Poster of the Week – Celebrate May Day!

Updated: Jul 14



Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the 1971 May Day Protests, a series of actions protesting the Viet Nam War that took place in Washington, D.C., between May 1–7. Large-scale civil disobedience began on May 3, and between 12,000 and 15,000 were arrested over the next few days. It is still the largest mass arrest in U.S. history.


The poster features Sitting Bull (c. 1831-1890), a Teton Dakota Native American chief and holy man who united the Lakota tribes of the American Great Plains against the white settlers trying to take their tribal land. He successfully resisted many years of efforts to destroy him and the Lakota people. In 1890, Sitting Bull was killed by Indian Police at 6 a.m., at the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota.

  • Standing Rock continues to be the site of ongoing efforts to take traditional lands… but in July 2020, a Federal Judge ordered the closure of the Dakota Pipeline!

  • Police killings continue…but earlier this month, Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd!

  • Celebrate our victories!

  • Fight for our rights!

  • Celebrate May Day!


The image is based on a 1855 photograph of Sitting Bull.

Resources:

Who Was Behind the Largest Mass Arrest in U.S. History?

How The ACLU Won The Largest Mass Acquittal In American History

Sitting Bull killed by Indian police

“A Dream That Comes True”: Standing Rock Elder Hails Order to Shut Down DAPL After Years of Protest

'Historic day' for Standing Rock as pipeline company told to shut down, remove oil

G.O.P. Bills Target Protesters (and Absolve Motorists Who Hit Them)

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