Jonah Raskin’s review of my collection of Mario Savio’s speeches and writings from 1964, The Essential Mario Savio, demonstrates that he does not understand even the fundamentals of Savio’s political history. Mario Savio, whose eloquent oratory at UC Berkeley sparked the Free Speech Movement that ushered in a decade of student protest in the 1960s, died Wednesday. As Mario approached and tried to speak they dragged him nearly off his feet. He is most famous for his passionate speeches, especially the "put your bodies upon the gears" address given at Sproul Hall, University of California, Berkeley on December 2, 1964. Mario Savio, (born December 8, 1942, Queens, New York—died November 6, 1996, Sebastopol, California), U.S. educator and student free-speech activist who reached prominence as spokesman for the 1960s Free Speech Movement (FSM) at the University of California, Berkeley.At the time dismissed by local officials as a radical and troublemaker, Savio was esteemed by students. The Free Speech Movement in Berkeley, California, was pivotal in shaping 1960s America. But Mario Savio, the free speech hero himself, might well have agreed with Dirks. “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. Among faculty members two judgments on the events of the fall seem almost universal. He even removed his shoes before climbing atop the police cruiser at the center of the legendary October 1964 sit-in, as a sign that he meant no disrespect to law enforcement or state property. He was investigated by the FBI from July 1964 until January 1975, following his arrest in March 1964 at … Weinberg suggested "Free Speech Movement" and that's the name that was adopted, by a margin of one vote. Mario's mother was also of Italian ancestry, though born in the US, and worked as a retail salesperson. There was controversy over the use of indecent words at Berkeley, but it occurred in 1965, the semester after the FSM. Led by Mario Savio and other young veterans of the civil rights movement, student activists organized what was to that point the most tumultuous student rebellion in American history. Having just published a book of Mario Savio’s FSM speeches (The Essential Mario Savio: Speeches and Writings That Changed America), I assure you that none of Savio’s speeches contained the “F” word or any other obscenity. The fight for free speech is a worthy one. For more information on the Free Speech Movement, visit UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library at: For more information on this footage, visit the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive at: Also appearing on the Intelligent Channel: new documentaries, innovative lectures and enlightening presentations, archival video and unedited footage from museums, libraries, and archives, and major conversations with thought leaders \u0026 entertainment celebrities. He graduated from Taxco, Mexico helping to improve the sanitary problems by building facilities in the slums. Mario Savio, founder of the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley, on his 22nd birthday (1964) - from THE EDUCATION ARCHIVE. How the alt-right weaponized free speech. Introduction by San Francisco archivist Alex Cherian. At the height of the FSM, Savio insisted that protesters adhere to basic rules of civility and proper deportment. An on-campus restaurant commemorating the event, the Mario Savio Free Speech Movement Cafe, resides in a portion of the Moffitt Undergraduate Library. His parents had moved to Los Angeles and that autumn he enrolled a… Mario Savio 1964 The faculty and the President, all America wanted to represent, with all the academic pomp and might as Berkeley tried to sell it’s right to obfuscate, confiscate, and delegate freedom of speech at Sather Gate. Source recording courtesy Lynne Hollander and Michael Rossman Mario Savio discusses his views on the governance of the University of California. Mario Savio interview with Jack Fincher, Life Magazine . Both his parents were devout Catholics and, as an altar boy, Savio planned to become a priest. He was 53. You can’t even passively take part. How do Savio’s ideas compare to current educational debates, such as those stemming from “No Child Left Behind” and “Common Core”? It is located, appropriately, in Sproul Plaza. Mario Savio is the best-known FSM leader. This fall I am engaged in another phase of the same struggle, this time in Berkeley. Mario Savio (1942-1996) was a political and human rights activist from the University of California at Berkeley who became the voice of the Free Speech Movement. At the theatre called the Greek the stage filled with strong and meek. The Free Speech Monument, commemorating the movement, was created in 1991 by artist Mark Brest van Kempen. Do any of these speeches share themes or rhetorical appeals from Savio’s speech? Words of Freedom - Mario Savio at UC Berkeley #FSM50 - YouTube Mario Savio, leader of the Free Speech Movement of UC Berkeley, leads several thousand students in an invasion of Sproul Hall administrative building in Berkeley on Dec. 2, 1964. Free Speech Rhetoric and Reality: Why Savio, Kerr and Reagan Were All “Radicals” By Seth Rosenfeld . To the editor: The article looking back 50 years to UC Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement and the specific focus on Mario Savio brought back powerful memories. Mario Savio, founder of the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley, on his 22nd birthday (1964) - from THE EDUCATION ARCHIVE. THE FREE SPEECH MOVEMENT 1964. by Ethan Russell. He was 53. Many contemporary movements draw off of the same impassioned and anti-conformist rhetoric as Mario Savio’s speech exhibited. In 1964, Berkeley student Mario Savio addressed his peers in a speech about the importance of the free and open discussion on college campuses. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. On Dec. 9, 1964, Mario Savio and the original Free Speech Movement claimed victory in Berkeley: “We’ve finally gotten into a position where we have to … Savio was born in New York City to a Sicilian-born Italian-American father who designed and manufactured restaurant equipment. Watch for more! Mario Savio. Mario Savio, leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, speaks to assembled students on the campus at the University of California, Berkeley, on Dec. 7, 1964 “Last summer I went to Mississippi to join the struggle there for civil rights. Mario Savio, leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, is restrained by police as he walks to the platform at the University of California's Greek Theater in Berkeley on Dec. 7, 1964. Copyright belongs to Young Broadcasting of San Francisco, Inc. Special thanks to Pat Patton and KRON-TV for helping to make this material more publicly accessible. Several names were proposed—Students for Free Speech, United Free Speech Movement, University Rights Movement, Students for Civil Liberties. Firebrand free speech activist Mario Savio, who rallied hundreds of UC Berkeley students during the 1960s Free Speech Movement, returned to campus Friday to encourage opposition to Proposition 187. Raskin’s argument that Savio did not support the antiwar movement is absurd. But the alt-right’s co-opting of the movement exposes their unsavoury motives . Mario Savio Politics. In his address, Savio argued that the university must return to it’s intended function where students are invited to explore all ideas – both radical and mainstream – freely and without fear of social or academic repercussion. This kinetic typography video shares some of the most memorable words from the Free Speech Movement, dubbed \"The Machine Speech.\" Here are the words of Mario Savio that appear in the video:\"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!\"Motion Graphics by Phil Ebinerhttp://berkeley.edu For FULL SCREEN click in video bar. For more info: December 2, 1964, Mario Savio addressed a mass rally from the steps of Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley. Subscribe to the Intelligent Channel! Talks about the free speech on campus and the reaction of campus administration and faculty to student political advocacy and action. Mario Savio (December 8, 1942 – November 6, 1996) was an American activist and a key member in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. FSM leader Mario Savio later stated that Jack Weinberg was the FSM's key tactician. And join the conversation! Fifty years ago this October 1, thousands of UC Berkeley students spontaneously sat down around a police car on Sproul Plaza and held it captive for 33 hours in protest of a University rule against political activity on campus.