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Flying Seminar: Framing Critical Moments

OWS meets Bill Zimmerman

Bill Zimmerman, author of Troublemaker: A Memoir From The Front Lines Of The Sixties,

When: Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM




















Flying Seminar: Framing Critical Moments is an initiative of The New School working with the OWS movement to provide space for mutual learning and to facilitate a discussion that can inform action.




Bill Zimmerman’s new memoir Troublemaker: A Memoir From The Front Lines Of The Sixties, offers a revealing personal history and also tells an interesting story of the American political system. In Troublemaker, Zimmerman takes us into the hearts and minds of those making the social revolution of the sixties. He writes about registering black voters in deepest, most racist Mississippi; marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago; helping to organize the 1967 march on the Pentagon; fighting the police at the 1968 Democratic convention; mobilizing scientists against the Vietnam War and the military’s misuse of their discoveries; smuggling medicines to the front lines in North Vietnam; spending time in Hanoi under U.S. bombardment; and founding an international charity, Medical Aid for Indochina, to deliver humanitarian assistance. Zimmerman, who crossed paths with political organizers and activists like Abbie Hoffman, Daniel Ellsberg, Cesar Chavez, Jane Fonda, and Tom Hayden, captures a groundbreaking zeitgeist that irrevocably changed the world as we knew it.

Bill Zimmerman is a partner in Zimmerman & Markman, Inc., a national political consulting firm based in Santa Monica. The firm has won numerous ballot initiative campaigns, including historic first victories for physician-assisted suicide in Oregon, state-funded elections in Arizona, medical marijuana in California, drug treatment instead of incarceration in California, and a 1% surtax on California income over $1 million, the proceeds of which fund community mental health programs.

Before joining the firm, Bill produced advertising for Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, Colorado Senators Gary Hart and Tim Wirth, New Mexico Governor Toney Anaya, and numerous others. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and briefly taught there and at Brooklyn College. He is the author of three books and numerous articles, was the founder and Chairman of Medical Aid for El Salvador, and currently lives in Topanga, California.



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