Maine, Political Buttons
1. Write in DICK GREGORY PRESDIENT PEACE and FREEDOM
Dick Gregory, humorist and political activist, ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party, which developed separate interests from the Peace and Freedom Party. Gregory used his high profile status to travel to Tehran in 1980 to intercede for peace, and to campaign against apartheid in South Africa.
2. END RACISM AND SEXISM YWCA
The YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) conflates sexism and racism as morally reprehensible. The association seeks to empower women, much as the YMCA seeks to empower men, through social services, exercise, education, and outreach.
3. RUN JESSE RUN!
Reference to and encouragement for Jesse Jackson’s bid for presidency in 1984 and 1988.
4. No to Racism from Boston to South Africa nscar
NSCAR (National Society of the Children of the American Revolution) minted this button to publicly declare that racism is unpatriotic, especially in the patriotic hub of Boston. Consider: why do you think this button uses Boston and South Africa to triangulate an end to racism?
5. WE STILL HAVE A DREAM MARCH ON WASHINGTON 20th Anniversary 1963-1983 August 27
Commemoration of the 1963 march for civil rights in Washington D.C.
6. HOPE ’88 VOTE NOV. 8
Jesse Jackson campaigned for the presidency of the United States in 1984 and 1988 with his newly created “Rainbow Coalition,” an organization founded on the principle that disaffected minorities had been ignored by both the Democratic and Republican parties.