2018 November 17—When Hippies Went on Strike

the lost labor history of 1968, a talk on the kmpx-fm radio strike of 1968 @ evanston public library, saturday, 17 november 2018, 4-6pm.

Learn about the surprising tale of when hippies went on strike during the tumultuous year of 1968. In San Francisco, the staff at KMPX-FM, one of first underground rock radio stations, staged a walkout to protest wages and working conditions. Organizing into the the AAFIFMWW, or the Amalgamated American Federation of International FM Workers of the World, North Beach Local No. 1, the hippie-disc jockeys at KMPX remind us that hippies were not merely feverish hedonists; they were also at the cutting edge of an emerging creative class of workers who continue, to this day, to explore unionization as part of their professional lives and personal identities. Free and open to the public at the Evanston Public Library.

Sue Henderson’s KMPX-FM union card, 1968.

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