This button was owned by the activist Sidney Lens (1912-1986), a prolific Chicago author, peace activist, and labor organizer for over fifty years. Lens wore it during his involvement in protests at the Democratic National Convention of 1968.
The image of the helmet and rifle, and words "Out Now" represented an anti-Vietnam war stance. "Out Now" was a familiar slogan used by anti-Vietnam war protestors advocating the removal of American troops. The helmet hung on a rifle is emblematic of a cease-fire.
This anti-Vietnam war button was worn by Chicago activist and organizer Sidney Lens at protests during the 1968 Democratic Convention. Lens was co-chairman of the National Mobilization Committee and helped organize protests during the convention. The protests, held in Grant Park, were characterized by chaos and violence.