Summary Information
Title: Joni Rabinowitz Papers
Collection Number: AIS.2010.05
Creator: Rabinowitz, Joni

Collection Dates: 1961-2008
Extent: 12.0 linear feet (10 boxes; 1 oversize box)

Language: English

Abstract:
This collection contains the papers of Joni Rabinowitz, a Pittsburgh socialist and activist who has been involved in a number of organizations issues, and movements relating to social, political, and economic justice since the 1960s, such as the New American Movement. Included are organizational records, leftist counterculture literature, legal records, personal papers, and materials relating to the many issues, projects and campaigns, in which Rabinowitz has been involved.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

August 2011
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Needham.
Biography

Joni Rabinowitz was born on July 30, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City. Her father, Victor, a lawyer, represented trade unions and others whose unpopular ideas made finding legal representation difficult. Although her mother, Marcia, had advanced education, she remained a home maker and became a community activist who worked to integrate the public schools in New Rochelle.

In 1959 Rabinowitz graduated from New Rochelle High School and entered Antioch College, a liberal arts college located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, that offered “cooperative education programs where students alternate between on-campus study and off-campus work.” Having grown up playing the cello, she entered as a Music major, but by her senior year, she changed her major to Political Science. She was active in various left political causes during her college years, including a period in 1963 when she went to Albany, Georgia, to volunteer for voter registration work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). This was part of her co-op experience at Antioch. While in Georgia, she was arrested three times on the street for vagrancy (charges later dropped), and fasted in jail once for fifteen days and once for nine days. She was also charged with perjury by a federal grand jury and tried along with eight others as the "Albany Nine." Although she was convicted, the 5th Circuit Court eventually reversed the conviction.

In addition to civil rights, Rabinowitz while at Antioch was also active in Fair Play for Cuba (she helped organize a student trip to Cuba at Christmas time 1960), attended the Helsinki Youth Conference in 1961, and worked for peace, free speech and socialism. In 1964, along with over 100 other protestors, Rabinowitz was arrested for demonstrating against a Yellow Springs barber who would not serve African-American patrons. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Antioch in 1965.

Rabinowitz completed one year of Social Work school at Adelphi University in New York. During this time, together with students from other social work schools in New York, she worked to support civil rights work in the South. In the summer of 1966, she worked with the California Migrant Ministry in the San Joaquin Valley as a community organizer among Mexican-American farm workers. After this experience, she returned to New York to take a job with the New York City Welfare Department, where she remained until 1969. She was also involved with the local Social Service Employees Union (SSEU), welfare rights, and opposition to the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Her SSEU involvement lead to her being arrested three times during a strike in 1968. The SSEU was independent, but eventually merged with District Council 31 of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers). Rabinowitz was also part of Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), a local New York "grown up SDS" which had chapters in the welfare department, teachers, city planners and cab drivers.

While providing draft counseling for the union in New York, she met John Haer, who later became her husband. In 1969 they moved to Pittsburgh where his draft board had sent him to do alternative service at Mayview State Hospital, as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War.

In the early 1970s Rabinowitz helped organize a 24 hour telephone hotline for youth, known as the "Switchboard," and wrote for and distributed an underground newspaper, the Pittsburgh Fair Witness. Also during this period she worked with the Gulf Action Project and other groups around the country in anti-corporate campaigns. In 1974 Rabinowitz earned a Masters of Social Work degree in community organizing from the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1971 she was a founding member of the New American Movement (NAM). This nationwide socialist-feminist organization promoted democratic socialism, feminism, economic democracy, anti-racism, labor unions, gay rights, anti-war actions, international solidarity, women's rights, civil rights, and utility reform. It aimed to create a broad movement for American socialism. It also had an extensive education program, both internal and also for the public. Additionally, NAM sponsored cultural events, such as films and folk-singers and groups. In 1973 the Pittsburgh chapter produced a slide show, "Pittsburgh 1902, a People's History" and also created a People's History of Pittsburgh wall calendar for 1973. In 1982 NAM merged with the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) to form the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Rabinowitz was one of the minority of members, nationally, who opposed the merger.

Rabinowitz was a leader in both the local and Industrial Heartland Region organizations of NAM. Between 1971 and 1982, she was off-and-on again a Steering Committee member in the Pittsburgh Chapter, and also attended every annual national convention during those ten years. Along with her husband and several others in the Pittsburgh chapter, she was on the committee which published the NAM Newsletter, a monthly publication beginning in 1972, which was mailed to several hundred interested people. In 1982, after the merger, the name changed to the Allegheny Socialist and was published for several years after that. She was also involved in the Peoples Power Project, a NAM campaign for utility reform, from 1976-1980. In 1974-1975 she worked through NAM on a City Budget Campaign, organized to get Pittsburgh City council to fund more human services.

Between 1979 and 1982, Rabinowitz managed Wobblie Joe's, a small bar on the South Side of Pittsburgh owned by some friends who hoped to bring together the mill-worker culture with the music of Appalachia. The bar had live music every night -- at least two nationally-known figures got their start there: folk singer Anne Feeney and blues singer Ernie Hawkins. Economic problems were the primary cause of the bar's closing in 1982. Rabinowitz and the co-owners also had disagreements with the staff, which were solved by the staff forming a union.

In 1983 Rabinowitz took a job as a public policy advocate for the Hunger Action Coalition. Two years later the organization split and Rabinowitz helped found Just Harvest, an anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocacy organization. She remained as one of two co-directors at Just Harvest until 2010, when she retired. During her 25 years at Just Harvest, she organized on the national, state and local level for public policies which benefit poor and hungry people. These included food stamp policy, school meals, and welfare policies, among others.

Currently, Rabinowitz lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two cats, Claudette and Tippy. Since her retirement, her activities include volunteering at a cat shelter, being elected to her neighborhood board, gardening, and organizing against Marcellus Shale drilling.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

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.


Arrangement

The collection is divided into six series, five of which have been further arranged into subseries. Folders within subseries are organized alphabetically, excluding the series devoted to campaigns and legal cases, which are organized chronologically. Additional scope and content notes are found at the series and subseries level.

