I was lucky enough to be around for the Berkeley Free Speech Movement (FSM) 50th anniversary rally today. It was a joy to watch campaigning veterans as old as 84 connect with young students and the issues of today. The Free Speech Movement continues to inspire movements the world over and it was very fitting that movement veteran Jack Weinberg used his speech to celebrate the incredible courage of the Occupy Central student movement that is happening right now in Hong Kong. I recorded his 7 minute speech on my phone. Scroll down to watch.
Also, here's 'that' famous Mario Savio (FSM student leader) quote:
“There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”
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