Let The Revolution Begin

Is there anyone old enough to know what the SDS was?  Or who was Hayden, Hoffman, Rubin?

The year was 1968 and the university protest at Columbia…..this is where most of the turbulence of the 60’s and 70’s began….or so say some…..

The Columbia University Struggle of 1968, 50 years ago, was in fact a Struggle against Columbia University—as a ruling class slumlord, a racist gentrifier against the people of Harlem and Morningside Heights, and a genocidal war criminal carrying out weapons research against the People of Vietnam. It was one of the great miracles of the times that students who had been recruited to support The System turned against it and sided with the Black community and the people of Vietnam.

The Struggle against Columbia was carried out by The Movement—a Black United Front in Harlem including Harlem Tenants Association, Morningsiders United and Harlem CORE, the Students’ Afro-American Society and Black Students of Hamilton Hall, Students for a Democratic Society at Columbia, and national groups like Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, SDS, with support from the national civil rights and anti-war movements.


Fifty years ago and this is what lit the fire of rebellion under my ass……I was in the military at the time but the need to help end the war I was fighting was deep felt.

We need students to step forward……there is a small beginning now with the high school students from Florida……we need for it to expand…..and soon.

But those were the days of an independent press that had to scratch for news not like today with the corporate control of the media…..the days of the SDS may be gone but they are not forgotten by hard core radicals like myself.

16 thoughts on “Let The Revolution Begin

  1. Old enough, but only vaguely remember them. That was a year of worldwide protest and student upheaval. Halcyon days indeed!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Got to see Rubin in action just before 500-1000 of DC Police rioted and gassed Federal workers on their way home. Don’t know if you reember Rubin and happy pranksters throwing blood (cow) on the Justice Department’s doors but I was there on my way home from work at the Smithsonian – old red brick building. Police chief led the charge and threw the first tear gas. Thousand of beehives and pork pies running with eye full of tears and gas. A day I’d rather forget – grin. it was later on that I got handcuffed to White House fence and spent night going to and from every lock up in DC.

  3. My old American History professor was a member of Students for a Democratic Society. Wisconsin chapter, I think. He didn’t get into specifics, but he often said “I had to leave the United States.” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)

    Gym Crow…hilarious! One thing is for sure, the radicals of those days had much better senses of humour. (Hoffmans occupation of Wall Street, levitating the Pentagon, nominating a pig for President.)

  4. Stopped by to read your reminiscing…unfortunately for us, the battle with Columbia University is fired up. Like their dastardly take over of West Harlem, they are now conquering my neighborhood in Washington Heights NYC.
    They consume minority neighborhoods like a giant Goliath…we’re praying that God makes us more than we are. We’re not giving up.

    1. Keep fighting…..too many neighborhoods will disappear because of what some call urban sprawl (I think)….thanx for stopping by….chuq

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