January 28, 1980
The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) held a forum titled “The Decade of Silence is Over” in the Green and Grey Room. Speakers included activist Howard Johnson, professor of black studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz; Harold Jacobs, editor of The Weatherman (1970), an anthology of foundational essays by leaders of the radical activist group; Hudson Valley NYPIRG activist Michael Klein and Carol Hanisch, one of four women responsible for the revival in 1973 of the New York City radical feminist group, the Redstockings, and the author of a formative essay of the movement, “The Personal is Political” (1969).
Also among the speakers was Robin Boyle '80, who called for unity in the "fight against the beast (capitalisim) and not against ourselves." Discussing the recent demonstrations against the Marriott Corporation's plans to build a 400-room resort hotel and 300 condominiums in the Catskills at Lake Minnewaska, Boyle urged, "let us continue to defend Mother Earth against rape as we defend ourselves." The Miscellany News