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 Jerry Rubin

Jerry Rubin

Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 28 Nov 1994 (aged 56)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Mount of Olives, 14-466-3
Memorial ID 3823 · View Source
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Social Activist. Co-founder of the Yippie Party and one of the Chicago Seven protesters of the Vietnam War that were tried for inciting a riot during the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of a bread delivery man and union representative, Rubin grew up in Avondale, an upscale middle class neighborhood of Cincinnati. When his parents died, he took responsibility for his younger, 13-year-old brother, Gil, and the two went to Israel, where Gil learned Hebrew and remained in a kibbutz. Jerry returned to the US, where he attended the University of California at Berkeley, and soon became involved in radical political protests. His first protest was to picket a local grocer for his refusal to hire African Americans, and he soon moved on to protesting the Vietnam War. Rubin organized the Vietnam Day Committee (VDC), an ad-hoc group of students and antiwar protestors, who led some of the first protests against the Vietnam War. With Abbie Hoffman, he founded the Youth International Party (Yippies), who became very vocal in their opposition to the established government, to racial segregation standards and the US involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1968, he played a major role in disrupting the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and he and seven others (Abbie Hoffman, Rennie Davis, John Froines, David Dellinger, Lee Weiner, Bobby Seale, and Tom Hayden) were arrested and charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting a riot. Initially called the Chicago Eight, after charges were dropped against activist Bobby Seale, the group was referred to as the Chicago Seven. The seven defendants, in a high profile media case, made every attempt to turn the proceedings into a media circus, and eventually they were convicted of inciting a riot. The convictions were later overturned upon appeal. In 1970, Rubin wrote an autobiographical book of his anti-establishment beliefs in the book "Do It - Scenarios of the Revolution" (1970). After the Vietnam War ended in 1975, Rubin became an entrepreneur and businessman, living a rather traditional life in Los Angeles. In 1994, Rubin jaywalked across six-lane Wilshire Boulevard, near the UCLA campus, when he was struck by a car. Although taken immediately to the UCLA Medical Center, he died several days later, on November 28, 1994.

Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson


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