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"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains."-Assata Shakur
"Assata never finished high school, but obtained a GED and went on to receive a college degree at the same time as her radical activism blossomed. She joined the Black Panther Party and later the Black Liberations Army(BLA), and maintained a consistent critique of the gender dynamics within both organizations throughout her involvement. In her mind-twenties, she became the subject of a nationwide FBI hunt that sought to link her to any and all violent crimes involving a black woman on the East Coast, part of the convert COINTELPRO initiative to destabilize and dissolve perceived subversive groups operating in the United States.
Shakur was wanted for her alleged role in multiple murders and robberies, and was targeted as the leader of a Black Liberation Army cell. In 1973, she was captured and imprisoned after a shootout that resulted in the deaths of her friend Zayd Shakur and New Jersey State Police Trooper Werner Foerster. Shakur was shot twice with her arms raised in surrender. Following multiple lengthy and convoluted trails, Shakur was found guilty for her part in the 1973 shooting, despite evidence suggesting her innocence. Many believe that her guilt was predetermined by the media frenzy surrounding her fugitive status, which included trumped up claims and misattributed photographs of other, armed, African-American Women.
Shakur escaped from prison in 1979 with the help of several BLA members, and eventually fled to Cuba. The U.S. government has tried repeatedly to seek extradition from Cuba, and in 2005 the FBI listed Shakur as a "domestic terrorist, " offering one million dollars for her capture. Assata Shakur continues to write and speak out against racism from her exile, maintaining her innocence and locating her struggle within the entrenched and institutionalized racism of the United States. "
This passage about Assata Shakur is from a collectively illustrated and written book called "Firebrand:Portraits from the Americas", page 134-135 that was created by members of the Justseeds cooperative in 2010.You can still order the book at Justseeds.org.
For a second year I teamed up with Forward Together to create a unique design for their Strong Families Mama's Day campaign.
Strong Families celebrates Mama's Day by highlighting the real lives and experiences of the mamas in our lives.They launched the 2013 original eCards and a powerful blog series on May 2nd, as well as a way to take action in support of real immigration reform that supports families.
The piece I contributed to the Strong Families Mama's Day project, this year, honors Indigenous and First Nations Mamas through out Turtle Island whose fierce leadership move our communities forward and whose tender love holds our people and families together. This piece also honors my beautiful friend, who inspires me deeply, named Morning Star.
Make your own Mama's Day card here:http://mamasday.org/
TALLER TUPAC AMARU - TEN YEARS OF COLLABORATIVE ACTIVISM
The Taller began with the aim of building a studio that focused on creating political posters that served as tools for community organizations as well as fine art prints with emerging and established artists. Throughout the past ten years, the Taller has collaborated with community organizations in the Bay Area and beyond, designing and screen printing posters for their campaigns focusing on social justice issues such as globalization, immigration, LGBT justice, food justice and sustainability. The Taller has strived to keep cultural and political fine art screen prints alive, collaborating with over 30 emerging and established artists.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: May 7 - June 20, 2013
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Carnaval San Francisco Poster Workshop with Nancy Hom
Wednesday, May 15 @ 7 p.m.
Galería de la Raza | 2857 24th Street • San Francisco, CA 94110
About the Postcard Image: When imagining Empujando Tinta, I wanted to invite an exceptional artist to create an image to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Taller Tupac Amaru. The incomparable Malaquias Montoya came to mind right away. I look up to Malaquias, one of the founders of the Chican@ Art Movement, as someone who after 40 years continues to perfect his artistic craft, connects to community as an ally, a teacher and a mentor. Malaquias was the first established artist the Taller Tupac Amaru worked with as a participating artist in the portfolio I printed, in 2004, for the Center for the Study of Political Graphics annual fundraising dinner. It was very meaningful the first time we worked with Malaquias and to once again collaborate for this anniversary as we forge ahead in our commitment to continue the tradition of political printmaking. -J. Barraza
Dignidad Rebelde is super happy to share the updated graphic for the California Domestic Workers Alliance. We wholeheartedly support the work these women and their allies are doing to end generations of exclusion from basic protections.
The California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, AB241, will end generations of exclusion from basic labor protections. The second measure of its kind in the country, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will protect a vital workforce that has labored in the shadows without protections for too long. It will provide housekeepers, childcare providers & caregivers with:
• Overtime Pay
• Meal & Rest Breaks
• Adequate sleeping conditions for live-in workers.
For more information and to sign a pledge to support the CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights visit http://www.domesticworkers.org/ca-bill-of-rights
OVER 1.5 million people have been deported by the Obama administration.
As an artist I am using my voice to take a stand and call for an end to the criminalization of migrant( and people of color and working class) communities.#Not1More - Melanie Cervantes
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It makes me so sad to see how many families are torn apart by these deportations, and I am tired of the way people are being criminalized for migrating in search of a better life. We need to fight back and demand an end to these deportations, #Not1More.
- Jesus Barraza
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You can join in the fight too, you are the resistance: