Berkeley College: The Riots Over Free Speech | Time

Eight students were suspended indefinitely, five for setting up tables and three for leading what would be known as the first Sproul Hall sit-in. That night the Free Speech Movement (FSM) was created. The next day, October 1, 1964, Jack Weinberg was arrested for setting up a table with political literature in front of the Sather Gate campus entrance. Police believed that he was on the property illegally distributing political material. Students showed a great deal of support for their peer by surrounding the police car and holding the officer at bay for 32 hours (Heineman 2001: 106-107). The events that took place over this three-day period were the foundation for what would be known as the Free Speech Movement.

UC-Berkeley says ‘Free Speech Week’ is canceled

Last week's riot at University of California Berkeley has raised some big questions about the future of the free speech movement. A divided campus – which once incubated the ideals of the 1960s – was sent into lockdown as it struggled to balance inclusive values with its legacy of fighting for the right to voice your opinion, however ugly it may be.


Free speech movement goes full circle in Berkeley – …

The Berkeley Division of Academic Senate passed a resolution stating, “The content of speech or advocacy should not be restricted by the University.

Robert Borsdorf, a 20-year-old third-year art student at Berkeley spent part of the night documenting the protests on behalf of the art department, and another part of it wrestling with protesters who didn't want him to photograph their faces.


Berkeley Free Speech Movement - RationalWiki

Many of ROHO's interviews--especially in University History--include discussion of the Free Speech Movement. Here are some select related ROHO interviews.

The Un-Free Speech Movement at Berkeley | RealClearPolitics

But despite the majority's actions, university policies and widely condemned views of Yiannopoulos, the shut-down of the event brought a larger issue to light. "The whole point of the free-speech movement was to defend unpopular speech. There's no point in defending popular speech," says Jack Citrin, professor of political science and director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the university. "This could have been a teaching moment for our students: that it is legitimate for people with views you find abhorrent to speak, and to debate them, and to do so with a superior argument. Instead, it ends up a moment where this provocateur gets exactly what he wanted."

UC Berkeley tries to reclaim its free speech legacy

The group of students who helped to create this movement instilled hope in students who felt as though their personal freedoms were being limited and encouraged them to break down the walls that were blocking them and achieve whatever goals that they had set out to reach.

Transcripts -- Free Speech Movement Oral History Project

Constitution. The FSM did not feel that their resolution had been met. Later that year, nine people, only 3 of them being students, were arrested for displaying the word “fuck” on a poster around campus. A few rallies caused the Regents to become outraged. They wanted Kerr to expel all of the students involved. Kerr and his new Chancellor could not handle the pressure of all of the demands and came close to resigning. The nine students were taken to court. All of the students arrested for the rally in Sproul Hall on December 2nd were tried in the spring. Some of them were put on probation and fined, while the leaders were sentenced to time in jail. The FSM slowly disappeared and was replaced by anti-Vietnam groups. Even though the FSM disintegrated, the Berkeley students still made a difference. Students could now speak freely by setting up tables, holding meetings, and raising money. Years later a grant was made by an alumni in honor of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement (Freeman 2004: 1178-1182).