Trial of the Chicago 7 Film Webinar
October 24, 2020
Watch the Full Webinar on "The Trial of the Chicago Seven"
A Netflix film by Aaron Sorkin
The defendants reflect on the Democratic Convention
demonstration, the trial and the movie
Moderators: Frank Joyce, Terry Provance, Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee
Technical Facilitator, Questions: John McAuliff, Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee
Probably no single event in the history of the movement against the Vietnam war was and is as controversial as the protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968 and the trial that followed. The webinar will discuss what happened at the Convention in Chicago and the indictment and trial the next year.
What did demonstrators do? What did the mayor of Chicago do? What did the police do? Why were antiwar demonstrators indicted and how did the government prosecute the case? What was the impact on public opinion? Impact on the antiwar movement? Impact politically, including on the Humphrey-Nixon contest, and on the US war in Vietnam? How do we look back and what did we remember and learn? We will hear from defendants, their descendants, and from people who were in the streets and in the courtroom.