Re: [sixties-l] FSM credits

From: Jo Freeman (
Date: 10/10/00

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       Like Mike Rossman, I too was puzzled at Bill Mandel's claim that Michael
     Lerner was part of the FSM leadership.  I was part of the FSM from beginning
    to end; I have a file cabinet full of notes, documents, letters and interviews.
      I just finished a book on Berkeley in the early sixties, half of which is on
     the FSM.  I've read all the books, dozens of documents, hundreds of news clip
     pings, and thousands of pages collected by the FBI. If Lerner was even
      a participant, let alone in the leadership, someone should have noted it some
      place.  Of course, Bill Mandel is barely mentioned, even in the FBI files.
      Perhaps he and Lerner were the undercover leaders the FBI was looking for --
      so undercover they went unnoticed.
                                            Jo Freeman
    On Mon, 09 Oct 2000 02:24:10 -0700 William M Mandel said:
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    >    Wasn't Lerner a member of the Steering Committee? He was certainly a member
    >of the Executive Committee, as I was, and one of the great things about the FSM
    >was that whatever the Steering Committee had to do by way of instant
    >decision-making, there was always an Executive Committee meeting within a day
    >or a week at most to okay or renounce or modify and give overall direction. The
    >Steering Committee members always attended and took part in those discussions
    >vigorously as individuals, not as a superior caucus versus the rest.
    >Bill Mandel
    >Michael Rossman wrote:
    >> >Wm Mandel writes:
    >> >". . .  public opposition to Israeli policy among American Jews, just now
    >> > given particular publicity by . . . Rabbi Michael Lerner, who
    >> > long ago was a leader of the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley."
    >> As I've credited the FSM as leading to many things, and would be pleased to
    >> include this one among them, I hope Mandel will clarify his grounds for
    >> repeating this (dubious) assertion about Lerner.
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