Sabot (newspaper)

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Sabot was a brief-lived underground newspaper published in Seattle, Washington by the Seattle Liberation Front from September 11, 1970 to January 13, 1971. Sixteen weekly issues were published in all. The paper was started as a replacement for the Seattle Helix which had published its last issue in June 1970. As with its predecessor, Sabot was from the beginning torn by political dissension within the radical political collective, centering around an internal struggle with feminists over issues of male chauvinism and editorial control and direction. After a few months the divided staff was no longer able to get an issue out and the newspaper quit publishing.

Contributors during its brief run included local underground cartoonist Shary Flenniken[1][2][3] and radical feminist Susan Stern. Several staff members later formed the Weathermanesque "George Jackson Brigade" collective in the greater Seattle area that ended in a bank robbery and shoot-out in Tukwila, Washington that killed former staffer Bruce Seidel and resulted in the capture of remaining members of the collective. After publishing a candid memoir of her experiences Stern was to later die prematurely in 1976.

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  1. ^ Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle by Walt Crowley (Univ. of Washington Press, 1995), p. 186.
  2. ^ About this newspaper: Sabot Chronicling America, Library of Congress, retrieved June 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Comix: the Underground Revolution by Dez Skinn (Thunders Mouth Press, 2004), p. 160.