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Members of the Rainbow People's Party, Summer 1971

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Ann Arbor News, November 6, 1983
FLOWER CHILDREN -- By the time this picture was taken in the summer of 1971, the White Panther Party had changed its name to the Rainbow People's Party. Founder John Sinclair was still in prison, and "Free John Now!" was a rallying cry which kept the group together and gave it national attention. The FBI and the Nixon White House viewed the Ann Arbor group as a band of subversives plotting the overthrow of the government.
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AADL Talks to Kathy Kelley

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 1:30pm

Kathy Kelly moved into the Hill Street houses when she was very young, but she recalls her life there as a member of the White Panther Party as a positive, life-changing personal experience and social experiment. Kathy talks about daily life in the commune with her friends and colleagues, some of the events she participated in, including the John Sinclair Freedom Rally, as well as her apprenticeship as a graphic artist under legendary rock poster artist, Gary Grimshaw. Kathy's experience with the White Panther Party and Rainbow People's Party led to a successful career in art direction for publishing with magazines such as ChicagoOutsideCREEM, and most especially in educational publishing with Weekly Reader Corporation and Scholastic.

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AADL Talks To David Fenton

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:11pm

While he was in town during the 40th anniversary of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally, we had the chance to sit down with David Fenton about his time in Ann Arbor during the late 1960s and early 1970s. During these years David lived at the Hill Street Commune, worked on the Ann Arbor Sun, and helped with the campaign to free John Sinclair. David discusses Sinclair's influence on his personal and professional life; reflects on the excesses - both good and bad - of the countercultural movement as he experienced it, and its legacy 40 years later in its modern counterparts, including and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

David also participated in our panel discussion, Culture Jamming: A Long View Back.