Series I. New American Movement (NAM)

Series II. Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)

Series III. Campaign Involvement

Series IV. Topics and Organizations

Series V. Literature

Series VI. Personal


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Civil rights -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Civil rights -- United States
  • Feminism -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Feminism -- United States
  • Labor movement -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Labor movement -- United States
  • Political activists -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Political activists -- United States
  • Radicalism -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Radicalism -- United States -- 20th century
  • Social movements -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Welfare rights movement -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Welfare rights movement -- United States

Corporate Names
  • Antioch College.
  • Democratic Socialists of America. Pittsburgh Chapter.
  • Democratic Socialists of America.
  • Just Harvest (Organization).
  • Movement for a Democratic Society.
  • National Rainbow Coalition (U.S.).
  • New American Movement (Organization). Pittsburgh Chapter.
  • New American Movement (Organization).
  • Social Service Employees Union.
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.).

Personal Names
  • Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
  • Rabinowitz, Joni
  • Rabinowitz, Victor

Occupations
  • Activists

Genres/Forms
  • Correspondence

Category
  • Associations
  • Personal papers
  • Politics
  • Social action
  • Women

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Joni Rabinowitz in 2010 and 2011.

Preferred Citation:

Joni Rabinowitz Papers, 1961-2008, AIS.2010.05, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Jennifer Needham in spring/summer 2011.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Related Material:

Rabinowitz Social Service Unionism Collection, 1957-1969, AIS.1980.19, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

New American Movement, Pittsburgh Chapter Records, 1973-1982, AIS.1989.18, Archives Services Center, University of Pittsburgh

Paul J. LeBlanc Papers, 1968-1998, AIS.1974.17, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Robert Opie Shepherd Papers Relating to the Democratic Socialists of America, AIS.1990.21, Archives Services Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Political and Social Activist Movements Collection, 1968-1975, AIS.1974.17, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

James Dolsen Political Left Pamphlets Collection, 1918-1996, AIS.1999.11, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Lawrence F. Evans Collection, 1978-1988, AIS.1988.17, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh


Collection Inventory

Series I. New American Movement (NAM), 1971-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This series documents the regional chapter of the New American Movement (NAM) and Rabinowitz's involvement in the organization. The series is divided into six subseries according to the functions, activities, projects, and interests of the organization. Additional materials concerning NAM can be found in the separate collection held by the Archives Service Center: New American Movement, Pittsburgh Chapter Records, 1973-1982, AIS.1989.18.

Originally founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1971 as a result of the anti-war movement, NAM was established in an effort to build a “new left.” Shortly after, regional chapters were established throughout the country. At its height, NAM had chapters in about 30 places (many of them being campuses) with about 5,000 members. It was supported by dues, fundraisers and donations. The organization stressed the importance of “political work and mass organizing as a means for transformation” and worked to “develop programs that would unify working people and catalyze a large mass movement for socialism.” Classism, sexism, racism, imperialism, and capitalism were many of the issues the organization advocated against. The organization was also concerned with a host of international issues concerning Spain, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and China. As a founding member of the Pittsburgh chapter, part of the steering committee, and primary creator of the chapter newsletter, Rabinowitz was heavily involved and committed to the organization. She also attended all of the national conventions.

In 1971, Rabinowitz helped found the Pittsburgh chapter. The chapter initially committed itself to anti-war activities -- organizing panel discussions, demonstrations, and pickets. In 1973 it helped fight for the impeachment of President Nixon. Due to the labor climate of the time, the organization eventually became heavily involved in workplace organizing, as well as social services and political education. Within the NAM were a number of commissions, such as the Energy Commission, that in 1975 devoted a considerable amount of time to speaking against the energy industry and its impending rate hikes, which included Duquesne Light. The Pennsylvania Alliance for Jobs and Energy (PAJE) is a result of this, an organization Rabinowitz helped start.

Subseries 1. Internal Business, 1972-1982

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries, organized alphabetically, documents the organizational structure of NAM and its role within the scope of the national organization. Included are the chapter structure and by-laws, chapter history, internal reports, member lists, correspondence, records of the national interim committee, and instructions for chapter leaders. It also documents the organization's eventual merger in 1983 with the Democratic Socialists of America. The New American Movement, Pittsburgh Chapter Records, 1973-1982, AIS.1989.18, contain additional materials relating to internal business.


Box 1
Folder 1 Chapter Evaluations, 1980
Folder 2 Chapter Structure and By-Laws, 1975-1978
Folder 3 Contacts, 1975-1977
Folder 4 Correspondence, 1972-1976
Folder 5 Correspondence, 1976-1981
Folder 6 Instructions on Leadership, 1977-1978
Folder 7 Internal Reports, 1973-1979
Folder 8 Names and Addresses for Local and National Chapters and Members, undated
Folder 9 National and Regional Chapter Reports, 1975-1981
Folder 10 National Interim Committee Candidacy Statements, undated
Folder 11 National Interim Committee Endorsements, 1975
Folder 12 National Interim Committee Resolutions, 1981
Folder 13 Newsletter Plans which Include Personal Notes, 1976-1982
Folder 14 Personal Correspondence, 1980-1981
Folder 15 Phone Tree, 1974-1978
Folder 16 Pittsburgh Chapter History, 1972-1977
Folder 17 Proposal for New Orientation Program, undated
Folder 18 Recruitment Guidelines, 1981-1982
Folder 19 Response Against Socialist Worker's Party Endorsements, 1978
Folder 20 Speakers Bureau and Fundraising Brochures, 1975
Folder 21 Staff Job Descriptions, 1976-1977
Folder 22 Steering Committee Notes, 1975-1977
Folder 23 Strategy Papers, 1977-1978
Folder 24 What is the NAM, undated
Folder 25 Various Materials, 1980

Subseries 2. Publications, 1973-1981

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains the various publications that NAM produced, especially those of the local chapter. Organized alphabetically, the publications include general mailings sent to members of the local chapter which reported on the various happenings of the organization; the chapter newsletter, which Rabinowitz was instrumental in the creation and distribution of; and various leaflets announcing chapter meetings and events. The collection originally included a substantial amount of national NAM materials like instructional guides for organizing and running chapters, the national newsletter Moving On, and national discussion bulletins, but these materials were eliminated due to being already included in the “New American Movement, Pittsburgh Chapter Records” collection.

