Becky Edelsohn protest meeting 10 August 1914 leaflet

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Massmeeting of Women 
for 

Becky Edelsohn 

who is now imprisoned 
at 
Blackwell’s Island 
for 
Protesting Against War with Mexico 

At 
Murray Hill Lyceum 
34th Street, near 3rd Ave. 
Monday, August 10th, 8 P.M. 
[1914, handwritten]
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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