Fifty years ago this week, a vocal contingent of young Boomers railed against a UC Berkeley ban that barred students from promoting civil rights, opposing war, and promoting other causes on campus. Their prolonged protest gained students the right to free speech and assembly at institutions across the country.
During that peaceful and relentless struggle, student leader Mario Savio issued a challenge to a nascent movement:
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.
Five decades later, as democracy becomes supplanted by corporatocracy, we Boomers owe it to our legacy and our children to take up Savio’s mantra and beat it like a drum across this nation.