50 Years Ago Today

National Guardsmen attacked protesters at the University of New Mexico in Albu(r)querque, New Mexico. Eleven people were bayonetted. Despite a lawsuit, the no one was held accountable. Many protesters inside the Student Union Building (SUB) refused to leave after occupying the building; 131 were arrested by local law enforcement officers. The arrests were peaceful and orderly, contrasted with the mayhem created by the National Guard out on the plaza. The protests were part of the anti-war protests of the era, supercharged by the killing of four students at Kent State University on May 4. Jane Fonda was on campus that week as a student strike was in effect, and the University was shut down for a time.

GPAMA, Veterans for Peace-ABQ, and students at Media Arts Collaborative Charter School were working on a 50th Anniversary commemorative event that had to be postponed because of the public health order. We expect to reschedule the event for the Fall Semester. We will let you know the particulars when we have them. The event will be free, educational, and perhaps a bit healing for some.  We hope to have a trailer video soon to give you a preview of the public event.


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The Green Party of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area represents Sandoval, Bernalillo, Torrance, and Valencia Counties in New Mexico, U. S. A.

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