Wednesday, December 06, 2006

1960s Activism in the 21st Century

Students for a Democratic Society, a left wing 1960s student activist group, has re-formed on several campuses across the country, including UNC Chapel Hill.

Most recently, the group staged a protest against the opening of an Army Recruitment Office on Franklin Street, Chapel Hill's main strip. The Raleigh News and Observer, the UNC Online Alumni Magazine , Indy Weekly, and the UNC SDS webpage covered the event. The News and Observer also covered an SDS-led rally for Darfur in October.

If you are interested in the history of this radical group, you should watch The Weather Underground. It is an Academy-award-nominated documentary about The Weathermen, a splinter group of the SDS that bombed multiple government buildings in the early 1970s. It's one of the most interesting films I've seen in a long time.


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