Folder 26 Chapter General Mailings, 1977-1978
Folder 27 Chapter General Mailings, 1979-1981
Folder 28 Chapter Mailings, 1974-1975
Folder 29 Chapter Mailings, 1975-1976
Folder 30 Chapter Newsletter, October 1972
Folder 31 Chapter Newsletter, January-November 1973
Folder 32 Chapter Newsletter, March and Jul-Oct 1974
Folder 33 Chapter Newsletter, January-December 1975
Folder 34 Chapter Newsletter, Feb-Sep 1976 and December 1976
Folder 35 Chapter Newsletter, February-December 1977
Folder 36 Chapter Newsletter, January-December 1978
Folder 37 Chapter Newsletter, January 1979-January 1980
Folder 38 Chapter Newsletter, February-December 1980
Folder 39 Chapter Newsletter, January-December 1981
Folder 40 Chapter Newsletter, January-December 1982
Folder 41 Literature, 1975
Folder 42 Leaflets, 1974-1975
Folder 43 Papers by Frank Ackerman, Leon Blum, Harry C. Boyte, Logan Martinez, and Ed Meek, 1973-1976

Subseries 3. Events, 1973-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents the various events the Pittsburgh chapter of NAM conducted or was involved in. Folders are organized alphabetically and include materials that document the local and national conferences and conventions, most of which Rabinowitz attended, as well as the film and dinner series, concerts and various other events held for or by the organization.


Box 2
Folder 1 Conferences, Conventions, and Events, 1975-1981
Folder 2 Events, 1976-1985
Folder 3 Film and Dinner Series, 1972
Folder 4 Films, 1979-1984
Folder 5 Fundraising Party Invitation, 1978
Folder 6 "A Morality Play" for the Pittsburgh Counter-Inaugural Ball, 1980
Folder 7 National Council Conference, 1974
Folder 8 National NAM Utilities Conference, 1977
Folder 9 Robin Tyler Concerts Planning, 1981-1983
Folder 10 Solidarity Day and Aftermath, 1981
Folder 11 Vietnam Peace Treaty Celebration, 1973

Subseries 4. Projects, 1976-1982

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials that document the various NAM projects that Rabinowitz was involved in. Folders are organized alphabetically. The People's History Project and The People's Power Project make up a large portion of this subseries. The People's History Project was created in order to bring awareness to the region's labor history which resulted in the creation of a slideshow and people's history calendar. The People's Power Project was created in reaction to the energy crisis and acted as a form of outreach in order to bring awareness to the issue and inspire greater public involvement. In 1976 the People's Power Project testified at hearings for a Lifeline bill in order to push for energy rate restructuring. Rabinowitz, an experienced fundraiser, was responsible for the creation of the advertising book included in this subseries.

Folder 12 Advertising Book, 1981
Folder 13 Energy Commission Newsletter, 1979-1981
Folder 14 Feminism in Chapters, 1976-1982
Folder 15 Lifeline, 1975-1978
Folder 16 Lifeline Membership Lists, 1976
Folder 17 National Materials from NAM Utilities Project, 1974-1979
Folder 18 Pennsylvania Utility Commission Hearings, 1975-1977
Folder 19 People's History Calendar Planning, 1974
Folder 20 People's History Project Correspondence Concerning the "1905 A People's History" Slideshow, 1973-1976
Folder 21 People's History Slideshow Proposal, 1974-1975
Folder 22 People's Power Project, 1975-1979
Folder 23 People's Power Project Newsletters, 1975-1977
Folder 24 People's Power Project Notes and Minutes, 1975-1980
Folder 25 People's Power Project Slideshow Scripts, undated
Folder 26 People's Power Project Media Coverage, 1975-1977
Folder 27 Political Education Committee, 1973-1978
Folder 28 Socialist School, 1975-1980
Folder 29 Workplace Organizing Taskforce, 1973-1975

Subseries 5. Issues, 1973-1983

Scope and Content Notes:

Organized alphabetically, this subseries documents the local, national, and international issues NAM was involved or interested in. Often times, these subject files were utilized for NAM projects and literature. Topics include abortion, anti-Nixon, gay rights, and women's issues, just to name a few. This is not a complete reflection of the organization's interests and involvement, but rather represents the issues that Rabinowitz kept materials on.

Folder 30 Abortion, 1978-1983
Folder 31 Anti-Nixon, 1973
Folder 32 Attica, 1976
Folder 33 Cuba, 1973-1974
Folder 34 Gay Rights, 1977-1979
Folder 35 JP Stevens Boycott, 1976-1979
Folder 36 Local and National Nuclear Issues, 1975-1979
Folder 37 National Health Security in Pittsburgh, 1977-1979
Folder 38 Puerto Rican Solidarity, 1967-1976
Folder 39 Reproductive Rights, 1978-1979
Folder 40 University of Pittsburgh Faculty Organizing, 1976
Folder 41 Vietnam, 1973
Folder 42 Women, 1973-1981

Subseries 6. Related Organizations, 1971-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

NAM helped found and was involved in a number of local organizations. While these organizations fell under the auspices of NAM or were led by NAM members, they did not claim NAM affiliation since people during the time were often reluctant to join socialist organizations. The Pennsylvania Alliance for Jobs and Energy, the Public Power Movement, and the Coalition for Human Needs are examples of this. This subseries includes organizational records and is organized alphabetically.


Box 3
Folder 1 Anti-Vietnam, National Organizations, 1971-1976
Folder 2 Big Red Food Club Collective, 1974
Folder 3 Coalition for Human Needs, 1973-1974
Folder 4-5 Coalition for Human Needs City Budget Campaign, 1972-1974
Folder 6 Coalition for Human Needs City Budget Campaign Press Coverage, 1973-1974
Folder 7 National Committee Against Repressive Legislation and the Criminal Reform Act of 1975 (S1), 1975-1982
Folder 8 New Jewish Agenda, 1972-1982
Folder 9 Pennsylvania Alliance for Jobs and Energy (PAJE), 1979-1980
Folder 10 Pennsylvania Alliance for Jobs and Energy (PAJE), 1977-1979
Folder 11 PAJE Newsletter, 1982-1983,1986
Folder 12 PAJE Advertising Handbook, Fundraising and Planning, 1981
Folder 13 Pittsburgh Against Apartheid, 1982-1983
Folder 14 Pittsburgh Neighborhood Alliance, 1980-1983
Folder 15 Public Power Movement, 1976-1980
Folder 16 South Africa and Pittsburgh, 1985
Folder 17 Utilities Task Force, 1975-1980

Series II. Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), 1982-1992

Scope and Content Notes:

In 1982 the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and the New American Movement merged to form the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a merger opposed by Rabinowitz. Nonetheless, she was active in the DSA as a member of the national executive committee and she served as a Pittsburgh delegate at the 1983 DSA conference in New York City. The series includes organizational records, various publications, events, and committees and projects the organization was involved in. The series is divided into four subseries which are organized alphabetically. For further information on the DSA, please see the Robert Opie Shepherd Papers Relating to the Democratic Socialists of America, AIS.1990.21 held by the Archives Service Center.

