Today in NC State History: Jane Fonda speaks at Stewart

October 20, 2013
By Chris Saunders

blog_series63“Obamacare” has become a word in the popular vernacular in 2013, but the debate over a nationalized health care system has long been at the forefront of U.S. politics.

The issue, in fact, was front and center on this day in 1977 when actress and activist Jane Fonda lectured an audience of about 700 people in Stewart Theatre.

fondaFonda said during her lecture that she hoped a national health care bill would be passed in what she called “the near future.” According to an issue of the Technician, The issue came up in her thoughts on President Jimmy Carter, who had been in office for almost 10 months. She said Carter was off to a good start but that he underestimated the baseness of Washington, D.C., politics, adding Carter could no longer just be “a good guy.”

But the biggest target of Fonda’s criticism that night was U.S. corporations. She called for more citizen control of them and said more local citizens needed to be on boards of large corporations.

“We have a vision of the future that is very different from the vision of the corporations,” she says. “We want jobs for everyone and decent housing for all.”


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