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"In Xochitl, In Cuicatl", by Melanie Cervantes, 12.5 X 17.5 inches, 7-color, Hand made, Screenprint, Printed in San Leandro, 2014, Open Edition


In xochitl, in cuicatl is Nahuatl for flower and song. Poetry and prayer. This print is a celebration of poetry and prayer in the Chicana/o community. An alternative edition of prints was commissioned byMACLA in San Jose as part of their Community Supported Arts Program.

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The American Cultures Center at UC Berkeley recently commissioned a poster to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures requirement. As part of the process of developing the piece I interviewed students, staff and faculty about the role the students have the opportunity to play, in serving their communities through an engaged praxis, via the American Cultures classes. Their history is rooted in the Campaign Against Apartheid a movement of "students, staff, faculty, and community members demanding that UC divest its portfolio of multiple billions of dollars in investments tied to apartheid South Africa." I will be talking about the history of political graphics as related to social movements in the continental Americas and throughout the Third World during their week of celebratory events. There will be several free events in a couple of weeks to celebrate the anniversary.Read more about it here http://bit.ly/1mYMQjH

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This print is called Corn People and is a reflection on the spiritual, cultural and material devastation that Genetically modified "foods" like corn have on many populations through the Americas and the world. It presents a young boy holding on to our future and biodiversity as refelected in the corn he holds.

Un-settling Alliances is a themed portfolio organized to debut at the Southern Graphics Council’s 42nd Annual Conference: Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation and Activism.

This portfolio brings together eleven artists of varied generations, backgrounds, and relationships to anti-colonialism to focus on connections and alliances across struggles for self-determination, decolonization, and collective liberation. Drawing from the work of printmakers who engage in social, political and cultural themes, this project hopes to visualize and build cross-movement relationships. The project is to debut at the 2014 SGCI conference in San Francisco this March. It will remain on view at 518 Valencia following the SGC conference.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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42nd Annual National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference, "Research as Ceremony: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies" April 3rd-5th, 2014, Mills College.

To Register for the Conference Please go to: http://ethnicstudies.org/conference.

To register for the Friday Night Convocation Co-Hosted by NAES & DataCenter for Research Justice with Chief Caleen Audrey Sisk, Dr. Jason Ferreira, Dr. Angela Davis, with Moderator Miho Kim, Please go to www.datacenter.org

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42nd Annual National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference, "Research as Ceremony: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies" April 3rd-5th, 2014, Mills College.

To Register for the Conference Please go to: http://ethnicstudies.org/conference.

To register for the Friday Night Convocation Co-Hosted by NAES & DataCenter for Research Justice with Chief Caleen Audrey Sisk, Dr. Jason Ferreira, Dr. Angela Davis, with Moderator Miho Kim, Please go to www.datacenter.org

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"El Corazon de Pan Dulce", Melanie Cervantes,13 x 18 inches, 4-Color, Hand pulled, Screenprint, Cougar Double Thick 160# Paper, Printed in San Leandro CA 2014

El Corazon (de Pan Dulce) is my first take on the popular Loteria iconography. There are 54 uniquely designed cards in game Loteria. The Mexican game of chance holds a a special place in many my heart because I remember raucous games with 54 being played among family members both in Mexico and the U.S.

I created this piece to support the former owner of Casa Latina-Jose Ruiz's crowdsourced fundraiser, "De Corazon a Corazon", to be given to donors as a special thank you. I tied the theme of the fundraiser "corazon" to pan dulce because of the bakery at Casa Latina. 

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"Tejiendo el amor y la justicia", by Melanie Cervantes, 11 X15 " 8-color, Hand printed, Screen print, Printed in San Leandro, 2014, Signed and numbered edition of 25


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This print is an hommage to my friend, the late Sam Coronado. Compañeros from the Consejo Grafico, a national network of Latino print houses, are contributing to a portfolio with the theme "Corazon" that will be sold as a fundraiser to support the Serie Project at Cornado Studios in Austin, Texas. If you are interested in purchasing a copy a limited number of portfolios will be broken up and individual prints sold. http://coronadostudio.com


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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"Heart to Heart" , Melanie Cervantes, 10" x 13", 4-Color handmade screenprint, Coventry Rag Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013

For two decades Rini Templeton made "drawings of activists in the United States, Mexico and Central America while she joined them in their meetings, demonstrations, picket lines and other actions for social justice." Rini has been a huge inspiration to me for both the beauty of her aesthetics and style and for her unwavering commitment to social movements. This year I have committed more of my time to experimenting with my drawing and printmaking style and as part of that effort I will be creating works inspired by some of my favorite artists.

"Heart to Heart" pays hommage to Rini and to the power of physical human touch.

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"Heart to Heart" (alternate pink version), Melanie Cervantes, 10" x 13", 4-Color handmade screenprint, Coventry Rag Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013

For two decades Rini Templeton made "drawings of activists in the United States, Mexico and Central America while she joined them in their meetings, demonstrations, picket lines and other actions for social justice." Rini has been a huge inspiration to me for both the beauty of her aesthetics and style and for her unwavering commitment to social movements. This year I have committed more of my time to experimenting with my drawing and printmaking style and as part of that effort I will be creating works inspired by some of my favorite artists.

"Heart to Heart" pays hommage to Rini and to the power of physical human touch.

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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


 


 


 


http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/art/call-to-artists/
 

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What is a fiscal cliff? A fiction created by Congress as an excuse to rob our communities of even more resources! There is a simple solution make deadbeat corporations pay taxes! #nomorecuts http://artstrike.tumblr.com/

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Justice for Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez


 


 


 


Solidarity with the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez who was brutally shot down and killed by Border Patrol. Art collaboration by Pablo Paredes and Melanie Cervantes.

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Build Strong Communities Not Prisons and Jails! I just finished this poster for Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB). CURB is a broad-based coalition of over 40 organizations seeking to CURB prison spending by reducing the number of people in prison and the number of prisons in the state.

http://curbprisonspending.org/

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From author Chris Crass: " When I first imagined a poster promoting my new book, Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis,and movement building strategy, the images that came to mind were the people in Melanie Cervantes’ “We are the 99%” posters, coming together to build the multiracial, feminist, working class-based movement for collective liberation that we need. My book is for activists engaging with dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. It offers lessons for transformative organizing through a firsthand look at the challenges and the opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social movements. In addition to stories and reflections from my own personal activist experience, there are also case studies of anti-racist social justice organizations working in white communities around the country. The primary focus of the book is on how we can transform divisions of race, class, and gender into catalysts for powerful vision, strategy, and movement building.

Melanie Cervantes’ art helps us visualize our movement’s visions, values and victories, and it is a blessing to have her illustrate this vision of my book. Three of the people in the poster are key leaders in the book: Ella Baker of the Black Freedom Struggle and someone who’s organizing I look to for guidance; Elizabeth ‘Betita’ Martinez of the Chicano Power Movement and my mentor; and Carla Wallace who is a leading contemporary white queer anti-racist organizer based in Louisville, Kentucky. The other three people are from Melanie’s imagined movement of the 99%."

Printed copies of the poster are available. The primary goal of the printed posters is to get them up in as many bookstores, activist spaces, schools, places of worship, and any other place you can imagine people seeing the poster who would be interested in the book.

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Protect Grandmother Earth
Melanie Cervantes
14" x 22"
2-Color handmade Screenprint, Orange Poster Board, Printed in Oakland, 2013
 
Idle No More solidarity poster.

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Tierra y Libertad (Birchwood)
Melanie Cervantes
15" x 23"
5-Color handmade screenprint, Birch Wood, Printed in Oakland, 2012
 
Tierra y Libertad is a reflection of the new generation of farmers working land within autonomous communities of the Zapatistas. Tierra y Libertad is a slogan that was popularized during the turn of the century by Mexican Revolutionaries like Emiliano Zapata who were fighting to give the land back to the indigenous population from whom it was expropriated. The white hat is also a subtle nod to Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto Sandino.There is also a repeating gold pattern of maize in the back ground which symbolizes how corn is central to the dietary, social and spiritual life of indigenous people in Mexico.

Four of these birch wood prints were made. There are only three remaining.

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Water for All
Melanie Cervantes
14" x 18"
4-color screen print, Arches 88 archival cotton paper, Printed in San Leandro 2013

"Water for All" is a poster derived from  a piece I designed in 2008 when I travelled with fifteen other artists to Ecatepec, Mexico to participate in El Festival de Nuevos Vientos. Access to water and the threat of privatization of the natural resource were pressing issues for several communities  in Ecatepec, as they are increasingly worldwide. Water is a critical and necessary element for all life and yet corporations try to create a commodity out of it by bottling it and making us believe this is better and by buying up public systems. We have to articulate our opposition to the corporate control of resources that should exists and be access for the common good. The fight for water is the fight for life.

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Somos de Maiz


Melanie Cervantes
13 x 19 inches, 5 - Color, Handmade Screenprint on Heavyweight White Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013


In 2003 during my final year studying at UC Berkeley a Professor in the Microbial Ecology in the Department of Environmental Science, Ignacio Chapela,  was denied tenure. David Quist, a graduate student at the time and Chapela had co-authored an article, two years earlier,  about how genetically modified corn from the U.S. was being dumped into the Mexican market and contaminating native maíz crops. During the “final” days of his contract he held office hours, day and night, outside the doors of California Hall (which houses the university administration’s offices). My roommate cooked Chapela dinner and we came out to support his struggle.


Chapela talked about how the contamination of the maíz would impact indigenous peoples, Mayas, because maíz is not only a staple food but a fundamental physical and spiritual aspect of Mayan culture and of the Mayan people themselves.  Maya cosmology holds that the Creator made the first humans from an ear of maíz. The other negative impact of the GMO corn is that it makes all other species of corn it comes into contact with sterile. The contagion spreads, like a virus around the country and the world. Corporations like Monsanto do this so that the only corn available is that which the company owns the patent on.
In 2005 Chapela sued the university because he strongly opposed a $25 million campus deal with the giant Novartis drug and agri-business corporation. Shortly after the suit was filed Chapela's tenure denial was reversed by UC Berkeley. He dropped the suit and said "I look forward to continue challenging, in the best forums that I can find, what I believe is a corrupt and illegitimate takeover of the public university away from its public mandate."

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Solidaridad Con El Pueblo Mapuche
Melanie Cervantes
12 x 12 inches 
7-Color handmade screenprint,Heavyweight White Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013

Solidarity with the Mapuche People! They continue to fight colonialism and the repression of the Chilean state as well as multinational corporations. The struggle for land and life is not terrorism. This print was inspired by graffiti sprawled on walls in Chile.


 


 


 


The indigenous Mapuche nation numbers a little over 600,000. "
The Mapuche remained independent throughout the colonial period and did not become part of the Chilean state until the 1880s, when the Chilean army invaded and occupied Mapuche territory. From this point, the frontier with Argentina formed an artificial boundary between the two halves of the Mapuche nation. Following the military campaigns, Mapuche people were removed to reservations, losing the majority of their ancestral lands. During the first half of the twentieth century these reservations were continually subject to division and expropriation by powerful landowners in the region. The scarcity of land was one of the reasons for the mass rural-urban migration that started in the 1930s.
In the past years increasingly violent Mapuche activism is being prosecuted under counter-terrorism legislation originally introduced by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. In 2010 this led to hunger strikes by Mapuche activists in an effort to change anti-terrorism laws."

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Julia de Burgos
Melanie Cervantes
14 x 19 inches
4-Color handmade screenprint,Heavyweight White Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013

This portrait of the  illustrious Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos honors her revolutionary spirit and deep desire for the island's independence. She was a fierce feminist, and particularly inspires me because of her commitment to anti-colonialism and internationalism.

Here is an excerpt of  my favorite poems of hers: Yo Misma Fui Mi Ruta (I am my own path)

--Yo quise ser como los hombres quisieron que yo fuese:
un intento de vida;
un juego al escondite con mi ser.
Pero yo estaba hecha de presentes,
y mis pies planos sobre la tierra promisora
no resistían caminar hacia atrás,
y seguían adelante, adelante,
burlando las cenizas para alcanzar el beso
de los senderos nuevos.

I wanted to be like men wanted me to be:
an attempt at life;
a game of hide and seek with my being.
But I was made of nows,
and my feet level on the promissory earth
would not accept walking backwards
and went forward, forward,
mocking the ashes to reach the kiss
of new paths.

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"Brother Malcolm"
Melanie Cervantes, 20 x 26 inches, 6-Color handmade screenprint, Heavyweight Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2013

Forty-eight years ago,  El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (better known as Malcolm X) was assassinated. My print, "Brother Malcom" honors his leadership, his vision of full human rights for Black people in the U.S. empire and his commitment to social protest toward that end. Rest in peace and power! El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Presente!

