This image shows the front page of the May 13, 1968 issue of I.F. Stone’s Weekly (now published bi-weekly). The headline states “The Rich March On Washington All the Time.” Stone critiques the disparities between plentiful tax breaks and subsidies for corporations and the rich compared to the limited relief provided to the poor, and notes that while the wealthy often visit the Capital to advocate for their purposes there have been very few organized efforts by the poor to march on Washington and those few attempts were broken up by force. Stone cites from the Report of the Citizen’s Inquiry into Hunger to provide evidence for policies that entrench wealth disparities. This issue was published at the beginning of the Poor People’s Campaign that lasted from May 12 - June 24, 1968, part of the Civil Rights movement that sought to build multiracial coalitions to advocate for solidarity in working to end poverty.
I.F. Stone was a progressive journalist who established his own independent publication, I.F. Stone’s Weekly (later the Bi-Weekly), after being pushed out of work with major publications (he was formerly a reporter for the New York Post, The Nation, Picture Magazine, The New York Star, and the The Daily Compass) during the McCarthy era. Stone drew largely on close examination of government publications in his reporting to expose lies and deception, including acting as an early critic of the Vietnam War. I.F. Stone’s Weekly was published from 1953-1971. His legacy is remembered through the Izzy Awards, an annual achievement award for outstanding independent journalism from the Park Center for Independent Media.