Thursday, March 06, 2008

"We Must Name the System"

Paul Potter, former President of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), originally delivered this renowned speech at the April 17, 1965 March on Washington. Potter offers an insightful critique of our government’s use of the rhetoric of freedom to justify war, and calls for citizens of the United States to create a massive social movement to build a “democratic and humane society in which Vietnams are unthinkable.” Needless to say, it remains relevant today...

This reenactment is a part of the very cool The Port Huron Project, which stages reenactments of protest speeches from the New Left movements of the 1960s and '70s. Each event takes place at the site of the original speech, and is delivered by a performer to an audience of invited guests and passers-by. Videos, audio recordings, and photographs of these performances are presented in various venues and distributed online and on DVD as open-source media.

Check it out (it is well worth it) and spread the word...

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