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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 killing of student protesters at Kent State University, and the next day's mass rally on campus turned into an impromptu march on the freeway to downtown Seattle. Several thousand students voted to strike on May 10, and the strike lasted roughly until May 18. While never completely occupying the entire campus, the strike gained mass support from the student body. The student strike, from roughly May 10-18, was part of a larger month of explosive protests, campus occupations, and marches in Seattle. Collected here are organizational documents from the strike steering committee, flyers explaining the strike, information sheets on Vietnam that were distributed, and lists of classes for the strike's New University. Documents digitized with permission from the personal collection of Steve Ludwig.

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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