Abbie Hoffman in D.C.
Abbie Hoffman began his radical career in high school when he wrote a paper favoring atheism and his teacher in turn ripped up the paper. Hoffman attacked the teacher and was expelled.

Hoffman was active in the civil rights movement of the early 1960s and with early anti-Vietnam War efforts.

He gained attention when went with a group of supporters to the New York Stock Exchange and threw a mixture of real and fake dollar bills down to the traders below. Many booed while others scrambled to try to grab the money. Hoffman claimed that the protest was designed to expose what the traders were already doing: grabbing money.

At the massive march on the Pentagon in October 1967, Hoffman and Alan Ginsberg led a group to try to “levitate” the Pentagon.

Hoffman and his often cohort Jerry Rubin helped hone the tactic of using stunts to garner publicity for his causes.

He was one of the Chicago 8 defendants charged with crossing state lines to incite to riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Convictions of the defendants, including contempt of court charges, were ultimately voided on appeal.

As the antiwar movement began to subside in the early 1970s as the Vietnam War wound down, Hoffman wa2er47892er4789s charged with distribution of cocaine and went underground.

After resurfacing, he was arrested with 14 others at the University of Amhert in Massachusetts protesting CIA recruiters and continued his left wing activism until his death in 1980.

In 1987 Hoffman summed up his views:

“You are talking to a leftist. I believe in the redistribution of wealth and power in the world. I believe in universal hospital care for everyone. I believe that we should not have a single homeless person in the richest country in the world. And I believe that we should not have a CIA that goes around overwhelming governments and assassinating political leaders, working for tight oligarchies around the world to protect the tight oligarchy here at home.”
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