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Homage to the Free Speech Movement
Homage to the Free Speech Movement

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Challenge: Freedom of Expression (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Lens: Canon 12x IS USM (S3 IS built-in Lens) -- 36-432mm (35mm EQ)
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Date: Jan 14, 2015
Aperture: 3.19
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/1244
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2015

Sculpture on the pedestrian/bicycle bridge crossing the Interstate 80 freeway, connecting Berkeley's Aquatic Park to the marina area. It commemorates the Free Speech Movement which started on the University of California campus in 1964, and along with those promoting civil rights and decrying the Viet Nam war, ushered in a decade of protest and turmoil.

-Handheld, manual mode
Thanks to [user]Bear_Music[/user] for tracking down this alternative quotation from Emma Goldman, which someone once condensed onto a bumper-sticker as (paraphrased) "I don't want to be part of any revolution where I can't dance."
Originally posted by Emma Goldman:

P. 56, "Living My Life":

"At the dances I was one of the most untiring and gayest. One evening a cousin of Sasha, a young boy, took me aside. With a grave face, as if he were about to announce the death of a dear comrade, he whispered to me that it did not behoove an agitator to dance. Certainly not with such reckless abandon, anyway. It was undignified for one who was on the way to become a force in the anarchist movement. My frivolity would only hurt the Cause.

I grew furious at the impudent interference of the boy. I told him to mind his own business. I was tired of having the Cause constantly thrown into my face. I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from convention and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. I insisted that our Cause could not expect me to become a nun and that the movement would not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it. "I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody's right to beautiful, radiant things." Anarchism meant that to me, and I would live it in spite of the whole world prisons, persecution, everything. Yes, even in spite of the condemnation of my own closest comrades I would live my beautiful ideal."

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01/26/2015 01:45:03 AM
oh, I just noticed that I posted a void comment - sorry..
I wanted to say how much I like your entry - I didn't enter but if so mine would have been similar style.
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01/25/2015 01:42:52 PM
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01/22/2015 10:29:57 PM
I love the comp on the last frame.
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01/21/2015 09:23:53 AM
Love the black and white, the layout is very well done
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