1968, 50 years after the SF State Strike

11/06/18 - posted by Paul Judge

1968, 50 years after the SF State Strike

I was a scrub at City College of San Francisco but curiosity and the issues & emotions of the times carried me over to the SF State campus on Halloway. I knew people from all sides of the strike line. I was outraged when the SFPD charged from all sides of the Quad and beat students, staff and faculty. I escaped in panic, seething with anger, and sick to my stomach. Late that night walking home from work I crossed paths with a very tired, older cop near retirement age who appeared like he usually worked a desk job. He was walking on the opposite side of the street on very tired feet, his head down and riot helmet held under his arm. He was exhausted. I was overwhelmed with clashing feelings. He reminded me so of older family friends that I wanted to go up and hug him (Yes, hug a 'Pig'!). But I didn’t, my mixed feelings let the moment drift past. We’d both had had enough encounters that day.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the San Francisco State Strike
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:00 PM
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street, San Francisco
https://tinyurl.com/50yearsSFStateStrike

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