KENT STATE 2000: TOWARD A NEW FREE SPEECH MOVEMENT
(ROC-News Service) The very campus where the 1960s' student Free Speech Movement was savagely put down on May 4, 1970 --WITH BULLETS!-- may very well become a crucial center for a NEW student Free Speech Movement in 2000 and beyond. Rock Out Censorship will be on the campus of Kent State University for the 30th year commemoration of the May 4th shootings, to dialogue with students, activists and artists about the direction of this New Movement here in Northeast Ohio and around the U.S. today.
Kent has always been a favorite ROC stomping ground. ROC's Confronting would-be censor Jack Thompson at KSU http://www.theroc.org/roc-mag/textarch/roc-04/roc04-05.htm and a ROC benefit/ poetry bash/ memorial for late Cleveland poet d.a. levy downtown Kent at Brady's coffeehouse http://www.theroc.org/roc-mag/textarch/roc-15/roc1519c.htm ) come to mind. KSU student activists were well-represented in last week's demonstrations against the IMF in D.C. Kent is BAD.
When the regents governing the University of California in Berkeley moved against students exercising their First Amendment rights (political literature tables, "teach-ins") in 1964, a student movement arose to oppose the regents and their new restrictions. What, after all, is a university FOR if not free, unfettered DIALOGUE? With great strikes led by the legendary Mario Savio and others, the university was to eventually relent on it's now-laughable "restrictions." The student Free Speech Movement (FSM) won the battle of UC and became a force and inspiration to student activists across the U.S. in the decade which was to follow. ROC encourages readers to look into the history of the 1960's Free Speech Movement, at: http://www.fsm-a.org/index.html
To get oneself into the True Spirit of the Day ROC suggests a listen to the classic and poignant "Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at www.abbiehoffman.com. The story of this song -- BANNED IN 1970 from radio stations around Ohio-- is the subject of VH-1's "Rock Story" in a segment called "Rebels With A Cause." The episode will next air on VH-1 on 3 p.m. April 25 and 29 and 7p.m. April 29.
RAMONA AFRICA, NOAM CHOMSKY, COUNTRY JOE McDONALD AT KENT MAY 4th
May 4-5, Kent, Ohio: 30th Anniversary Commemoration of the shootings by National Guard of 4 KSU students Allison Krause, Jeffery Miller, Bill Schroeder and Sandy Lee Scheuer May 4th, 1970 at Kent State University, with speakers MUMIA ABU-JAMAL, Noam Chomsky, Ramona Africa, others (see schedule, below). As in past years, the May 15, 1970 victims at Jackson State will also be remembered. Call (330) 672-3767 for more information.
Schedule of May 4th events at KSU:
May 4th / noon to 3:30:
RAMONA AFRICA (Move) talks about MUMIA, noted critic of American foreign policy and MIT Professor of Linguistics NOAM CHOMSKY and three relatives of students who were killed at Jackson State. ROCK OUT CENSORSHIP's John Woods, Randy Payton and Dave Festi will be on hand with a ROC literature table.
Workshops given by the some of the above folks.
9-10:30 am-registration and reception 10:45-12:00-Howie Emmer's talk
1-2:30-panel on war resistance: Larry Gara, Jerry Gordon, Carolyn Knox, labor organizer Staughton Lynd
7:00pm-(free concert) Alice DeMicele, Country Joe McDonald
Listen to the Viet Nam-era classic, the "Fixin' to Die Rag" by Country Joe and the Fish at www.stealthismovie.com