On the eve of the 1968 DNC in Chicago The Ramparts Wall Poster reports on the revolt at Fort Hood.
More than 160 black soldiers from Fort Hood have refused to take part in riot control operations in Chicago.
The rebellion—the largest in recent U.S. military history—began Friday night at the Texas base. Approximately 100 black GIs from the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade, First Armored Division, staged a sitdown demonstration to protest their orders to fly to Chicago the next day. At. 3 a.m. yesterday the Division Commander, Major General Bowles, ordered them to disperse. He was met with cries of “Fuck you!” from the men.
“The law has become tyranny. The revolution therefore is the only order.”—Abbie Hoffman
On February 18, 1970 five members of the Chicago 7 were sentenced to five years in prison (the guilty verdict was reversed in 1972) for crossing state lines with the intent to incite riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Rubin penned this dispatch for the Berkeley Tribe ten hours before he was set to begin his sentence. Artwork by Greg Irons.