NEW: Concerned Netizen: Interview with Judy by Gerry Fialka (4/30/21)
New Haven Connecticut May 24, 1971. SUBPOENAED Stewart E Albert 31, of New York City and Judy Gumbo, 27 of Boston who say they’ve been subpoenaed to answer questions for a federal grand jury in New York, sit together on New Haven Green Sunday. Federal sources say grand jury is looking into an alleged plot to bomb New York banks. Albert and Miss Gumbo have been attending Bobby Seale- Erica Huggins trial here.
Yes we were subpoenaed, no we were not part of any plot, and best of all our subpoenas had to be dropped because of illegal government electronic surveillance.
Tales of Hoffman: Abbie And Julius And The Chicago Conspiracy Trial
In Memoriam: Rennie Davis (1940-2021)
Rennie, me and Alex Hing on our way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, 2013
Rennie Davis died on February 2, 2021 of lymphoma. He had two weeks between diagnosis and death.
I think the current media focus on Rennie's guru days does him a disservice. Yes, he did follow that guru for a while but he was also an extraordinary anti-war activist. I knew Rennie well - he brought back 2 POW's from Vietnam in 1969. I met him that same year as a defendant at the Chicago Conspiracy Trial, then heard about him from Vietnamese when I visited Viet Nam in 1970. I worked with Rennie on Mayday in 1971 (the largest mass arrest in US history.) In 2013 Rennie, I and others visited Viet Nam to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords; he also tried to assist Agent Orange victims. In 2016 he joined a celebration in DC of Mayday's 45th anniversary that I and two other women organized. And then came last year's webinar. This is just my personal story, I have no idea what else Rennie did during the years I knew him, but he had a great effect. He was compassionate, cheerful and determined to the end. I and my anti-war compatriots sorely miss him.
Here is a letter from my friend Bui Van Nghi, head of the Vietnam/USA Society.
Dear Judy (Gumbo) and American comrades and friends,
We are very shocked and saddened to hear that Rennie Davis, one of American peace-activists/antiwar movement leaders and one great comrade/friend of ours has passed away because of cancer around 2 AM on February 2, 2021 at home in the arms of his wife, Kirsten Louise Liegmann.
On this mournful moment, as friends of Rennie, we join you all there and Vietnamese friends/colleagues at VUS/VUFO to express our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to Kirsten and his family.
We will always remember Rennie's goodwill, affection and contribution to Vietnam as one of the most known peace activist/leaders and organizers of peace-loving and student/youth forces/movements in the USA during the American War in Vietnam and also his activities and advocate for settlement of the consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin both to the victims and environment in Vietnam after the war.
Official messages of condolences from Madam Nguyen Thi Binh and VUS/VUFO will be sent to Kirsten and all Rennie's family soon.
May we wish Rennie peacefully rest in the eternal sleep under the grace of God, and that Kirsten,his loved ones and friends will have more energy and strength to overcome this difficult time and soon resume a normal life.
Rennie Davis will be never forgotten and he will forever be in our hearts and minds.
Please let's know of Rennie Memorial services and funeral at your most convenience.
With best wishes and regards,
Bui Van Nghi
VUS Secretary General
The Trial of the Chicago 7 Movie and Me
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 Movie and Me
- Sorkin's Trial of the Chicago 7 is available on Netflix here.
- Judy Gumbo in Trial of the Chicago 7 Webinar here - In addition to me, the webinar also featured Rennie Davis, Troy Garity (Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda's son), Aislinn Pulley, cofounder of Black Lives Matter Chicago, and Dave Dellinger's daughters Michelle and Tasha who hated the movie because Dave, a lifelong pacifist is portrayed - falsely - punching a guard and then regretting it. I’ve read tons of commentary on both sides about the movie and, while many of my purist cohort are highly critical, I took the lead in saying I thought the movie was terrific.
- My speech at the webinar here.
- From Berkeleyside : Berkeley antiwar organizers separate fact from fiction in ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ here. - What I find most interesting in this piece, in which I'm featured, is the depth of passion - pro and con - about the movie. Enjoy!
The Chicago 7 movie and me (10/19/20)
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