Jerry Rubin

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The "Chicago Seven," tryptichally photographed by Richard Avedon, Sept. 25, 1969. L-R: Lee Weiner, John Froines, Abbie Hoffman, Rennie Davis, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, and David Dellinger



Jerry Rubin "The making of a radical: Jerry Rubin was the son of a union representative and interested in social movements. He lived on a kibbutz in Israel for a time, and in 1964 visited Cuba, where he met Fidel Castro and Che Guevara..." He formed the Vietnam Day Committee. He founded the Youth International Party (Yippies) with Abbie Hoffman.

Jerry Rubin was one of the "Chicago Seven" from the 1960s and 70s.[1] He was arrested in one while protesting the Vietnam War during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.[2]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Jerry Rubin was a Boston, Massachusetts delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[3]

Vietnam Day Committee

"In May 1965, he and a few others formed the Vietnam Day Committee, one of the first activities in the United States organized to oppose the Vietnam War. The group had a 36-hour teach-in event on campus, and it shockingly attracted some 30,000 people; this showed an unexpected degree of dissatisfaction with the war. The invited guests at the UC Berkeley event included Dr. Benjamin Spock, philosopher Alan Watts, comedian Dick Gregory, peace activist Dave Dellinger, journalist I. F. Stone, and author Norman Mailer, whose comment that “President Johnson was a bully with an air force” was widely reported in the national media."[4]

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