“Sign 504”

San Francisco's Demonstration

How a movement of marginalized people took center stage
and became a political and social force in the United States.

These photos were taken in April, 1977 by Anthony Tusler at the demonstration and picketing at the U.N. Plaza in front of the Federal Building in San Francisco. The group then entered the offices of HEW and refused to leave. It was the longest occupation of a Federal Building by any group. Demonstrations were also held at other Federal Buildings across the country. Because of the political pressure of these actions Secretary Califano signed the regulations in May. A more complete history can be read at 504 Sit-in: Historical Articles and Eyewitness Accounts.

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Thanks to Linda Toms Barker and Judy Heumann for helping to identify participants.

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