Hunter Strikes, Rat Subterranean News (1970)
The April Fool’s Day strike at Hunter College is no joke. It has lasted over two weeks, and as of this writing, classes are formally suspended for student-faculty negotiations.
The Strike was called when the administration failed to respond to 34 student demands, ranging from the main issue of 50-50 representation on college committees to free education for all students, regardless of status, day and night care centers for children of students, faculty and other employees, recruitment of 200 additional students under Open Admissions, and self-determination for the Black and Puerto Rican studies department.
The day after the strike began, Women’s Liberation took over the college switchboard. Milk and food deliveries were rerouted to liberation breakfasts. Elevators and stairways have been periodically shut down to discourage students from attending regular classes, while sympathetic faculty have been conducting liberation classes, and the lobby of the main building has been turned into a center for discussions, constant singing and guerrilla theater.
In addition to rocks, bricks, and cherry bombs, Berkeley street fighters answered the cops by throwing back tear gas canisters.
Photo by Grover Wickersham (1969). A street battle broke out after police overreaction to what was a symbolic boycott of classes by students on the UC Berkeley campus. The students were striking to demand a Third World Studies department.
Police in action with 5-foot billyclubs; the photographer is about to be struck. San Francisco State University student strike, 1968.
The paper that I took this scan from (Black Dwarf out of England) doesn’t have any photo credits. I’m assuming this is either a Nacio Jan Brown or Alan Copeland photo but don’t hold me to it.