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The Joni Rabinowitz Papers, which date from 1961 to 2008, document her personal life and constant involvement and devotion to social, political and economic justice issues. Her papers trace her activism in college and the historic civil rights cases she was involved in, her activism in New York City, and her move to Pittsburgh where she helped found the local chapter of the New American Movement (NAM). A majority of the collection documents her involvement in a number of leftist/socialist organizations like the NAM, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Voter REP, and the Rainbow Political Action Committee. Devoted to bringing awareness to social and economic inequality, she was involved in a number of movements and organizations regarding race, class, hunger, and welfare rights. Her papers also demonstrate her political concerns and intellectual interests through literature she collected concerning issues and organizations that existed throughout the 1960s and 1970s.


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