PEACE, JOBS AND JUS­TICE PA­RADE (1986) BY JANET DE­LANEY

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Janet De­laney be­gan tak­ing pic­tures on the streets of San Fran­cisco soon af­ter she moved there from Los An­ge­les, to at­tend art col­lege, in 1978. The pic­ture shown here was taken in the Mis­sion Dis­trict of the city, where many of the Hon­durans, Mex­i­cans, El Sal­vado­ri­ans and Nicaraguans ended up set­tling af­ter they had fled the civil wars rag­ing in Cen­tral Amer­ica – wars that had been fanned by Rea­gan’s for­eign pol­icy.

“The streets were filled with plac­ards,” says De­laney, whose pho­tos from that time have just been pub­lished in a new book, Pub­lic Mat­ters. These gay men, dressed as girl scouts, with a sign say­ing “COOK­IES NOT CONTRAS”, call on Amer­ica to sup­port some­thing whole­some rather than un­der­min­ing for­eign govern­ments. mack­books.com

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