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In the Freedom Archives

Image of woman looking at a wall that says Freedom.

Image by Hanna Zhyhar.

I was in Berkeley, CA the first week of October 2023.  The visit was part journalistic, part political, and part remembering.  After spending the first couple of days hanging out on Telegraph Avenue and People’s Park, then wandering through neighborhoods I used to live in, on October 5th I set out to visit the recently relocated Freedom Archives in north Berkeley.  These archives are among the few such archives in the United States.  The material stored and cataloged there are from the radical and revolutionary left movements of the United States from the 1960s through the 1990s.  Founded in the late 1990s by a group of US revolutionaries, activists and scholars, the Archives was originally housed in an apartment in San Francisco.  As it outgrew its first home, a plan to find another, hopefully, more permanent space resulted in the purchase of the Freedom Archives current location.

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Ron Jacobs is the author of Daydream Sunset: Sixties Counterculture in the Seventies published by CounterPunch Books. His latest offering is a pamphlet titled Capitalism: Is the Problem.  He lives in Vermont. He can be reached at: ronj1955@gmail.com.

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