Subseries 1. Internal Business, 1982-1992

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents the organizational structure of the DSA and includes by-laws, correspondence, financial records, and membership lists which are organized alphabetically. Also included are some of Rabinowitz's personal notebooks from chapter meetings which reflect many of her personal views and thoughts about the organization. The statement concerning "New Directions for DSA" provides further insight into the merger.

Folder 18 By-laws, 1983
Folder 19 Correspondence, 1984
Folder 20-21 Finances, 1983
Folder 22 Fundraising, 1984
Folder 23 History of Organization, 1982
Folder 24 Membership, 1982
Folder 25 National Board, 1983
Folder 26 National Constitution and By-laws, 1982-1983
Folder 27 National Mailings, 1982-1985
Folder 28 Personal Notebook, 1982-1983
Folder 29 Personal Notebooks from Meetings, 1982
Folder 30 Personal Notebooks from Meetings, 1983
Folder 31 Phone Bank and Contributions, 1992
Folder 32 Photographs Used in Newsletters and Leaflets, undated
Folder 33 Statement Concerning New Directions for DSA, 1986

Subseries 2. Publications, 1982-1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains the various publications created by the Pittsburgh chapter of the DSA and includes newsletters, brochures, chapter mailings (which provide organizational news and announcements), and other various pieces of literature created by the organization. The literature is organized alphabetically. Because the "Robert Opie Shepherd Papers Relating to the Democratic Socialists of America, AIS.1990.21" already contains a significant amount of DSA publications, especially the Allegheny Socialist, only those which were not duplicates were kept in this collection.

Folder 34 Allegheny Socialist, February 1992-January 1994
Folder 36 Brochures, undated
Folder 35 Chapter Mailings, 1987-1988

Box 4
Folder 1 Feminist Perspectives on the Family, 1982
Folder 2 Pittsburgh Chapter News Sheets, 1982-1986

Subseries 3. Events, 1982-1991

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents regional and national DSA conventions and conferences, various events the Pittsburgh chapter hosted, and other events chapter members attended. Folders are organized alphabetically.

Folder 3 Basic Political Skills Training Conference, 1982
Folder 4 "Candidates Nite," 1983
Folder 5 "Candidates Nite," 1987
Folder 6 "Candidates Nite" for Pittsburgh City Council and School Board, 1985
Folder 7 Films, 1985-1991
Folder 8 First DSA Statewide Conference, 1984
Folder 9 Fred Small Concert Planning, 1982-1983
Folder 10 Kristin Lems Concert, 1987
Folder 11 Labor Conference, Detroit, 1985
Folder 12 Michael Harrington Event, 1982
Folder 13 Merger Convention, 1982
Folder 14 National Board Conference, Philadelphia, 1984
Folder 15-16 National Convention, New York, 1983
Folder 17 National Convention Resolutions, 1983
Folder 18 National Convention, Berkeley, 1985
Folder 19 Second DSA Statewide Meeting, 1984
Folder 20 Twentieth Anniversary Civil Rights March on Washington, 1983

Subseries 4. Committees and Projects, 1982-1987

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents the many committees and projects that DSA members formed based on international, political, and local issues as well as organizational needs. Folders are organized alphabetically.

Folder 21 Anti-Racism Commission and Latino Commission, 1982-1984
Folder 22 Democratic Socialist Political Action Committee, 1980-1987
Folder 23 Feminist Commission, 1982-1985
Folder 24 Institute for Democratic Socialism, 1983
Folder 25 International Affairs Committee, 1983
Folder 26 Labor Commission, 1982-1985
Folder 27 National Advocacy Campaign, 1983
Folder 28-30 National Executive Committee 1982
Folder 31 National Executive Committee, 1983
Folder 32 National Speaker's Bureau, 1982-1983
Folder 33 Religion and Socialism Commission, undated
Folder 34 Urban and Community Commission, undated

Series III. Campaign Involvement, 1981-2008

Scope and Content Notes:

This series documents Rabinowitz's involvement in local, regional, and national political campaigns throughout the 1980s and 1990s as well as local political action organizations like Project Vote and Voter REP, The Rainbow Coalition, and the Rainbow Political Action Committee. The series is divided into four subseries. The folders of each subseries are organized alphabetically, excluding "campaigns" which are organized in chronological order. Some of what is included are campaign materials, campaign volunteer recruitment materials, records concerning voter registration, and internal business records from the organizations Rabinowitz was a member of.

Subseries 1. Campaigns, 1981-2008

Scope and Content Notes:

Organized chronologically, this subseries documents the many local, regional, and national political campaigns Rabinowitz was involved in as a campaign volunteer, director, and organizer and includes campaign materials, volunteer materials, correspondence and press.

Folder 35 John Zingaro for City Council, 1981
Folder 36 District Election Campaign, 1981
Folder 37 Jonathan Robinson for City Council, 1982-1983
Folder 38 Jim Young for Congress, 1984
Folder 39 Richard Adams for State Representative, 1984
Folder 40 Election Day, 1985
Folder 41 Jim Ferlo for City Council, 1985
Folder 42 Allen Kukovich for Governer, 1985-1986
Folder 44 Bob Edgar for Senate, 1986
Folder 43 Coalition for District Elections, 1985-1987
Folder 45 Bob Edgar for Senate Phone Bank, 1986
Folder 46 Bob Edgar for Senate Volunteers, 1986
Folder 47 Bob Edgar for Senate, Personal Notebook, 1986
Folder 50 Organizing and Campaigning, 1986
Folder 49 Election Day Volunteer Assignments, 1986
Folder 51 Campaign Volunteers List, 1987
Folder 52 Doris A. Smith Election for Judge of Commonwealth Court, 1987
Folder 53 Cynthia Baldwin Primary Election for Court of Common Pleas, 1987
Folder 54 NRC National Convention, Personal Notes, 1987

