At Berkeley during the 1964–65 school year, Mario Savio and his fellow students led the fight to lift a ban of on-campus political activities, a struggle that blossomed into the Free Speech Movement. As Savio declared in his famous December 1964 speech: “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And 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!”
Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, Censored 2015—Project Censored’s annual yearbook of the top 25 most censored stories and media analysis as voted on by activists, scholars, and media workers across the country—continues where last year’s volume left off: The US has left Iraq with an epidemic of cancers and birth defects. A fifth of Americans go hungry. The richest global 1 percent hide trillions in offshore tax havens. . . . And so much more that didn’t make the front page (or even back page).
Informative and timely, appalling and sometimes uplifting, Censored alerts readers to the stories that were quashed in favor of media bias, celebrity scandals, and self-censorship, in hopes that we the people, armed with knowledge, put our bodies upon the gears—before it’s too late.
About Mickey Huff
Project Censored director Mickey Huff is a co-chair of the history department and professor of social science at Diablo Valley College, and, with former Project Censored director Dr. Peter Phillips, co-host of the Project Censored Show on KPFA (Berkeley), which rebroadcasts on WBAI, No Lies Radio, Progressive Radio Network, and other stations.
About Andy Lee Roth
Andy Lee Roth is associate director of Project Censored. He teaches sociology at Sonoma State University and the College of Marin.
Praise for Censored 2014:
“It is always a must read.”—Ralph Nader, Huffington Post
“This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.”—Publishers Weekly
“[Project Censored is] a clarion call for truth telling.”—Daniel Ellsberg
“[T]he most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about.”—Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System