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The National Lawyers Guild-Boalt Chapter commissioned a t-shirt design which reflects the connections between various social justice issues and movements. The National Lawyers Guild is an organization dedicated to uniting lawyers and legal workers in the fight for civil rights and social justice. Guild attorneys, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers share a progressive social and political perspective that is reflected in the preamble to the Guild's constitution, which holds that human rights are more sacred than property rights.

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Jesus and I were invited by Mujeres Unidas y Activas and the United Farm Workers to support an action, through design, they hosted in Sacramento to highlight the exclusion of domestic workers and farmworkers from the National Labor Relations Act and to call for action on AB 1313, to provide overtime pay to farm workers after eight hours worked a day or 40 hours worked a week and AB 889, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The second measure of its kind in this country, AB 889 would finally end the exclusion of domestic workers from labor protections such as overtime and the right to rest breaks.

 


 


 


AB 1313 and AB 889 are small but important steps to end these shameful exclusions. They right wrongs that can no longer be justified or tolerated in a society where equal rights and equal justice are supposed to be more than just lip service.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 
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POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) is a multi-racial and multi-lingual grassroots organization of African Americans and Latinas committed to winning economic, environmental, racial, and gender justice. Rooted in issues-based campaigns, leadership development and movement building, POWER builds the collective strength of working-class families to control the destinies of their communities and workplaces. For its quince años celebration for we included the design and printing of an edition of prints donated by Dignidad Rebelde to the organization as a fundraiser.
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In 2012 Walmart workers across the country took collective action on Black Friday. I designed this online graphic as a stand in solidarity and support of the Walmart workers struggle for fair hours, wages, benefits, and the right to collective bargaining.

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I am thrilled to share the new banner I designed for the Department of Ethnic Studies at Cal State East Bay. Though I am an artist I never focused my studies in Art. I did dedicate my time and training to Ethnic Studies.

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19" x 13" with a .5" white border around the edges, Digital Art Print, 2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Dreams Are Stronger Than Fear is a poster I designed for Forward Together. It is meant to elevate the collective power migrant communities and their families hold in their vision for a better world.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Forward Together leads grassroots actions and trains community leaders to transform policy and culture in ways that support individuals, families, and communities in reaching our full potential. In the world we envision, all people will have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make decisions about our gender, our bodies, and our sexuality. We are developing leaders with vision, building networks across communities, and implementing innovative campaigns to make our vision a reality.

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Melanie Cervantes
21.25" x 27.5"
Full Color Dignital Print, Printed in San Leandro, 2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Despite 520 years of colonialism, capitalism and imperialism we are still here. We have survived because we have resisted through our struggle with deep wells of love for our people. I give thanks to the ongoing resistance and today I particularly thank all the women whose names may never be elevated or recorded in books but who have made so much possible!

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Melanie Cervantes
26" x 20"
5 - Color, Hand made Screenprint, Heavyweight Archival Art Paper,Printed in Oakland, 2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Mad Vision is a recreation of a stencil painting I made in 2005. It is inspired by all the young filmmakers who bring us great visions which they translate into their work.

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Melanie Cervantes
16" x 20"
5 - Color, Hand made Screenprint, Heavyweight Archival Art Paper,Printed in Oakland, 2012


 


 


 


During our last visit to Tucson, Arizona we had the opportunity to spend time with an amazing leader in the fight for human rights, Isabel Garcia. Isabel has been at the forefront of immigrant and refugee rights since 1976. Isabel’s analysis is clear “Immigration policy has been a total failure and needs to be changed.  It has not prevented people from attempting to cross the border but has put the lives of thousands of men, women, and children in serious danger. Their deaths are the direct result of U.S. policy.” Isabel serves as the co-chair Coalición de Derechos Humanos.


 


 


 


Coalición de Derechos Humanos ("The Human Rights Coalition") is a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.


 


 


 


I am honored to have designed the cover for Derechos Humanos Ninth Annual Corazón de Justicia Awards. In addition Jesus Barraza printed a limited edition of hand made screen prints that will be sold as a fundraiser to benefit the organization. Jesus and I want to congratulate all the award recipients many of whom we are lucky to call friends.

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Melanie Cervantes
24" x 18"
5 - Color, Hand made Screenprint, Heavyweight Archival Art Paper,Printed in Oakland, 2012


 


 


 


When I was asked to design  the awards for the National Domestic Worker's Alliance  I was so honored. I was in Atlanta, at the first US Social Forum when the Alliance was formed and have believed deeply in their work since day one.


 


 


 


Founded in 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. NDWA is powered by 35 local, membership-based affiliate organizations of over 10,000 nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly located in 19 cities and 11 states around the country. NDWA is supported by domestic workers, employers, supporters and allies.


 


 


 


This was a collaborative effort. I designed the awards with lots of feedback from the NDWA team and  Jesus printed them. Awardees include actresses Viola Davis and Cicley Tyson, organizer Linda Oalican, Guillermina Castellanos and the organizations Casa Latina, Mujeres Unidas y Activas and Domestic Workers United.

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17"
Full Color Offset Poster, 2012


 


 


 


Dia de los Muertos poster commissioned by the California Institute of Integral Studies. It was really important to me to center a danzante in the composition because I feel that Dia de los Muertos is about a world view that understands a duality between life and death. These understandings are rooted in indigenous cosmologies and worldviews from peoples across the Americas. I didn't want the image to flatten, what started as, over a month long ceremony about remembering the ancestors to a kitchy image of a skull out of context or some sexualized woman with her face half painted as a skull and half painted with make up that has no connection to traditional practices or content that helps the viewer understand the importance of the day. I shot a photo of Lazaro Arvizu (central figure here), a danzante from Xipe Totec, who used to come to my community college to teach the third and fourth graders, our student organization brought in from local schools, about the traditions of Dia de los Muertos. This during was the last year I helped organize the event, in 2001, before I moved to the Bay. Mark you calendar for CIIS' event.

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Melanie Cervantes
22" x 30"
5 - Color, Hand made Screenprint, Coventry Rag Archival Paper, Printed at the Serie Project, Coronado Studios, 2012


 


 


 


This print was produced at the Serie Project and is  a portrait of Tejana extraordinaire Gloria Anzaldua. I choose to include this portrait of Gloria because she was a groundbreaking thinker of Chicana/lesbian/feminist theory.


 


 


 


She helped make visible the literature and writing of women of color and the US. She was the co-editor of the book This Bridge Called my Back and is best known for her book Borderlands/La Frontera. She made major contributions to Chicana feminist and queer theory and was a huge inspiration to me. She died in the summer 2004 at her home in Santa Cruz and I wanted to do something to honor all she contributed to the world during her life.


 


 


 


The piece honors her legacy by juxtaposing her portrait with Coatlicue the Mexica representation of mother earth. In Borderlands,  Anzaldua writes about ‘the Coatilcue State as a type of “internal whirlwind” which “gives and takes away life”, “invoking art,” and that it is “alive, infused with spirit” ‘(Anzaldúa 68, 88-89).


 


 


 


I included a quote from Gloria that I really love:


 


 


 


"Until I am free to write bilingually and to switch codes without having always to translate, while I still have to speak English or Spanish when I would rather speak Spanglish, and as long as I have to accommodate the English speakers rather than having them accommodate me, my tongue will be illegitimate. I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent’s tongue - my woman’s voice, my sexual voice, my poet’s voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.”

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
9 - Color, Hand printed, Screen print, Coventry Rag, Printed in Oakland, 2010

Songstress, Lila Downs, has inspired my art making, through her lyrical storytelling and enchanting vocals since I first heard her album Sandunga in 1999. That year I started to create collective artwork with my friends, including 8-foot long banners we called "walking murals". Walking because unlike permanent murals they got to travel but always were displayed in public, outdoor spaces. We painted these huge walking murals in my parents' garage and made work that addressed the connections between the Mexican Revolution, the Zapatista Uprising, Chicanismo and the UFW. Lila's voice echoed out of the garage, down the avenue and into the neighborhood as we painted late in to the night sipping chocolate.

En Chiapas, mujeres y niños rezando
machetes y balas, con sangre bañaron
la patria su sangre al progreso ha clamado
pero esa es tu raza que sacrificaron.
--Sale Sobrando

In a song that often moves me to tears, Lila references the 1997 Actéal, Chiapas murders of mostly Indigenous women and children by paramilitary forces. For me the themes Lila would address in a single album were like the murals we were painting. They told stories that connected the struggles of Indigena/Mexicano/Xicana people to survive and live with dignity on our own lands. This print is the first in a series of portraits of fierce mujeres whose music has inspired me as an visual artist.

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Melanie Cervantes
12” x 18”
2-Color Screen Print on Blue Neenah Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2012


 


 


 


"Reproductive Justice =People Power to End Gender Oppression". This is print designed in partnership with the Groundswell Fund for the "This is an Emergency" portfolio which focuses on reproductive rights, gender justice and reproductive justice. The portfolio was organized In response to all the bullying, the legislative measures, and the horrifying statements filling the media. This project brings together over a dozen voices from people most affected by these issues- self identified women/transgendered and queer artists.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 
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Melanie Cervantes
20” x 26”
1-layer screen print,split fountain, Chipboard, Printed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Print for Undocunation event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF. I did live printing at the event. A limited edition of 55 were printed and given away there.

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" Digital Download, PDF

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


April 2011, marks the 15-year anniversary of the implementation of harsh immigration laws (including the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act) that have led to the detention and deportation of millions of immigrants. In order to help raise awareness about the impact mandatory detention is having on communities and society at large Detention Watch Network and Dignidad Rebelde have joined forces to create a graphic campaign to call attentionto this pressing issue. To help raise awareness about the impact of these laws on mandatory detention policy we are asking DWN members and allies to distribute the attached poster.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Link to downloadable 11 X 17 poster:http://www.dignidadrebelde.com/document/download/69






The poster features Nazry Mustakim and his wife Hope. Nazry, a 31-year-old green card holder from Singapore, was held in immigration detention for 10 months at the South Texas Detention Center in Pearsall, Texas. Due to laws passed in 1996, Nazry’s prior drug conviction subjected him to mandatory detention, which meant that he could not be released on bond. After ten months of hardship and separation and unrelenting advocacy by Hope, his family and community, Nazry has been released from detention and is back home. However, Nazry's story is exemplary of the injustices immigrants face in detention daily. We must act now and raise awareness to repeal mandatory detention to stop unjust detentions.

To endorse the Dignity not Detention Campaign visit www.dignitynotdetention.org


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 
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E-Card,  2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Forward Together recently invited me and over half a dozen other artist to create e-cards for Mama's Day. The goal was to create cards that addressed that gap that the greeting-card-industrial-complex left many of the people who have mothered us in. The project allowed me to reach deep into my heart and create pieces that honor the love and caregiving that don't feel appropriately addresssed through frilly laced declarations that are doused with flowers and cheesy stock sentiments.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Strong Families Initiative is celebrating "Mama's Day" with a custom e-card tool that gives all mothers and families a chance to be visible. The site provides eighteen templates by artists likeKirby Platero, Nikki McClure, Micah Bizant, Veronica Bayetti Flores  and myself that feature motherhood in all its diversity, with space for you to write a personalized message and email it to the mother of your choice.

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E-Card,  2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Forward Together recently invited me and over half a dozen other artist to create e-cards for Mama's Day. The goal was to create cards that addressed that gap that the greeting-card-industrial-complex left many of the people who have mothered us in. The project allowed me to reach deep into my heart and create pieces that honor the love and caregiving that don't feel appropriately addresssed through frilly laced declarations that are doused with flowers and cheesy stock sentiments. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Strong Families Initiative is celebrating "Mama's Day" with a custom e-card tool that gives all mothers and families a chance to be visible. The site provides eighteen templates by artists likeKirby Platero, Nikki McClure, Micah Bizant, Veronica Bayetti Flores  and myself that feature motherhood in all its diversity, with space for you to write a personalized message and email it to the mother of your choice.

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E-Card and 18x 24" Poster,  2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Forward Together recently invited me and over half a dozen other artist to create e-cards for Mama's Day. The goal was to create cards that addressed that gap that the greeting-card-industrial-complex left many of the people who have mothered us in. The project allowed me to reach deep into my heart and create pieces that honor the love and caregiving that don't feel appropriately addresssed through frilly laced declarations that are doused with flowers and cheesy stock sentiments.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Strong Families Initiative is celebrating "Mama's Day" with a custom e-card tool that gives all mothers and families a chance to be visible. The site provides eighteen templates by artists likeKirby Platero, Nikki McClure, Micah Bizant, Veronica Bayetti Flores  and myself that feature motherhood in all its diversity, with space for you to write a personalized message and email it to the mother of your choice.