Box 5
Folder 1 Jesse Jackson Campaign Correspondence, 19871988
Folder 2 Jackson Campaign, Personal Notebooks, 1987-1988
Folder 2a Election Day, 1986
Folder 3 Jackson and the Jewish Vote, 1987-1988
Folder 4 Jackson Presidential Primary Materials, 1987-1988
Folder 5 Jackson Campaign, Local Delegates, 1988
Folder 6 Jackson Campaign Phone Bank Volunteers, undated
Folder 7 Labor for Jackson, 1988
Folder 8 Jackson Post-Election Analysis, 1988
Folder 9 Primary, Pittsburgh Wards, 1988
Folder 10 Rick Adams for City Council, 1989
Folder 11 Terry Chalich for State Legislature, 1990
Folder 12 Lynn Yaekel for Senate, 1992
Folder 13 Rick Adams for City Council, 1994
Folder 14 Allen Kukovich for Senate, 1996
Folder 15 14th Ward Primary, 1997
Folder 16 Rabinowitz and Haer for Democratic Committee People, 1998
Folder 17 Local Primary, 1999
Folder 18 Local Elections, 1999
Folder 19 Allen Kukovich for Lt. Governor Phone Bank, 2001-2002
Folder 20 Allen Kukovich for Governor Primary, 2002
Folder 21 John Kerry for President, 2004
Folder 22 May Primary Elections, 2005
Folder 23 May Primaries and Ward Chair Election, 2006
Folder 24 Presidential Election, 2007-2008

Subseries 2. Project Vote and Voter Registration in Pittsburgh (REP), 1983-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

Organized alphabetically, this subseries documents Rabinowitz's involvement in the voter registration activities of two related organizations, Project VOTE! and Voter REP (Registration, Education, and Participation). Voter REP was a local affiliate of Project VOTE!, a national organization based in Washington, D.C. Due to the related goals and relationship between the two organizations, many of the materials in this subseries are mixed.

Formed in 1986, Voter REP was a nonprofit charitable and educational organization committed to registering voters and increasing the political participation of blacks, women, low-income areas, youth, and disabled peoples. Rabinowitz worked for Voter REP as a coordinator. The organization was located in the offices of the Hunger Action Coalition and grew out of prior Pittsburgh organizations committed to voter registration like the Alliance for Voter Registration. Materials include records pertaining to internal functions of the organization, volunteer recruitment, voter registration drives, newsletters, workshops, and press. Also included are records pertaining to the organization's fight against welfare and unemployment offices who refused the entry of volunteers in order to register people, a fight which eventually led to court.

Folder 25 Accounting, 1986
Folder 26 Campaign Analysis, 1983
Folder 27 Correspondence, 1984
Folder 28 Freedom Summer Voter Registration Campaign, 1984
Folder 29 Grant Administration, 1986
Folder 30 History of Organization, 1988
Folder 31 Job Descriptions, 1984
Folder 32 Letter to Thornburgh Regarding Voter Registration, 1986
Folder 33 Logbook, 1984
Folder 34 Meetings, 1984
Folder 35 Monthly Schedules, 1986
Folder 36 Newsletters, 1986
Folder 37 Newspaper Clippings, 1984
Folder 38 Original Proposal for the Organization, 1986
Folder 39 Phone Banks, 1984-1986
Folder 40 Political Workshops, 1984-1994
Folder 41 Pre-District Election Campaign, 1986
Folder 42 Press, 1986
Folder 43 Project Vote Instructions, 1986
Folder 44 Public Service Announcements and Media, 1986
Folder 45-46 Suit and Injunction, 1983-1986
Folder 47 Volunteer Recruitment, 1986
Folder 48 Voter Registration Campaign, 1984
Folder 49 Voter Registration Activities, 1983
Folder 50 Voter Registration for Non-Profits, 1983-1984
Folder 51 Voter Registration Report, 1986
Folder 52 Voter Registration Statistics, 1986
Folder 53 Voters with Disabilities, 1984

Subseries 3. The Rainbow Coalition and The Rainbow Political Action Committee, 1985-1990

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents The National Rainbow Coalition (NRC), now the Rainbow Push Coalition, and The Rainbow Political Action Committee (Rainbow PAC). Arranged alphabetically, it includes meeting minutes, by-laws, mailing lists, and national NRC materials. The Rainbow Coalition grew out of Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign. The coalition was and still is a national organization committed to social justice, civil rights and political activism. It was founded in order to help support candidates for public office dedicated to improving the lives of the powerless. Rabinowitz helped run the Rainbow PAC which functioned as a political action committee based on progressive politics and committed to social justice, democracy and solidarity. Although the Rainbow PAC was inspired by the NRC, they remained unconnected to the National Rainbow Coalition and free from the rules of the NRC.

Folder 54 Annual Meeting of Rainbow PAC, 1989
Folder 55 By-Laws of Rainbow PAC, undated
Folder 56 Candidate Endorsements for Primaries, 1989
Folder 57 Fundraising Letters and Lists, 1988
Folder 58 Mailings, 1987-1988
Folder 59 Mailing List, 1988
Folder 60 Meeting Attendance, 1988-1989
Folder 61 Meeting Minutes, 1987-1988
Folder 62 National Materials, 1987-1990
Folder 63 Questionnaire Developed for Local Primary, 1989
Folder 64 The Rainbow Report, 1989-1990
Folder 65 State Convention of the Pennsylvania Rainbow Coalition, 1988

Subseries 4. 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club, 1985-2008

Scope and Content Notes:

Documented in this subseries is the 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club, of which Rabinowitz was an active participant and member of the board. Materials are organized alphabetically and include the constitution and by-laws, board business, correspondence, events, newsletters and mailings. The organization was founded in 1980 in order to support progressive politics and the principles of the Democratic Party. The club also held forums and discussions in order to help solve community problems. Additionally, the club also worked to endorse and support candidates committed to the same principles established by the club, distributing voters guides before primaries and elections in order to help inform community members.

Folder 66 Board Business, 2000-2007
Folder 67 Campaign for Kerry, Edwards, and Hoeffel, 2004
Folder 68 Constitution and By-Laws, 2006
Folder 69 Correspondence, 2005-2008
Folder 70 Events, 1998-2007
Folder 71 Meetings, 2005
Folder 72 Member Lists, 2004-2007
Folder 73 Newsletters and Mailings, 1985-2006

Series IV. Topics and Organizations, 1963-1982

Scope and Content Notes:

Rabinowitz collected an array of materials that illustrate the social, political, and economic issues that she experienced throughout the 1960s and 1970s. These materials provide a glimpse into the issues and organizations that emerged during this period. Included are pamphlets, fliers, letters, press, and organizational materials. The series is divided into three subseries divided by topics, local organizations, and national organizations.

