At 2 p.m. on June 15, 1955, as the sirens echoed through the concrete canyons of New York City, a handful of female protesters sat calmly on benches outside City Hall. They prayed and meditated as television and newspaper reporters swarmed around them. The police moved in. They handcuffed 28 protesters and pushed them into police vans. That evening, they came before the judge, who ordered each to pay $1,500. Then, he ordered one of the protesters, 29-year-old Judith Malina, to Bellevue Hospital for “psychiatric treatment.” This set the tone for seven more years of protest.