successful."
Benny Stewart of SF State College's Black Students Union gives a press conference about the possibility of renewed strike action on campus. He states they are currently discussing this issue with students and explains that: "It's becoming clearer and clearer that the administration is not keeping its commitment to the settlement."
Riot police are seen chasing student protesters around the campus at SF State College, followed by a press conference in which Reverend Cecil Williams declares that President S.I. Hayakawa is perpetuating a racist rule of law by using police to break up the demonstrations. He also believes that Hayakawa must address the: "needs of black people as black people see them, rather than how he imagines them to be." State Assemblyman Willie Brown is seen at a press conference with Berkeley Councilman Ron Dellums and again later moving through crowds toward riot police. Ends with views of skirmishing, arrests and police lines repeatedly advancing on students around the campus.
Scenes of students picketing along 19th Avenue at SF State College followed by views of President S.I. Hayakawa touring office buildings with police and news teams. The amplified voice of a protester can be heard in the background providing a running commentary as the camera moves around campus: "Of course the pigs are already on campus. Theyre hiding in some cellar. I dont know. You know where they are. There's always some kinda roaches in the woodwork."
A series of students are interviewed about their reactions to the protests at SF State College and the recent conduct of college President John Summerskill.
KTVU News report from February 1969 featuring brief views of Dr Nathan Hare and George Mason Murray waiting to be arraigned at the San Francisco Hall of Justice. Followed by a press conference by Murray in which he describes their arrest by the “racist California Highway Patrol” as “an act of white supremacy.” President S.I. Hayakawa gives a press conference to announce that his decision whether or not to suspend Dr Hare and Dr Stewart is pending on the results of their legal hearing. Ends with brief scenes of students in class and workmen laboring on the new Library Building addition.
President Robert Smith discusses disruption on the San Francisco State College campus with reporters at a press conference. He is seen arriving and talking to assembled press and photographers. Much of this footage offers close ups and some medium shots of Smith as he identifies what he feels are the underlying problems causing the unrest. He talks about external factors that may be provoking the anger of black students and emphasizes the need to establish a safe environment on campus. He also states that he doesn't have the authority to re-instate George Murray. Smith answers a great variety of questions, including those relating to Black Panther activity and towards the end of the press conference, he is clearly sweating. After the questions have finished he gets up and leaves. Some close ups of Smith are slightly out of focus.
Scenes from the convocation at San Francisco State College between students and administrators, including President Robert Smith. Also features students on campus picketing and shouting: "on strike, shut it down!" A black student gives a thought provoking speech outside in which he describes how the 15 Demands were presented to the Trustees and their negative reaction to them (strong language is used). There are a number of speeches from the Black Students Union and the Third World Liberation Front. There are also views of riot police and angry protesters. Contains much footage of speeches which illustrate the conflicting debates involved, of students listening intently and of media reporting on them.
Views of picket line protesters marching around the center lawn at San Francisco State College chanting: "On strike, shut it down!" There are several close ups of the damage inflicted on campus buildings and groups of mounted police are shown riding around the neighborhood next to campus. Riot police are also seen jogging past the camera in a column. Various speakers are shown addressing crowds and a class is disrupted by a man shouting: "Black power!" The march is dispersed by police, as protesters try to move from campus into the surrounding neighborhood at 19th Street. Contains excellent footage of police activity and the cameramen/reporters following them.
A KQED news special at San Francisco State College by Wanda Ramey, featuring views of students in a canteen and speaking at an open air microphone to share their views. In a series of interviews with a reporter, Peter Radcliffe criticizes external political pressures and praises President John Summerskill, John Gerassi comments on student violence and Bob Fenster worries that the 15 Demands may no longer be perceived to be valid. There are also extended views of the cafeteria and further extracts of interviews with John Gerassi and Bob Fenster. The President of Associated Students Phil Garlington expresses his views on the Black Student Union and President Summerskill.
Part I of a KQED news special at San Francisco State College, featuring a tracking shot along a corridor full of students staging a sit in, followed by an interview with President John Summerskill. He states that whilst he doesn't want a police presence on campus, if there is any violence or threat of violence, the decision is no longer his. The results of the Emergency Trustee Meeting on December 9th in Los Angeles are discussed at a press conference by Peter Radcliffe (President of the SFSC Federation of Teachers), during which the College's survival is said to be in grave danger. A spokesperson for the Academic Senate calls for the forthcoming investigation to be held in public and there is more footage of Summerskill and protesters addressing crowds outside.
Part II of a KQED news special at San Francisco State College featuring Peter Radcliffe (President of the SFSC Federation of Teachers) speaking out against the Board of Trustees decision to undermine President John Summerskill's authority, by denying California College Presidents the right to decide whether or not a police presence is required on campus. He concludes that "San Francisco State College had become a pawn in California state politics." There are views of public speaking from students, Summerskill and John Gerassi, concerning the students involved in the attack on James Vaszko. Ends with scenes from a student sit-in.
