Webinar on "The Trial of the Chicago Seven"
the defendants on the Democratic Convention
demonstration, the trial and the movie
David Dellinger (interpreted by his daughters Michele and Natasha)
Tom Hayden (interpreted by his son Troy Garity)
Judy Gumbo (friend of Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin) speaking on the role of women and on Yippie theatrics
Aislinn Pulley, Cofounder Black Lives Matter Chicago
Moderators: Frank Joyce, Terry Provance, Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee
Technical Facilitator, Questions: John McAuliff, Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee
Timekeeper: Brewster Rhoads, Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee
Probably no single event in the history of the movement against the Vietnam war was and is as controversial as the protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968 and the trial that followed. The webinar will discuss what happened at the Convention in Chicago and the indictment and trial the next year. What did demonstrators do? What did the mayor of Chicago do? What did the police do? Why were antiwar demonstrators indicted and how did the government prosecute the case? What was the impact on public opinion? Impact on the antiwar movement? Impact politically, including on the Humphry-Nixon contest, and on the US war in Vietnam? How do we look back and what did we remember and learn? We will hear from defendants and from people who were in the streets and in the courtroom.
Send questions or comments to Terry Provance <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Troy Garity is an actor known for his diverse body of work. Over the course of his 20 year career, Troy has performed on stage, in numerous films and tv shows, and has worked with some of the industries' most prominent talents. Though his breakout performance came in Barry Levinson's Bandits, Troy is perhaps best known for his roles in Ice Cube's Barbershop franchise and the HBO tv show Ballers.
Troy has earned both a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nomination for his performance in the Showtime original film Soldier's Girl. The film also garnered Troy a Peabody Award and the AFI award for excellence in film.
Outside of his acting career Troy, is board member of the Fonda Family Foundation, working with and funding numerous organizations committed to building a better society. Troy helped found the Peace Process Network, a union of different Los Angeles gangs leaders working together to negotiate peace between neighborhoods and lobby elected leaders. For over a decade, Troy served on the board of Homies Unidos, a gang violence prevention and activist training organization working in the Central American community.
Troy is the son of actress and activist Jane Fonda and, to abbreviate a long life, Chicago conspiracy defendant Tom Hayden. He is currently directing a documentary about his father titled "Rebel: Tom Hayden and the Plot to Change America".
Judy Gumbo is an original member of two late 1960s satirical protest groups - the Yippies and W.I.T.C.H. Judy attended and worked at the Chicago Conspiracy Trial where Yippie founder and Chicago defendant Abbie Hoffman told her she “should have been indicted.” No women were. She briefly managed the defendants Trial office, then became responsible for distributing Trial transcripts to national and international media. Judy is one of a very few North Americans to visit the former North Vietnam while the war still raged. She returned to travel around the United States organizing against the war and for the liberation of women.
In 1972, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover named Judy “the most vicious, the most anti-American and the most dangerous to the internal security of the United States.” Judy’s home was illegally burglarized seven times in one year by FBI agents who also installed two tracking devices on her car, one of which she found. With that, surveillance ceased.
Judy visited Vietnam in 1971, 2017 and in 2019, when she was awarded a medal by the Vietnamese government for her anti-war activities.
Judy spent the majority of her professional career as an award-winning fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. She is the widow of Yippie founder Stew Albert with whom she has a daughter, and of David Dobkin, founder of Berkeley Cohousing. Judy is now married to Art Eckstein, distinguished professor and author, among others, of “Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI and Lost the Revolution.” Judy likes to say the FBI brought them together.
Find Judy Gumbo on her website www.yippiegirl.com or on Facebook.
JUDY GUMBO :
FILM | The Chicago 7 movie and me Aislinn Pulley
Aislinn Pulley is a co-executive director of the Chicago Torture Justice Center founded out of the historic 2015 reparations ordinance for survivors of Chicago police torture. Aislinn is also a the cofounder of Black Lives Matter Chicago. She was an organizer with We Charge Genocide, a founding member of Insight Arts, a cultural non-profit that used art for social change, and a member of the performance ensemble, End of the Ladder. She is a founder of the young women's performance ensemble dedicated to ending sexual assault, Visibility Now, as well as the founder and creator of urban youth magazine, Underground Philosophy.
After graduating from college in 1969, I became involved in the anti-Vietnam War movement first organizing locally in Pittsburgh and then eventually with national groups like Harrisburg Defense Committee for Dan and Phil Berrigan, Pentagon Papers Trial and Medical Aid for Indochina. I began working with the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia in 1973 to oppose US nuclear weapons until 1983 when I went to graduate school in Berkeley, California. I received a fellowship and then studied two years in South America and worked with human rights groups in Chile. I returned to Pittsburgh where I pastored a local United Church of Christ congregation for 5 years and then worked in its national office on peace and justice issues for 10 years. I then worked 12 years with Oikocredit, an international anti-poverty organization, as its Executive Director in the United States. I retired in 2012. I currently staff the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee.
by Jon Wiener
"Solid, about the trial, plenty of transcripts."
“Conspiracy to Riot: The Life and Times of One of the Chicago 7” by Lee Weiner, who gives a more positive view of the film in a Chicago Tribune interview
A first hand observer reviews "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
by Paul Glusman, available here
"I Was in the Room Where It Happened: One Woman’s Perspective on 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'”
by Nancy Kurshan, Counterpunch
"The Chicago 7 movie and me"
"Aaron Sorkin’s moralizing liberal fantasy betrays the real ‘Chicago 7’"
by Joshua Furst, Forward
Other Films and Videos
Aaron Sorkin, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Jeremy Strong of The Trial of the Chicago 7, in conversation with Peter Coyote
Mill Valley Film Festival, tickets here @ $10
with Peter Boyle, David Clennon, Elliot Gould, Robert Loggia
Won the CableACE Award for Best Dramatic Special for director Jeremy Kagan; all the actual defendants and lawyers are woven into the recreation of the trial by actors
"Riot: The Chicago Conspiracy Trial"
narrated by Bill Kurtis available on youtube
"The Lasting Impact Of The 1968 Democratic Convention" Tom Brokaw documents the 50th anniversary on Morning Joe | MSNBC
"Medium Cool" (1969) Available on youtube
by Haskell Wexler (about the Democratic Convention protests)
"Chicago 10" (2007) Available on Amazon
with Hank Azaria and Mark Ruffalo, partly animated.
Organized by the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee www.vietnampeace org
Producing and publicizing this webinar on Zoom will cost VPCC about $1,000
Tax deductible contributions are very welcome and can be made on-line here or by check to Fund for Reconciliation and Development, 64 Jean Court, Riverhead, NY 11901 "VPCC"
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