The more I consider today's upswing in racist & anti-Semitic violence, the prouder I am of having done my part along with members of Vietnam Vets Against the War in ejecting Nazi's from Miami Beach's Flamingo Park in 1972. And the angrier I get. I had no recollection of this incident until my friend Sean Howe posted this article on FB. If today's Nazi's feel empowered by our Godzilla "president's" violent rhetoric, we, the people of conscience, must oppose the Nazi a-holes by whatever means each of us feels is most appropriate. Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto had no choice on how to resist, luckily for us we still do.
A re-staging of the infamous "Pigasus" press conference held at what is now Daley Plaza on August 23rd 1968, in which the Yippies nominated a pig for President of the United States. This moment of political theater set off almost a week of political unrest and remains a key memory of the counterculture. Fifty years later, "Pigasus" flies again in a live theatrical event that uses the 1969 Chicago Eight trial as a frame for re-examining this story and the benefits and limits of using theater, performance, and disruption to effect political change.
With musician Bill MacKay as musician and Yippie Phil Ochs; City of Chicago historian Tim Samuelson as Judge Julius Hoffman; National Lawyers Guild lawyer Jerry Boyle as defense attorney William Kunstler; author Pat Thomas as Tom Foran; artist Dmitry Samarov as magazine artist Franklin McMahon; Petunia the Pig as Pigasus; and Judy Gumbo and other witnesses of 1968 as themselves.
Judy Gumbo struck a martial pose in this cover photo of the Berkeley Tribe almost 50 years ago. She now lives in the Berkeley Cohousing community in West Berkeley.
Berkeley Cohousing lies on what was a family farm dating back to near 1900, with a farmer's daughter's cottage added. When the Coop Supermarket (more recently Andronico's) on University Avenue was built in the 1950s, several small houses were moved to the property and rented out.