Tom Lesser responded to the call for donations to support the Zinn Education Project with a generous donation of stock. He is our first contributor of stock—suggesting a new opportunity for others to contribute.
Lesser has a long history of supporting good causes, not only through donations, but also as a lawyer in both civil and criminal litigation.
One of his most famous cases was the successful defense in 1986 of Abbie Hoffman and 13 college students including Amy Carter (President Carter’s daughter) for protesting CIA recruitment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Using the common law necessity defense (actions are necessary to prevent greater harm; there is no choice but to break the law to stop lawlessness/injury), witnesses for the defense included Howard Zinn and Daniel Ellsberg.
Zinn testified to the power of civil disobedience. Ellsberg testified to the circumstances of why he decided to release the Pentagon Papers. Carter testified to the importance of each of us taking a stand. She said, “Every time a person sacrifices himself for a larger injustice, it aids in the cycle of change.”
The defendants were acquitted.
The Zinn Education Project is a vital force in educating students about the history of the government and this country. The power of students knowing the truth cannot be underestimated as we move forward. I encourage everyone to support the Zinn Education Project and help shed a light on real history.
Please join Lesser by making a contribution on our fifth anniversary. You can mail a check, donate online, or donate stock. Here’s how.