Abbie Hoffman said…

“The sixties. No matter what people think about the sixties. They know that young people were out in the streets, taking on the most powerful government in the world. And we didn’t win every battle. But think about what we did accomplish. Apartheid was driven out of America. We ended legal segregation. We ended the idea that you could send a million soldiers ten thousand miles away to fight some evil unjust war. We ended the idea that women are second-class citizens. And we were reckless, we were silly, arrogant and headstrong. We were right… And we didn’t mind saying so. My government has been trying to silence me my whole life. I don’t know what it is about my ideas that is so dangerous. But I say to you, you young people and to you, my, that’s my son here. It’s always the young that made change. You don’t get these kind of ideas when you’re middle-aged. The young have daring creativity and energy. They have impatience… So you take your young legs and your eagerness and your natural feelings for justice and peace and a better deal for our planet and you go out… and you make tomorrow better than it is today. You go out, and you save your country. It’s your turn now.”

Please have a look at “Steal This Movie” on Google Video. This is the biographical film on Abbie Hoffman, a legendary protest organizer. Watch it now or bookmark it so you can see it later. You can also see it below.

Let’s stop waiting for the next Malcolm X, MLK, Abbie Hoffman, whatever. Stop your excuses. Listen to Abbie’s words, listen to their words… “It’s your turn now”. You think they were waiting for someone to come along to lead them, as if they were livestock? No. They were more human than most of us. ACT.

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2 Responses

  1. Abby was great. After awhile he had to go under ground. He disappeared. A few years later, along the St Lawrence River,
    a guy named Berry Freed turned up as an effective social and environmental activist. He testified before all sorts of Governmental committees. It was Abbie in incognito. Amazing.
    Who among us has such courage and reckless abandon.
    We need you today more than ever.

  2. Great movie, watched it today.

    Have a nice day!

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