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A collection of flyers, broadsides, handbills, booklets and other ephemera printed at the gay anarchist collective print-shop, Come!Unity Press
New York, 1977. Folio and smaller. Fine with occasional minor paper flaws. Folio and smaller. Come!Unity Press was a gay anarchist collective print shop on East 17th Street in New York City in the 1970s. Founded with an initial measure of support from the Quaker Project on Community Conflict, from January 1972 the press operated as a 24-hour shared working/living space, and among the stated goals was "Survival by Sharing", to "unplug from profit", and to provide "equal access to the poor, printing movement alternatives to imperialism, war and rape." Powered by an A.B. Dick sheet-fed offset press, Come!Unity Press offered free access to the printing press as well as free materials for political and social activism, especially among the black, Puerto Rican, and gay and lesbian communities, as well as feminist organizations, theater groups, free schools, antiwar and international solidarity movements, the American Indian Movement, and individual artists and poets. There was a close connection between the press and WBAI-FM, the New York City free radio station, as well. The present collection represents a broad range of material printed on the press, much of it visually striking and all of it with the uncompromising spirit of radicalism which breathed through the activist groups which made use of the Come!Unity resources. Comprising: "A Gay Science Fiction Magazine," color printed poster, 14 x 8 1/2 inches, printed by the Gay Science Fiction Collective, no date, soliciting contributions of content and money to help begin the magazine, and announcing the first work discussion meeting. "When Freedom is Outlawed Only Outlaws Will Be Free" / "Where Were You in '72," two-sided color-printed illustrated poster printed, 17 x 11 inches, recto advertising a concert at Central Park, a March to Abolish the Police State, and a rally during the Democratic Convention, with sub-headline "Stop 1984 in 1976! Stop Cointelpro! Stop S-1!" and illustration of smiling man with American flags stuck in his cap holding a noose; verso with two columns of text about the 1972 Miami convention, printed in rainbow colors. "Impeach Nixon," color printed poster, 11 x 17 inches, by guerilla graphics, no date [ca. 1972], on green paper, verso with "break de chains" poster by the National Committee for the Defense of Joanne Chesimard [Assata Shakur] & Clark Squire. "Impeach Nixon," color printed poster, 11 x 17 inches, by guerilla graphics, no date [ca. 1972], printed over proof sheet of a booklet on an Environmental Bond Issue. Discarded proof sheets from one printing project would often be used for test printings of other projects, as is the case with this specimen. "Impeach the Presidency and the System - Not Just the Chief / Nobody for President - We Don't Need a King!" Printed broadside, 17 x 10.5 inches, on peach-colored paper, with illustration at top of a frieze of skulls wearing various rulers hats, by the Anarchs of New York, n.d. [ca. 1973], in part "Removing a single criminal from the White House is some slight relief, but it won't get at the causes of the crimes ... ABOLISH THE PRESIDENCY, THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH - AND THE STATE." "10th Anniversary Easter Be-In (On Behalf of Letting People Be)," broadside poster, 17 x 11 inches, promoting the event in Central Park on April 10, [1977], and adding "Don't forget the May 14th Smoke-In in Washington Square Park, the the 4th of July Smoke-In in Washington, D.C." "Reallocating $ as a resource," color printed group statement/manifesto, 17 x 11 inches, on blue paper, ca. 1972, reproducing on the verso a hand-written explanation of the mission of the Come!Unity Press, the costs of running the press, etc, over an illustration of machine drums, verso with an illustration of the Manhattan skyline with a Che Guevara quote inset and surrounded by the names of dozens of local collectives and the motto "If we don't do it / it won't get done," multiple copies. Another example of "Reallocating...," on pink paper, multiple copies. "Pacifica WBAI 99.5fm Free Radio Under Fire, The Making of a Silent Minority" color-printed broadside, 17 x 11 inches, [1971], printing an editorial by Lowell Ponte calling attention to attempts by the FCC to strip Pacifica radio of its licenses, multiple copies "The American Indian Revelation," printed broadside, 11 x 17 inches, by the American Indian Movement, with dollar bill/American flag illustration incorporating Native American portrait at center with "Support Wounded Knee" at bottom, verso with Pacifica Free Radio Under Fire broadside Phillipines Information Bulletin. Vol 1 Number 2 March-April 1973. Published by the American Friends of the Filipino People (AFFP). 8 ½ x 11 inches. Illustrated. 34 pp. Staple bound illustrated wrappers. WITH: Come!Unity Press flier inserted seeking funds to replace paper, plates, and ink used in printing the bulletin; printed recto and verso on rainbow colored paper, 8.5 x 11 inches, worn at one edge. Bakunin on Violence. Letter to S. Nechayev. No date. 8 3/8 x 5 3/8 inches. Illustrated. 48 pp. Original red illustrated card staple-bound wrappers backed with linen tape.
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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