Here's where the other members of the Chicago Seven are now:
Rennie Davis was one of the founders of Students for a Democratic Society and co-organizer of the demonstrations in Chicago. Found guilty of crossing state lines with intent to riot, his conviction was overturned on appeal. Davis has been a venture capitalist and has worked in the socially responsible investment industry. He runs the Foundation for a New Humanity, which presents personal growth workshops around the country. Now 69, he lives in Longmont, Colo. He is the father of three.
David Dellinger died in 2004 at 88. The oldest of the defendants by 20 years, Dellinger was a leading antiwar organizer in the 1960s. Judge Julius Hoffman gave him the harshest sentence: five years in jail and a $5,000 fine, which an appellate court overturned two years later. A Yale graduate and Christian pacifist, he wrote several books and taught at Vermont College.
John Froines joined Students for a Democratic Society while he was at Yale University. He was acquitted at the trial. After receiving a Ph.D. in chemistry at Yale, he began a career in public health. After a stint as director of a division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Froines joined in 1981 the faculty of UCLA's School of Public Health, where at age 71 he is currently a professor of environmental health sciences.
Tom Hayden was convicted of conspiracy and incitement charges at the trial, but his conviction was overturned by an appeals court. He is a former California state senator who has recently taught at Occidental College and Harvard's Institute of Politics. The author of 17 books, he has called for congressional hearings to end the war in Afghanistan. Hayden, 70, has one son and a stepdaughter from his first marriage to actress Jane Fonda. He married Canadian actress and singer Barbara Williams in 1993. They have one child.
Abbie Hoffman, a founder of the Yippie movement, was a chronic manic depressive who committed suicide with an overdose of barbiturates in 1989 when he was 52. He was convicted of intent-to-riot charges at the trial, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. For a time in the late 1970s he went underground to avoid cocaine charges. After he resurfaced in 1980, he lectured at colleges and worked as a comedian and community organizer.
Jerry Rubin, one of the founders of the Yippies, died in 1994 at age 56 after he was hit by a car near his Brentwood, Calif., home. He was found guilty of incitement at the trial, but his conviction was overturned by an appeals court. Rubin, who famously said that no one over 30 should be trusted, later worked on Wall Street and hosted networking events for young professionals in Manhattan.
Lee Weiner was a Northwestern University research assistant at the time of the demonstrations. He was acquitted at the trial. He is currently vice president for direct response at AmeriCares, an international humanitarian aid organization. He had previously worked for the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith in New York. Now 71, he is married with six children and two grandchildren. He lives in Fairfield, Conn.
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