Ephemera: Social Movements
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A poster advocating for rent control in the San Francisco Bay area, with references to a rent control initiative of 1975. With a cartoon of the thumb of "High Rents, Bad Conditions and Arbitrary Evictions" pressing down on the tenants. With a union printing bug.
Condition: Very Good-, some creasing to poster.
A folded newsprint pamphlet from the Students for a Democratic Society consisting of two items: a 14" x 22" fold-out poster advertising their 1972 Convention Against Racism held at Harvard University, plus a folded sheet with a registration form for the convention to be mailed back to the SDS. Calling itself on the pamphlet a "militant, nation-wide student organization," the SDS organized against racism, for worker's right and in opposition to the Vietnam War. It grew to over 300 campus chapters but eventually dissolved in 1974, becoming the Committee Against.....
A silkscreened poster by the UK's Poster Collective advocating for self-determination for the Irish people, and showing an image of the Starry Plough, the flag originally used by the Irish Citizen Army and later adopted by other Irish political groups. With quotes from Marx, Lenin and James Connolly, the Irish socialist opposed to British rule in Ireland. The non-profit Poster Collective formed in 1971 at the Slade School of Art in London and produced posters addressing political struggles such as miner's strikes, equal rights for women, racial oppression, opposition to.....
Flyer promoting the Socialist Workers Party in the 1969 election. One side features the candidates for New York City government offices with Paul Boutelle for mayor, while the other spells out the Party's platform. The SWP formed in 1937 as a splinter group of Trotskyists from the Socialist Party and went through several major transformations over the following decades. By the late 1960s, the SWP was strongly involved in the Black nationalist movement, the anti-Vietnam-war effort and women's rights, all of which are strongly represented on this flyer.
A silkscreened poster by the UK's Poster Collective featuring images of labor protest and music and lyrics from the iconic labor song "Which Side Are You On?" which was written by Appalachian activist Florence Reece in 1931. The poster also shows a large image of Sara Ogan Gunning, a singer and songwriter from the coal mining country of Eastern Kentucky. The song includes the lyrics "Come all of you good workers, good news to you. I'll tell, of how the good old union has come here to dwell. Which side.....
Flyer, printed on yellow paper, promoting a talk by Dan Bentivogli at Columbia University on the student protests and strike at the University of Buffalo. The strike, which began as a series of student demands to halt institutionalized racism, war research and campus ROTC, turned violent with police, in full riot gear and armed with tear gas and clubs, attacking students.
Condition: Near Fine.
A vintage poster by Portland graphic designer Steven Birch with the image of Malcolm X and the phrase "Fight the Power!". Inspiration likely came from the band Public Enemy, who were touring the states in 1988-1990 with the release of their albums "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" and "Fear of a Black Planet". The song "Fight the Power" originally appeared on the soundtrack of Spike Lee's film "Do the Right Thing" and later on "Fear of a Black Planet". Printed on heavier, glossy paper stock.....
The poster for the Portland premiere of Spike Lee's 1992 film "Malcolm X" on November 17, 1992. The premiere was a benefit for the Urban League of Portland and was sponsored by Nike, Inc. Phyllis Yvonne Stickney of the film was in attendance, as was Ruby Dee, who appeared in Lee's "Do the Right Thing". The film starred Denzel Washington as Malcolm X. Printed on heavier, glossy paper stock. Poster design by Mike King.
Condition: Like New.
An original, circa 1969 pinback button featuring activist, revolutionary and co-founder of the Black Panther Party, Huey Newton holding a rifle with the demand: "ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE". Likely made and distributed by the Black Panther Party. This button was recently included in an exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, and the consignor's original loan tag is included.
Condition: Very Good, light scratching to surface; rusting/oxidation wear to back of pin due to age.