Rough cut edits (derived from 16mm b&w negative and color positive film) of a KRON-TV Assignment Four documentary from 1968/9, which looks at the San Francisco State College student strike. Includes scenes featuring: a press conference with Dr. Joseph White; a press conference with George Mason Murray, who states that "If the Chancellor doesn't feel that I should teach, then he's gonna have to come into the classroom and take me out or send the pigs in to take me out. And no black person will tolerate that"; a to-camera summary of the current situation at State by KRON reporter Dave Valentine; interviews with Dr. Devere Pentony, who points out that Murray was hired for his specialist ability to teach students from minority backgrounds; crowds outside the Administration building shouting "re-hire Murray now!"; the student Convocation (with Jerry Varnado and others speaking); an interview with Roger Alvarado, who expresses frustration with the whole negotiation process, reflecting that "They can't even talk to us without their faces getting all red. Really ... We upset 'em. We upset 'em. Just by the way we look. Just by our color" and an interview with a student who discusses social stereotypes and the college system, whilst trying to frame the student strike within a bigger picture. A complete and fully edited 16mm print of this film has yet to be found.
Rough cut edits (derived from 16mm color positive film) of a KRON-TV Assignment Four documentary from 1968/9, which looks at the San Francisco State College student strike. Includes scenes featuring: mass demonstrations on campus; the student Convocation; Presidents Robert Smith and his sucessor Samuel I Hayakawa giving speeches; a class discussing strike issues, in which a student points out that "The academic community has chosen to ignore it [the needs of ethnic minorities], which is the reason for the disturbances ... Before the campus was closed down we would never be in a class like this"; an interview with Roger Alvarado, who refers to the administration's "cheap promises" and lack of action; and an interview with Dr. Juan Martinez, who explains the drop out rate for ethnic minorities at SF State is very low because they are highly motivated to succeed. A complete and fully edited 16mm print of this film has yet to be found.
A variety of convocation speeches from San Francisco State College are featured. A student calls for the college to be re-opened and for the creation of a college ombudsman. He speaks over a female protester who won't keep quiet. A student panel answers a barrage of questions from reporters and protesters, including those relating to the 10 Demands and the recent recall election. President Robert Smith gives a press conference, dismissing rumors about his resignation and stating the need for great changes within Higher Education. A female student points out to reporters that Catherine Hearst is both a University Regent and the owner of the San Francisco Examiner, citing this as the reason why the newspaper has given them negative coverage. She also claims that the profit margins of the Del Monte Corporation are directly threatened by minority education. A male student states that minority education is against the financial interests of College Trustee Dudley Swim, who is currently able to pay uneducated Mexican-American workers $1.25 per hour.
A KQED report from San Francisco State College featuring African-American protesters suggesting Ronald Reagan should remove tactical police squads from the campus because they aren't carrying student cards. There are scenes of students relaxing and talking around the campus grounds. Several students and faculty members are interviewed and express their opinion on current events.
Striking students from San Francisco State College picket on 19th Avenue and there is a brief glimpse of President Hayakawa defending his decision to disconnect cables on a sound truck: "all right, sue! I invite you to sue … I have no plans for the morning, I’m going to live by the moment!" Protestors are seen being arrested by riot police and there are snippets of separate press conferences by Hayakawa and the Third World Liberation Front. This footage features two views from different camera teams of the Administration Building’s windows being smashed and of protestors taunting riot police. Ends with Hayakawa stood defiantly on the sound truck, surrounded by a crowd of angry students.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from January 17th 1969 at San Jose State College by Dave Monsees featuring scenes from a demonstration to support the protests at SF State and views of students marching though campus buildings chanting: “On strike, shut it down!” Ends with a press conference in which a member of faculty explains how many academic departments will refuse to cooperate with their administration.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from December 5th 1968 featuring an editorial by Pat O’Brien from SF State on events leading up to President Robert Smith’s decision to close the college, followed by views of picketing and a press conference by Smith, in which he announces that a conference has been scheduled between faculty and the administration. Smith is later seen addressing a hostile crowd outside the Administration Building about the police presence on campus, in which he is cross-examined by protesters using loudspeakers. His rebuke: “This is not the way to run a college” is met by loud jeering. Ends with Mike Lee interviewing Professor William Staunton, who explains that the faculty members he represents are striking today to specifically demand that George Mason Murray be re-instated.
A brief glimpse of riot police engaging protesters at San Francisco State College, followed by a speech from a black student complaining that the College authorities are in fact trying to preserve order and injustice on the campus in equal measure. There are views of riot police and students and of an angry student addressing a crowd. President Robert Smith speaks to a belligerent crowd of students, responding directly to a question fired at him from another loud speaker. An angry crowd of demonstrators shout "Pigs off campus!" and riot police take a step back, looking visibly shaken. A melee ensues between police and students, with what sounds like a violent struggle occurring just off camera. President Smith asks for the students to disperse, as many shout "racist!" at him. This footage presents an excellent illustration of the intensity of student protests on campus.
