Fighting the Power on Fire Island

From Flo Kennedy’s obituary in the New York Times:

In 1969, she helped represent 21 Black Panthers on trial in Manhattan for conspiracy to commit bombings, among other things. They were eventually acquitted, but during the trial she used them for another purpose.

She and Ms. Goodman, not then a judge, and others were renting a house on Fire Island. They decided to take the Panthers to a community on the island for a dinner at a restaurant that did not accept blacks or Jews. It created quite a commotion, the intended effect. But afterward, Ms. Goodman asked if it was all that important, compared with the life and death issues at stake in the trial.

Ms. Kennedy gave an emphatic yes. ”Her point was that you have to fight on all the fronts all the time,” Justice Goodman said.

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