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east end food co-op
(text) Front: EAST END FOOD CO-OP
Back: N/A
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(description) top line of text straight, bottom line of text gently curved up with two stylized pine trees in the center
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Tree
(subject) social issues


life is too short already!
(text) Front: LIFE IS TOO SHORT ALREADY!
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(description) Two skeletons in position for sexual intercourse some contraceptive devices also depicted
(background) black
(iconic elements) 1 Thing - Skeleton 2 Thing - Contraceptive device
(subject) social issues


eat the rich
(text) Front: Eat the Rich; U.S.L.F.
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(description) Skull with knife and fork
(background) green
(iconic elements) Thing - Skull Thing - Knife Thing - Fork
(subject) social issues;;humor

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save american youth
(text) Front: Save American Youth
Back: SAY YAY
Sleeve: N/A
(description) Extinct animals represented with text from 10 year old warning against oppressing American Youth
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Dinosaur
(subject) social issues


native american indian and columbus
(text) Front: 1492-1992. Me cago en el Quinto centenario
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(description) Indian perched on arm of Columbus, speaking text.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Christopher Columbus Thing - Telescope
(subject) history;;social issues


dinosaurs reading
(text) Front: Lea. Evite la extincion.
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(description) Colorful dinosaurs reading.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Dinosaur Thing - Book
(subject) social issues


car on fire
(text) Front: NO APOLOGIES! EVER!!
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(description) a car on fire at the center with texts above and below
(background) yellow
(iconic elements) Thing - Car Thing - Fire
(subject) social issues


Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
(text) Front: it will e a great day whenour schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
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(description) Image of people climbing to the top of the world
(background) pink
(iconic elements) Person, Thing - Earth
(subject) social issues


white rose
(text) Front: The White Rose Even the finest arms are instruents of evil An army's harvest is a waste of thorns -- Lao-Tzu
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(description) Image of a rose in the window of a jail cell, the roots of the rose are breaking through the brick wall.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Flower - Rose
(subject) social issues


when freedom is outlawed
(text) Front: WHEN FREEDOM IS OUTLAWED ONLY THE OUTLAWS ARE FREE
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(description) Circle with text wrapping around; image of revolutionary war within the circle
(background) black
(iconic elements) Person, Thing - Circle
(subject) social issues


help the police
(text) Front: HELP THE POLICE BEAT YOURSELF UP
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) Billyclub centered within text
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Club
(subject) social issues


cuba poster project
(text) Front: Cuba Poster Project Conserving the Graphic Poster Art of Revolutionary Cuba Non-Roman characters
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(description) Outline of person filled with bright radiating colors
(background) black
(iconic elements) Person
(subject) social issues


traditional values
(text) Front: TRADITIONAL VALUES
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(description) family of four walking together holding hands with the father's head shown as a pressure cooker
(background) gray
(iconic elements) 1 Person - Man 2 Person - Woman 3 Person - Child 4 Thing - Cat
(subject) social issues


heartbreak of daily routines
(text) Front: The Heartbreak of Daily Routines
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(description) human figures represented as robots with clock faces and mechanical hearts marching in step on a black background with yellow dots
(background) yellow
(iconic elements) 1 Thing - Clock 2 Thing - Robot
(subject) social issues


i didn't go to work today
(text) Front: I DIDN'T GO TO WORK TODAY ... ... I DON'T THINK I'LL GO TO WORK TOMORROW
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(description) figure of a woman lying in bed with a side view of the face
(background) pink
(iconic elements) 1 Person - Woman 2 Thing - Bed
(subject) social issues


sexist talk
(text) Front: I DON'T LIKE SEXIST TALK!
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(description) Black and white cartoon characters. Young girl kicking man.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Girl Person - Man Things - Stars
(subject) social issues

