11 Facts About Barbara Garson


Barbara Garson was active in the Free Speech Movement, as the editor of The Free Speech Movement Newsletter, which was printed on an offset press that she herself had restored.

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Barbara Garson was one of 800 arrested on December 2,1964 at a sit-in at Sproul Hall, Berkeley, following the "Machine Speech" by Mario Savio.

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In 1968, Garson had a child, Juliet, and in 1969 she went to work at The Shelter Half, an anti-war GI coffee house near Fort Lewis Army base in Tacoma, Washington.

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Barbara Garson wanted her fellow 1960s activists to step away from the Democratic Party and create their own institutions, including a third party.

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Barbara Garson's next full-length play, Going Co-op, was a comedy about residents of an Upper West Side apartment house going co-op and a floundering left wing political collective that comes home to help organize the tenants who cannot afford to change from renters to owners.

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When protesters were arrested for opposing price increases and water shut offs, Barbara Garson organized a "shareholders" demonstration on their behalf in front of the South African consulate in New York City.

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Barbara Garson is the author of over 150 articles in publications including Harper's, The New York Times, McCalls, Newsweek, Geo, The Village Voice, Ms, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, The Australian, Newsday, Modern Maturity, Mother Jones, The Arizona Republic, The Guardian, The Nation, Il Posto, Znet and The Nations tomdispatch.

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Barbara Garson was awarded an Obie for The Dinosaur Door and a Special Commission from the New York State Council on the Arts, for the Creation of Plays for Younger audiences.

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Barbara Garson has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Louis M Rabinowitz Foundation Grant, the New York Public Library Books to Remember award and Library Journal's Best Business Books of 1989 award, and a MacArthur Foundation Grant for reading and writing.

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Barbara Garson was active in the protest movement against corporate globalization and the protests in advance of the Iraq War.

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Barbara Garson was in attendance at Zuccotti Park during the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.

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