At the 1968 Democractic National Convention in Chicago, protesters gathered in opposition to American militarism overseas and at home—in Asia and Central and South America, as well as in the streets of American cities and on the campuses of American colleges. In response, the city deployed the Chicago Police as well as the Illinois National Guard, leading to a police riot and crackdown. The spectacle of state violence and brutality that ensued was recently dramatized in The Trial of the Chicago 7, a new film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. We will screen the film and then have a discussion of contemporary issues of protest, police brutality, and our rights to free speech and to the city.
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