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It is a pleasure to share the portrait poster I created of Camilio Mejia. Camilo has been a critical voice in the opposition to the occupation of Iraq.
In 2003, after spending six months in Iraq and Jordan, Camilo Mejia became the first U.S. combat veteran to publicly refuse to deploy back to Iraq. In March 2004 he turned himself in and applied for conscientious objection. Mejia was convicted of desertion by the U.S. Military and sentenced to a year in prison. Since his release in February of 2005, he has devoted his time to speaking out against the war in Iraq.
This year marks the 38th annual Raza Day at UC Berkeley. It is a day of workshops and activities intended to encourage middle school, high school and community college students to pursue higher education.
I will be speaking at this year's event. At 9:30 am on Nov 1st in Wheeler Hall.
It is free and open to the public so bring your kids, nieces, nephews, neighbors etc.
This is the poster I designed that will be give out to all the youth in attendence.
Rafael Moreno is a Xicano Indigenous artist, who’s work reflects social justice movements. Born and raised in the San Francisco Mission District, he has been inspired by his community and has been fortunate enough to network with many different artists and organizers. Rafael's art mediums include paintings, bead work, stencils, silk screening, photography, and graphic design. From a young age Rafael has always found a passion in the arts, and throughout the years, with mentorship from local Bay Area artists, he has been able to develop these art forms. Starting at Native Graphix at 16 years old as an intern learning the basics of cleaning a screen and creating his own image. Here he learned the discipline of silk screening and the basics of graphic design. At the age of 18 he was an artist assistant and youth organizer to Mike Ramos and Eric Norgberg in the 2009 mural "Building Bridges of Solidarity, Breaking Down Barriers," coordinated by Nancy Hernandez. Rafael has also hosted many art for social justice themed stencil & silk screening workshops for various bay area youth and organizations including, Mission Beacon, Castlemont High School, SF Youth Empowerment Fund, and M.E.Ch.A. de San Pancho. Rafael received his formal education at San Francisco State University, obtaining his Bachelors in American Indian Studies & La Raza Studies. He also acquired his Masters in Ethnic Studies from SFSU. Rafael has been able to further analyze the issues in his communities to build stronger theoretical framework and understanding for his art. Rafael continues to live in the Mission District and is currently an after school educator for youth living in underfunded communities. When he is not teaching, Rafael dedicates his time to his art and community organizing efforts.
I recently completed the art and cover design for an exciting new book by Nora Barrows-Friedman on the U.S. student movement for Palestine Solidarity including the rich history of Palestinian-American activism for justice and equality for nearly a century in this country.
In the years following Israel’s 2008–9 “Operation Cast Lead” assault on the Palestinians of Gaza, a new kind of student movement emerged on US campuses, in support of the idea that Palestinians should gain the full exercise of their human and political rights within their historic homeland. This new movement of students for justice in Palestine has helped to put “BDS,” the worldwide campaign supporting the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel until it abides by international law, firmly onto the national map.
In 2013 and early 2014, journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman crisscrossed the United States interviewing the young activists who form the core of this movement, and their voices ring out strongly from every page of her new book. In Our Power reveals the rich political legacy these students are building. This new student movement in support of Palestinian rights faces many challenges from on and off-campus opponents. But the strength and intelligence of the voices revealed in the pages of In Our Power show us that truth, justice, and “people power” are capable of withstanding such attacks and continuing forward to victory.
Pre-order the book here http://justworldbooks.com/in-our-power/