Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Poster of the Week

Renew Our Common Struggle
Peg Averill; Art for People
Silkscreen, 1975
Washington, D.C.
40th Anniversary of Kent State: 4 Students Killed by US National Guard
In March 1969, President Nixon ordered the bombing of Cambodia, a country neighbouring Viet Nam. As this was an escalation and widening of an unpopular war, and because Cambodia was a neutral country, the Nixon administration tried to keep it a secret from the American people. An estimated 100,000 peasants died in the bombing, while 2 million people were left homeless.

In April 1970, Nixon ordered US troops into Cambodia. When the invasion was announced, US college campuses erupted in protest, and one-third of them shut down due to student walkouts. At Kent State University in Ohio, four students were killed by panicky national guardsmen who had been called up to prevent rioting. Two days later, two students were killed at Jackson State College in Mississippi.

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