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New Mexico Digital Collections

About this collection

The posters highlight Allen Cooper's work as a civil rights activist, peace protestor, and supporter of the American Indian Movement from around 1970-2010. Many  posters relate to local New Mexico issues and actions including environmental issues, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), uranium mining, nuclear waste disposal, and the peace movement.

A large portion of the posters relate to Wounded Knee, the American Indian Movement, Vietnam War. and freeing Leonard Peltier. The collection also contains posters related to political and civil rights struggles in Latin America (including several posters of Che Guevara), Cuba, and the Vietnam War.

Allen Cooper, lifelong activist, was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 19 and was shipped abroad. When Cooper returned to America he became involved in the civil rights movement. He participated in civil rights rallies from Mississippi to Oakland and worked for the Black Panther Party. He was active in protests against the Vietnam War in New Mexico and participated in the occupation of the University of New Mexico Student Union Building in 1970. Cooper traveled to Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1973 to support the followers of the American Indian Movement. Cooper also supported civil rights campaigns in Latin America and was part of a construction brigade that traveled to Nicaragua after the Sandinista Revolution. He also campaigned heavily against the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

 
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