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Melanie Cervantes
Web Graphic and Logo 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In 2008 I traveled to Ecatepec, Mexico to participate in the Festival in New Winds. A contingency of about 15 U.S based artists journeyed to the municipality to conduct skill shares, create street installations, exhibits and artists talks. During our time there we met many talented local artists and media makers. I was particularly impressed by the work and political analysis of a pair of comrades:Ricardo Aguilar and Edgar Guzman Cortes who we spent a considerable amount of time with. We discussed the impacts of Neoliberal policies and repression in Mexico, we visited the commemorative Tlatelolco the site of two major massacres, our mutural alignement with the Zapatistas’ Otra Campaña  and spent many of our meals discussing resistance together. We have kept in touch since our travels there and I was honored when I was commissioned to create a logo for their collective Otras Voces, Otra Historia

Born in 2003, as the Collective Slekilalik: Ricardo Flores Magon and composed of six activists of a student movement. They decided to go a step further and formally integrate the work of the communication and dissemination in their work; previously they helped promote conferences, discussion forums, consultations and cultural activities associated with the university and student population, but they realized the need to disseminate the information generated and that the university should have a space to give voice to the student they decided to start work in Internet radio production in order to have more coverage to the general public and beyond the an audience of students.

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" Full Color Poster, New Leaf Archival and Ancient Forest Friendly Paper, Printed at Inkworks Press, Berkeley, CA


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Poster designed as an incentive for attending the event "DRAWING INSPIRATION 40 YEARS & COUNTING: Living the Legacy of Attica and George Jackson" at EastSide Arts Alliance on September 16th, 2011. Everyone who attended  received one of these posters with their $15 entrance fee. The event is a fundraiser for Critical Resistance.

“Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done; discover your humanity and your love in revolution.”--George Jackson

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17"
3-color, Handmade Screen Print
Signed and numbered edition of:40
Cougar Double Thick Archival Art Paper
Printed in San Leandro, 2011
 
Mi Semillita is a portrait of a mother in the late stages of her pregnancy. This piece is based on a piece I painted in 2005 when I just getting started as a practicing artist. I only have one snapshot of the painting (that I no longer have access to) and I really wanted to revisit and recreate the piece. This time I translated the piece using  more bold, flat color and I create a new palate of colors for it.
 
I really enjoyed creating this piece. I reflecting on all the friends who are having babies and the joy that emanates from them and tried to capture that in this piece.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


If you would like to see the original painting click HERE

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Melanie Cervantes
Approximately 3' x4',  2009

This is the mock up for a painted canvas that was painted collaboratively at the Intertribal Friendship House with Andrew Moppin's friends and family.

On December 31st at 7:33 PM, officers of the Oakland Police Department fatally shot Andrew Moppin in the back. Andrew Moppin (Comanche/Klamath), a young unarmed 20-year-old man, had a $411 warrant out for his arrest for evading BART fare. Six months after Officer Hector Jimenez shot and killed Andrew Moppin, Jody “Mack” Woodfox III, 27, was also fatally shot in the back by the same officer of the Oakland Police Department. He was also found to be unarmed. The fatal shootings of Andrew Moppin, Jody “Mack” Woodfox III and Oscar Grant III are not isolated incidents and a reality in our communities of continued police brutality.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
4-color, Handmade Screen Print
Signed and numbered edition of: 50
Heavyweight Archival Art Paper

Printed in Oakland, 2011
Philip Vera Cruz was a labor leader, farmworker, and leader in the Filipino civil rights movement. He was a co-founder of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, which later merged with the National Farm Workers Association to become the United Farm Workers. As the union's long-time vice president, he worked to improve the working conditions for migrant workers. I created this portrait to honor his commitment to anti-imperialism, justice and the human right to live free of dictatorship (a belief which he led him to leave the UFW).

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Melanie Cervantes
12 x 16
 Full color, Digital Print
New Leaf Cover Paper, Ancient Forest Friendly
Printed at Inwkworks Press in Berkeley, 2011
 
Tonantzin is a representation of mother earth or mother of corn as embodied by indigenous women in the Americas. This portrait is of a Tarahumara woman.  I include the serpent symbology because prior to a Judeo-Christian tradition which views serpents as evil, indigenous matriarchal worldviews associate serpents with spiritual wisdom, femininity and being grounded. This piece honors the spiritual and ethereal grandmothers who connect me to every relation living and in the spiritual realm.
 
Huey tonantzin
tonantzin huey tonantzin
Ipalnemohuani toyolo paquih
tlazohcamati tonantzin
Ipalnemohuani toyolo paquih
tlazohcamati tonantzin
 
Gran madrecita tierra
madrecita tierra gran madrecita tierra
Dador de vida; mi corazón se alegra
gracias Madrecita tierra
Dador de vida mi corazón se alegra
gracias Madrecita tierra

 

 

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Melanie Cervantes
8.5” x 11” Digital Download PDF, 2011


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This piece is called "We Are Still Here" and honors a group of warrior friends who I give thanks to.I release the design on what is traditionally celebrated as "Thanksgiving". I wanted to celebrate warriors for Mother Earth instead of celebrating invasion and colonization. This will be the first in a series on Indigenous people's who fight to maintain traditional lands, sacred lands and Indigenous people ways of life on our own terms.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


To learn about what they have done visithttp://protectglencove.org/


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17"
1-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Printed in San Leandro, CA 2011


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This poster was created for an action targeting the predatory banks in San Francisco through the "Foreclose on Wall Street West" action. Thanks Chris Crass for the idea. End Imperialism! End the Occupations!

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" Digital Download, PDF


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This poster was created in collaboration with POOR News Network.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


POOR Magazine is a poor people led/indigenous people led, grassroots non-profit,arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, art, education and advocacy to silenced youth, adults and elders in poverty across the globe.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


All of POOR's programs are focused on providing non-colonizing, community-based and community-led media, art and education with the goals of creating access for silenced voices, preserving and degentrifying rooted communities of color and re-framing the debate on poverty, landlessness, indigenous resistance, disability and race locally and globally.
Download the poster here.
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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" Full Color Poster


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I  teamed up with Chinese Progressive Association, San Francisco to produced a new poster for the 99% fighting for dignity and better working and living conditions. Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 Download the newest poster 11 X17 here.

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Melanie Cervantes
8.5” x 11” Digital Download PDF, 2011


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


(Chinese Version) A downloadable poster for th 99%. This poster helps to lift up the story of a Chinese mother who faces the harsh reality that the "American Dream" is a myth and who demands that the  richest 1 % and corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

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Melanie Cervantes
8.5” x 11” Digital Download PDF, 2011


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 A  downloadable poster for th 99%. This poster helps to lift up the story of a Chinese mother who faces the harsh reality that the "American Dream" is a myth and who demands that the  richest 1 % and corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" Full Color Poster, New Leaf Archival and Ancient Forest Friendly Paper, Printed at Inkworks Press, Berkeley, CA


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


(Spanish Version)This poster was collaboratively developed by anti-racist organizer Chris Crass and myself. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Chris Crass is a father and longtime organizer working to build powerful working class based, multiracial movements for collective liberation.  As part of the global justice movement he helped start the Catalyst Project in 2000, which develops and supports anti-racist politics, leadership, and organization in white communities.  Catalyst also works to build up working class and multiracial organizing efforts nationally.  He has written widely on anti-authoritarian leadership, movement strategy, and organizing white people against racism and for collective liberation.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Chris' Statement about "United for Justice, Not Divided By Racism


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


"When Melanie Cervantes approached me about making a poster based on a picture of my family at Occupy Knoxville, I jumped at the opportunity.  The Occupy movement has opened space for all of our justice movements to step forward and provide leadership on the most critical issues we face as a people.  Melanie's "We are the 99%" posters are giving shape to the movement by bringing struggles in communities of color into the center.  I wanted to do this poster with Melanie, as a way of helping unite the Occupy movement to the struggle for immigrant rights.  White supremacy pits white communities struggles for justice against communities of color struggles for justice.  This poster represents the vision of anti-racist leadership in white communities joining with liberation struggles in communities of color, with the goal of collective liberation. When I look at my 4 month old baby, I think about how powerful this movement moment is for the future of our society and the world.  We can do this.  Thank you Melanie for all you are doing to help us see ourselves as a movement through your visionary art."


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Read more about the poster here

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" Full Color Poster, New Leaf Archival and Ancient Forest Friendly Paper, Printed at Inkworks Press, Berkeley, CA


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This poster was collaboratively developed by anti-racist organizer Chris Crass and myself.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Chris Crass is a father and longtime organizer working to build powerful working class based, multiracial movements for collective liberation.  As part of the global justice movement he helped start the Catalyst Project in 2000, which develops and supports anti-racist politics, leadership, and organization in white communities.  Catalyst also works to build up working class and multiracial organizing efforts nationally.  He has written widely on anti-authoritarian leadership, movement strategy, and organizing white people against racism and for collective liberation.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 Chris' Statement about "United for Justice, Not Divided By Racism


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


"When Melanie Cervantes approached me about making a poster based on a picture of my family at Occupy Knoxville, I jumped at the opportunity.  The Occupy movement has opened space for all of our justice movements to step forward and provide leadership on the most critical issues we face as a people.  Melanie's "We are the 99%" posters are giving shape to the movement by bringing struggles in communities of color into the center.  I wanted to do this poster with Melanie, as a way of helping unite the Occupy movement to the struggle for immigrant rights.  White supremacy pits white communities struggles for justice against communities of color struggles for justice.  This poster represents the vision of anti-racist leadership in white communities joining with liberation struggles in communities of color, with the goal of collective liberation. When I look at my 4 month old baby, I think about how powerful this movement moment is for the future of our society and the world.  We can do this.  Thank you Melanie for all you are doing to help us see ourselves as a movement through your visionary art."


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Read more about the poster here

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Melanie Cervantes
8.5” x 11” Digital Download PDF
12" x 18" Full Color Poster, New Leaf Archival and Ancient Forest Friendly Paper, Printed at Inkworks Press, Berkeley, CA


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


SPANISH VERSION. This poster was inspired by stories I had been hearing about banks targeting Black home owners who were re-financing their homes. I heard about these stories as early as 2007 from local advocates who were starting to map these occurances in Oakland. They talked about elderly Black women being the primary target of bad loans. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In order to elevate this story and show how community organizers were coming together to respond to these banks I collaborated with a local Bay Area based organizations Causa Justa: Just Cause.   Members and organizers from the organization allowed me to conduct a photography shoot so I could use their portaits as reference for the art. At the time I didn't know the person who I used as the primary "character" of the poster would later be leading a intervention into the attempt at forclosure on her own home. Nell Myhand fought the banks with the support of Causa Justa: Just Cause. Read more about it HERE

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Melanie Cervantes
8.5” x 11” Digital Download PDF
12" x 18" Full Color Poster, New Leaf Archival and Ancient Forest Friendly Paper, Printed at Inkworks Press, Berkeley, CA


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This poster was inspired by stories I had been hearing about banks targeting Black home owners who were re-financing their homes. I heard about these stories as early as 2007 from local advocates who were starting to map these occurances in Oakland. They talked about elderly Black women being the primary target of bad loans. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In order to elevate this story and show how community organizers were coming together to respond to these banks I collaborated with a local Bay Area based organizations Causa Justa: Just Cause.   Members and organizers from the organization allowed me to conduct a photography shoot so I could use their portaits as reference for the art. At the time I didn't know the person who I used as the primary "character" of the poster would later be leading a intervention into the attempt at forclosure on her own home. Nell Myhand fought the banks with the support of Causa Justa: Just Cause. Read more about it HERE

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Melanie Cervantes
20” x 26”
2-color screen print, Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2011 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This design was created for the launch of Occupy Oakland and Indigenous People's Resistance Day. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I was  really excited about these local efforts popping up all over the country. I believe in our insurgent energy and know it will take a massive movement to defeat imperialism, corporate colonialism, and racism here in the belly of the beast as well as throughout the world.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I also thought Occupy" actions needed to center a racial justice analysis into their process and demands if they want to truly reach transformational outcomes.Let's grow and be clear about who we are focusing on (imperialism/capitalism/financial sector) but let's decolonize ourselves along the way.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In that spirit I supported the launch of Occupy Oakland and commend its first steps in asking Ohlone's people for their blessing in starting this work.  


