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Burn Flags or People?

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Creator:Floyd Turner Defense Fund
Creator:University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division.
Title:Burn Flags or People?

Calls for: “We ask for contributions to Turner’s defense fund to raise bail bond and make available paid counsel, in order to get Floyd out of jail and then to move on the social needs his incarceration exemplifies: responsible administration of the Justice Court, bail reform, review of police procedures in bringing cases to trial and principles of discretion in the Prosecutor’s office in selection of cases, releasing our consciences from the threat of harassment for dramatic testimony to belief and advocacy of human social values and concomitant institutions.” Background information: On May 12, 1967, Louis Scott saw two men at a party across the street set fire to an American flag. Almost two weeks later, Seattle police arrested Floyd Turner, suspected of being one of the men Scott had seen. He was charged under the 1919 Uniform Flag Law, which prohibited the public mutilation of official flags. (Crowley, Walt. Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 87-88) Note on date: Although 1969 is penciled on the document, this flier could not have been created after December 1967, when Turner’s second trial began in Superior Court. He was found guilty, but in September 1970 the State Supreme Court reversed his conviction. (Crowley, Walt. Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 87-92)

Types:Fliers (printed matter) | StillImage | Text
Subjects:Turner, Floyd | Flag descescration--Washington (State)--Seattle | Civil rights--Washington (State)--Seattle | Freeom of speech--Washington (State)--Seattle | Floyd Turner Defense Fund | United States, Washignton, King County, Seattle, 47.6062095, -122.3320708
Collection:Vietnam War Era Ephemera Collection
Institution:University of Washington's Libraries
Contributors:University of Washington. Libraries. Special Collections Division
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Vietnam War Era Ephemera Collection

Floyd Turner Defense Fund

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