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strike
(text) Front: N/A
Back: STRIKE
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(description) Polo type shirt with tennis applique hand-stamped on back with raised fist above the word Strike!
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - hands
(subject) social issues


born again pagan
(text) Front: BORN AGAIN PAGAN
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) Two pagans dancing in the sun
(background) red
(iconic elements) Person - pagan Thing - Sun
(subject) social issues


red hair sinsemilla
(text) Front: RED HAIR SENSEMILLAMARIJUANA DOMESTICLY GROWN IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, GETTING HIGH
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(description) 10 Marijuana leaf cenetered over the text.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Leaf - Marijuana Leaf
(subject) social issues

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reading
(text) Front: READ ALL ABOUT IT. NEWSSTAND
Back: READ READ READ
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(description) F: a boy takes a newspaper B: texts only
(background) yellow
(iconic elements) Person - Boy Thing - Newspaper
(subject) social issues


Fran Trutt - Entrapped
(text) Front: Entrapped Fran Trutt
Back: Imagine having your body left to science while you're still in it
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(description) A woman from the waist up wearing a T-shirt is on the front, the word ENTRAPPED in a diagonal band across her.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Fran Trutt
(subject) social issues


smashing television
(text) Front: N/A
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(description) A white and blue/pcting a person smashing a television.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Symbol
(subject) social issues


let us prey
(text) Front: LET US PREY
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) Television with cross
(background) brown
(iconic elements) Thing--Television
(subject) social issues


food not bombs
(text) Front: FOOD NOT BOMBS
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(description) Hand holding sheaves of wheat
(background) brown
(iconic elements) Thing--Hand
(subject) social issues


labor creates all wealth
(text) Front: LABOR CREATES ALL WEALTH: NATIONAL LAWYER'S GUILD
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(description) Large factory with five workers in front -- three with raised fists
(background) brown
(iconic elements) Person--Workers Thing--Factory
(subject) social issues


rat race
(text) Front: Even if you win the race, you're still a rat.
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(description) Text on plain background
(background) white
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) social issues


America's Most Wanted
(text) Front: AMERICA'S MOST WANTED 1-800-CRIME-90
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) Logo of a TV program with telephone number
(background) red
(iconic elements) Symbol - American Eagle
(subject) social issues


stop domestic violence
(text) Front: Every 12 seconds a woman is beaten in the U.S. DON'T DIE for LOVE STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 52% of murdered women are killed by their partners
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(description) design has four types of clock faces
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing -- Clock
(subject) social issues


in weed we trust
(text) Front: IN WEED WE TRUST - CANNABIS SATIVA - LEGALIZE TODAY
Back: N/A
Sleeve: N/A
(description) large 4-color image parodying the eagle on the dollar bill to promote the legalization of marijuana
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Eagle Thing - Marijuana Thing - Star
(subject) humor;;social issues


free south africa
(text) Front: FREE SOUTH AFRICA
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(description) a keith haring design portraying a big black figure stomping on a small white figure and freeing herself from the noose the white figure is holding
(background) white
(iconic elements) Symbol - Resistance to Apartheid Person
(subject) social issues;;art -- postmodern


mink wearing man
(text) Front: N/A
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(description) mink wearing a stuffed man with a tree in the background
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Mink Thing - Tree Person
(subject) humor;;social issues


incredible shrinking woman's right to choose
(text) Front: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE - AND SHE THOUGHT IT WAS HER BODY
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(description) presented like an old movie poster. additional text includes, Opening in State Legislatures Nationwide! A Reagen/Rehnquist Production - Starring the Gang of Five, Boy George Bush and a Cast of Millions of Unwanted Children - Featuring the hit song 'She's Having My Baby' - Rated PG: Papal Guidance Suggested
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Judge Rehnquist Person - Woman Thing - Bible Place - Womb-Unit Protective Custody Center Symbol - United States Supreme Court
(subject) social issues;;humor


hope
(text) Front: HOPE
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(description) text of the word hope is depicted in large colorful letters
(background) gray
(iconic elements) Symbol - World
(subject) social issues


no more war
(text) Front: NO MORE WAR!
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(description) black on teal design of stylized woman
(background) black
(iconic elements) Person - Woman
(subject) social issues


