Americans Want Peace.
[Berkeley]: [Political Poster Workshop], . 22 x 15 inches. Broadside. Silkscreen printed in olive green on the verso of a two-sheet dot-matrix computer printout, with the expected fold line where the two printer sheets join and perforated edges. Few small paint smudges; small crease to lower corner of perforated strip. Very Good.
One of 650 designs created by the Political Poster Workshop during the summer of 1970, this one featuring an image of the US seal, modified so that the eagle is surrounded by two olive branches, rather than clutching a quiver of arrows. The Political Poster Workshop was formed by students at the University of California, Berkeley, in response to the US invasion of Cambodia and the Kent State shootings, among other critical events of the period, and was supervised by Malaquias Montoya. Montoya had founded the Mexican-American Liberation Art Front in 1968, and was a major artistic contributor to the Chicano movement, including the UFW’s grape boycott. Under his tutelage, the Political Poster Workshop printed some 50,000 posters -- averaging 100 or less per design -- often on the backs of dot-matrix computer printouts and old concert posters. These were then posted around campus and the Berkeley area. Consequently, surviving copies are scarce.
OCLC locates two holdings, and we note others at Bancroft and OMCA; the OMCA copies, at least, are variants of this one.