Subseries 1. Topics, 1965-1983

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains an array of materials that Rabinowitz collected throughout the 1960s and 1970s that demonstrate her interests and concerns; it is organized alphabetically. She kept the materials organized in files according to topics which range from international issues, to labor issues, draft resistance, and socialism.


Box 6
Folder 1 Black Power Movement, 1968-1978
Folder 2 Chile, 1973-1979
Folder 3 China, 1965-1976
Folder 4 Civil Rights and Racism, 1963-1983
Folder 5 Communes, 1973
Folder 6 Conscientious Objection, 1967-1969
Folder 7 Criminal Code Reform Act, 1979
Folder 8 Draft Resistance, 1966-1970
Folder 9 Health, undated
Folder 10 GI Movement and Amnesty, 1973-1974
Folder 11 Indochina, 1974-1975
Folder 12 Labor Issues, Local and Regional, 1975-1979
Folder 13 Labor and Unions, 1975-1982
Folder 14 Labor Related Films, 1970
Folder 15 Labor, Safe Energy, and Anti-Nuke, 1979-1981
Folder 16 Labor, United Aircraft and Olin Drug, 1969-1970
Folder 17 Labor, United Auto Workers, 1964-1979
Folder 18 Labor and Workplace Health Issues, 1979-1980
Folder 19 Marxist-Leninist Groups, 1975
Folder 20 Military Intervention, Disarmament, and Conversion, 1977-1981
Folder 21 National Student Conference Against Racism, Pittsburgh, 1974-1976
Folder 22 National Tax Organizing, 1972-1974
Folder 23 The New Right, 1978-1981
Folder 24 New York City Issues and Organizations, 1968-1969
Folder 25 Socialism, undated
Folder 26 Vietnam, 1965-1966
Folder 27 Worker Ownership, 1982

Subseries 2. Local Organizations, 1969-1980

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries is organized alphabetically and includes material Rabinowitz collected concerning local social justice and activist organizations that emerged in the 1970s and include literature, fliers and brochures.

Folder 28 Anti-Vietnam Organizations, 1972-1976
Folder 29 Committee of Concerned Unionists, 1978
Folder 30 Pittsburgh Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, 1972-1974
Folder 31 Pittsburgh Chapter Coalition if Labor Union Women, 1974-1975
Folder 32 Pittsburgh Committee Against Registration and the Draft Card (CARD), 1980
Folder 33 Pittsburgh Neighborhood Alliance, 1974-1975
Folder 34 Pittsburgh Radical Women's Union, 1973
Folder 35 Pittsburgh Chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, 1969
Folder 36 Political Prisoner's Solidarity Committee, 1971-1978
Folder 37 Professional Air Traffic Controller's Organization, undated
Folder 38 Western Pennsylvania Coalition to Support the United Mine Workers, 1972-1979

Subseries 3. National Organizations, 1965-1996

Scope and Content Notes:

Rabinowitz collected the materials of a number of social justice and activist organizations that emerged between 1965 and 1996. This subseries contains literature, fliers and pamphlets produced by these organizations and is organized alphabetically.

Folder 39 Bay Area Revolutionary Union, 1971
Folder 40 Berkeley Women's Movement, 1972
Folder 41 Committee of Returned Volunteers, 1969-1970
Folder 42 Free Speech Movement, 1965-1966
Folder 43 International Socialists, 1979
Folder 44 Italian Communist Party, 1976-1978
Folder 45 Labor Party Advocates, 1991-1996
Folder 46 National Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC), 1966-1969
Folder 47 New Alliance Party, undated
Folder 48 New York Peace and Freedom Party, 1968-1969
Folder 49 North American Congress on Latin America, undated
Folder 50 North American Farm Alliance, 1984

Box 7
Folder 1-2 Radical Historian's Organization, 1971-1980
Folder 3 Seattle Liberation Front, 1968-1969
Folder 4 US Committee for a Democratic Spain, 1972-1976
Folder 5 The Weather Underground, 1981
Folder 6 Radical Education Project, 1968-1969

Series V. Literature, 1966-1990

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains an array of leftist, socialist, activist, radical and counterculture literature that Rabinowitz collected throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Materials are organized alphabetically and include newsletters, papers, and journals created both independently and by organizations like the Radical Education Project.


