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Dissing the Stock Exchange

Abbie Hoffman led a band of some dozen activists in raining down dollar bills onto the New York Stock Exchange trading floor from the viewing gallery above on this date in 1967. The prank briefly disrupted activity on the floor as brokers and other exchange workers scrambled for the free money, and the prearranged presence […]

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May 15: People’s Park

A gathering at the University of California Berkeley campus of 3,000 people to discuss the Israeli-Arab conflict turned into a march down Telegraph Avenue to People’s Park on this date in 1969, when student body President Dan Siegel shouted from the free speech platform, “Let’s take the park!” People’s Park was a 2.8-acre derelict lot […]

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October 21: The Mobe

Approximately 100,000 people marched on Washington on this date in 1967 to protest the Vietnam War, after a year-long organizing effort by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War, a coalition of some 150 groups. Among the lead organizers were several Jews, including Robert Greenblatt, a Cornell professor, Sidney Peck, a Western Reserve University […]

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April 12: Abbie Hoffman

The clown prince of the New Left, Abbie Hoffman died by his own hand on this date in 1989 at the age of 52. Using ridicule and audacity against the political, military, and judicial systems that were helping to prosecute the Vietnam War, Hoffman worked to transform the anti-authoritarian sentiments of many young people of […]

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