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Yippie Girl - by Judy Gumbo (Paperback)

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 360

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Social Activists

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Three Rooms Press

Author: Judy Gumbo

Language: English

Street Date: May 3, 2022
TCIN: 84914974
UPC: 9781953103185
Item Number (DPCI): 247-34-3913
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

Lifelong activist Judy Gumbo, an original member of the Yippies (Youth International Party), a 1960s counter culture and satirical anti-war group, offers an insider feminist memoir of her involvment with the Yippies, Black Panthers, Chicago 7 Conspiracy Trial defendants, and her fight against secret FBI surveillance of her day-to-day activities.

Book Synopsis

"Of the individuals connected with the anti-war movement . . . the subject JUDY GUMBO is considered to be the most vicious, the most anti-American, the most anti-establishment, and the most dangerous to the internal security of the United States." --from FBI Surveillance Files on Judy Gumbo.

Lifelong activist Judy Gumbo, an original member of The Yippies, a 1960s anti-war satirical protest group, offers an insider feminist memoir of her involvement with the Yippies, Black Panthers, Chicago 7 Conspiracy Trial defendants, and her work in protest, women's rights, environmental actions, and a life of activism. Judy Gumbo (a nickname given her by Black Panther leader and Soul on Ice author Eldridge Cleaver), was soon at the center of counter-cultural activity--from protests in People's Park, to meetings at Black Panther headquarters, to running a pig for President at the raucous Democratic National Convention in Chicago, a protest that devolved into violent attacks by the police and arrests that led to the notorious conspiracy trial of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. In this insider feminist memoir, Gumbo reveals intimate details of--and struggles with--her fellow radicals Jerry Rubin, Anita and Abbie Hoffman, Eldridge Cleaver, Paul Krassner, Stew Albert, and more, detailing their experiences in radical protests and her own skirmishes with unwarranted FBI surveillance. This deep dive into her activism includes details of her organization of a national women's rights group, her visit to North Vietnam during the war, her travels around the globe to promote women's liberation and anti-war protest, and her environmental activism. It also includes extensive excerpts from illegal wiretaps and surveillance by the FBI. Yippie Girl explores Gumbo's life as a protester to show that, while circumstances always change, protesters can stay loyal to the causes they believe in and remain true to themselves. She also reveals how dogmatism, authoritarianism, and interpersonal conflict can damage those same just causes, offering a timeless and strategic guide for activists today protesting against injustice in all its forms.

Review Quotes

"Judy Gumbo was and is quite a dame. Her new book is splendid. Hurrah for her." --Susan Brownmiller, feminist, activist, author, Against Our Will, Men, Women and Rape

"There are those who were anti-war activists in the 60s and 70s - and then there is Judy Gumbo. She lived it, 24/7. Always a powerful life force, Judy has turned into a powerful writer - about herself, about the movement, and about life as a target of the FBI. Her own FBI file serves as a grand reminder of how activists were spied on back then. In Yippie Girl, Judy's remarkable memoir of her life events, she takes us back to an era that redefined the country, and redefined the lives of so many (then young) Americans." --Bill Ritter, news anchor, WABC-TV New York

"Judy Gumbo has written an irreverent, yet intimate, insider's romp through the most dramatic events of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Yippies, Black Panthers, Chicago 8 defendants, the Capitol bombing, and FBI agents populate this politically important, feminist work that also provides the setting for a passionately powerful love story. A fantastic trip that the reader will delight in taking." --Robert Meeropol, son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg; founder, the Rosenberg Fund for Children; author, An Execution in the Family

"Judy Gumbo was a friend and ally of the Black Panther Party back in the day--she is my friend and ally now. Like me, Judy believes in All Power to the People--Black people, white people, brown people, yellow people, blue, red, green and polka dot people. The theater that Yippies and the left radical protest groups pulled--it was great. To be satirical about everything! I loved it. People's Park was about land equity against the power structure. It was democratic and socialized. Then I was put on trial at the great Chicago ConspiracyTrial of which I was the eighth defendant. I heard Bill Kunstler tell the other defendants: if you're not going to rise for Judge Hoffman you're going to jail. I told the defendants--You're my buddies. I don't want you dudes in jail. I want you out on the streets speaking up--saying Free Bobby! But the FBI repressed all those great moments that we were involved in. We have to get our history right. So young folks can see where we were coming from. These stories have got to be told. And Yippie Girl tells it like it is." --Bobby Seale, founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party

