Becky Edelsohn protest leaflet, August 1914

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BECKY EDELSOHN 

was imprisoned for “disorderly conduct” 
She was NOT disorderly 
She made an anti-war speech on a day when war with Mexico was popular. 

SHE IS A PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE 

We have not forgotten Becky 
but 
We want the community to know that they 
and 
THEIR MAYOR 
THEIR JUDGES 
THEIR COURTS and 
THEIR COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONS 
are 
BECKY’S JAILERS 
We do not aim to release Becky from her jail 
SHE WILL RELEASE HERSELF 
or 
SHE WILL DIE 
We Must Understand Our Crime 

MASSMEETING OF WOMEN 
for 

BECKY EDELSOHN 

MURRAY HILL LYCEUM 
34th St., near 3rd Ave. 
Monday, August 10th, 1914, 8 P.M. 
Doors open 7.30 ADMISSION FREE 

Sachs & Steinfeld, Union Printers, 12 Jefferson St., New York. 

[On 22nd April 1914 Becky Edelsohn was arrested for making an anti-war speech where she suggested the flag of the United States was not worth fighting for. The next day she was fined $300 and told to desist from public speaking or serve ninety days incarceration. She refused both punishments and was sent to the workhouse for ninety days where she declared a hunger strike. Released with the help of the Free Speech League she won the right to a retrial which took place on 20th July 1914. The original sentence was re-instated which she again refused to comply with. Sent to Blackwell’s Island prison she again declared a hunger strike which would last for thirty days. This leaflet was part of the campaign to have her released.

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