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Friday, August 23, 1996

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  • Remembering Chicago 1968

    Gonzalez, Seale, Albert, and Jones reflect on Chicago 1968, interspersed with reports from 1968 by Pacifica reporters. Gonzalez discusses the political and social context of the Convention, and gives background on the establishment and spread of the Young Lords. Seale details his role as a speaker at the Convention against the background of widespread attacks on the Panthers. Albert discusses the Festival of Life, and the Yippies blending of the politics of the antiwar movement and the playfulness of the Berkeley counterculture. Jones discusses internal SDS conflict about militancy at the Convention, and lays out SDS goals to recruit McCarthy supporters to the work of SDS. Seale discusses the aftermath and the Chicago 7/8 trial, and his treatment in the courtroom. Albert draws connections between the crackdown on protest leaders and the extended life of the movement.

  • Looking forward to Chicago 1996

    Goodman asks guests to discuss their current political work, and what they would like to see at Chicago 1996.  Jones, an environmental lobbyist in Albany, urges people to tell the President how they feel about welfare reform, but cautions that this will be a Potemkin convention. Judy Albert, fundraiser for Planned Parenthood in Portland, OR, urges people to support their local Planned Parenthood in the fight for a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. Seale, a community liaison for Temple University’s African American History department, focuses his work on raising funds through the sale of his cookbook and a feature film based on his book. He plans to use the funds for a self-supporting youth/work/housing program in Philadelphia. Gonzalez, Democracy Now co-host and Daily News reporter, focuses on organizing his fellow media workers.

  • From the Chicago Convention

    Muwakkil and Bensky discuss organizing at the convention, particularly Al Sharpton’s Cash the Check campaign, the lottery for spots in the protest pen, and the expectation that black and white protests will be largely separate.