Exploits in Protest and Defeating the FBI
"Of the individuals connected with the anti-war movement . . . the subject JUDY GUMBO is considered to be the most vicious, the most anti-American, the most anti-establishment, and the most dangerous to the internal security of the United States." --from FBI Surveillance Files on Judy Gumbo.
Lifelong activist Judy Gumbo, an original member of The Yippies, a 1960s anti-war satirical protest group, offers an insider feminist memoir of her involvement with the Yippies, Black Panthers, Chicago 7 Conspiracy Trial defendants, and her work in protest, women's rights, environmental actions, and a life of activism. Judy Gumbo (a nickname given her by Black Panther leader and Soul on Ice author Eldridge Cleaver), was soon at the center of counter-cultural activity--from protests in People's Park, to meetings at Black Panther headquarters, to running a pig for President at the raucous Democratic National Convention in Chicago, a protest that devolved into violent attacks by the police and arrests that led to the notorious conspiracy trial of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. In this insider feminist memoir, Gumbo reveals intimate details of--and struggles with--her fellow radicals Jerry Rubin, Anita and Abbie Hoffman, Eldridge Cleaver, Paul Krassner, Stew Albert, and more, detailing their experiences in radical protests and her own skirmishes with unwarranted FBI surveillance. This deep dive into her activism includes details of her organization of a national women's rights group, her visit to North Vietnam during the war, her travels around the globe to promote women's liberation and anti-war protest, and her environmental activism. It also includes extensive excerpts from illegal wiretaps and surveillance by the FBI. Yippie Girl explores Gumbo's life as a protester to show that, while circumstances always change, protesters can stay loyal to the causes they believe in and remain true to themselves. She also reveals how dogmatism, authoritarianism, and interpersonal conflict can damage those same just causes, offering a timeless and strategic guide for activists today protesting against injustice in all its forms.
Three Rooms Press, 9781953103185, 360pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2022