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Jesus and I participated in an exhibit in Bordeaux, France this summer called "Chicano Dream". Today we are happy to share an article from the International edition of the New York Times that covers the exhibit. I talked with the reporter about a bunch of thoughts and feelings. My main point being that though the Chicano Movement doesn't look like it did in the 1960s or 1970s that the struggle continues to protect the gains it made as well as for the liberation we still need. Political graphics and culture work have a role in that ongoing struggle. Read it here: http://nyti.ms/1qLEtYY
Mike Brown, a recent high school graduate, was on his way to visit his grandmother in Ferguson, Missouri when he was shot to death police. He was unarmed.
We live in societies that increasingly ramp up their militarized police forces for the purpose of keeping people in a particular social order that benefits a very narrow section of society.
Modern day policing is rooted in slave patrols who in the eighteenth century were used to police plantations and to hunt down runaway slaves. Slave patrols didn't need a jury trial or indictment to maim or kill runaway slaves. ( Some good reads on this topic include Our Enemies in Blue by Kristian Williams).
Enough is enough. We should be tired of this shit. It's been hundreds of years of the same impunity.
Over 1,200 Palestinians have been killed since the State of Israel has started it's incursion in Gaza. This is a massacre. This massacre is being supported by U.S. aid in the amount of $8.5 million dollars a day. In addtion, on July 29th both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress have "vowed urgent support for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong vacation at week's end." The administration speaks out of both sides of its mouth when it "pressed for a cease-fire, it also has backed Israel's desire to replenish its missile defense stockpiles. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel extended Israel's request to Congress last week."
This is horrible. As children learning about atrocities... like lynchings and the Jewish holocaust (that was the extent of history we learned) we wondered how people supported these affronts to humanity. Now, as adults, we have to watch as a reign of terror and genocide is brought upon people in Gaza by the Israeli settler state. We feel so diminished by these horrors.
Thinking about what is happening in Palestine makes us feel so powerless, making art somehow gives us a sense that we can contribute to this struggle that is so far away. Knowing that what is happening in Palestine is not unlike what happens to Indigenous people on Turtle Island we have to stand up and make my voice heard how we know best. W esee images of what is happening in Palestine and we think of all the Indigenous people here who have been through the same process of violence and removal from their lands, of all the people who stood up to fight settler colonial governments in hopes of saving a shred of their existence and history to pass onto the next generation. We hope that as an artists we can make a small contribution to the resistance movement that is working to end the blood shed by the Israeli government and to take back the ancestral lands that have been colonized by invaders. Long Live Free Palestine You can download the PDF files and print them on your printer or take them your local copy shop and print them on their color laser printers.
If you need Adobe Acrobat to open the files you can download it here.
Solidarity With Palestine
Letter (8.5 x 11)
Tabloid (11 x 17)
Large (17 x 22)
Watch this video about what inspires me about this program: http://youtu.be/uD__PV7dHg8
MACLA is proud to launch its first Community-Supported Art (CSA) program, which supports Latino artists by helping them to create and distribute their artwork through new channels. Concurrently, this program gives first-time and experienced art collectors the opportunity to own regionally made, limited-edition art.
CSA artists participate in an exciting new model of creation and distribution, and member collectors receive multiple works from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value, and support local artists’ careers.
Each CSA bag contains 7 limited-edition, original artworks, one from each artist as shown below; the 7th piece is a custom designed art bag by Sam Rodriguez. Buy a share for $350 on EventBrite.
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Pick up your bag at the CSA Pick-up Party during South First Fridays, August 1, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy food, drinks and entertainment, and meet the artists and your fellow collectors!
For more information, contact Vanessa Nava, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or at (408) 998-2783.
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