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    Posted 6 years ago

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    ....WHAT'S SO....
    ................................ABOUT THE........................
    The story behind this pin:
    At the end of 1986, 50-year-old ABBIE HOFFMAN and 19 years old  AMY CARTER (daughter of President Jimmy Carter), were arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct for protesting CIA recruitment at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
    In early April 1987, their case came to trial in Northampton, Massachusetts.
    The prosecution was confident that the jury of six would not be sympathetic to the actions of these "radicals". Attorney Leonard Weinglass,who had defended Hoffman on the Chicago Seven trial in the 1960's, successfully argued that, because the CIA was involved in criminal activity in many places around the world, it prevented it from recruiting on campus.
    He asserted a "necessity defense" in saying that the protests were equivalent to trespassing in a burning building to save a life.  They were acquitted of all charges.
    Abbie Hoffman contacted Larry Fox before the trial and asked him to make this button for use during the lead-up to the trial and during the trial itself. Abbie distributed them to supporters.
    The charges were eventually dismissed. 

    (Fox Buttons credit line is on curl) 1 1/2 diameter.
    From the collection of LARRY FOX - "The Button Man"
    AND signed on the back for me from him.

    Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman (November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989) was an American political and social activist, anarchist, and revolutionary who co-founded the Youth International Party ("Yippies")

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    1. Caperkid, 6 years ago
      A piece of history there.
    2. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      I agree Roy it's one of those that could be easy to overlook without the back story as many about forgotten buttons are, Thanks
    3. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      Kinda hope not too much anyhow ;D
      Thanks for the love(s)
      Caperkid &
    4. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the Love(s)
      Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse, MacDaddyRico, Wandlessfairy, brunswick, SpiritBear
      I've been un-well lately & I thought there were other comments about the CIA with links, I did watch the videos (or thought I did? lol) and I agree, I'll just say some will do ANYthing to get re-elected
      I'm guessing CW removed those comments (sorry, off topic? yet related to the pin and story)

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