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Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, college campuses became bastions of political activism. Student activism evolved from peaceful protests expressing skepticism about the war and university policies to radical campus takeovers. William Kunstler often spoke at colleges, offering his support for radical demonstrations and takeovers.

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Surveillance Report: Account of Speech Given at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on May 15, 1960

"[Kunstler] stated college campuses belong to students, not the Board of Trustees, and students have a right to change it… He stated students should not worry about getting jobs, getting degrees, getting into law school, but should worry about rights and, if necessary, occupy buildings and destroy property. He urged students to work with the Black Panthers and everyone."



Surveillance Report: Account of Speech Given at Columbia University on May 5, 1970

"Kunstler: 'And all I want to say is in the truest sense of the word, All Power to the People! Right on! Do it.'

Students chant 'strike! strike! strike!'

A confidential source advised that following Kunstler's speech, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 people marched from CU to CUNY to support the students there who had seized portions of the campus earlier that day...Special agents of the FBI then observed approximately 1,300 of the demonstrators go to Wollman Auditorium in Ferris Booth Hall to hold a meeting concerning a student strike."

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