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How 1960’s Students Fought to Create A Better World – The Intriguing Story of the SDS

February 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0

The contributors in this book were mostly members of WSA. These accounts are both optimistic, from those still inspired, and bitter, from those now critical of their involvement. The stories they tell speak across the years, as a new generation–from Black Lives Matter to Fight for $15 to the Parkland students–faces decisions about how to organize and build alliances to stop wars abroad, confront racial oppression at home, fight for immigrant rights, and end violence and neoliberal exploitation.

Today, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is often portrayed as the drama of the good early 1960s SDS turning into Weatherman, the small faction whose story ended in a bombed-out New York townhouse.

In his book You Say You Want A Revolution: SDS, PL, and Adventures in Building a Worker-Student Alliance, author John Levin shows the reality was quite different. SDS at its apex in 1968/69 numbered 100,000 students whose political views reflected a rainbow of ideologies exploring what a new American left could be with a willingness to risk everything to stop the war in Vietnam and achieve social justice. When SDS splintered in June 1969, a majority of the delegates supported the program of its Worker-Student Alliance caucus: building a strategic alliance between students and the working class to achieve the movement’s goals.


February 13, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
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