"Strike Against War"
This undated flier, likely from the mid-to-late 1930s, advertises just one of many similar anti-war and anti-fascism demonstrations on the City College campus. The left-leaning groups at CCNY scheduled such protests regularly, in conjunction with larger nationwide efforts led by the American Student Union. They continually met with resistance from college administration, particularly CCNY President Frederick B. Robinson, who saw fit to expel protestors and call for police presence on campus during demonstrations.
Student and faculty activism grew on campus throughout the decade as many observed the rise of fascism in Europe and foresaw an inevitable war on the continent which they wished for the United States to avoid. The scheduling of this demonstration in April marked the anniversary of the month United States entered World War I in 1917.