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


As a brilliant friend suggests-Occupy Oakland know the traditional territorial boundaries of the lands you are occupying! Together, recognize the histories and present day struggles of the indigenous peoples whose traditional lands you are occupying! 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Santa Cruz: Awaswas Ohlone
San Francisco: Ramaytush Ohlone
East Bay: Chochenyo Ohlone

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Melanie Cervantes
18” x 24”
Full color offset poster,  Printed in New York , 2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I was  invited by the collective members of Indig-nación; a Spanish language newspaper for the Occupy Wall St. movement, written and edited by Latin@s to create a poster for the the print and online editions of the publication. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I was tasked with creating a poster that would inspire people to mobilize and get out into the streets on May 1st 2012. Occupy Wall Street is urging people around the world to join in on the day of action:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Worldwide, May 1st is traditionally a ‘Workers’ day – a day of Labor Solidarity, and a public holiday. It’s a day to celebrate and march in support of im/migrant rights. In protest against the corruption of the worldwide marketplace, which has led to illegal foreclosures, mass unemployment, low wages, high taxes and a penalization of all those who do not own the ‘99%’ of the world’s resources, and in solidarity with the im/migrant movements of May 1st, we decided to declare May 1st, 2012 a People’s General Strike. Instead of calling upon unionized Labor to make a specific demand (illegal under Taft-Hartley), we are calling upon the people of the world to take this day away from school and the workplace, so that their absence makes their displeasure with this corrupt system be known.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


As I reflected on how to best create an image that might galvanize people to action I began to "arm myself with knowledge of the past" by studying historic May Day posters. I finally found one that really caught my attention that was designed by Nikolai Kochergin. Kochergin was  among the first artists to start to design Soviet political posters. The poster "I-oe maia goda" (May 1, 1920) has three central figures striding over the symbols of the old regime. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I mirrored the composition but aimed to portray contemporary figures, in a multi-racial, multi-generational, working-class led movement. Instead of having the three central figures moving they are looking into the distance (the future) and "stand" firmly connected to a large group marching forward together.

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Melanie Cervantes
10" x 13"
2-color screen print, Brown Craft Paper, Printed in San Leandro, CA


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Melanie Cervantes
10" x 13"
2-color screen print, Brown Craft Paper, Printed in San Leandro, CA


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Melanie Cervantes
11x 17" , Digital Poster, Printed at Inkworks Press, Berkeley, CA 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This print was my first response the the call for art from Alto Arizona. My friend and fellow artist urged Jesus and I to design a print for the campaign and this piece was a call to action to ask Jan Brewer to Veto SB1070. Of course, she signed the bill into law and as the organizing continued, we continued to support the movement with political graphics and posters.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is the layout for the Brown and Proud digital poster.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Brown and Proud poster was created in reponse to Arizona passing SB 1070 into law. The law will allow local "law enforcement" legally use racial profiling to harrass anyone they respect "who is an alien and who is unlawfully present in the U.S."


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In order to create a message of cultural affirmation and pride, in a climate where being brown means you are a target of suspicion and abuse, I created this design using the slogan Brown and Proud. The illustration I created of my the main character in my  posteris a portrait of a young Xicana from Oakland named Leslie. I also wanted to use a stylized butterfly that is based on glyphs found in Azcapotzalco an area of what is now Mexico City.  I used the butterflies to symbolize how migration is reflected in the natural world. The "Todos Somos Arizona" sub-slogan was influenced by the collectively focused Zapatista slogans such as Todos Somos Ramona. Our worldview is heavily influenced by the uprising of the Zapatistas social movement against the rise of Neo-liberal politics.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
Fabric Banner , Dye Sublimation Printing, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This design was commissioned by the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance in the anticipation of 2010's U.S. Social Forum.Grassroots Global Justice is a national alliance of grassroots organizations building a popular movement for peace, democracy and a sustainable world. They support each other's local struggles and collaborate with international allies who share their vision and commitment to building a transformative social justice movement beyond borders.   They connect as grassroots leaders by creating spaces for dialogue and strategic thinking, and by sharpening their understanding of global political and economic forces that cause poverty, conflict and environmental destruction in our communities.  They work across issues and regions to develop agendas by and for working-class people, poor people, indigenous people and communities of color that can help lead to a good life for all.  And in doing so, GGJ is helping to support a renaissance of U.S. social movements, led by mass-based, economically independent organizations with a global perspective and key international relationships. Through convergence, education, leadership development and coordinated action, GGJ will continue to connect real people and their local struggles to promote systems change for a peaceful, democratic and sustainable world.  Over the next 20 years, GGJ will work to achieve critical shifts in global issues including climate justice, trade, migration and militarization, because the time is now to make another world possible – a world where everyone matters and everyone can have enough.s.

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Melanie Cervantes
Fabric Patches , Screen Printed, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This design was commissioned by the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance in the anticipation of 2010's U.S. Social Forum.Grassroots Global Justice is a national alliance of grassroots organizations building a popular movement for peace, democracy and a sustainable world. They support each other's local struggles and collaborate with international allies who share their vision and commitment to building a transformative social justice movement beyond borders.   They connect as grassroots leaders by creating spaces for dialogue and strategic thinking, and by sharpening their understanding of global political and economic forces that cause poverty, conflict and environmental destruction in our communities.  They work across issues and regions to develop agendas by and for working-class people, poor people, indigenous people and communities of color that can help lead to a good life for all.  And in doing so, GGJ is helping to support a renaissance of U.S. social movements, led by mass-based, economically independent organizations with a global perspective and key international relationships. Through convergence, education, leadership development and coordinated action, GGJ will continue to connect real people and their local struggles to promote systems change for a peaceful, democratic and sustainable world.  Over the next 20 years, GGJ will work to achieve critical shifts in global issues including climate justice, trade, migration and militarization, because the time is now to make another world possible – a world where everyone matters and everyone can have enough.s.

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Melanie Cervantes
Fabric Bandana , Screen Printed , 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This design was commissioned by the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance in the anticipation of 2010's U.S. Social Forum.Grassroots Global Justice is a national alliance of grassroots organizations building a popular movement for peace, democracy and a sustainable world. They support each other's local struggles and collaborate with international allies who share their vision and commitment to building a transformative social justice movement beyond borders.   They connect as grassroots leaders by creating spaces for dialogue and strategic thinking, and by sharpening their understanding of global political and economic forces that cause poverty, conflict and environmental destruction in our communities.  They work across issues and regions to develop agendas by and for working-class people, poor people, indigenous people and communities of color that can help lead to a good life for all.  And in doing so, GGJ is helping to support a renaissance of U.S. social movements, led by mass-based, economically independent organizations with a global perspective and key international relationships. Through convergence, education, leadership development and coordinated action, GGJ will continue to connect real people and their local struggles to promote systems change for a peaceful, democratic and sustainable world.  Over the next 20 years, GGJ will work to achieve critical shifts in global issues including climate justice, trade, migration and militarization, because the time is now to make another world possible – a world where everyone matters and everyone can have enough.s.

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Melanie Cervantes
18x 24" , Spraypainted Stencil, Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, CA 2007


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


18" x 24" , 1-color poster, Newsprint, Printed in San Francisco, CA 2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This print was printed as a live-screenprinting demonstration at the opening of Yo! What Happened to Peace? at the Punch Gallery in San Francisco.This poster makes the connection of racist motivations underlying the U.S. government war in Iraq and the failed U.S. government response to communities of color in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina. Drawing these connections remidnded me of Muhammed Ali  'refused to step forward for induction into the army during the Vietnam War, claiming conscientious objector status. “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong,” he said, adding, “No Viet Cong ever called me nigger.” Condemned as unpatriotic and cowardly, Ali was stripped of his title and his boxing license. He was tried, found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison. Released on appeal, he waited three years for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the verdict.'

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Melanie Cervantes
T-Shirt Design, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This print was my first response the the call for art from Alto Arizona. My friend and fellow artist urged Jesus and I to design a print for the campaign and this piece was a call to action to ask Jan Brewer to Veto SB1070. Of course, she signed the bill into law and as the organizing continued, we continued to support the movement with political graphics and posters.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is the layout for the t-shirt version of my Brown and Proud Design. T-shirts were printed by Libertion Ink. 50 % of the proceeds went to local organizations organizing in Arizona against the anti-migrant hate and criminizalization and 50% went to local Bay Area organizations.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 You can order a shirt here :LIBERATION INK

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Melanie Cervantes
8.5 x 11" , Digital Layout

This print was my first response the the call for art from Alto Arizona. My friend and fellow artist urged Jesus and I to design a print for the campaign and this piece was a call to action to ask Jan Brewer to Veto SB1070. Of course, she signed the bill into law and as the organizing continued, we continued to support the movement with political graphics and posters.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


La Semilla Caminante. This is a design that Celia Herrea Rodriguez and Cherrie Moraga commissioned me to layout for their jornadas project.

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Melanie Cervantes
T-Shirt Design, 2009

This print was my first response the the call for art from Alto Arizona. My friend and fellow artist urged Jesus and I to design a print for the campaign and this piece was a call to action to ask Jan Brewer to Veto SB1070. Of course, she signed the bill into law and as the organizing continued, we continued to support the movement with political graphics and posters.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In addition to designing the poster design for the Dyke March I also designed the t-shirt. Check out the poster by clicking here.

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Melanie Cervantes
8.5 x 11" , Digital Download, PDF

This poster was adapted from a piece that was originally created for the Alto Arizona Campaign and asking to veto SB1070. Since HB87 is Georgia's copycat law I just adapted the imagery to focus on Georgia and it's governor and sent the image as a tool for organizing there. 

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17", 1-layer screeprint, Chipboard, Printed in Chicago, IL


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is a print that I designed for the annual Facing Race Conference that the Applied Research Center organizes bi-annually. Jesus and I were invited to do live printing during their cultural event as well as present a workshop on cultural work. This conference was held in 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit here

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26",3-color Screenprint, Heavyweight Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, CA 2011


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Glen Cove is a sacred gathering place and burial ground that has been utilized by numerous Native American tribes since at least 1,500 BC. Today, Glen Cove continues to be spiritually important to local Native communities. It is located just south of Vallejo, California along the Carquinez Strait, a natural channel that connects the Sacramento River Delta to the San Francisco Bay. Glen Cove is known as Sogorea Te in Karkin Ohlone language.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I created this graphic as a humble attempt to create a visual that captured the stories being told by organizers and elders. I wanted to depict ancestors presence on this sacred shellmound and did so by depicting Miwok and Ohlone men and women reflected in the clouds and in on the land. Many other California peoples have been present on this sacred land I want to acknowledge that as well. Ideally this could be a much larger piece that could reflect how important this site is to many, many, many peoples. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Read more about the process here

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Melanie Cervantes 
20” x 26”
5-color, Handmade Screen Print
Signed and numbered edition of:87
Heavyweight Archival Art PaperPrinted in Oakland, 2011

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 Vilma Espin Guillois Presente!


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Most people know the names and faces Cuban revolutionaries Ernesto “Che”Guevara and Fidel Castro but I would bet if you ask these same people about the women who were instrumental in the Cuban Revolution they would respond with a blank stare. The leadership women provide to revolutionary movements is often invisiblized so I wanted to bring it to the surface. This portrait of Vilma Espin is the first, in what I hope are many, portraits of revolutionary women. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Read more here

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Design by Melanie Cervantes, drawings by Rini Templeton
11" x 17", Digital Download, PDF


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


"We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."-Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963, Letter From Birmingham City Jail


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In a more recent communication a good friend, a freedom fighter wrote, via email, another poignant message: 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


"I stand with all my brothers still on hunger strike inside the SHUs at Pelican Bay, Corcoran, and all the mainlines in Centinela, Folsom, and all other prisoners throughout California and the nation in solidarity with the hunger strike.  Imagine being caged up alone for 23 hours a day in a 6x10 concrete chamber….Imagine that the only human contact in the last 10, 15 years is that of guards putting shackles on you, or a vague recollection of someone who told you she was from the medical field…Imagine if you have not seen, or talked to another African-American person in months, years, or even decades.  These brothers are not asking to be released.  They are demanding their human rights.  They are demanding an end to torture."


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


He asked that I help spread the word about the indefinate hunger strike that started at Pelican Bay but which has spread to other prisons and folks inside and outside standing in solidarity with those in Pelican Bay. He inspired me to create a downloadable poster to spread the word.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Read more here

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Melanie Cervantes


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


As of May 23, 2011, the U.S. government, during the Barak Obama administration,  has deported 1,026,517 immigrants since the beginning of fiscal year 2009.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


http://www.ice.gov/doclib/about/offices/ero/pdf/ero-removals.pdf


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


President Obama wants to force police officers in every state to act like immigration officers. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


"After hitting a record MILLION deportations, the Obama administration just did the unthinkable: Forcing states and police departments to comply with a controversial program called Secure Communities or S-Comm – a move guaranteed to deport many more millions of people.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


S-Comm is a highly criticized federal program that is deporting immigrants who have done nothing wrong, encouraging racial profiling, devastating communities around the country, and making us all less safe. In fact, under S-Comm authorities can deport a woman reporting domestic violence, instead of protecting her.2 Huge immigrant states like Illinois and New York opted out of the program because it breeds distrust of the police – and now President Obama is forcing them to comply."


