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When Political Protests Become Theater
PLEASE NOTE: Due to unexpected circumstances, this program has been postponed to Monday, May 3, at 7pm ET. Thank you for your understanding!

We are living in a time of social activism, having witnessed some of the biggest and most influential instances of protests and unrest in America in just the last few years - Black Lives Matter, the March for Our Lives Movement, the Women's March, and the Capitol Riot. In some cases, protests have resulted in violence, and when this occurs, the legal system is called upon to establish what crime was committed and who is culpable.

This wave of high profile political protests, and the way these protests have captured the public's attention, is reminiscent of the past, particularly the media sensation that was the Trial of the Chicago 7. The trial, which took place in Chicago in connection with the Presidential Election of 1968, is now back in the news with an Oscar-Nominated movie. One of the two surviving defendants, Lee Weiner, recently published a memoir, "Conspiracy to Riot: The Life and Times of One of the Chicago 7," about the protests at the Democratic National Convention in Lincoln Park and the ensuing trial.

Given this moment in time of radical politics and the trials that determine what acts go beyond the protections of the First Amendment, FOLCS is pleased to announce a Conversation on Monday, May 3, at 7pm ET with one of the Chicago 7, Lee Weiner, and renowned Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr.

May 3, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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