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The Street Wall Journal - Vol.1, Nos.1-3
Committee to Defend the Panther 21, New York 1970 - Set of "wall newspaper"-style broadsides produced by the Committee to Defend the Panther 21, the title (used also by the unafiliated S.D.S. journal) intentionally used to reference the paper's ideological opposite, The Wall Street Journal. The committee was formed in early 1970, comprised of a mixed group of CPUSA members and sympathizers, assorted socialists and left-liberals, with the aim of raising funds for the defense of 21 members of the Black Panther Party. "The Panther 21," as they came to be called, were charged "with a conspiracy to murder New York City policemen and to dynamite a variety of sites ranging from Abercrombie & Fitch to the Bronx Botanical Gardens." The set is comprised of three broadsides (apparently all published), which were distributed largely on the Campus of Columbia University during mid-May, 1970: a) "Why We Strike" (May 13, 1970), b) "Toward A General Strike" (May 15, 1970), and c) "The Panthers: History as Repression.Repression as History" (May 21, 1970). The message is two-fold: to prompt students and workers to go on strike in protest of the U.S. expansion into Vietam, Cambodia and Laos, and to take a stand against the oppression of Black Panther Party members, seeking the release of political prisoners like Bobby Seale. Rare; we find no copies available for sale in the trade (2014); 2 copies for Vol.1, No.3 in the auction record (Bonham's, 2014 & Swann, 2012). All three broadsides unlisted in OCLC, though we find an example of Vol.1, No.1 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and another unspecified example in Harvard's collection of Black Panther ephemera. A2. Three lithographed broadsides, printed in black, blue and red on white and pale blue stock; measuring 43cm x 56cm (17" x 22"); illus. Two small tack holes to lower left corner of Vol.1, No.1; some trivial wear, else Fine.
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