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Judy received her nickname “Gumbo” from Black Panther Party leader Elridge Cleaver. Judy went on to write for the Berkeley Barb and the Berkeley Tribe, helped start a women’s group, visited the former North Vietnam in 1970, and then travelled the globe agitating against the war and for the liberation of women.
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Learn about the life & times of Judy Gumbo
A Canadian-American Activist
Judy was an original member of the Yippies, the Youth International Party, a 1960s counter culture and satirical anti-war group, along with fellow radicals Anita and Abbie Hoffman, Nancy Kurshan and Jerry Rubin, and late husband Stew Albert. Judy received her nickname, “Gumbo,” from Black Panther Party leader Eldridge Cleaver. Cleaver first referred to her as “Mrs. Stew,” finding her refusal to use her husband’s surname unacceptable. When Judy objected, Cleaver nicknamed her Gumbo, because “Gumbo goes with Stew.”
Judy is born in Toronto, Canada.
Judy joins the Yippies (Youth International Party) to run a Pig named Pigasus for President at the protests during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
While the war in Vietnam still raged, Judy takes part in a Yippie women’s trip to the former North Vietnam, becoming one of the few Americans to ever do so.
The FBI describes Judy as “the most vicious, the most anti-American, the most anti-establishment, and the most dangerous to the internal security of the United States.” She later discovers a tracking device on her car and a listening device in her home. Eventually, she is a part of a successful lawsuit challenging warrantless wiretapping.