Mayor Paul Soglin was one of the students who led the charge against Dow Chemical recruiting on UW-Madison’s campus. The protest against the company for manufacturing Napalm used in the Vietnam War marked a turning point in Soglin’s career, and he says, in Madison history.
“I think the protest was successful in terms of changing the political landscape of Madison … the trajectory of Madison politics from that day to this day was to move significantly to the left,” Soglin says.
The protest put UW-Madison on the map for its anti-Vietnam War efforts after police beat protesters with billy clubs and liberally used tear gas to quell rioting.
He spoke with WORT producer Nina Kravinsky about the Dow protest and the future of activism in Madison.