Lee Weiner, an author and former member of the Chicago Seven, was charged with “conspiring to use interstate commerce with the intent to incite a riot” and “teaching demonstrators how to construct incendiary devices that would be used in civil disturbances” at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Weiner and his co-defendant John Froines were found not guilty on the charges by the jury. Weiner is the only Chicago Seven member who was born and raised in the city, having grown up on the city’s South Side.
When the trial of the Chicago Seven started in September 1969, Weiner was a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at Northwestern University. He had previously obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University’s School of Social Work in Chicago, and a master’s degree in political philosophy from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Weiner worked as a research assistant at Northwestern University under Howard S. Becker.
After seeing terrible poverty in Black neighborhoods as a caseworker, Weiner writes in his book, “Every day… the job I performed pound hard facts into my mind about what was wrong with America.”
During the 1968 Chicago protests, Weiner served as a marshal for the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam. “On August 28, during the huge battle with the National Guard on Michigan Avenue, I removed myself from the throng to stand on the steps of the Art Institute and watch the mob,” Weiner told TIME magazine’s Olivia Waxman in 2018. It was the first time in my life that I contemplated an American revolution.”
Conspiracy to Riot: The Life and Times of One of the Chicago 7
According to Weiner’s memoir, Conspiracy to Riot: The Life and Times of One of the Chicago 7, “the actions that landed him in front of a jury and a vindictive government were part of a long tradition of American radicalism that had shaped him from an early age and remain directly relevant to today’s efforts to change America for the better,” “the actions that landed him in front of a jury and a vindictive government were part of a long tradition of American radicalis
“One is struck by the parallels between this picture and the events we’ve seen on our own streets in recent years,” says Malik Jackson for South Side Weekly, “when reading Weiner’s account of the protests, which mainly took place on Michigan Ave. and in Grant Park.”
Officers arbitrarily pick people to beat with clubs, charging crowds and trampling protesters is a common occurrence. Undercover police would sometimes blend into the crowd to overhear marshals’ strategic conversations and then follow them, which is how Weiner was caught and indicted.”
Kirkus Reviews calls the book “a welcome contribution to the countercultural left’s literature,” and “Weiner ends with a passionate paean to action,” according to one reviewer. ‘Although a political life isn’t easy, and while frustration, rage, disappointment, fear, and confusion is all part of it at times,’ he says, ‘I think there is no more self-respecting, fulfilling existence to aim for.’
The book was published by Belt Publishing in August 2020, and an excerpt was published by Belt Magazine on July 23, 2020.
Net worth of Lee Weiner
Lee As of May 15, 2021, David Weiner’s net worth is expected to reach at least $19.8 million USD. Mr. Weiner owns more than 7,550 shares of Rapid7 Inc worth more than $12,567,526 and has sold RPD shares for more than $6,672,121 in the last five years. He also makes $518,347 as Chief Innovation Officer at Rapid7 Inc.
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