November 30, 1936: Birthdate of Abbie Hoffman.
Hoffman was a co-founder of the Youth International Party (“Yippies”) movement in the USA and was an American political and social activist and anarchist.
Hoffman was arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to riot as a result of his role in protests that led to violent confrontations with police during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, along with Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale. The group was known collectively as the “Chicago Eight”; when Seale’s prosecution was separated from the others, they became known as the Chicago Seven. While the defendants were initially convicted of intent to incite a riot, the verdicts were overturned on appeal.
Hoffman continued his activism into the 1970s, and remains an icon of the anti-war movement and the counterculture era.
Pictured here today is a 29-cent cinderella stamp of Abbie Hoffman wearing his U.S. flag shirt. It was issued in 1994 by First Issue Reserved Edition (F.I.R.E.), an anonymous artist in New York City.
The F.I.R.E. artistamps commemorated ideas, people, or objects in American culture that would never appear on official U.S. postage stamps: guns, the homeless, friendly fire, Jack Kevorkian, Abbie Hoffman, Waco, etc. They were on display at Effect’s, a New York City gallery, in March 1994, and then they were sold at St. Mark’s Bookshop in the East Village.