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This piece was created with the specific purpose of being a part of a traveling exhibit on the border and immigration. I was invited to submit anything I wanted-with any content to be part of the exhibit. Due to my use of the expletive "Fuck" it was rejected and I was asked to remove myself from the exhibit.I stood by the piece and lost relationships over it but felt that the great sense of anger and indignation were conveyed in the original design and that changing it would change the piece. I stood by it-right or wrong.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I felt that if people were more caught up with the use of the word "fuck" than the outrageous numbers of deportations, the amount of brutality inflicted on communities by vigilantes, police, and ICE, then it was more a matter of moral priorities. This is why I choose to name the piece "The Real Obscenity." 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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1. President Obama: End S-Comm Now


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


http://presente.org/campaign/president-obama-end-s-comm-now/original_email/


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 2. “Domestic Violence Survivor Confronts Secure Communities Director, Deport Nation, 11/08/2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


http://www.deportationnation.org/2010/11/domestic-violence-survivor-confronts-secure-communities-director/

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17", Digital Download, PDF


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


My good friend, Daniel Carrillo, was visiting the Bay Area in March when we started to discuss a campaign that the organization he works with Enlace would be launching this May. I was commissioned to create a poster for the national campaign that would help move people.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Enlace, in partnership with community groups and unions across the US, is calling on all public and private institutions to divest their holdings in Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, America’s largest private prison corporations which have profited from billions in taxpayer money.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The major investors in the private prison industry include Pershing Square Capital Management, Wellington Management Company, Wells Fargo Bank, General Electric and others


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


At the time of this writing hedge fund manager, Bill Ackman, announced the divestment of Pershing Square Capital Management’s holdings in Corrections Corporation (CCA) of America, the nation’s largest private prison company.  Mr. Ackman and CCA filed a joint statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 16, 2011 confirming that Pershing Square no longer holds stock in CCA.  Pershing Square Capital Management divested over 7 million shares in CCA.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Read more about the campaign and how to get involved here: http://prisondivestment.wordpress.com/)

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17", Digital Download, PDF


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


My good friend, Daniel Carrillo, was visiting the Bay Area in March when we started to discuss a campaign that the organization he works with Enlace would be launching this May. I was commissioned to create a poster for the national campaign that would help move people.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Enlace, in partnership with community groups and unions across the US, is calling on all public and private institutions to divest their holdings in Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, America’s largest private prison corporations which have profited from billions in taxpayer money.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The major investors in the private prison industry include Pershing Square Capital Management, Wellington Management Company, Wells Fargo Bank, General Electric and others


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


At the time of this writing hedge fund manager, Bill Ackman, announced the divestment of Pershing Square Capital Management’s holdings in Corrections Corporation (CCA) of America, the nation’s largest private prison company.  Mr. Ackman and CCA filed a joint statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 16, 2011 confirming that Pershing Square no longer holds stock in CCA.  Pershing Square Capital Management divested over 7 million shares in CCA.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Read more about the campaign and how to get involved here: http://prisondivestment.wordpress.com/)

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Melanie Cervantes
20” x 26”, 6-color, Handmade Screen Print, Signed and numbered edition of: 70, Coventry Rag Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2011


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Julieta’s voice first made it into my ears when she was a vocalist for Tijuana No!, a Mexican political punk-ska-rock band. Later in 1998 my sister enlisted the help of relatives in Mexico to get a copy of her first CD Aqui which hadn't yet been distributed in the U.S.  I loved her rock sound and would steal away with the CD, listening to her songs on repeat during my four mile walks to and from community college.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I continued to love her sound as it transformed from rock to pop because I could always listen to her previous albums and still enjoy the new music. The best memory I have of seeing Julieta play live was at an opening of the exhibit Lines of Sight: Views of the U.S./ Mexican Border at UC Riverside. Her twin sister Yvonne, who is a photographer, had work in the exhibit along with other phenomenal artists like Ricardo Duffy and Ruben Ortiz Torres. The event combined On a couple of songs her cousin played flute while she changed between acoustic guitar and accordion while her sister and mother sang along softly with her songs. It was fantastic.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The first time I saw Julieta play the accordion I was electrified. I had seen norteño-bands like Los Tigres Del Norte play before but this was the first time I witnessed a woman master the squeezebox and make it look like the coolest instrument in the world.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This piece joins the series of portraits of women musicians whose music moves me. The other prints feature Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal and Lila Downs.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26" 
1-Color, Handmade, Screen Print , Neenah Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, CA  2011


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


A design I originally created as a downloadable poster. This print is designed in the tradition of OSPAAAL (Organization of Solidarity of the People of Asia, Africa & Latin America) a Cuban political movement with the stated purpose of fighting globalization, imperialism, neoliberalism and defending human rights. The have created a vault of political posters to support freedom fighting world wide and promoted Third World solidarity. I have a wonderful book called "the solidarity poster" that catalouges all of their works. I found a poster in that book from 1969 with the slogan "Victory Will Be Attained by the Peoples Who Struggle for their Liberation" in four languages. I decided to use the slogan verbatim and thought it worked well.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


We printed about 120 posters and gave almost all of them away at a march in San Francisco. We kept a small stack to sell to help recooperate the cost of materials.We only have very limited quantities about 20 left!



 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 Order a print here

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 Melanie Cervantes
20” x 26”

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


4-color, Handmade Screen Print* 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Signed and numbered edition of 70

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Bright White Heavyweight Archival Art Paper

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Printed in Oakland, 2011

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


*Background blend varies slightly from print to print. Each print is therefor unique.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Chavela Vargas is a Mexican legend of rancheras and for my abuelita she was her siren of choice. Born in Costa Rica but claimed by most Mexicans she has been openly lesbian  and is even known to have had a relationship with artist Frida Kahlo. Chavela once said: “I didn't attend lesbian classes. No one taught me to be this way. I was born this way, from the moment I opened my eyes in this world. I've never been to bed with a man. Never. That's how pure I am; I have nothing to be ashamed of. My gods made me the way I am.”  She appears in Salma Hayek’s Frida film as a singer in a cantina and accompanies another favorite singer of mine, Lila Downs, who also appears and sings in the film.
Though my abuela and I both love Chavela belting out with passion songs of love and pain, I don’t remember hearing the music when I visited. I came to be a fan much later in life when I was in college. I remember being so excited when Chavela performed at Carnegie Hall in 2003. The recognition and platform was long overdue.

This is the fourth in a series of women singers who inspire me.

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" 
1-Color, Digital Print ,  Matte Cover Paper, Printed by Inkworks Press in Berkeley, CA  2011


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Though many of the "show me your papers" bills, emulating Arizona's SB 1070,  that have popped up in states all over the country  are being killed before they make it to law there are still several states that could pass laws before the legislative sessions are over. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Despite the fact that some states have defeated these proposals there are still states facing climates of hate and racism. This design is one I created with the input of leaders from a grassroots organization that works in Tucson, Arizona where their members are taking a stand and rejecting racist, unjust policies like SB1070 as well as HB2281 which bans ethnic studies being taught in public schools. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


There was such a positive response to this graphic that I decided to create a digital print of it and make the art available to more people. My hope is that it reflects a position that rejects all forms of racism and affirms the people who are racially profiled and who are the targets of these policies that are intent on dehumanizing us.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Melanie Cervantes
28" x 36", 5 - color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Art Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is a large format art print version of the Brown and Proud poster that I created in reponse to Arizona passing SB 1070 into law. The law will allow local "law enforcement" legally use racial profiling to harrass anyone they respect "who is an alien and who is unlawfully present in the U.S."


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In order to create a message of cultural affirmation and pride, in a climate where being brown means you are a target of suspicion and abuse, I created this design using the slogan Brown and Proud. The illustration I created of my the main character in my  posteris a portrait of a young Xicana from Oakland named Leslie. I also wanted to use a stylized butterfly that is based on glyphs found in Azcapotzalco an area of what is now Mexico City.  I used the butterflies to symbolize how migration is reflected in the natural world. The "Todos Somos Arizona" sub-slogan was influenced by the collectively focused Zapatista slogans such as Todos Somos Ramona. Our worldview is heavily influenced by the uprising of the Zapatistas social movement against the rise of Neo-liberal politics.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Melanie Cervantes
White Paper, Printed at TANA in Woodland, CA 2011, 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This poster was developed as part of a workshop led by Malaquias Montoya at the Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer in Woodland, CA.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Each student was asked to create a simple two-color design using all hand done methods. I used Rubylith (red in color) which is  masking films that is cut with an Exacto or similar knife to create an image on a clear backing sheet.I cut two films one for the orange and one for the brown. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The content reflected my feelings toward the never ending occupation of countries in the Global South. War, what is it good for? 

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" poster


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I was commissioned by the International Indian Treaty Council to design the poster for the reportback  from the International Indigenous Women's Symposium on Reproductive Health and Environmental Toxins.

Presentations and updates by dynamic Indigenous women working for the health of Mother Earth and future generations from California and around the US, Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.

Cultural presentations by Hinewirangi Kohu (Maori, Aotearoa/New Zealand), Faith Gemmill (Gwich’in, Alaska and Pit River/Wintu, California) and more!

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Melanie Cervantes
Digital Banner 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This design was developed for a student group at UC Berkeley called Xinaxtli.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is how they describe themselves:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 "We are a community organization composed of mostly students from UC Berkeley. We serve our people through solidarity work and organizing both on and off campus. As students we seek to not only develop and strengthen our consciousness but to organize, take action and build real changes with our peers, youngsters and elders."


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


ttp://xinaxtlideucb.webs.com/

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" Digital Print


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I donated this design to Mujeres Unidas y Activas for their 20th Anniversary Celebration.Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) is a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a dual mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


http://www.mujeresunidas.net/

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Melanie Cervantes
11” x 17”
2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 I orginallt created  this piece as a fundraiser for La RED Xicana Indígena.I adapted it for another performance in Los Angeles.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
5 - Color, Handmade, Screen print, Crane and Co. Cover Rag Paper, 365gsm, Printed in Oakland, 2010 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This print is based on my first linocut. Niño zapatista. Inspired by the Taller de Grafica Popular.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The late Howard Zinn  once said that the "Zapatista uprising in Chiapas was certainly one of the most dramatic and imporatant instances in our time of a genuine grassroots movement against oppression." For me the uprising of the EZLN (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional/ Zapatista Army of National Liberation) in 1994 was the first movement in opposition to neoliberalism, genocide and greed that I was able to watch unfold in my lifetime. They continue to inspire me as their steadfast commitment to creating a movement for self-deterimination and automony for the Indigenous people of Mexico pushes against a variety of forces. This is a portrait of a young boy with an EZLN ski mask.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 The face that hides itself to be seen....

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12x" x 18" Digital Design, Printed on home printers


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Esta es una versión digital del primer cartel de colaboración entre Jesús y yo.

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Melanie Cervantes
12x" x 18" Digital Print, Printed at Inkwork Press, Berkeley, CA 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is a digital version of the first collaborative poster between Jesus and I. It features the EZLN Women's Revolutionary Laws


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In the just fight for the liberation of our people, the EZLN incorporates women into the revolutionary struggle, regardless of their race, creed, color or political affiliation, requiring only that they share the demands of the exploited people and that they commit to the laws and regulations of the revolution. In addition, taking into acount the situation of the woman worker in Mexico, the revolution supports their just demands for equality and justice in the following Women's Revolutionary Law.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


First: Women, regardless of their race, creed, color or political affiliation, have the right to participate in the revolutionary struggle in a way determined by their desire and capacity. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Second: Women have the right to work and receive a just salary. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Third: Women have the right to decide the number of children they will have and care for.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Fourth: Women have the right to participate in the affairs of the community and hold positions of authority if they are freely and democratically elected.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Fifth: Women and their children have the right to primary attention in matters of health and nutrition.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Sixth: Women have the right to an education. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Seventh: Women have the right to choose their partner, and are not to be forced into marriage.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Eighth: Women shall not be beaten or physically mistreated by their family members or by strangers. Rape and attempted rape will be severely punished.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Ninth: Women will be able to occupy positions of leadership in the organization and hold military ranks in the revolutionary armed forces.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Tenth: Women will have all the rights and obligations elaborated in the Revolutionary Laws and regulations.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
22" X 28""
1-color screen print, White Paper, Printed in Los Angeles, CA 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This print was created to send to Arizona for a major action to protest federal and state programs and laws of hate like  S-Comm and SB-1070. 

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Melanie Cervantes
8.5" x 11" Digital Download, PDF


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I created a downloadable poster in the tradition of OSPAAAL (Organization of Solidarity of the People of Asia, Africa & Latin America) a Cuban political movement with the stated purpose of fighting globalization, imperialism, neoliberalism and defending human rights. They have created a vault of political posters to support freedom fighting world wide and promoted Third World solidarity.

