* On April 28, 1966 in New York City, Kissinger was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner, which celebrated Aptheker’s 50th birthday as well as the publication of his 20th book and the 2nd anniversary of his American Institute for Marxist Studies.
* In 1967 Kissinger ran unsuccessfully as an anti-war candidate for an alderman post in Chicago.
* In 1989 Kissinger organized the first national conference against the “War on Drugs.”
* In 1991 Kissinger spoke out against the Gulf War at numerous teach-ins on college campuses across the United States.
* In 1999 Kissinger supported an initiative titled “Call to Justice,” which proposed a nationwide “Mumia Awareness Week” aimed at overturning Mumia Abu-Jamal’s purportedly wrongful conviction. Fellow backers of this campaign included actor Ossie Davis, Robert Meeropol of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, and Sam Jordan of Amnesty International‘s Program to Abolish the Death Penalty.
* In July 1999 Kissinger and 95 fellow activists were arrested for their involvement in a public protest, held at the site of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, against Mumia Abu-Jamal’s incarceration. Kissinger was subsequently found guilty of “failure to obey a lawful order” and was given one year of supervised probation, which restricted him from traveling outside the federal court district wherein he lived. (His attorney in the case was Ron Kuby.) But Kissinger disobeyed the order: In August 2000, he spoke publicly at a pro-Mumia event in downtown Philadelphia, where he was introduced to the crowd as “D. Clark Kissinger” (supposedly the “twin brother” of C. Clark Kissinger). For violating the court order, Kissinger was sentenced to three months in jail.
* On August 1, 2000, Kissinger addressed protesters outside the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. Dubbing the event “the Executioner’s Ball,” he characterized the Republicans in attendance as “the greatest collection of mass murderers that has been assembled in this country in decades” – in part because Florida and Texas – headed by Republican Governors Jeb Bush and George W. Bush, respectively – accounted for a significant percentage of all death-row executions in the U.S. Asserting that the people at the convention were there to “decide who will be the imperial ruler of this country for the next four years,” Kissinger thundered: “F— their election!” The Republicans’ ultimate goal, said Kissinger, was to secure a “coronation for that scumbag George W. Bush … a smirking frat rat son of a former head of the CIA who went on to become a speculator oil man, and from there went on to be a blood-stained executioner, and now wants to be the ruler of the world.” “This serial killer has now killed 135 people,” said Kissinger in a reference to the Texas death penalty.
* In 2003 Kissinger joined the National Lawyers Guild, Lynne Stewart, Ramsey Clark, Leslie Cagan, and Michael Ratner in calling for Jose Maria Sison to be removed from the European Union’s terrorist watch list. Sison, an activist with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (a guerrilla faction) and the Communist Party of the Philippines, would later be arrested for his involvement in three high-profile assassinations.