Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium / University of Washington

Fred Haley talks about Civil Liberties and the Canwell Committee

On January 29, 1994 the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies brought together ILWU veterans, Pacific Northwestern activists, and academics to honor and remember the legacy of Harry Bridges and the tradition of dissent he inspired on the waterfront.

Fred Haley was a champion of both civil rights and academic freedom in the Pacific Northwest. As president of the Tacoma School Board in the 1960s he advocated for the hiring of African American teachers in the Tacoma public school district and he served on the Washington State Committee for Academic Freedom. Here, Haley talks about the threats to academic freedom caused by the Canwell Committee and former UW president William Gerdberding’s formal apology to the victims of the Canwell trials.