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17", Digital Download, PDF

This is the second poster that we designed to support the work of the Stop the Injunctions Coalition in Oakland.
http://stoptheinjunction.wordpress.com/

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Melanie Cervantes
8.5 x 11" , Digital Download, PDF

This print was my first response the the call for art from Alto Arizona. My friend and fellow artist urged Jesus and I to design a print for the campaign and this piece was a call to action to ask Jan Brewer to Veto SB1070. Of course, she signed the bill into law and as the organizing continued, we continued to support the movement with political graphics and posters.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


11" x 17" , Digital Download, PDF


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The people of Georgia are facing a flurry of regressive policies and an ever increasing anti-immigrant and racist climate. An organizer who follows Dignidad Rebelde sent me a message asking me if I could create a political graphic to help support some of the organizing students and community based organizations are engaging in.She knew HB 87 and HB 59 would be hitting the floor soon and was hoping we could aide in their efforts to mobilize and raise awareness about the issues. HB 87 is Georgia's version of SB 1070 so I repurposed a graphic I had originally designed for Arizona.Check it out HERE

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26", 6-Color, Hand made, Screen print Heavyweight Archival Art Paper, Printed in Oakland, CA, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


When I lived in LA after a my college campus event my friends and I would drive to East L.A. for Self Help Graphics annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos. There were always great musicians and tons of fun to be had. One year in particular, my last year in Los Angeles, the band Quetzal was performing as the headliner for the concert.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The lead singer, Martha Gonzales, was striking. She had half her face painted as a calaca to remind the audience death is the other side of life and that it is something we will all will eventually face.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 



This print is an homage to Martha. It is part of a series of prints that I am creating to honor the bad ass mujeres whose music consistently inspire me and influences my art.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


You can purchase a print by clicking here

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Melanie Cervantes
33" x 26"
3-Color, Handmade, Screen print , Archival Bamboo Paper, Printed in San Francisco, CA  2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


A portrait of my friends  at one of the annual Xicana Moratorium’s against the war in San Francisco. I wanted to capture the subtleties of each of their personalities as well as the collective beauty of the Baeza sisters. They are emblematic of  “the City” to me especially since they and their family showed me so much of  San Francisco with so much love and warmth since my arrival to the Bay from Los Angeles. They are my Mission Icons.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
6 - Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Heavy Art Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2010 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In 1810 Mexico breaks from Spain declaring its Independence.
In 1910  Indigenas play major roles in Revolution against the established order in Mexico.
In 2010 ¡Zapata vive, vive, la lucha sigue, sigue!

Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary and guerrilla leader, has inspired many Xicana/os for taking a stand for land rights and to show how the people could defend themselves from the tyranny corrupt governments. This portrait commemorates the role Zapata and his liberation army played in the revolution and the amazing Plan de Ayala which stated that the goal of the revolution was for land to be redistributed among the poor.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
6 - Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Heavy Art Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 In 1810 Mexico breaks from Spain declaring its Independence.
In 1910  Indigenas play major roles in Revolution against the established order in Mexico.
In 2010 ¡Zapata vive, vive, la lucha sigue, sigue!

Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary and guerrilla leader, has inspired many Xicana/os for taking a stand for land rights and to show how the people could defend themselves from the tyranny of corrupt governments. This portrait commemorates the role Zapata and his liberation army played in the revolution and the amazing Plan de Ayala which stated that the goal of the revolution was for land to be redistributed among the poor.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Buy a print by clicking here

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Melanie Cervantes
Full Color Bookmark design, CA 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I was commissioned to create this bookmark to help promote a new minor, Race and Resistance Studies, to undergraduate students at San Francisco State University.

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Melanie Cervantes
8" x 10" linocut, 20" x 26" 1 - Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Cougar Double Thick, Printed in Oakland, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


"El Niño Zapatista" is my first linoleum cut.Reading about Mexico's foremost political printshop, Taller de Grafica Popular (Spanish: "People's Graphic Workshop") was a artist's print collective founded in Mexico in 1937 by artists Leopoldo Méndez, Pablo O'Higgins, and Luis Arenal. The collective was primarily concerned with using art to advance revolutionary social causes. The print shop became a base of political activity and abundant artistic output, and attracted many artists from outside of Mexico as collaborators.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Many of the artists in TGP created political posters and used linocuts as a way to create print multiples. The artist whose skill inspired me most is Leopoldo Mendez. Mendez used tools meant for engraving for linocuts and was a master at his art. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I chose to create a portrait of a young boy from a Zapatisa community.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
11” x 17”
Digital Print, Printed in Oakland, CA 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I created this piece as a fundraiser for La RED Xicana Indígena.La RED Xicana Indígena, which originated in 1997, is a network of Xicanas Indígenas who are actively involved in political, educational and cultural work that serves to raise indigenous consciousness among our communities and supports the social justice struggles of people of indigenous origins of this continent North and South, especially the human and civil rights campaign of undocumented migrant peoples and their children in the U.S.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Night of Queer Women of Color Performance featured my friend Cherrie Moraga, the hilarious Adelina Anthony, the super talented La Bomberas de la Bahia  and SoliRose.

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Melanie Cervantes
Digital Graphic, 2009


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Alex Sanchez is an internationally recognized peacemaker and co-founder of Homies Unidos in Los Angeles where he has developed and implemented innovative violence prevention and intervention programs since 1998 and has also lead the organization as Executive Director since 2006.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


On June 24, 2009, internationally recognized community leader, and peacemaker Alex Sanchez was named in a federal indictment, charging him among a group of twenty-three others with being an active member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang.  


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is a graphic I created in solidarity with Alex and the We Are Alex Campaign.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Alex has been locked up since June 24th and was denied bail twice.  Although the defense and prosecution agreed upon a closed hearing and we do not know who came forward to testify regarding their knowledge of Alex’s character, we do know that the truth prevailed. With this outcome, more people will become aware of Alex’s case and know that Alex is not considered a danger to the community or a flight risk – something we have known all along. Bail has been set at $2 million (1 million in property and 1 million in securities). 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Alex must now face a long trial towards freedom, but the granting of bail is a welcomed step towards the hope of a fairer process. We hope to take the momentum of this small victory to continue to make our neighbors, friends and families aware of Alex's plight for a fair trial. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
2 - Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Cougar Double Thick, Printed in Oakland, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I created this print to show my solidarity with the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom and democracy. It features a portrait of a woman juxtaposed against a traditional Persian pattern.

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Melanie Cervantes
20x26
5 - Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Cougar Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is the first of a series I will be doing about occupied islands.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
26" x 36"
9 - Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Cougar Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2010

Lesbian, Gay, and Queer familles are impacted not only by racially discriminatory immigration laws but by heterosexist reunification laws that keep bi-national partners and their children from being
together. This print honors those struggling famililies who suffer because of these double oppressions.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
5-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint Print, Archival Lenox 100 Paper, Printed in Oakland, CA  2008
My last year in college at UC Berkeley I lived with five roomates in a three bedroom apartment. Just about every day and every night I could be sure to come home to hear bass thumping, music vibrating the whole house:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


“Cops give a damn about a negro…
give 'em guns step back watch 'em kill each other
It's time to fight back that's what Huey said
2 shots in the dark now Huey's dead
I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere
unless we share with each other
We gotta start makin' changes”

Two of  my roommates-- Victor and Augustin absolutely love Tupac. They were and are fierce community organizers.  Working in communities like the Fruitvale in Oakland and in Boston they reach out to young people and help the young people be vibrant and amazing leaders in those communities. Tupac, his ideas, his poetry and his music are an inspiration and continue to be used as tools in this organizing.  My roomates helped me realize why young people connect so deeply to Tupac and the stories he tells through his art.

Many times people ask why our studio is called Taller Tupac Amaru. Those unfamiliar with the indigenous leader from Peru, who led an uprising against colonizer Spain, assume we named it after this poet and musician. Many people don’t realize that 2Pac/Tupac Amaru Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, was an active Black Panther in New York for over two decades and that the name she gave her son is no coincidence but an homage to the revolutionary Peruvian.  The print includes lyrics from one of 2Pac’s early recorded  song’s “Panther Power” which tells the story of the political home his family had with the Black Panthers.

I designed this print to help to tell this story visually. I will distribute some of the prints to the people that see how 2Pac’s lyrics and music reach young people. The will land in the hands of my friends, who teach, who organize and who help young people be our communities’ leaders by being grounded in our peoples histories of struggle.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 15"
7-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Archival Lenox Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is a print called América Con Acento (inspired by Xerí Moraga and Los Tigres del Norte) for a portfolio on Immigration that the Consejo Grafico is organzing. I wanted to address my position on migration through this print. The popular ways migration is framed in the media and popular discourse contetualizes the movement of people across land in relation to the nation state and people's status. I believe in the human rights and particularly reference the International Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples abd firmly believe that people who are displaced by international policies like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the countries that enter into the agreements fail to take responsibilty for the massive disruption of local economies in places like rural Mexico. I believe that migration is a human right and wanted to use popular artists, Los Tigres, and their lyrics to illustrate this idea. I also name my print after a line from Cherrie (Xeri) Moraga's writings on as a nod to her influence on my thinking.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


If you would like to see the entire portfolio of prints check out  Consejo Grafico.

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Melanie Cervantes
10" x 13"
2-color screen print, Brown Craft Paper, Printed in San Leandro, CA 2009

The portrait of a young Mexican anarchist at a protest in Mexico City.

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Melanie Cervantes
18" x 24"
Offset Poster, 2009
The Center For Young Women's Development in San Francisco asked me to partner with them to create a poster and postcards to popularize the Young Mother's Bill of Rights. The Center was integral to creating the Bill of Rights through a campaign they won. San Francisco Juvenile Hall has accepted and agreed to implement the Center’s ten-point Young Mother’s Bill of Rights, which sets forth the rights of pregnant and parenting young woman and young fathers who are locked in juvenile hall. They wanted young men and women to know their rights as parents and felt that a compelling graphic would help grab the attention of the young people in lockup so we made a few hundred posters and thousands of postcards to give out to the young people.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Center for Young Women's Development was founded in 1993 by a coalition of service providers working with young and adult women in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The guiding principle then and now for the organization is  that young women are the experts on issues impacting their lives and they should be involved in running and directing the programs that serve them. In 1997 their founding director, the brilliant and talented Lateefah Simon,  left and young women of color under age 26 assumed all leadership responsibility. Building on a model for self-determination, they began to organize to change the power dynamic in San Francisco itself.

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Melanie Cervantes
10" x 13"
2-color screen print, Brown Craft Paper, Printed in San Leandro, CA 2009


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


One of a few small format prints celebrating the solidarity between indigenous land-rights struggles throughout the world.

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Melanie Cervantes
10" x 13"
2-color screen print, Brown Craft Paper, Printed in San Leandro, CA 2009 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


A small form print featuring the portrait of a Chicana Brown Beret.  The Brown Berets are a Xicana/o community defense committee for many barrios including East L.A. and Watsonville.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
5-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Archival Coventry Rag Paper, Printed Self Help Graphics 2009


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I created this portrait of Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a Quiche-Maya from Guatemala in order to raise awarness of this amazing woman who has helped call attention to the genocidal policies being carried out against indigenous people in her country. In 1991, Menchú participated in the ongoing


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


preparation by the United Nations of its Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was recently ratified. Menchu was the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in recognition of her
social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation work based on respect for the rights of indigenous people.This print was created as part of an atelier that Yo! What Happeed to Peace's John Carr coordinated with East L.A. Self-Help Graphics. I was fortunate to be able to work with master printer Jose Alpuche and his assitant and son, Josue. It was a great experience.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
2-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint,Archival Acid Free New Leaf Heavyweight Matte paper , Printed in Oakland, CA 2009


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is a design created for the 7th Annual Ethnic Studies Conference t-shirt. The major goal of the conference is to promote and introduce high school students to higher education and to  the
tools and strategies that have been created to help address  rac- ism in higher education such as Ethnic Studies. Students of color access to higher education is diminishing due to the current at-
tacks on public education. The organizers their histories are and what education should really be like.  Over the years organizers haven successfully providied such important opportunity for over
6,000 students over the last 7 years.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
1- Color, Handprinted, Matter Paper, Printed in Oakland CA 2009


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


"For the first time, the left  govern El Salvador. In the March 15, 2009 presidential elections, Mauricio Funes of the former guerrilla movement the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) defeated former police director Rodrigo Ávila of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) by a thin margin of less than three percentage points.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This victory brings an end to 20 years of ARENA rule, and almost two centuries of right-wing domination of El Salvador. Popular movements entered the elections with high expectations, and ecstatically greeted Funes’ victory with fireworks and dancing in the streets late into the night.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


After decades of electoral losses and neoliberal governments, leftist organizations had lost some of the initiative that brought them to the verge in the 1980s of bringing down the conservative regime that ruled this small Central American country."

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Melanie Cervantes
22" x 30"
First Edition
6-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Archival Lenox paper, Printed in Oakland, CA 2009

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 This print features a Zapastisa woman who is breastfeeding for the well-being of her child, as an exercise of her rights and a demonstration of her rights.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
10- Color, Handprinted, Archival Lenox Paper, Printed in Oakland CA 2009


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


As individuals, as organizations, as communities or as a people, indigenous women continually prove their strength in the face of threat and adversity. Our responses show that we are not passive victims of oppression but fierce actors in the indigenous peoples’ struggles for survival. We have formed organizations and networks. They have initiated community-based projects to respond to  basic needs of our people.We have been in the forefront of numerous actions of indigenous peoples to defend our land, our lives and our  livelihood.

