Joel Geier, Associate Editor of the International Socialist Review, spoke on “1968: Year of Revolt” at the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL on March 26, 2008.
He was a leading member of the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley in the 1960’s and witnessed the 1968 protests in Paris. He discussed a vital yet hidden history of struggle and its relevance to today.
The International Socialist Review is sponsoring a national meeting tour to mark the 40th anniversary of the remarkable year 1968. It was a year of conflict, class struggle, and revolutionary upheaval around the world. 1968 saw the Vietnam Tet Offensive; the May general strike in France; the Black Power salute at the Olympics; the student struggle in Mexico and the massacre in Tlatelolco Plaza; the Prague Spring and Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia; the police riot at the Democratic convention; the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and urban rebellions; the birth of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement in Detroit. 1968 offers lessons to a new generation of activists and radicals organizing for a better world.
Today, with the economy inching closer to the brink of collapse, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan causing unimaginable death and suffering, and billions of people around the world suffering from poverty, oppression, and exploitation, the lessons of 1968 are of vital importance to a new generation of activists and radicals organizing for a better world.
This meeting was sponsored by the International Socialist Organization, University of Illinois Branch. This meeting was sponsored by the International Socialist Organization, University of Illinois Branch. Eric Heim introduced Joel Geier, who also spoke recently at Cornell University.
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