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The 1970s, a decade overshadowed by financial crisis in New York City, saw the advent of a citywide squatters’ movement in response to the growing problem of housing abandonment.
In the summer of 1970, low-income families began to move into vacant buildings owned by Columbia University in Morningside Heights, and Operation Move-In was soon underway across the city … [concluding] the year with the “People’s Court Housing Crimes Trial”: an eight hour mock trial in which tenants, squatters and sympathetic city administrators testified about the struggles faced by the city’s low-income residents. (source)
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1960, NYC housing protest in the Yorkville neighborhood (upper East Side.)
During the early spring of 1959, housing activists from across New York City began to gather at the 23rd Street YMCA to share stories and tactics from tenant and community struggles against urban renewal projects in the city. Jane Benedict, a former labor organizer, founded the Yorkville Save Our Homes coalition to oppose the construction of luxury condos in her neighborhood. (source)
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Anti-abortion protester at the 1976 Democratic National Convention in NYC, by Leland Bobbe. (source)
ETA: Former AL governor George Wallace was a segregationist Democrat candidate who dropped out of the race early in the 1976 campaign, paving the way for the nomination of presidential winner Jimmy Carter.
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Arrest at CORE demonstration, New York City, 1964, by Bruce Davidson
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The 1961 “Beatnik Riot” in Washington Square Park, NYC (via npr.org)
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Anti-Vietnam War demonstration outside the United Nations Building, New York City, 4/15/1967
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Tompkins Square Park, Memorial Day 1967 (source)
A group of young men and women – some of them professional musicians with a performance permit issued by the City of New York – were first illegally rousted, then attacked by NYPD riot cops for the “crime” of making music in Tompkins Square Park, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
School children’s riot in New York, 1950.
By Ralph Morse
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