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Photos and Documents: May 1970 Student Strike

The May 1970 student strike at the University of Washington was part of a national week of student strikes, organized in reaction to the expansion of the Vietnam War in Cambodia, the killings of student protesters at Kent State University, and "to reconstitute the University as a center for organizing against the war in Southeast Asia." Student activists called for a strike on May 4, after the events at Kent State, and the next day six thousand students attended a strike rally and then marched off campus, charging onto the freeway, blocking traffic for hours as they marched downtown. For the next two weeks, the strike continued and with it several additional freeway marches and some window smashing demonstrations. The campus, the university district, capitol hill, and parts of downtown Seattle felt the effects of this extraordinary mobilization.

Here is a detailed account by Zoe Altaras, The May 1970 Student Student Strike at the University of Washington.

Here are photos of student protests, including the strike, from the Steve Ludwig Collection

Below are documents of the strike collected by Steve Ludwig. Click for a larger, readable image.


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"Proposals to Mass Strike Rally, submitted by Steering Committee" May 10, 1970

Map of organizing committees during the strike
 
 

Map of organizing committees during the strike

 
 

"Why We Strike"

Strike activities newsletter, first issue
 
 

Strike activities newsletter, first issue

Strike activities newsletter, May 18, 1970
 
 

Strike activities newsletter, May 18, 1970

 
 

"Third World Statement" from the Third World Coalition

Fact Sheet on Vietnam
 
 

Fact Sheet on Vietnam

History of Vietnam Involvement
 
 

History of Vietnam Involvement

Information Sheet: Vietnam
 
 

Information Sheet: Vietnam

 
 

"Warning! Nerve Gas Coming!"

People Against Nerve Gas (PANG) flyer
 
 

People Against Nerve Gas (PANG) flyer

Flyer for the strike's New University
 
 

Flyer for the strike's New University

Statement of the UW Student Coalition on Nixon's
 
 

Statement of the UW Student Coalition on Nixon's "pacification" strategy

UW Student Coalition letter campaign to Nixon
 
 

UW Student Coalition letter campaign to Nixon

Antiwar Petition to Senators Jackson and Magnuson
 
 

Antiwar Petition to Senators Jackson and Magnuson

 
 

"The Strike Continues"

 
 

"The strike continues...." bulletin