“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.
“Some of us, white and black, know how great a price has already been paid to bring into existence a new consciousness, a new people, an unprecedented nation. If we know, and do nothing, we are worse than the murderers hired in our name.
If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own—which it is—and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber. For, if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.” —James Baldwin