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The Activist, Vol. 1, No. 1



The Activist, Vol. 1, No. 1


This is the front page of the first publication of The Activist, a student newsletter produced by members of Queens College Students for a Democratic Society in violation of Queens College protocol.


Freedom of the press - United States;
Student activities - United States;
Student publications;
Student movements - United States;
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)


Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.). Queens College Chapter




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)



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Queens (N.Y.)


Newsletter of Queens College Students for a Democratic Society
Vol. 1, No. 1 April 14, 1966

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From the Redbook: "Student publications at Queens College enjoy a unique position. Newspapers...magazines...and other periodicals ore published by student groups that have been auth-orized by the Queens College Student Governments and the Faculty Committee on Student Activities and Services to carry forward a particular program. Such groups assume the major responsibilit-ies that accompany the right to publish and they manage their own affairs."
Queens College Students for a Democratic Society is such an organization, and we are publishing a newsletter.
We are doing this with full awareness that we are in viol-ation of several restrictions enumerated in the Redbook:
1)We are devoting it to activities other than our own.
2) We are distributing it to the entire campus, not just our membership.
3) We calling it a "newsletter" instead of a "house organ."
4) We have not sent copies to the Office of the Dean of Students. .
5) We have accepted off-campus advertising.
We do not believe that freedom of the press is a privilege, to be extended or restricted at the whim of any committee, but rather a right guaranteed in the First Amendment to thc Consti-
tution of our country. We therefore regard ell restrictions on the free expression and disemination of ideas on the Queens Col-lege campus to be null and void. We do not believe the univer-sity to be exempt from free inquiry, but, on the contrary, a place where the free exchange of ideas ought to be ever more so encouraged. We accept the responsibility and are aware of the possible consequences of our affirmation of our scored constitu-tional right. From the Redbook: "When in the opinion of the Dean of Students or his authorized representative these regula-tions are violated, disciplinary action may be taken against the organization or its leaders..."
Why are we publishing at this time? The need for an open and knowing breakage of publications restrictions has become more apparent as a result of Student Association's attempts to effect reforms in dress and publications policy. The appearance of the Free Press as an off-campus second newspaper has accented this need. We see no sign that students' rights on this campus will be realized unless students assert these rights plainly and openly.
SDS, as a radical democratic organization has taken this critical step further along the trail blazed by the Student As-sociation and the Free Press. But we alone cannot do the job.
We ask your support for our action in the form of letters to Dean Kreuzer and the FCSAS.
-Queens College Students for a Democratic Society

Original Format

8.5 x 11 inches (215.9 x 279.4 mm)


Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.). Queens College Chapter, “The Activist, Vol. 1, No. 1,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed July 2, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/85.