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The Street Wall Journal, vol. 1, nos. 1–3 (May 13–21, 1970, all published).

New York: Committee to Defend the Panther 21, [1970]. Single leaves measuring 55 × 43 cm each, offset print to rectos (versos blank). No. 2 printed in blue ink and no. 3 in black and red, with a striking illustration overlapping the text. Very good copies.

Complete run in three issues of this student protest wall paper, issued by the Committee to Defend the Panther 21 during the student strikes of 1970. The protests began with infamous the Kent State protest, and were a response to the United States invading Cambodia, and its general aggression in Southeast Asia. These three issues, each a single sheet printed recto only, give an overview of related activities taking place in New York, at Columbia, the New School, City University of New York, and others, as well as rallies held throughout the city. Issue one begins: "At hundreds of universities, thousands of students are On Strike. We have decided that we cannot continue our business as usual as long as our government continues to wage a criminal war against the peoples of Indochina and continues to repress political dissidents at home." The papers call for strikes to expose the complicity of religious and educational institutions (such as Temple Emanu-El and Columbia University) with the US war industry. They also refer directly to the case of twenty-one Black Panther members jailed and accused of conspiring to bomb public buildings, and call for their release along with other "dissidents" against the Nixon regime. In addition to detailed lists of scheduled protests, the papers provide contacts and telephone numbers. No. 3 is more fully devoted to the cause of the Black Panthers, with a headline reading "The Panthers: history as repression... repression as history..." and an overview of action taken against the Party in the late 1960s. A striking, visually effective resource on the events of 1970 from a New York perspective. As of August 2019, KVK, OCLC only show three complete runs (Yale, Michigan, New York Historical Society).

Book ID: 50112

Price: $750.00