“Radicals Rendered in Pencil”

New illustrations by David Lester! Something he did while taking a little down time from the two graphic novels he’s working on.


Abbie Hoffman (November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989), American political and social activist, anarchist, and co-founder of the Youth International Party (Yippies).


Frank Little (1878 – August 1, 1917), American labor leader who was murdered in Butte, Montana. He joined the Industrial Workers of the World in 1905, organizing miners, lumberjacks, and oil field workers. He was a member of the union’s Executive Board when he was lynched.


Eugene V. Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926), American socialist, political activist, trade unionist, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World. He ran as the Socialist Party candidate for president in 1920, receiving nearly a million votes.


Martha Gruening (1889–1937), American writer, political agitator and civil rights activist. She wrote and edited The Dawn, a pacifist magazine, and was arrested for “disorderly conduct” after distributing pacifist literature. She served as the assistant secretary to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She moved to France and continued to advocate for the rights of African-American men and women until her death.

Shulamith Firestone (January 7, 1945 – August 28, 2012), Canadian-American radical feminist. A central figure in the early development of radical feminism and second-wave feminism. In 1970, Firestone wrote The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution.


Fred Mooney (January 23, 1888 – February 24, 1952), one of the most radical leaders of the United Mine Workers of America (District 17). He was involved with The Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest armed labor uprising in U.S. history. The conflict occurred in Logan County, West Virginia, as part of the Coal Wars, a series of early-20th-century labor disputes in Appalachia. Up to 100 people were killed.


Ben Fletcher (1890 – 1949), member of the Industrial Workers of the World–Philadelphia longshoremen branch (Local 8). He helped lead Local 8, the largest, most powerful, and longest lasting interracial union of the World War I era. Because of a union work stoppage in 1918, Fletcher was charged with treasonous activities. He was convicted, fined $30,000 and sentenced to ten years in Leavenworth federal penitentiary in Kansas.

Simone Segouin (October 3, 1925 – ), French Resistance fighter, at age 18, served in the Francs-Tireurs et Partisans group. Among her first acts of resistance was stealing a bicycle from a German military administrator, which she then used to help carry messages. She went on to take part in large-scale or otherwise perilous missions, such as capturing German troops, derailing trains, and blowing up bridges.

Robert Minor (1884 – 1952), American political cartoonist whose early work appeared in The Masses and Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth.

Unidentified Italian anti-fascist during World War Two. After the war, about 35,000 Italian women were recognized as partisan combatants.

Ralph Chaplin (1887–1961), American writer, artist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World. He designed the anarcho-syndicalist image, Sabo, the black cat (a symbol of wildcat strikes and radical unionism). Chaplin wrote the words for the union anthem, “Solidarity Forever”. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in South Tacoma.

Mollie Stimer (November 21, 1897 – July 23, 1980), anarchist and activist who fought as a trade unionist, an anti-war activist and a free-speech campaigner. Arrested in 1918 for printing and distributing leaflets denouncing the U.S. military action in Russia, she was convicted under the Sedition Act and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Close friend of Emma Goldman.

Lucy Parsons (1853 – March 7, 1942), American labor organizer, radical socialist and anarcho-communist. She is remembered as a powerful orator. She was married to Albert Parsons, who was executed in 1887 as a Haymarket Martyr. In 1905, she was a co-founder of the Industrial Workers of the World.



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