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Melanie Cervantes
8 "X 10"
2-Color Screen Print,  New Leaf Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is a smaller version of a print I designed to connect issues and promote solidarity.

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Melanie Cervantes
17" x 22"
Giclee, Matte Heavyweight Paper, Printed in San Leandro, CA 200 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This piece honors our grandmothers' role in our lives as young women. The sacred and the meaningful happen in moments with our grandmothers. This piece was created for Mother’s Day 2008.

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Melanie Cervantes
14" x 11"
Digital Print, Archival Lennox Paper , Printed in San Leandro, CA 2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 This is a small piece based in an illustration I created for a larger screenprint of a three young boys in Palestine with the keys that are symbols of the right to return. The term right of return refers to a principle of international law, codified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, giving any person the right to return and re-enter his country of origin. 

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 14"
Digital Print, Archival Lennox Paper , Printed in San Leandro, CA 2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is a small piece based in an illustration I created for a larger screenprint of a Palestian family, in the US, marching together. 

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Melanie Cervantes
10" x 13"
2-color screen print, Brown Craft Paper, Printed in San Leandro, CA 2009


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


One of a few small format prints celebrating the solidarity between indigenous land-rights struggles throughout the world.

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Melanie Cervantes
21.5” x .33.5"
Offset, Printed in Mexico City, CA  2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Lesbian, Gay, and Queer families are impacted not only by racially discriminatory immigration laws but by heterosexist reunification laws that keep bi-national partners and their children from being together. This print honors those struggling families for whom this is a reality.

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Melanie Cervantes
11” x .17"
Offset, Printed in oakland, CA  2009


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is the 2009 San Francisco Dyke march poster design that I created. Since I met Ani Rivera, my contact for the Dyke March committee, a few years ago,  I wanted to do the design.She was a pleasure tot work with and I am really happy about being able to visually interpret this year's theme: Dyke Rights = Human Rights,Human Rights = Dyke Rights. The best part of the experience was one day when I sent a version of the poster for feed back and I could hear all the women in the background jubilantly yelling "make her fat, make her old, make her a leather butch!"Never had I heard women embrace aspects of a woman that mainstream  society marginalizes so happily.  It was the best feedback session I ever had.  


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The 17th Annual San Francisco Dyke March 2009
Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Starting from Dolores Park, at 18th and Dolores
Rally and Stage Begins @ 3:00 p.m.
March Takes Off @ 7:00 p.m.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 Dyke Rights = Human Rights


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 Human Rights = Dyke Rights

"At the San Francisco Dyke March, we gather to experience and celebrate our collected energies, to acknowledge our many communities, to learn from our incredible diversity, to respect each other, and to create new ways to share our resources. We have pride for good reason: Dykes participate in every aspect of political, social and artistic institutions, illuminating issues of social justice wherever we are. . . "

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26 "
4-Color, Handprinted, screenprint Print, Archival Lennox Paper, Printed in Oakland, CA  2010
This is one of four posters I created based on illustrations I made for the forthcoming book, from Microcosm Publishing, Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas. This is a project that members, I among them, from Justseeds Cooperative all contributed to.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 "We need the strong medicine of our foremothers to make us well again. We need their medicines to give us strength to fight and the drive to win.” –Assata

On May 2 1973, activist Assata Shakur, was pulled over by the New Jersey State Police, shot twice and then unjustly charged with murder of a police officer. Assata spent six and a half years in prison under brutal circumstances before escaping out of the maximum security wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey in 1979 and moving to Cuba in exile.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Assata Shakur has been living in Cuba since 1986, after escaping from prison where she was serving a life sentence imposed in a highly disputed trial. Assata was a Black Panther then a Black Liberation Army (BLA) leader in the early '70s, so she was a target of the FBI's COINTELPRO operation.

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Melanie Cervantes
Digital Print, 2009

This is a design I created for an amazing organizer friend when she needed something special for her business card. Her people are from Guatemala and she wanted an image that was powerful and that communicated what if feel like to be and Indigenous woman in diaspora.  Never having been to Guatemala I researched photos and thought about what kind of images made me think of Guatemala. It was amazing to standing in view of the same mountain in Antigua that I used in this design only a few months before. I felt psychic.

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17"
3-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Strathmore 300 Series Bristol, Printed in Oakland, CA 2005 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is my very first screen print! After years and years of admiring Chicana/o screen printers like Rupert Garcia and Ester Hernandez I decided I wanted to learn how to screen print. A very good friend of mine and I enrolled in a seven hours long screen printing class at Laney College in Oakland.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


I knew i wanted to design a piece that would honor the life of Chicana-Tejana-Lesbian-Dyke extraordinate Gloria Anzaldua for my first piece. She helped make visible the literature and writing of women of color and the US. She was the co-editor of the book This Bridge Called my Back and is best known for her book Borderlands/La Frontera. She made major contributions to Chicana feminist and queer theory and was a huge inspiration to me. She died in the summer 2004 at her home in Santa Cruz and I wanted to do something to honor all she contributed to the world during her life. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


NFS

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
5-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Archival Fabriano Accademia, Printed in San Leandro, CA 2007


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The lead singer of Quetzal has her face painted to reflect the duality of life and death. A lyric from  “Limones Agrios”, a song about her grandfather and his relationship to the land is featured.
My grandfather was a farmer and this poster is my way of remembering my own grandfather.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 27"
4-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Archival Lenox paper, Printed in Oakland, CA 2008 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Días de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday that focuses on gatherings of people to remember friends and relatives who have died. The celebration occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November. Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years to a Mexica (Aztec) festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl (known in English as “The Lady of the Dead”).In 2008 I decided to make an ofrenda (spiritual offering) on Dia de Los Muertos to all the people who have been killed in the recent wars. It is important to me that people realize that not only are women and children are being killed but that the soldiers of war are also dying all for the benifit of a few war profiteers. It saddens me that as the economy worsens, military recruiting strengthens.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" X 26"
6-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint,Archival Acid Free New Leaf Heavyweight Matte paper , Printed in Oakland, CA 2009


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


A solidarity piece with the young Palestinian children who must use slingshots to defend their lives and their from the Israeli tanks, “Apache” helicopters and machine gun toting soliders who
continue to invade, “settle” and colonize Palestine.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
5-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Archival Fabriano Accademia, Printed in Oakland, CA 2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


As a Xicana I understand how settler colonialism plays out in the lives of Indigenous peoples all over the work. So my political solidarity is built on a common experience of displacement and is
accompanied by a true commitment to stand by my Palestinian brothers and sisters.  This piece honors the many kinds of resistance to Israeli occupation by the Palestinian people.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
3-Color, Handprinted, Archival Lenox Paper, Printed in  Oakland, CA 2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Brown Berets are a Xicana/o community defense committee for many barrios. A portion of the first edition was dontated to Watsonville chapter of the Brown Berets.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This print shows three generations of Brown Berets from Los Angeles and Watsonville. It is meant to reflect the strength and leadership Ch/Xicanas bring to defending their barrios by putting them front and center. Even when they don't get the credit for it.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
4-Color, Handprinted, Archival Lenox Paper, Printed in Oakland, CA 2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


"San Salvador de Atenco has a long history of resistance to the central government, dating from before Mexico's Revolution of 1910. In 2001, Atenco villagers, mostly small farmers, organized the Peoples' Front for Defense of the Land and stopped former President Vincente Fox from grabbing their farmlands for the construction of a new airport. When they prevailed, a movement was born.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In 2006, this group spearheaded the defense of the flower vendors in nearby Texcoco, who were forcibly removed by police from the streets in order to prepare for the coming Wal-Mart store. Wielding their machetes, the people's resistance became a symbol of popular protest in Mexico."


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
12" x 12"
2-Color, Handprinted, Screen print,New Leaf Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, CA 2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This print was made for the Justseeds Portfolio Project 2008, "Voices from Outside: Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex."


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In honor of Critical Resistance's 10 Year Anniversary, Justseeds created a limited edition portfolio of original prints that either critiqued the prison industrial complex or addressed alternatives to incarceration. Twenty one artists from the US, Canada, and Mexico contributed prints.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
6-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Archival Fabriano Accademia, Printed in Oakland, CA 2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The concept for this piece was to capture movement building and communities living their traditional cultures as a form self-affirmation and resistance to racism. This piece was commissioned by a private patron and donated to the Akonadi Foundation. 

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Melanie Cervantes
20” x 26”
2-color screen print, New Leaf Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is one of the pieces that I developed for a trip to Ecatepec, Mexico. Prior to our 15 artist cohort from the U.S. arriving in Ecatepec we talked about the issues that were most pressing in the communities which we would be visiting. The access to water and the threat of privatization of water are huge issues in Ecatepec, as they are increasingly worldwide. The poster was well received and resonated with many of the people we met there. We wheatpasted them in public squares in the streets, put them up in exhibits in community centers and gave them away. 

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Melanie Cervantes
20” x 26”
2-color screen print, New Leaf Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2010 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is one of the pieces that I developed for a trip to Ecatepec, Mexico in order to connect the struggles of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas who identify politically as Zapatistas with the Indigenous African/Sudanese people who are struggling to survive in Darfur. Global neoliberal policies and practices of predatory planning and development play a role in these genocides ,not only displacement of Indigenous peoples, but perceiv them as less worthy than other human beings, as expendable.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
2-Color, Handprinted, Screenprint,Archival Acid Free New Leaf Heavyweight Matte paper , Printed in Oakland, CA 2008


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


A solidarity piece with the young Palestinian children who must use slingshots to defend their lives and their from the Israeli tanks, “Apache” helicopters and machine gun toting soliders who continue to invade, “settle” and colonize Palestine.

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Melanie Cervantes
20x26
5 - Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Cougar Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is the first of a series I will be doing about occupied islands.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Melanie Cervantes
20x26
5 - Color, Handprinted, Screenprint, Cougar Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is the first of a series I will be doing about occupied islands.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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"In Xochitl, In Cuicatl", by Melanie Cervantes, 12.5 X 17.5 inches, 7-color, Hand made, Screenprint, Printed in San Leandro, 2014, Open Edition


In xochitl, in cuicatl is Nahuatl for flower and song. Poetry and prayer. This print is a celebration of poetry and prayer in the Chicana/o community. An alternative edition of prints was commissioned byMACLA in San Jose as part of their Community Supported Arts Program.

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The American Cultures Center at UC Berkeley recently commissioned a poster to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures requirement. As part of the process of developing the piece I interviewed students, staff and faculty about the role the students have the opportunity to play, in serving their communities through an engaged praxis, via the American Cultures classes. Their history is rooted in the Campaign Against Apartheid a movement of "students, staff, faculty, and community members demanding that UC divest its portfolio of multiple billions of dollars in investments tied to apartheid South Africa." I will be talking about the history of political graphics as related to social movements in the continental Americas and throughout the Third World during their week of celebratory events. There will be several free events in a couple of weeks to celebrate the anniversary.Read more about it here http://bit.ly/1mYMQjH

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This print is called Corn People and is a reflection on the spiritual, cultural and material devastation that Genetically modified "foods" like corn have on many populations through the Americas and the world. It presents a young boy holding on to our future and biodiversity as refelected in the corn he holds.

Un-settling Alliances is a themed portfolio organized to debut at the Southern Graphics Council’s 42nd Annual Conference: Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation and Activism.

This portfolio brings together eleven artists of varied generations, backgrounds, and relationships to anti-colonialism to focus on connections and alliances across struggles for self-determination, decolonization, and collective liberation. Drawing from the work of printmakers who engage in social, political and cultural themes, this project hopes to visualize and build cross-movement relationships. The project is to debut at the 2014 SGCI conference in San Francisco this March. It will remain on view at 518 Valencia following the SGC conference.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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42nd Annual National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference, "Research as Ceremony: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies" April 3rd-5th, 2014, Mills College.

To Register for the Conference Please go to: http://ethnicstudies.org/conference.

To register for the Friday Night Convocation Co-Hosted by NAES & DataCenter for Research Justice with Chief Caleen Audrey Sisk, Dr. Jason Ferreira, Dr. Angela Davis, with Moderator Miho Kim, Please go to www.datacenter.org

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42nd Annual National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference, "Research as Ceremony: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies" April 3rd-5th, 2014, Mills College.

To Register for the Conference Please go to: http://ethnicstudies.org/conference.

