Captivating Rare Photos Of NYC Protests During The 80s And 90s

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Captivating Rare Photos Of NYC Protests During The 80s And 90s
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This year has most certainly seen the likes of several big protests. From the Women's March to the election results confirming Trump as president, it's safe to say that those who are passionate about a cause have definitely made themselves known. 

But protesting is not a new thing. Yes, it's more easily captured in today's media given the advancement of technology and online social media, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some chilling images of what protests were like a few decades ago.

These 12 photos will show you the passionate and strong people of New York City during the 80s and 90s, protesting against things such as police violence, women's rights, and labor exploitation. 

Pro-Choice Rally, 1992.

Pro-Choice Rally, 1992.

Women and men protest women's rights in New York City. The event was named a "pro-choice rally," whereby women took extraordinary lengths to get their message across. 

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The Day Of Outrage, 1987.

The Day Of Outrage, 1987.

In December 1987, the Day of Outrage took place, whereby many gathered at Jay Street-Borough Hall subway station. They met in order to protest the three defendants that were found guilty for the manslaughter of Michael Griffith. Griffith was said to be chased by a white mob, beat into traffic, and killed by a car.

Jing Fong Restaurant, 1995. 

Jing Fong Restaurant, 1995. 
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Here, crowds gather to protest Jing Fong restaurant, the largest restaurant in Chinatown, NYC. After being found guilty for keeping their waiters' pay illegally in order to pay for social security, they were fined a sum of $1.13 million.

Anticipated Police Attack.

Anticipated Police Attack.

This powerful image shows a squatter standing on top of an overturned car in an attempt to block off the street. Written on the car, "Hello, I am here to save no one," and, "Economy decline." The street, covered in trash. This action was taken in anticipation of a police attack.

Pro-Choice Protest, 1989.

Pro-Choice Protest, 1989.

In this photo, pro-choice women can be seen protesting in downtown Manhattan. The event took place after the Supreme Court announced the limitations on Roe vs. Wade. That day, 23 women were arrested while walking the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Mumia Abu-Jamal Sentencing. 

Mumia Abu-Jamal Sentencing. 

This chilling photograph shows a man screaming out in protest. He displays his disapproval for the court ruling of Mumia Abu-Jamal given the death sentence. Abu-Jamal was found guilty of killing a policeman.

ACT UP, 1989.

ACT UP, 1989.

This photo was taken outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral and shows a man being carried away on a stretcher. He was injured during a protest by members of ACT UP, an international advocacy group working to bring medical and social attention to those living with HIV/AIDS.

Rodney King Court Ruling, 1992.

Rodney King Court Ruling, 1992.

After the news had broken out that the officers responsible for the death of Rodney King were acquitted, many took to the streets to show their disapproval. Here, an Asian grocery store is being vandalized. 

Amadou Diallo Protest, 1999.

Amadou Diallo Protest, 1999.

Here, crowds gather by the thousands in front of the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan. They came bearing signs and chants in order to protest the killing of an unarmed immigrant, Amadou Diallo, 23, from Guinea, who was shot dead by four policemen. 

The Women's Action Coalition, 1992.

The Women’s Action Coalition, 1992.

Here, the Women's Action Coalition gather outside of the Guggenheim Museum in order to protest the lack of female artists represented. 

Tompkin's Square Park Riot, 1988.

Tompkin's Square Park Riot, 1988.

Blood pours from this man's head down to his waist as the Tompkin's Square Park riot takes place. The event was brought about due to the dispute over how the park would be used. The riot was mostly attended by "skinheads," drug pushers, and homeless people.

Women in Mourning and Outrage, 2000.

Women in Mourning and Outrage, 2000.
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Women protest in order to mourn the loss of Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old man who was shot dead by policemen. The group refers to themselves as, "Women in Mourning and Outrage."

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