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Michael Myerson Transcript

Conducted by Lisa Rubens in 2000, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2014.


Prior to FSM Michael Myerson was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley who had been involved in a range of political activities including fair housing, opposition to capital punishment and HUAC. Myerson describes the site of student activity at Wheeler Oak before the construction of Sproul Plaza–when Telegraph Avenue ended at Sather Gate. He discusses, among other topics, the campaign of Dean of Students Herford Stone for the Berkeley City Council on an anti-fair housing platform, and his presidency of SLATE. In 1963  he had returned to Berkeley and organized the DuBois Club, the Communist Party student organization. During FSM  he raised faculty support and advised leaders, but believed a non-student should not be directly involved. At the time of this interview he was Director of Communications for SEIU Local 1199 representing East Coast hospital workers.

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