eat vegetable
(text) Front: Eat your vegetables -- Save your friends
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(description) Deer, cow and sheep pose behind a basket of vegetable
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Animal Thing - Vegetable Thing - Basket
(subject) social issues


live simply
(text) Front: Live Simply..that others may simply live
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) An off-white t-shirt the design of which implies being good to the environment and going back to nature
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing - Plant -Wheat
(subject) environment;;social issues


fairer world
(text) Front: It's time for a fairer world OXFAM
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) Multi-colored montage of a symbolic world where people, animals, plants and technology are one.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person --people thing -- animal
(subject) art -- postmodern;;social issues


affirmative action
(text) Front: I work for uc and I support affirmative action
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) solid lettering centered on a white background
(background) white
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) social issues;;academic


evolution
(text) Front: EVOLUTION
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(description) Depicts evolution of flesh blob to upright human on top line. Depicts devolution from human to flesh blob in chair watching television on second line.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person
(subject) social issues;;pop culture;;humor


indomitable spirit
(text) Front: The Indomitable Spirit Happy Sad Awake Asleep
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) Nine boxes with hand holding stopwatch inside. Each hand is captioned with an emotion or state of mind.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing-hand-watch
(subject) social issues


We Can Do It!
(text) Front: We Can Do It! war production co-ordinating committee
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(description) reproduction of the We Can Do It! poster featuring Rosie the Riveter
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person
(subject) history;;art -- general;;social issues


native american
(text) Front: MAN BELONGS TO THE EARTH * EARTH DOES NOT BELONG TO MAN
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) photo depiction of a native american, with a sad look on his face
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person
(subject) environment;;social issues;;other cultures


detroit thang
(text) Front: FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS GO TO THE SUBURBS
Back: IT'S A DETROIT THANG
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(description) text only
(background) white
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) social issues


love them
(text) Front: Love them. Feed them. Read to them.
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(description) koalas hugging, penguins eating, and cats reading
(background) white
(iconic elements) 1. Thing - Animal - Cat 2. Thing - Animal - Penguin 3. Thing - Animal - Koala 4. Thing - Pizza 5. Thing - books
(subject) social issues


swim
(text) Front: Taste of woman; HOT STUFF; All dressed up; Free; Body Talk; Perfectly Suited; as nice as; more variety
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(description) women in bathing suits
(background) green
(iconic elements) Person - women
(subject) social issues


safe sex
(text) Front: safe sex is hot sex ; YOU ARE NOT IMMUNE! NO SOMOS IMMUNES!
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) Two naked women
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - woman
(subject) social issues


women against nukes
(text) Front: women against nukes
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) wild iris within a circle with the text arched on top of circle
(background) blue
(iconic elements) Symbol
(subject) social issues


Fran Trutt - Entrapped
(text) Front: Entrapped Fran Trutt
Back: Imagine having your body left to science while you're still in it
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(description) An odd contraption, presumably medical.
(background) white
(iconic elements) Thing
(subject) social issues


many women
(text) Front: Many Strong and Beautiful Women
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(description) cartoon-like images of women from many different cultures
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - Women Thing - Bird - Dove
(subject) social issues

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get along
(text) Front: We can get along
Back: April 29 - 1992
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(description) profiles of ethnic male faces superimposed on US flag
(background) white
(iconic elements) Person - men Thing - flag
(subject) social issues


police
(text) Front: POLICE GANG UNIT
Back: POLICE
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(description) white block text on black shirt
(background) black
(iconic elements) N/A
(subject) social issues

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nafta
(text) Front: NAFTA
Back: Don't send my job to Mexico AFL-CIO
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(description) the word NAFTA in a circle with a line through it
(background) white
(iconic elements) Symbol-not
(subject) social issues

god is coming
(text) Front: GOD IS COMING And Is She Pissed
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Sleeve: N/A
(description) Sunrise with text
(background) black
(iconic elements) Thing
(subject) social issues

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