Box 8
Folder 1 Against the Grain, No. 1 1976
Folder 2 The American Labor Movement Today: a collection of facts and analyses, 1969
Folder 3 The American Working Class in Transition By: Kim Moody, undated
Folder 4 Akwesasne Notes, Late Spring 1974
Folder 5 Automation and the Abolition of the Market By: Edward J. Nell, 1967
Folder 6 The Bill of Rights Journal, Winter 1988
Folder 7 Black Workers in Revolt By: Robert Dudnick, 1969
Folder 8 Bread and Roses, By: Kathy McAfee and Myrna Wood, 1969
Folder 9 Breaking The Ice Vol. 1 No. 1, 3, and 6, 1973-1974
Folder 10 Buffalo Labor: A History of Militant Struggle, undated
Folder 11 The Contradiction of Advanced Capitalist Society and Its Resolution By: Martin Nicolaus, undated
Folder 12 Cops are Hired to Enforce the Laws, undated
Folder 13 Crisis, Vol. 1 No. 11 and 19, 1971-1972
Folder 14 Dayton Women Working, Vol. 2 No. 7, 1978
Folder 15 The Decline of American Radicalism in the Twentieth Century By: Gabriel Kolko, undated
Folder 16 The Demand for Black Labor By: Harold M. Baron 1971
Folder 17 Distribution Newsletter No. 2, 1971
Folder 18 Eight Months at Essex By: Kim Moody and Elissa Clarke, undated
Folder 19 El Grito Del Norte, Vol. 6 No. 4, 1973
Folder 20 El Malcriado, 1966-1967
Folder 21 Erie Free Press, Vol. 1 No. 3,9,12, 1974-1975
Folder 22 Excerpts from a New Songbook, undated
Folder 23 Free West Indian, Vol. 1 No. 50 and Vol. 2 No. 2,10,11,14, 1980-1981
Folder 24 From the Horses Mouth, Vol. 4 No. 5, 1978
Folder 25 Grass Roots, Vol. 3 No. 2, 1974
Folder 26 The Green Mountain Quarterly, No. 1 and 3, 1975-1976
Folder 27 The Grove Street Grapevine, May 1974
Folder 28 Health Rights News, Vol. 8 No. 1, 1975
Folder 29 How Harvard Rules, undated
Folder 30 How to Counterfeit Credit Cards and Get Away with it, undated
Folder 31 I am Furious (Female), undated
Folder 32 Just Economics, 1973-1975
Folder 33 Labor and the South By: Robert Analavage, 1968
Folder 34 Labor History Calendar, 1976
Folder 35 Labor Notes, No. 130 and 132, 1990
Folder 36 Metropolis and Movement Life By: Evan Stark, undated
Folder 37 A New Era of Labor Revolt By: Stanley Weir 1968
Folder 38 New Patriot, Vol.1 No. 1, 1978
Folder 39 New Unity, Vol. 1 No. 1 and 8, 1972
Folder 40 New University Conference Crisis Paper, 1970
Folder 41 New York Workers' News and Perspective, No. 1, 1976
Folder 42 Notes from the First Year: New York Radical Women, 1968
Folder 43 Notes on Left Propaganda/How to Spread the Word, undated
Folder 44 On Campus in Amerika, 1970
Folder 45 The Organizer, Vol.4 No. 5, 1978
Folder 46 Party and Class, 1975
Folder 47 Perspectives for Radicals By: Stanley Aronowitz, 1968
Folder 48 The Politics of Housework By: Pat Mainardi, undated
Folder 49 Poor White Women By: Roxanne Dunbar, undated
Folder 50 Power in American Society By: Jim Jacobs, undated
Folder 51 Quantum, September, 1972
Folder 52 The Realist Presents: The Last Supplement, March 1971
Folder 53 RECON, Vol. 1 No. 7, 1976
Folder 54 The Red Papers, No. 2-3, 1969-1970
Folder 55 Resist, January, April and June, 1978
Folder 56 Roadblock to Revolution: A Radical Critique of the Progressive Labor Party, By: Edward Greer and Charles Lengram, 1969
Folder 57 Self Reliance, No. 10, 1977
Folder 58 Sex Roles and Female Oppression By: Dana Densmore, undated
Folder 59 Socialist Feminism: A Strategy for the Women's Movement, 1975
Folder 60 Socialist Platform, 1960
Folder 61 South of the River, Vol. 1 No. 6, 1973
Folder 62 The Stages of Economic Stagnation By: John H. Coatsworth, undated
Folder 63 Studies on the Left, No. 1 Vol. 3, 1960
Folder 64 The Subversion of Collective Bargaining By: Daniel Bell, 1960
Folder 65 To Build a Union By: Harry Anderson, 1961
Folder 66 Toward a Female Liberation Movement By: Beverly Jones and Judith Brown, undated
Folder 67 Tricontinental No. 16, 1970
Folder 68 United Labor Action, Vol. 4 No. 4, 1974
Folder 69 The United Express, Vol. 1 No. 4, 1966
Folder 70 US Imperialism By: David Gilbert and David Loud, 1968
Folder 71 The Utah Coordinator, Vol. 1 No. 3 and Vol. 2 No. 4-5, 1967-1968
Folder 72 Who Rules Somerville, 1973
Folder 73 Why We Strike, undated
Folder 74 The Wisconsin Patriot, Vol. 6 No. 4, 1976
Folder 75 Women: A Journal of Liberation, Vol. 1 No. 4, Vol 2 No. 3-4 and Vol. 3 No. 1, 1970-1972
Folder 76 Womankind, Vol. 3 No. 3, 1973
Folder 77 Women Organizing, No.9, 1982
Folder 78 Women Workers: Some Basic Statistics By: Lisa Vogel, 1971
Folder 79 The Working People's Voice, Vol.1 No. 2B, 1972
Folder 80 Working Women's Resource and Buying Guide to Greater Pittsburgh, 1982
Folder 81 Yellow Fever, A Newsletter Written by Pittsburgh Cab Drivers, undated
Folder 82 Young Minds Die Easy: A Case for Community Control, 1969

Section: Oversize Literature, 1970-1976

Scope and Content Notes:

This specific section consists of the oversize journals, GROK and the Pittsburgh Fair Witness, as well as the Pittsburgh and Wisconsin People's History Calendars. The materials are organized alphabetically. GROK started publication in the 1970s, publishing nine monthly issues before the title was changed to the Pittsburgh Fair Witness. Rabinowitz wrote for and distributed the Pittsburgh Fair Witness. The following editorial published in 1972 provides the papers statement of purpose:

"The Fair Witness is published by a non-profit collective and is dedicated to the worldwide movement of people to control themselves—the movement to break down the authoritarian systems of government that are denying us our basic freedoms, that are responsible for needless genocidal wars, the perpetration of minority discrimination, the pollution of our environment and our bodies, the high concentration of power among the wealthy classes, exploitation of the individual, etc. The paper is dedicated to the struggle of all peoples to gain back the right to their own lives, the struggle to raise the consciousness of the world as a whole, the struggle to become independently productive through a working knowledge of the tools at our disposal. As a local paper our most important function concerns the movement here in western Pennsylvania."

Rabinowitz helped create the Pittsburgh People's History Calendar which was produced by NAM's People's History Project. Records concerning the creation of the calendar can be found in the NAM series and "projects" subseries.


Oversize 9
Folder 1 GROK Vol. 1 No. 3-9 (missing No. 7), 1970
Folder 2 The Pittsburgh Fair Witness Vol. 1 No. 10-11, 1970
Folder 3 The Pittsburgh Fair Witness Vol. 2 No. 1-7 (missing No.2), 1971
Folder 4 The Pittsburgh Fair Witness Vol. 2 No. 10-14, 1971-1972
Folder 5 The Pittsburgh Fair Witness Vol. 3 No. 2-8 (missing No. 7), 1972
Folder 6 The Pittsburgh Fair Witness Vol. 3 No. 11-16, 1972
Folder 7 The Pittsburgh Fair Witness Vol. 3 No. 17-20 and Vol. 4 No. 4-5, 1972-1973
Folder 8 Pittsburgh People's History Calendar, 1975
Folder 9 Wisconsin People's History Calendar, 1976

Series VI. Personal, 1961-2004

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains materials that document Rabinowitz's experiences during college and after in New York City, non NAM and DSA affiliated conferences and events, legal cases she was involved in, writings and correspondence, various projects, and involvement in other various organizations. This series is divided into six subseries in which folders are organized alphabetically, excluding "legal cases" which is organized chronologically.

Subseries 1. College and New York City, 1961-1969

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents some of Rabinowitz's activism while at college and after college when she moved back to New York City. Included are writings, events, and materials collected which are organized alphabetically.


