The Lessons of Aaron Sorkin’s “Trial of the Chicago 7”

In this episode, we give a film review of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Loosely based on the trial of the Chicago 7 and chairman of the Black Panther Party Bobby Seale, the film is a lightly fictionalized courtroom drama based on the six-month trial of eight men accused of conspiring to cross state lines and incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.


Bob and Scott talk about the history of the trial and the Chicago 1968 protests, what we liked about the film, what Sorkin left out, got wrong and grossly distorted, COINTELPRO, the anti-war movements of the 1960s, and, most importantly, the present day themes around politics, police violence, law and order, resistance and how 2020 reminds us of 1968.

Author: Sparki

Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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