Lot 314 of 725:
Yippies Handbill about Chicago's Red Squad division 1969  

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Here to Protect Us - rare 1969 handbill about Chicago's "Red Squad" and the Chicago Seven

Handbill on white paper, printed in black, with a photograph illustration. 11x8½". It reads: "Here to Protect Us. Chicago's 'RED SQUAD' (Political Intelligence Division of Police Department) working tirelessly..... -  infiltrating meetings and organizations to get accurate, unbiased information - wearing civilian clothes, driving unmarked cars to mingle easily with people so no one need feel inhibited or self conscious..." and after listing several other tactics, people are called to the "Trials of Hayden, Lowenthal, Free," on January 28, 1969. "TO LET IT BE KNOWN THAT WE'LL DO JUST FINE WITHOUT ALL THIS PROTECTION."

Original handbill from 1969, promoting attendance at the upcoming trial of Tom Hayden and Wolfe Lowenthal to be held at Chicago's notorious south side Criminal Courts building at 26th and California. Hayden and Wolfe had been arrested during the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention "Festival of Life" events in Chicago's Lincoln Park for "obstructing justice" after they allegedly let the air out of the tires of a police car. The handbill details the tactics used by the Chicago Police Red Squad unite, which arrested Hayden and Lowenthal. The Red Squad was an elite Chicago Police unit whose mission was to spy on Anti-War protesters and others who they deemed "subversive." Hayden, also served as a California state Senator, and is the ex-husband to actress Jane Fonda. He was the co-founder of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and was an alleged member and co-conspirator (along with Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Dave Dellinger, Bobby Seale, and others) of the so-called "Chicago Seven" of Chicago Conspiracy Trial fame.

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