"In Judy Gumbo's Yippie Girl, she shares her adventures as one of very few Yippie girls with her fellow travelers including my father Phil Ochs. The Yippies' unending creativity and courage provided the sardonic wit, wisdom, insight, and brutal honesty in the form of political music and theater needed for the revolution of the 60s. Judy's stories effortlessly dance between playful and profound and always deeply personal. With the world fractured by orchestrated divisiveness, Yippie Girl is a healing balm." --Meegan Lee Ochs, daughter of Phil Ochs, Artist Relations Manager, ACLU of Southern California

"Judy Gumbo is a badass, and Yippie Girl is a badass book. Intersectional before the term existed, Judy, born Clavir and later dubbed Gumbo, has led a life shaped by her opposition to racism, sexism, imperialism, and war and by her commitment, as she puts it, to being where the action is. Yippie Girl chronicles that life, setting the author's quest to define herself and the growth of her capacity to love in the context of her activism in the anti-war and feminist movements of the 1960s and beyond. Bearing witness to the many ways that the personal is political, Yippie Girl is an important addition to the archive of twentieth-century protest movements and a crucial document in the history of American feminism." --Louise Yelin, Professor Emerita, Literature and Gender Studies, Purchase College SUNY, feminist and anti-war activist

"At last! We so need to hear more voices of women involved in the 1960s youth and anti-war movement. Zelig-like, Judy Gumbo seemed to be everywhere, with an insider's vantage point on key protest events and personages of the late Sixties and early Seventies. More importantly, she brings a clear-eyed but unjaundiced feminist perspective on the blithe misogyny of the movement's male 'heavies.' Nevertheless, Gumbo's fun-loving Yippie ethos continues to burn bright in the pages of her memoir: Yippie Girl provides a rollicking read, entertaining as well as instructive to a new generation of youthful social change activists. As a Sixties historian, I learned much I didn't know--and can't wait to introduce Judy Gumbo to my students. I think they'll love her as much as the FBI loathed her." --Aniko Bodroghkozy, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia; author, Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement

"Love the writing: VERY live, immediate--this does not feel like ancient history, it's living and breathing in our lives right now. It's part of our power, people power." --Kris Welch, host, The Talkies, KPFA-FM

"We've all read about the counter-cultural adventures of the Yippie Boys - Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Paul Krassner and Ed Sanders. Now we finally get to hear the real deal stories from the other side of the cisgender divide. And who better to deliver them than Judy Gumbo, activist extraordinaire? Her memoir is a rollicking ride through the '60s and '70s and an honest appraisal of the some of our youthful excesses. All I can say is "Yippie!" --Larry "Ratso" Sloman, author of Steal This Dream: Abbie Hoffman & the Countercultural Revolution in America

"Red-diaper baby-doctoral student turned Yippie Girl, Judy Gumbo--so named by Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver--engagingly recounts her revolutionary travails, including tussles with the FBI and other police operatives, during the Long Sixties. A peripatetic quest lures Gumbo from her native Canada to Berkeley, NYC, the 1968 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago, Hanoi, Havana, and innumerable sites in-between. Her captivating memoir proves most illuminating as a feminist corrective to the male centric antics of and accounts by fellow Jewish Yippies Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and the author's sometimes partner-later beloved husband Stew Albert, among others. Running the gamut of emotions, Gumbo's story, which she deems 'narrative or creative non-fiction, ' sparkles with its revelatory honesty, particularly as she moves 'out of girlhood into womanhood.' Absolutely indispensable for its insights into the antiwar, counterculture, and women's liberation movements." --Robert C. Cottrell, Professor Emeritus, History and American Studies, California State University, Chico

"Written as narrative nonfiction with the smooth contours of a novel, Yippie Girl provides a comprehensive insider history of early Yippie days. For those of us that arrived late to the revolution, Gumbo gives us a joyous and intimate guide to our roots, bringing us into the lives and homes of countercultural icons. At the same time, she revisits living amidst sweaty hippie machismo and Yippie sarcasm through the lens of a 21st Century feminist, giving us a badly needed window into a time of hopeful chaos and cultural transformation." --Michael I. Niman, Professor of journalism, SUNY Buffalo State; author, People of the Rainbow: A Nomadic Utopia

"Judy Gumbo is a great storyteller, though it helps that she has a great story to tell. Her tales of Yippie (and Yippie-inspired) political theater should be on the shelf of anyone interested in activism." --Craig Peariso, Associate Professor of Art History, Boise State University; author, Radical Theatrics: Put-Ons, Politics, and the Sixties