An instructor at San Francisco State College is seen speaking about freedom, followed by footage of riot police and students. Speakers address a crowd and a band performs a cover version of Country Joe & The Fish's 'I feel like I'm fixin to die rag'. The crowd sings along with the chorus. A black student explains how he was arrested by the police. Ends with two men delivering speeches on politics and society.
SF State College students are seen crowding around President S.I. Hayakawa as he tries to give a press conference on 19th Avenue, drowning out his voice with chanting. Leo McClatchy expresses shock that the Presidential Selection Committee wasn't consulted over the temporary appointment of Hayakawa and Roger Alvarado predicts that the National Guard may be called in to deal with the ongoing protests on campus.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from November 15th 1968 at San Francisco State College featuring an interview with Professor William Staunton of the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee, who explains their position on Chancellor Dumke’s dismissal of George Mason Murray. This is followed by a press conference calling for the creation of a Black Studies Department at SF State in the Spring of 1969. Students are seen picketing on campus and heckling riot police with cries of: “Sieg Heil!” Ends with Governor Ronald Reagan declaring his belief to a reporter that a “militant minority” of students at SF State have no right to close down the entire college.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from February 25th 1967 at San Francisco State College, featuring scenes from a press conference by President John Summerskill (1925-90), about proposed cuts to the college's budget of $213 million. He explains that if the State Legislature approves these cuts or if Governor Ronald Reagan vetoes increases in the budget, then the college will have to accept 2600 fewer students next year and have 100 less faculty members. He goes on to reflect that: "There is just no way that San Francisco State or any of the other state colleges can maintain quality of education with that degree of support cut. There's no way that we can admit the expected 20,000 additional students next year with that degree of support."
KTVU News report from November 1968 at San Francisco State College by Claud Mann, who delivers an editorial on the student protests, followed by a press conference by the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) in which Roger Alvarado confirms their support for the Black Students Union (BSU) and encourages others to join the strike action. Ends with State's Dr. Devere Pentony emphasizing: “I think it should be clear that major violence has not occurred on this campus.”
KTVU News report from December 16th 1968 at San Francisco's City Hall by Carlton Cordell, featuring scenes from a Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) rally in support of the strike at SF State College. Includes view of picketing, police making arrests and public speaking.
KTVU News report from December 26th 1968 covering scenes of mass demonstration at SF State College. Features views of picketing, confrontations between protesters and police and arrests. Also includes a press conference in which a minister encourages the Trustees to look for “creative solutions” to the dispute and take responsibility for negotiating with student demands. Ends with a brief glimpse of riot police relaxing and smoking in between clashes, before more arrests are made. Please note this footage includes a brief glimpse of Bill Moore operating the KTVU camera. He was the first African American news cameraman in California.
KPIX Eyewitness News report from December 10th 1968 at SF State College by Pat O'Brien featuring a press conference by a spokesperson for the Third World Liberation Front, describing non-negotiable issues that must be addressed before they will consider mediation in their dispute with authorities. This is followed by a student press conference, scenes around campus and a minor incident where a burning firecracker is extinguished on a stairwell. Ends with views of mounted police on 19th Avenue.
A KQED report from Union Square in downtown San Francisco featuring a pro Samuel Hayakawa rally. The college president's supporters enjoy live music from the Red Garter band and struggle to speak over the shouts of anti-Hayakawa protesters. Bitter disputes erupt among the crowd between rival factions, as they try to drown each other out. Strikers chant: "on strike, shut it down!" and "no racist law!" One old woman spits: "go to work!" in reply. There are also a number of interviews with bystanders who express their differing opinions. This contains excellent footage which is clearly intended to portray the student unrest as being a divisive social issue.
KTVU News report from Claud Mann and Andrea Boggs from March 1969 featuring a Vietnam protest rally on the commons at San Francisco State College, which is broken up by an official (from a rooftop with a loud speaker) who orders the students to re-assemble in the main campus auditorium. Ends with an anti-Vietnam protest in downtown San Francisco’s Union Square, where a speaker tells his audience: “By your own silence you are as guilty as those who you disagree with.” Boggs speculates that a low turn out of protesters was due to the good weather.
Part I of a KQED news report featuring violent clashes between police and students at SF State College during a demonstration along 19th Avenue. Students antagonize police lines with chants of "kill the pigs!" and brandish large photographs of swine. A battered and bloody Donald McAllister is seen being led away by police. Students erect barricades from furniture and Dr Carlton Goodlett hands out flowers to protesters. An African American student and his German Shepherd dogs are beaten by police and a melee ensues. Some of this material is duplicated in KQN 184.
Part II of a KQED news report featuring violent clashes between police and students at SF State College during a demonstration along 19th Avenue. Arrested students are seen joking around defiantly, as they are processed by riot police and others repeatedly taunt police. One riot policeman moves to attack a capering student but is brought back to his senses by fellow officers and they back away, to roars of approval from their antagonists. There are views of many more skirmishes and arrests on campus and along 19th Avenue, most of which attract press attention. Some of this material is duplicated in KQN 184.