New York Provo Announces the Formation of a New Food & Drug Administration To Administer Food and Drugs to Those Who Need Them
New York: The Open Press, . 8 1/2 x 11 in. Mimeographed from typescript on recto only. Toning to extremities and a closed tear at the upper right edge; very good. Item #5462
Broadside announcing the formation of a new Food and Drug Administration, "to administer food and drugs to those who need them" and attacks the Washington agency for a total failure to "live up to it’s name" and get food and drugs to the people of the Lower East Side. According to the flyer, the new FDA will have one wing for administering "legal supplies" and another, called NARCO (the National Association for the Relief of Consciousness Obstruction), for acquiring and distributing illegal drugs. The group also promises the rollout of this program at Tompkins Square Park that fall, and writes seriously on the status of its free food program in the Lower East Side.
New York Provo, founded by Dana Beal and Jonathan Leake, took inspiration from the Dutch Provo movement, staging Happenings and promoting anarchist theory much like their counterparts in the Netherlands - and serving as an antecedent to the Yippies. Leake would go on to form the Resurgence Youth Movement.
A remarkably well preserved example of a rare and fragile flyer promoting community self-sufficiency and mutual aid.