Bella Savitsky Abzug ("Bella!") was born on Hoe Avenue in The
City, on the 24th of July (as in "the 4th of July") 1920 -- the
that American women finally obtained "the right to vote".
This is very ironic! In fact, it happened in world
history only a month after Bella! was
born. The Bella! word was out: watch out! This
irony set the
motivational, political and spiritual stage for the multi-rights'
activist Bella! During World War II in June of 1944, Bella!
married Martin M. Abzug.
In the early 1950s, they had two daughters, Eve Gayle "E.G."
and Isobel Jo "Liz" -- ironically, both are openly and proudly
In the Spring of 1970, in addition to Bella's campaign, there was the excitement of the start of a new decade in "Fun City" and the seriousness of the anti-Viet Nam War protests. Bella! vociferously, consistently and famously spoke out against that war. There was a lot of enthusiasm about the upcoming first anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Bella! and Williamson (who she often referred to as looking like an "angel"), along with a pack of other veterans of the Stonewall Rebellion -- known as the "Stonewall Vetz" -- were mutually supportive with their consensual issues of Gay rights, womens' rights, tenants' rights and civil rights.
Regarding civil rights, for example, most people do not know
this but many years earlier, Bella! literally risked her life over and
over and over in her bravely and continuously defending at various
judicial levels the wrongly-accused defendant in the
notious Negro-hating South case in Mississippi of Willie
McGee, a hard-working, married black man who was ludicrously charged
with rape by a white, 'married' Southern slut who had him
intercoursing her for years. When married Willie finally
refused to continue
the regularly-scheduled performances, she falsely yelled "rape!"
the prior, amazingly successful efforts of Bella! -- who prolonged
Willie's life for over five years -- in 1951, Willie was unjustifiably
("state-sponsored murder"). The entire horrible experience
understandably took a terrible toll on Bella!
Barbra Streisand -- at this point, in 1970, already a Grammy award-winning worldwide singer, Tony award-winning Broadway star, Oscar award-winning worldwide actress and Golden Globes award-winning global entertainer -- held her own fund-raiser for 'hell-raiser' Bella! during Gay Pride Month at Barbra's new townhouse off Fifth Avenue (and the Gay parade route) at 49 East 18th Street in Manhattan for the latter's ultimately winning congressional campaign. Clearly, one of the themes for Bella's historic mission was Barbra's hit song "Don't Rain On My Parade".