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Unite to Fight!
Maker: Donna Pillar; Inkworks Press
Date Made: 1976
Place Made: United States; California; United States: California, Berkeley
Measurements: 55 cm x 43.5 cm; 21 5/8 in x 17 1/8 in
Main Subject: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Unite to Fight! June 28/Day of Solidarity with Gay Struggles Printed and published by Inkworks Press Face by Su Negrin/Times Change Press
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Poster designed by Donna Pillar, published and distributed by Inkworks Press, Oakland, Calif. The face, a coarse halftone dot image of a woman at a feminist demonstration, was taken from "Lucy Stone," an early second-wave feminism poster published in 1970 by Times Change Press, New York, NY, (1970-1974). The text read: "In education, in marriage, in everything, disappointment is the lot of woman […] Lucy Stone, 1855." A first edition of that poster credited Su Negrin as graphic artist, a second edition of the poster labeled it TCP poster #2 and did not. Image courtesy Lincoln Cushing / Docs Populi.
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Unite to Fight! commemorates the Stonewall Riots that began on June 28, 1969. The Stonewall Inn, on Christopher Street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, was a mafia-owned heterosexual nightclub. In 1966, the owners re-opened it as a gay bar. The age range of the clientèle was between the upper teens and early thirties, and the racial mix was evenly distributed among white, black, and Hispanic. Despite weekly police payoffs, police raids were frequent. But the early morning raid of June 28, 1969 was different. People fought back. The Stonewall riots are generally credited with being the first instance in the U.S. that that gays and lesbians fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted sexual minorities, and they became the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the U.S. and around the world. Unite to Fight! was originally printed in New York, NY, at Time Change Press, circa 1973. Times Change Press was founded in 1970 by Tom Wodetzki and Su Negrin, and provided opportunities for artists representing various themes on the political spectrum, including anarchist, Marxist-Leninist, communitarian, socialist, feminist, lesbian and gay. Times Change Press closed in 1974, the same year that Inkworks Press was founded in Berkeley, California. Inkworks, a democratically run worker collective and a union shop, reprinted it in 1976.