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Ken Cloke Transcript

Conducted by Lisa Rubens in 2004, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.

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Ken Cloke had been an undergraduate at Cal and was a Boalt Hall law student, with an extensive record of student activism. He participated in the anti-HUAC Auto Row and Sheraton Palace demonstrations in San Francisco. He was an active member in TASC, SLATE, CORE, SNCC and the DuBois Club among many other organizations. This interview was conducted at The Bancroft Library during the Fortieth Anniversary of FSM and covers Cloke’s observations on Mario Savio, key moments of the FSM, work with law students such as Michael Tigar and the FSM legal defense team. The interview follows Cloke’s career as an organizer for the Lawyers Guild and the defense counsel for the demonstrators at the Chicago convention in 1968, his involvement with the GI movement and his work as a practicing attorney championing and teaching about civil, labor and gay and women’s rights. Throughout the interview Clocke provides an analysis of the history of left politics in the U.S.

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