nd: S.I., [ca. 1971]. Item #5326
Offset on newsprint. 22 3/4 x 17 in. Slight crease marks from folding into quarters and slight crease at bottom left corner; else fine.
Poster made in solidarity with the Vietnamese people with information about the American ecocide of the South Vietnamese environment. Text describes the effects of Agent Orange in dry tecnical terms, bringing awareness to the more than 16 millions gallons (over a gallon for every Vietnamese civilian in South Vietnam) of Agent Orange America sprayed
in South Vietnam. Also printed is an excerpt from a poem by the Vietnamese American historian Ngo Vinh Long. Vinh Long worked as a mapmaker for the American military in South Vietnam before turning against the war effort, organizing against it in Saigon before leaving to become the first Vietnamese person to attend Harvard. Continuing his activism, he became a fixture of anti-war teach-ins, regularly working with Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn.
The text describing Agent Orange is from "The Ecological Impact of the Air War" by Paul Feeney and Jim Allaway, first published
in 1970. Combined with the presence of Long’s poem, it is likely that this poster was included in an underground paper with links to the teach-in scene, where students and academics produced and disseminated knowledge about American atrocity in South Vietnam. Likely printed by Waller Press, who produced similar anti-war propaganda posters printed on newsprint.