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Indict the U.S. Government's Upside Down Justice / Free the Greensboro Six

Date: May 3, 1980

Author: Communist Workers Party U.S.A.

Biographical/Historical abstract: The Communist Workers Party (CWP) was a Maoist group in the United States, active from 1979-1985, and mainly remembered for the "Greensboro Massacre," a November 3, 1979 Death to the Klan march in Greensboro that left five of the CWP protesters dead.

Additional contributor: Marion Yuen

Description: This May 3, 1980 press release, issued by the Communist Workers Party (CWP), announces the release on bail of three of the six CWP members indicted on rioting charges stemming from the November 3, 1979, Death to the Klan march (also known as the Greensboro Massacre). The CWP accuses the government of blaming the victims of the shooting, and of a cover-up to hide its role in the murders. The CWP demands that charges be dropped, that thirty-five Ku Klux Klan and Nazi party members be prosecuted for their roles in the murders, and that all law enforcement documents related to the event be made public. The press release also contains an announcement that the CWP would begin the process of a civil rights suit to be filed against the federal, state, and city governments over the shootings.


Format of original: Other

Collection: Blanche M. Boyd Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.66.1202

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