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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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Women’s Strike for Peace, Die-In Outside of ITT Building, New York City, April 12, 1972 (via swarthmore.edu)
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Martin Luther King, anti-Vietnam war protest, New York City, 1967 (via npr.org)
Photo with 33 notesTompkins Square Park arrests, Memorial Day 1967. Loren Bliss (photographer) writes:
Alas the incident has been disappeared down the Orwell hole: as I discovered when I returned to the City during the ’80s, the EVO extra has been carefully snipped from the New York City Public Library’s microfiche file – which means the censorship was official, imposed by a librarian acting on Ruling Class orders … this work survived only because I had the prints with me in my portfolio case.
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