"Gumbo has written a romp--breathless, amazing and terrifying all at the same time--through an equally divisive time in American history with a "you are there" energy. Even if you weren't there, you will want to know about this and what youth, sexism, and political commitment can, and cannot, do. Don't miss this." --Susan M. Reverby, PhD, Marion Butler McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas, Professor Emerita of Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College

"Yippie Girl is one hell of a good read. Serious, but never sanctimonious, Judy Gumbo takes us into her Sixties world, and what a world it was! A Canadian red-diaper baby, she joined up with the politicized hippies who formed Yippie, was an ally of the Black Panther Party, became a women's liberationist, and, through her antiwar work, had a clandestine affair with a high-ranking North Vietnamese official. Throughout, she was relentlessly surveilled by the FBI, whose role in subverting the Sixties she usefully highlights." --Alice Echols, Professor of History, The University of Southern California

"No one has told Judy Gumbo's story before. No one has recreated the Sixties more vividly, more compassionately or with a more delicious sense of humor. Yippie Girl traces Gumbo's marriages, her lovers and her friends and does it without blowing anyone's cover. Gumbo includes portions from FBI documents that describe her adventures in the counterculture and the movement. Abbie Hoffman would say 'Steal This Book.' Jerry Rubin would say 'Do It!' I say buy Yippie Girl, read it and let it blow your mind the way it did mine." --Jonah Raskin, author, Beat Blues: San Francisco, 1955

"Yippie Girl is the book that future historians will turn to for the real, true story of women revolutionaries in the1960's. Literary, rollicking and color splashed, this engrossing book tells the story of a complicated, bold Canadian heroine at the heart of the 1960's counterculture and anti-Vietnam war movement; whose rebellion and triumphant feats of defiance, made her push harder and dare more. Written in a vibrant, deeply observant style, Gumbo's thrilling treasury of tales recalls the ecstasy, perils and possibilities of those now mythic days. Judy Gumbo is a legend; her book, Yippie Girl lets the sun shine in." --Leslie Brody, author, Sometimes You Have to Lie, the Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, renegade Author of Harriet the Spy

"I first met Judy Gumbo at the Chicago Conspiracy Trial where I provided legal assistance to Bill Kunstler and Lenny Weinglass. I'm proud that Sorkin's movie portrays Fred Hampton as doing my job at the Trial, but Judy's Yippie Girl tells it as it actually was. And it ain't over yet. Read this book!" Marie "Micki" Leaner, activist, Jane, Chicago-based underground abortion service; co-founder, Women's Prison Project and The China Group

"In this riveting, intimate memoir, Judy Gumbo, takes her readers on a magical mystery tour with the Yippies, Black Panthers, Weather Underground, Women's Liberation, and the FBI agents who relentlessly perused them. Written with candor, humor, and page-turning suspense, Gumbo transports us to the barricades of the late '60s and early '70s social and political revolutions. From anti-war protests and the Chicago 8 trial, to a lesbian commune in Texas and a peace conference in Hanoi, Gumbo brilliantly brings the passion of the time alive and pulsing on the page. A must read for students of the '60s and anyone who wants a blue print for how to challenge the patriarchy." --Clara Bingham, author, Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost its Mind and Found its Soul

"A rollicking tale of the radical 1960s, finally told by one of the women who made it all happen. Judy Gumbo's insightful, sexy, often-funny memoir of the Yippies is a wild ride through Berkeley, Chicago, Hanoi, and other hot spots of an era that reshaped America." -Lawrence Roberts, author of Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America's Biggest Mass Arrest

About the Author

Judy Gumbo is one of the few female members of the original Yippies, a satirical protest group founded in the 1960s that levitated the Pentagon to stop the Vietnam War, brought the New York Stock Exchange to a halt to ridicule greed and ran a pig named Pigasus for President at the 1968 Democratic Convention, resulting in police violence, arrests, and the notorious "Chicago 7" conspiracy trial. As part of her activism, Judy founded a national women's rights organization, helped organize the world's first Earth Day, visited North Vietnam during the war, and travelled the globe agitating against the war and for the liberation of women. Her activism led to unwarranted surveillance by the FBI; she later successfully sued to obtain copies of their extensive records on her. Judy has a Ph.D. in Sociology and spent the majority of her professional career as an award-winning fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. She currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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