The Trial of the Chicago 7: Rennie Davis and Jon Weiner - Shared screen with speaker view
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Hi everyone. I was there in the streets of my home town of Chicago. I got teargassed by the Chicago Police for the “crime” of leaving a legal permitted rally in Grant Park on August 28, 1968. I attended the trial and have met many the
I watched that exchange between Ribicoff and Daley on TV. It was pretty clear what Daley was shouting.
Jon’s book: https://thenewpress.com/books/conspiracy-streets
defendants and lawyers. While Aaron Sorkin’s movie was entertaining and well written, there are many falsehoods in the movie - the most egregious of which was defaming David Dellinger who was falsely depicted slugging a US Marshal. Did not happen. The Tom Hayden character in the film was totally different than the real Tom Hayden who I knew personally. As far as the acting, I think Sasha Baron Cohen did a good job portraying Abbie Hoffman and Frank Langella captured pretty well Judge Hoffman.
The demonstrations were against the war in Vietnam yes, but also about the unconscionable action of the Democratic Party nominating a pro war candidate- Hubert Humphrey - who did not win a single primary. The anti-war candidates - Bobby Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy were anti war candidates who got the overwhelming number of votes in the primaries.
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Rennie, did you have special insights into the Fed Govt because of your dad’s job and growing up nearby DC in Northern Virginia?
Rennie: Isn’t it true that David Dellinger did not slug anyone in the courtroom
Hello Rennie, from Bob Ross. The movie might be about our "prophetic insight" or it may be about us as "feckless victims." I fear the characterizations push historic memory of us to the latter. Your thought?
I remember your speaking with the guava bomb in your hand. It was very moving at the time.
Please keep the great questions up..
Why hasn’t the film of Bobby Seale’s life happened yet? I understand he’s been trying to get it produced.
Can you talk a little about the relationship between Bobby Seale and the other 7 defendants? Was there any behind the scenes coordination? Was there any conflict?
Rennie, were at the John Sinclair Freedom Rally in Ann Arbor with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, & others in 1971?
Rennie, I met you way back when (after the trial, I think), along with Tom, Jerry and Abbie. Truthfully, while Tom was really attractive -- no woman could miss that -- he was kind of slick. Back then, I admired yor more per SDS because of your smarts and dedication, and I admired Jerry and especially Abbie cause of their brilliance with the media along with caring as well. Today, they would have been at the top of social media. Finally, as an antiwar and anti-nuclear activist, later, the person I got to know best was Dave Dellinger. I saw him at multiple War Resisters :League meetings, and ne was always patient and kind, no matter how annoying some participants were. It was very clear that he lived his pacifist philosophy. And finally gotta add kudos to Leslie and Jesse Kagan for everything they've done for the antiwar movement too. And yes, just want to add DAve's deep commitment to pacifism.
TP: Yes. We’ll email the link to a video of everything.
Thank you Rennie for making it clear to everyone that David Dellinger did not do what Aaron Sorkin depicts. This is clear defamation of Dave Dellinger.
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My drawn story TOPPLING TYRANTS 101 about SDS, which was published in World War 3 illustrated magazine, an annual anthology of activist comix.
Thank you, John for giving shout out to black women.
Tom Hayden and Aaron Sorkin did not like one another. Tom told me in 2010
The women in SDS who had been to the South, organized a Women’s Caucus early on, because they recognized that women in the movements being treated as an underclass.
Jim Barton (he/him)
The film Seberg has a similar whitewashing, in that film, of the FBI.
that Sorkin was like Mark Zuckerberg and he did not say that as a positive. Tom was the only defendant Sorkin consulted.
Sorkin's very talented, but I still agree with most here that he so misrepresented Dave.
Jim Barton (he/him)
Judy Gumbo on Women and the Chicago 7 film: https://yippiegirl.com/articles-movie.html
Tom's son said in a previous Zoom that his father argued with Aaron Sorkin over accuracy of content..
The college terms end earlier in the Spring now than they did in the 60s, mainly because the colleges were trying to prevent the demonstrations from happening.
Yep. I was a first year law student at the University of Chicago Law School in May of 1970. Some of us organized a meeting of law students to discuss going on strike after the invasion of Cambodia and the killing of students at Kent State and Jackson State. We were the first school or department at the University to strike.
Not me, not my friends, not ever. Back in the day, there were so-called hippies, who wanted to be cool, and there were movement activists, many of whom have tried for years to chip away at making a difference.
SDS, Women’s Movement, etc. in our 70s now are still active. Most became teachers, doctors, nurses and other Serve The People professions. And our children, mine in their 40s are active too.
My daughter too, Susan, at 35.
You ‘60s activists were prophets (without social media tools).
Martha G: he misrepresented everyone!
Mutual Aid Networks are happening
We are optimists!
Our children are activists and are studying our history — it
Is very gratifying and important
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