Wednesday, June 2, 2010

W.I.T.C.H. - 1969

Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell

Miranda mentioned this group a few weeks ago and I just realized that I had these photos.
They were taken by Lee Balterman for LIFE magazine at a protest in support of the Chicago Eight.
Photos of a different W.I.T.C.H. protest (they called them hexes) are available at Jo Freeman's site, a really great resource for first-hand information about social movements of the sixties and seventies.

Freeman says:
The following Halloween (1969) the target was the trial of New Left leaders, arrested for conspiracy after protests disrupted the 1968 Democratic Convention.
Slowly, solemnly, the Witches filed around the Federal Building in Chicago's Loop, faces painted white, staring straight ahead, flowing black capes swirling around them. "Our sister justice lies chained and tied," they chanted. "We curse the ground on which she died."

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