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1968–1969: Speaking Truth to Power

Movement Photo Album: October, 1968 through May, 1969
With some small changes, these captions are the original ones written in June, 1969. Each image opens in a new browser window.
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Cover
Good guys and bad guys with bullhorns.
Page 1
In honor of the 100th anniversary of St. Leland's railroad (and drawing a little from Martin Luther) the SDS demands concerning Stanford's involvement in Southeast Asia are to be nailed to the door of the Board of Trustees' office. Oct., 1968. Participatory democracy dictates that all would take part in the symbolic nailing. Bill Wyman, starting early and eagerly in his efforts to befriend the radical left.
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Two pages of the demands, calling for a response by Oct. 14. In this, their original form, the demands dealt with all Stanford dealings in S.E. Asia, and not just research. The Trustees' door within half an hour after the demands were posted.
Page 3
King Kong and the Roving Gorilla band present their interpretations of the national election. Nov. 5, 1968. Onlookers.
Page 4
The deity of the candidates running for President, being carried from the noon rally to the Applied Electronics Laboratory, for a discussion of the demands. Bill Wyman and Barbara Dray. A blatant attempt to co-opt and divert the approaching group. What a fate: to be tempted by coffee and cookies! Delivering the exorcism which, hopefully, would have forced all evil spirits to flee. Audience was heard to voice some doubts about effectiveness of such voodoo.
Page 5
Serious presentation of information and analysis regarding AEL. The tactic worked well: the humor of the noon rally, and the parade from there to AEL brought many people together, brought them down to the building in question (logistics information learned from such trips proved valuable several months later), diverted some researchers from their work, and gave a very solid presentation of the important information and ideas. Engrossed in the speeches???
Page 6
The basis factors in the issue at hand. Although the events in Palo Alto on the night of Nov. 5 (the electoral wake and Lytton Plaza demonstration) are not directly related to this discussion, Joan Baez Harris and her young (though distracted) onlooker are included for a little variety.
Page 7
Walking to the President's office to welcome Dr. Pitzer upon his arrival in December, 1968.
Page 8
Why look! It's "Bouncing Bill" again!! With Biased Bob Byers! William Rambo (head of AEL) and friend. Pitzer declining to engage in "rational dialogue" after viewing the occupants of his office.
Page 9
Students attending the January 14, 1969 meeting of the Board of Trustees, which someone had declared to be an open meeting. Temporary Chairman of the Board, in the absence of Mr. Fuller. "Wizzard Wyman" - he just keeps showing up. While acknowledging that he is serving as the errand boy of the Trustees, it now appears that he failed in an attempt to carry a message back into the fortress.
Page10
Something about the mountains and Mohammed: the back hallway behind the Trustees' dining room in the faculty club.
Page 11
Steve Smith engaging in various forms of dialogue with Trustees and administrators, following his unexpected entry into the dining room. Students entering dining room. President Pitzer, retreating. (Note: strange images in pictures are caused by reflections on window through which the pictures were taken .)
Page 12
Students in the dining room, after having read the demands through the window to the Trustees. This was a second formulation of the demands, listing specific actions which would be taken (e.g., that Roger Lewis resign from General Dynamics or the Board of Trustees, etc.) In retrospect, this particular formulation was viewed as useless and/or over-confining. People involved in their creation now prefer to forget them. To the victors, the spoils. It was a small victory, in that it dramatized the demands, but accomplished little in furthering them.
Page 13
More spoils. "Let them eat cake!!" cried Jumping Jack Friedenthal when the SJC convened. Spectators at the wallaby-court.
Page 14
Subsequent rally describing actions.
Page 15
Rally in Old Union Courtyard, February 21, 1969. William Rambo, director of AEL, was the only person to respond to an invitation to address the gathering. The rational right?????
Page 16
Here they come, that dashing duo --- following the action!! A return engagement at AEL... ... and an encore at SRI. The strategy again worked well: people had been brought to the buildings involved, and shown the opposition.
Page 17
Following the formation of the April Third Coalition the previous night, the adopted demands are presented at a rally.
Page 18
The 12:30 commuter special to Building 10 leaves on time (under the careful scrutiny of the station master).
Page 19
When the Trustees meet to discuss the demands, a vigil at Stanford... ... and a boring picket line in the City. Peaceful picketing and rational dialogue, with no results.
Page 20
Support for the pickets from young business employees and inductees; entertainment from school kids.
Page 21
Pitzer attempts to soothe the hostile people (although some find other things more interesting).
Page 22
The move is made to AEL, and Rambo is found talking with his wife.
Page 23
The first night of the sit-in: talk with surprised researchers, plans for use of newly acquired printing facilities, occupation of the Old Crow's office, and some early morning writing.
Page 24
The sit-in proceeds: sleeping, meetings, and reading about ourselves.
Page 25
Another in the long string of rallies to gain support. "On the second day of AEL, Pitzer sent to me—Leonard Schiff!" The faculty tea, and expressions of support.
Page 26
Rumor of an imminent arrival of police stimulates the placement of a look-out. The vote to leave after nine long days.
Page 27
A parting message of good will.
Page 28
The Academic Council continues to follow a course based on decisive action.
Page 29
A meeting of the student body.
Page 30
Within hours of the departure from AEL, files are moved, and the Old Crow comes home to roost. An SDS meeting (the first in several months) to discuss their relationship with the April Third Movement.
Page 31
When AEL reopens in a week, people return to discuss the same issues.
Page 32
Following a poor showing by five trustees, another vote to act. Encina: access gained only after a brief political meeting of the minds (and bodies).
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Administrators try to find out who is in the building, and liberal faculty members try to convince people to leave when confronted by police. It is only simple addition: Committed students, plus sidelines faculty, plus willing police can only result in police action.
Page 34
A meeting to regroup, listening to an injunction, and planning a boycott-carnival to lift our spirits. What comes after a sit-in at Encina: a registered notice of immediate temporary suspension Political theorists turn their attention to skilled crafts.
Page 35
Waiting for the first session of court, only to be confronted by mass incompetence. A pacifist finds a willing pupil.
Page 36
The vote to go to SRI, and finding president Charles Anderson, who happened to drive into the area.
Page 37
SRI on Friday, May 16: the people in the streets versus the blue meanies and the blue buttons.
Page 38
A friendly cop, but ... ....some unfriendly sheriffs. (In the time between these photographs, a tear gas attack and subsequent vomiting necessitates a temporary suspension of activities.)
Page 39
And what was it the meek were supposed to inherit??????