Society for Democratic Action

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Society for Democratic Action (1966-1969). Formerly Students for Democratic Action.
Objectives - To work against nuclear war, the Vietnam war, conscription, world poverty and the unwarranted interference of the State. Emphasized participatory democracy and the superiority of morality over material values. Believed that democratic freedom had to be fought for and, once achieved, had to be protected.
Publicists - Mick Bergin, Tony Bowen, Carlene Crowe, David Guthrie, Alan Knight, Matthew Lambourne, Janita Laver, Dave Nadel, Phil Richardson, Dick Shearman (in addition to those in Students for Democratic Action). Organisers included Jim Prentice, Greg Mallory, Lorraine Dyer, Paddy McCorry, Janine Bell, Dan O'Neill, Mal Price, Merv Partridge.
Notes: Involved in Civil Liberties Co-ordinating Committee (1967). Linked with Students in Dissent and University Conscription Committee. In March 1968 S.D.A. founded FOCO at Trades Hall as an independent, radical cultural centre It involved music, poetry, film, theatre, a bookshop and a newsletter. It was largely run by off-campus activists FOCO was closed by the Trades and Labor Council in May 1969. The dissolution of S.D.A. in April 1969 reflected a desire to find revolutionary forms of action.


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