BROWN CALLS COPS TO TEACH
Progressive Labor Party
[Maoist Communist] leaflet ,
early December 1964
The magnificent struggle led by the Free Speech
Movement (FSM) for the political rights of all students has reached a new and decisive
stage with the mass arrest of the sit-in demonstrators and the calling of a general
student strike. Many questions arise:
Why are Governor Brown, the Board of Regents,
and the UC administration so determined to crush the FSM?
Why are they so insistent upon enforcing their
Why don't they grant the simple but fundamental
demand of FSM that students should have the same constitutional rights that all Americans
are supposed to have?
It's true that Governor Brown and the UC
administration don't want their authority challenged. Such a challenge frightens them and
that's why Governor Brown shouts "anarchy" and calls the cops. But there's much
more to it than that.
The real politics behind the free-speech
struggle at UC is fundamental and of national significance. The United States ruling
class, which controls the government, the economy, and the university system, is
confronted with a far-reaching and growing crisis at home and abroad -- that is the Negro
freedom movement and the liberation revolutions in Vietnam, the Congo, and Latin America.
One of the most important sectors of the people
supporting the cause of Negro freedom and demanding an end to United States foreign
intervention is U.S. students. The Mississippi Summer Project was carried forth by
students. The picket lines against Knowland's jimcrow hiring practices at the Oakland Tribune
are manned mainly by students. Students led the great sit-in that forced thirty-three of
San Francisco's snootiest hotels to stop discrimination in hiring. Students are publicly
circulating declarations that they are unwilling to fight against the Vietnamese people.
The list of examples are endless.
It's no accident that it's President Johnson's
top man in California, Governor Pat Brown who's been giving the orders to UC President
Kerr. President Kerr keeps his right ear open to Knowland. The university officials
represent the same financial interests that control the government, that determine
domestic and foreign policy, that profit from the cheap labor of colonial peoples and the
They don't want students going to Mississippi,
or picketing the Tribune, or circulating petitions and demonstrations against
U.S. aggression in Vietnam and the Congo.
Nor do they want students circulating radical
literature or hearing revolutionary speakers, or learning about Marxism- Leninism, or
joining progressive and socialist organizations.
They want students to be submissive, passive,
conformist and unthinking . . . to be mere products of a factory-type university system
whose only ambition in life is to be a "success" like Governor Brown, President
Kerr, William Knowland, or the representatives on the Board of Regents. In other words,
they want students to come out of school in the image of and as servants of the capitalist
When students reject that intellectually corrupt
path and instead become active, thinking, and non-conformist --when students actively
challenge undemocratic rules and bureaucratic authorities by fighting for their rights,
then they are given a bit of the Vietnam, Harlem, and Mississippi treatment --suspensions,
expulsions, arrests, jail and police intimidation.
One of the leaders of FSM said after the mass
arrests that "students have learned more about how democracy works in the United
States through the Free Speech Movement than they could have through 40 years of academic
One lesson learned by most students is how the
daily press lies. Every student who has had any relationship with the FSM knows how the
press has lied about FSM . . ." 40% outsiders and communists," "takes
orders from the Progressive Labor Movement and other communist organizations,"
"only 50 demonstrators showed up for the rally," etc., etc.
One can now realize to what extent the news
media will lie in order to mislead the American people, especially when it involves
internationally vital matters (where billions of dollars are at stake) such as Vietnam,
the Congo, Cuba, China, and the Soviet Union.
The student movement of the 1960s is alive with
radicalism and a searching inquiry into the real nature of U.S. foreign policy and the
oppression of the Negro people. Being thinking people, students are better able
to discern bogus propaganda from truth. Being young people, students are alive
with the enthusiasm, honesty, and idealism of youth. That is why students throughout the
world are also in the forefront of the struggle for freedom and against foreign
The struggle for free speech at UC is now at a
decisive stage. The fight can be won if the general strike gets the support it deserves
and needs. Truck drivers, members of the Teamsters Union, set an honorable example by
respecting student picket lines. The entire labor movement, the civil-rights movement,
every democratic-minded person and organization should support the FSM's just demands:
Drop all charges against the sit-in
Reinstate all students!
Restore the Bill of Rights at the University of