Box 10
Folder 1 Antioch College Student Organizations, Actions, and Publications, 1961-1963
Folder 2 Anti-Poverty Teach In, 1965-1967
Folder 3 Committee For Independent Political Action, 1966
Folder 4 Helsinki Youth Festival, 1962
Folder 5 Movement for a Democratic Society, 1968-1969
Folder 6 Movement for a Democratic Society, Literature, 1969
Folder 7 Movement for a Democratic Society, Welfare, 1968-1969
Folder 8 The National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee, 1961-1966
Folder 9 Social Welfare Worker's Movement, 1964-1969
Folder 10 Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), 1963-1964

Subseries 2. Conferences and Events, 1966-1999

Scope and Content Notes:

Rabinowitz was not only active in attending various conferences and events through NAM and DSA, but her activism and involvement extended beyond and after these organizations. This subseries documents the various conferences and events she attended and is organized alphabetically.

Folder 11 Alternative State and Local Policies Conference, 1980
Folder 12 Anti-Communism and the US: An International Conference, 1988
Folder 13 Campus Organizing Action Conference, 1970
Folder 14 Citizen's Action Midwest Academy Retreat, 1984
Folder 15 Counter Bicentennial Demonstration, 1976
Folder 16 Health Care for All Speaker's Seminar, 1992
Folder 17 Morningside March, 1987
Folder 18 Second Festival of the Revolution, Granada, 1981
Folder 19 Strike City Benefit, 1966
Folder 20 Women's Health Services 10th Anniversary Celebration, 1983
Folder 21 Women of Achievement Recognition and Awards, 1999
Folder 22 Various Conferences and Workshops, 1980-1984

Subseries 3. Legal Cases, 1964-1997

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents the legal cases Rabinowitz was involved in and include legal documents, briefs, and newspaper clippings. Materials are organized in chronological order. Of interest are the The Gegner v. McKee and Rabinowitz v. The United States cases. Joni Rabinowitz v. The United States, or "Joni's Case" as it was known, involved she and five other members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) who were indicted for perjury in 1963 when she testified that she was not present at a protest meeting in front of an Albany, Ga., grocery store. Her father, Victor Rabinowitz, defended her and won an appeal the next year. The Gegner v. McKee involved Rabinowitz and over one hundred Antioch College students and other civil rights activists who were arrested in 1964 after protesting against Lewis Gegner, a Yellow Springs barber who refused to serve African American patrons.

Folder 23 Albany By: Howard Zinn 1962
Folder 24 The Albany Cases (pamphlet), 1962
Folder 25-26 "Joni's Case," 1963-1965
Folder 27 Joni Rabinowitz v. The United States, Brief of Amicus Curiae of American Scholars, 1964
Folder 28 Joni Rabinowitz v. The United States, Legal Briefs, 1964
Folder 29 Joni Rabinowitz v The United States Legal Briefs, 1966

Box 11
Folder 1 Gegner v. McKee Newspaper Clippings, 1964
Folder 2 Gegner v. McKee Correspondence, 1964-1968
Folder 3 Gegner v. McKee Legal Documents, 1964-1965
Folder 4 Defiant Trespass, 1985
Folder 3 Drug Bust, 1971
Folder 5 Case Against Rabinowitz for the Distribution of Leaflets at the Monroeville Mall, 1996-1997

Subseries 4. Writings and Correspondence, 1964-2004

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries is organized alphabetically and contains items written by Rabinowitz, which includes correspondence, academic papers, and newspaper editorials and pieces. Also included are items written about Rabinowitz which include newspaper articles, interviews, and academic papers.

Folder 6 Correspondence Regarding Breast Cancer Diagnosis, 1983
Folder 7 Correspondence with Brother Concerning His Involvement in the Freedom Riders, 1964
Folder 8 Correspondence with Martin Luther King Jr., 1964
Folder 9 Letters to the Editors of Various Newspapers, 1973-1978
Folder 10 Mastectomy Legislation, 1984
Folder 11 Papers Written On Joni, 1989-1991
Folder 12 Personal Correspondence, 1964-1988
Folder 13 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Roundtable, 1984
Folder 14 Press, 1964-2004
Folder 15 Speeches, 1975-1980
Folder 16 University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, 1972-1974

Subseries 5. Projects, 1973-1996

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains materials pertaining to projects Rabinowitz was involved in, separate from the organizations she was a member of. Included are the advertising books that she created for different causes, evaluation and analysis of local organizations, an oral history project she became involved in, and papers that document her time at Wobblie Joe's Tavern as a manager. Materials are organized alphabetically.

Folder 17 Advertising Books, 1981-1982
Folder 18 Celestial Seasonings Tea Distribution, 1973
Folder 19 Evaluation and Analysis of Community Organizations in Pittsburgh, 1977
Folder 20 Oral History Project, 1975-1996
Folder 21 Resistance and Beyond: A Handbook Prepared by The Pittsburgh Resistance and Their Friends, 1970
Folder 22 Wobbie Joe's Tavern, Manager, 1978-1981
Folder 23 Wobblie Joe's Tavern, Personal Notebook, 1978-1981

Subseries 6. Personal Involvement in Organizations, 1968-1996

Scope and Content Notes:

Included in this subseries are materials that document Rabinowitz's involvement in organizations throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, separate from those related to the NAM or DSA. Materials are organized alphabetically.

Folder 24 Ad Hoc Committee to Counter Klan Activity, 1980-1981
Folder 25 The Citizen's/Consumer Party Materials, 1980
Folder 26 Committee to Improve Kane Hospital, 1977
Folder 27 Ejection from Democratic Platform Meeting, 1996
Folder 28 Fair Budget Coalition, 1982
Folder 29 The Gulf Action Project, 1970
Folder 30 Jobs with Peace, 1981-1987
Folder 31 Just Harvest Presentations and Testimonies, 1992-1996
Folder 32 Heath Care for All, Post 1995 and Disbandment, 1995
Folder 33 Health Care for All, Canadian Tour, 1992
Folder 34 Local 1199 in Pittsburgh, 1968-1970
Folder 35 Relations with Congress of Afrikan People, Mass Party Organizing Committee, 1975-1976
Folder 36 Relations with Socialist Worker's Party Campaign, 1973-1976
Folder 37 Support Our Neighborhood Action Coalition, 1983
Folder 38 Switchboard Community Telephone Service and Serve the People Coalition, 1970-1972