SlayerDave wrote:I never really cared for Mifflin... it's obviously not the social protest movement it was once was, so not like we're losing anything there either.
I haven't either, but I arrived in Madison after I had been out of school for some time. I think it stopped being a social protest around 40 years ago. With that being said, I had always heard tales of it when I was in school and thought it was a pretty cool thing for the students to have. I bet there are some people there that do learn of its roots, so that is something. I was sad to read of Mr. Soglin's stance on the block party. Words fail me, so I will rely on those of the "Big" Lebowski; "Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski. Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir."
"In May 1969, Soglin, while representing the Eighth Ward (JT EDIT - He was 24 at the time)
, was twice arrested at the first infamous Mifflin Street Block Party. Soglin was tried and found guilty of "Failing to Obey the Lawful Order of a Police Officer." The charge from the second day, "Unlawful Assembly," was thrown out by a federal court. The following fall he enrolled in law school."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Soglin