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
We want the community to know that they
THEIR COURTS and
THEIR COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONS
We do not aim to release Becky from her jail
SHE WILL RELEASE HERSELF
SHE WILL DIE
We Must Understand Our Crime
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[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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