To register for the Friday Night Convocation Co-Hosted by NAES & DataCenter for Research Justice with Chief Caleen Audrey Sisk, Dr. Jason Ferreira, Dr. Angela Davis, with Moderator Miho Kim, Please go to www.datacenter.org

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"El Corazon de Pan Dulce", Melanie Cervantes,13 x 18 inches, 4-Color, Hand pulled, Screenprint, Cougar Double Thick 160# Paper, Printed in San Leandro CA 2014

El Corazon (de Pan Dulce) is my first take on the popular Loteria iconography. There are 54 uniquely designed cards in game Loteria. The Mexican game of chance holds a a special place in many my heart because I remember raucous games with 54 being played among family members both in Mexico and the U.S.

I created this piece to support the former owner of Casa Latina-Jose Ruiz's crowdsourced fundraiser, "De Corazon a Corazon", to be given to donors as a special thank you. I tied the theme of the fundraiser "corazon" to pan dulce because of the bakery at Casa Latina. 

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"Tejiendo el amor y la justicia", by Melanie Cervantes, 11 X15 " 8-color, Hand printed, Screen print, Printed in San Leandro, 2014, Signed and numbered edition of 25


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This print is an hommage to my friend, the late Sam Coronado. Compañeros from the Consejo Grafico, a national network of Latino print houses, are contributing to a portfolio with the theme "Corazon" that will be sold as a fundraiser to support the Serie Project at Cornado Studios in Austin, Texas. If you are interested in purchasing a copy a limited number of portfolios will be broken up and individual prints sold. http://coronadostudio.com


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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"Heart to Heart" , Melanie Cervantes, 10" x 13", 4-Color handmade screenprint, Coventry Rag Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013

For two decades Rini Templeton made "drawings of activists in the United States, Mexico and Central America while she joined them in their meetings, demonstrations, picket lines and other actions for social justice." Rini has been a huge inspiration to me for both the beauty of her aesthetics and style and for her unwavering commitment to social movements. This year I have committed more of my time to experimenting with my drawing and printmaking style and as part of that effort I will be creating works inspired by some of my favorite artists.

"Heart to Heart" pays hommage to Rini and to the power of physical human touch.

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"Heart to Heart" (alternate pink version), Melanie Cervantes, 10" x 13", 4-Color handmade screenprint, Coventry Rag Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013

For two decades Rini Templeton made "drawings of activists in the United States, Mexico and Central America while she joined them in their meetings, demonstrations, picket lines and other actions for social justice." Rini has been a huge inspiration to me for both the beauty of her aesthetics and style and for her unwavering commitment to social movements. This year I have committed more of my time to experimenting with my drawing and printmaking style and as part of that effort I will be creating works inspired by some of my favorite artists.

"Heart to Heart" pays hommage to Rini and to the power of physical human touch.

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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


 


 


 


http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/art/call-to-artists/
 

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What is a fiscal cliff? A fiction created by Congress as an excuse to rob our communities of even more resources! There is a simple solution make deadbeat corporations pay taxes! #nomorecuts http://artstrike.tumblr.com/

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Justice for Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez


 


 


 


Solidarity with the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez who was brutally shot down and killed by Border Patrol. Art collaboration by Pablo Paredes and Melanie Cervantes.

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Build Strong Communities Not Prisons and Jails! I just finished this poster for Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB). CURB is a broad-based coalition of over 40 organizations seeking to CURB prison spending by reducing the number of people in prison and the number of prisons in the state.

http://curbprisonspending.org/

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From author Chris Crass: " When I first imagined a poster promoting my new book, Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis,and movement building strategy, the images that came to mind were the people in Melanie Cervantes’ “We are the 99%” posters, coming together to build the multiracial, feminist, working class-based movement for collective liberation that we need. My book is for activists engaging with dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. It offers lessons for transformative organizing through a firsthand look at the challenges and the opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social movements. In addition to stories and reflections from my own personal activist experience, there are also case studies of anti-racist social justice organizations working in white communities around the country. The primary focus of the book is on how we can transform divisions of race, class, and gender into catalysts for powerful vision, strategy, and movement building.

Melanie Cervantes’ art helps us visualize our movement’s visions, values and victories, and it is a blessing to have her illustrate this vision of my book. Three of the people in the poster are key leaders in the book: Ella Baker of the Black Freedom Struggle and someone who’s organizing I look to for guidance; Elizabeth ‘Betita’ Martinez of the Chicano Power Movement and my mentor; and Carla Wallace who is a leading contemporary white queer anti-racist organizer based in Louisville, Kentucky. The other three people are from Melanie’s imagined movement of the 99%."

Printed copies of the poster are available. The primary goal of the printed posters is to get them up in as many bookstores, activist spaces, schools, places of worship, and any other place you can imagine people seeing the poster who would be interested in the book.

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Protect Grandmother Earth
Melanie Cervantes
14" x 22"
2-Color handmade Screenprint, Orange Poster Board, Printed in Oakland, 2013
 
Idle No More solidarity poster.

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Tierra y Libertad (Birchwood)
Melanie Cervantes
15" x 23"
5-Color handmade screenprint, Birch Wood, Printed in Oakland, 2012
 
Tierra y Libertad is a reflection of the new generation of farmers working land within autonomous communities of the Zapatistas. Tierra y Libertad is a slogan that was popularized during the turn of the century by Mexican Revolutionaries like Emiliano Zapata who were fighting to give the land back to the indigenous population from whom it was expropriated. The white hat is also a subtle nod to Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto Sandino.There is also a repeating gold pattern of maize in the back ground which symbolizes how corn is central to the dietary, social and spiritual life of indigenous people in Mexico.

Four of these birch wood prints were made. There are only three remaining.

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Water for All
Melanie Cervantes
14" x 18"
4-color screen print, Arches 88 archival cotton paper, Printed in San Leandro 2013

"Water for All" is a poster derived from  a piece I designed in 2008 when I travelled with fifteen other artists to Ecatepec, Mexico to participate in El Festival de Nuevos Vientos. Access to water and the threat of privatization of the natural resource were pressing issues for several communities  in Ecatepec, as they are increasingly worldwide. Water is a critical and necessary element for all life and yet corporations try to create a commodity out of it by bottling it and making us believe this is better and by buying up public systems. We have to articulate our opposition to the corporate control of resources that should exists and be access for the common good. The fight for water is the fight for life.

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Somos de Maiz


Melanie Cervantes
13 x 19 inches, 5 - Color, Handmade Screenprint on Heavyweight White Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013


In 2003 during my final year studying at UC Berkeley a Professor in the Microbial Ecology in the Department of Environmental Science, Ignacio Chapela,  was denied tenure. David Quist, a graduate student at the time and Chapela had co-authored an article, two years earlier,  about how genetically modified corn from the U.S. was being dumped into the Mexican market and contaminating native maíz crops. During the “final” days of his contract he held office hours, day and night, outside the doors of California Hall (which houses the university administration’s offices). My roommate cooked Chapela dinner and we came out to support his struggle.


Chapela talked about how the contamination of the maíz would impact indigenous peoples, Mayas, because maíz is not only a staple food but a fundamental physical and spiritual aspect of Mayan culture and of the Mayan people themselves.  Maya cosmology holds that the Creator made the first humans from an ear of maíz. The other negative impact of the GMO corn is that it makes all other species of corn it comes into contact with sterile. The contagion spreads, like a virus around the country and the world. Corporations like Monsanto do this so that the only corn available is that which the company owns the patent on.
In 2005 Chapela sued the university because he strongly opposed a $25 million campus deal with the giant Novartis drug and agri-business corporation. Shortly after the suit was filed Chapela's tenure denial was reversed by UC Berkeley. He dropped the suit and said "I look forward to continue challenging, in the best forums that I can find, what I believe is a corrupt and illegitimate takeover of the public university away from its public mandate."

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Solidaridad Con El Pueblo Mapuche
Melanie Cervantes
12 x 12 inches 
7-Color handmade screenprint,Heavyweight White Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013

Solidarity with the Mapuche People! They continue to fight colonialism and the repression of the Chilean state as well as multinational corporations. The struggle for land and life is not terrorism. This print was inspired by graffiti sprawled on walls in Chile.


 


 


 


The indigenous Mapuche nation numbers a little over 600,000. "
The Mapuche remained independent throughout the colonial period and did not become part of the Chilean state until the 1880s, when the Chilean army invaded and occupied Mapuche territory. From this point, the frontier with Argentina formed an artificial boundary between the two halves of the Mapuche nation. Following the military campaigns, Mapuche people were removed to reservations, losing the majority of their ancestral lands. During the first half of the twentieth century these reservations were continually subject to division and expropriation by powerful landowners in the region. The scarcity of land was one of the reasons for the mass rural-urban migration that started in the 1930s.
In the past years increasingly violent Mapuche activism is being prosecuted under counter-terrorism legislation originally introduced by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. In 2010 this led to hunger strikes by Mapuche activists in an effort to change anti-terrorism laws."

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Julia de Burgos
Melanie Cervantes
14 x 19 inches
4-Color handmade screenprint,Heavyweight White Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013

This portrait of the  illustrious Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos honors her revolutionary spirit and deep desire for the island's independence. She was a fierce feminist, and particularly inspires me because of her commitment to anti-colonialism and internationalism.

Here is an excerpt of  my favorite poems of hers: Yo Misma Fui Mi Ruta (I am my own path)

--Yo quise ser como los hombres quisieron que yo fuese:
un intento de vida;
un juego al escondite con mi ser.
Pero yo estaba hecha de presentes,
y mis pies planos sobre la tierra promisora
no resistían caminar hacia atrás,
y seguían adelante, adelante,
burlando las cenizas para alcanzar el beso
de los senderos nuevos.

I wanted to be like men wanted me to be:
an attempt at life;
a game of hide and seek with my being.
But I was made of nows,
and my feet level on the promissory earth
would not accept walking backwards
and went forward, forward,
mocking the ashes to reach the kiss
of new paths.

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"Brother Malcolm"
Melanie Cervantes, 20 x 26 inches, 6-Color handmade screenprint, Heavyweight Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2013

Forty-eight years ago,  El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (better known as Malcolm X) was assassinated. My print, "Brother Malcom" honors his leadership, his vision of full human rights for Black people in the U.S. empire and his commitment to social protest toward that end. Rest in peace and power! El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Presente!

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The National Lawyers Guild-Boalt Chapter commissioned a t-shirt design which reflects the connections between various social justice issues and movements. The National Lawyers Guild is an organization dedicated to uniting lawyers and legal workers in the fight for civil rights and social justice. Guild attorneys, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers share a progressive social and political perspective that is reflected in the preamble to the Guild's constitution, which holds that human rights are more sacred than property rights.

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Jesus and I were invited by Mujeres Unidas y Activas and the United Farm Workers to support an action, through design, they hosted in Sacramento to highlight the exclusion of domestic workers and farmworkers from the National Labor Relations Act and to call for action on AB 1313, to provide overtime pay to farm workers after eight hours worked a day or 40 hours worked a week and AB 889, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The second measure of its kind in this country, AB 889 would finally end the exclusion of domestic workers from labor protections such as overtime and the right to rest breaks.

 


 


 


AB 1313 and AB 889 are small but important steps to end these shameful exclusions. They right wrongs that can no longer be justified or tolerated in a society where equal rights and equal justice are supposed to be more than just lip service.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 
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POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) is a multi-racial and multi-lingual grassroots organization of African Americans and Latinas committed to winning economic, environmental, racial, and gender justice. Rooted in issues-based campaigns, leadership development and movement building, POWER builds the collective strength of working-class families to control the destinies of their communities and workplaces. For its quince años celebration for we included the design and printing of an edition of prints donated by Dignidad Rebelde to the organization as a fundraiser.
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In 2012 Walmart workers across the country took collective action on Black Friday. I designed this online graphic as a stand in solidarity and support of the Walmart workers struggle for fair hours, wages, benefits, and the right to collective bargaining.

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I am thrilled to share the new banner I designed for the Department of Ethnic Studies at Cal State East Bay. Though I am an artist I never focused my studies in Art. I did dedicate my time and training to Ethnic Studies.

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19" x 13" with a .5" white border around the edges, Digital Art Print, 2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Dreams Are Stronger Than Fear is a poster I designed for Forward Together. It is meant to elevate the collective power migrant communities and their families hold in their vision for a better world.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Forward Together leads grassroots actions and trains community leaders to transform policy and culture in ways that support individuals, families, and communities in reaching our full potential. In the world we envision, all people will have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make decisions about our gender, our bodies, and our sexuality. We are developing leaders with vision, building networks across communities, and implementing innovative campaigns to make our vision a reality.

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Melanie Cervantes
21.25" x 27.5"
Full Color Dignital Print, Printed in San Leandro, 2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Despite 520 years of colonialism, capitalism and imperialism we are still here. We have survived because we have resisted through our struggle with deep wells of love for our people. I give thanks to the ongoing resistance and today I particularly thank all the women whose names may never be elevated or recorded in books but who have made so much possible!

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Melanie Cervantes
26" x 20"
5 - Color, Hand made Screenprint, Heavyweight Archival Art Paper,Printed in Oakland, 2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Mad Vision is a recreation of a stencil painting I made in 2005. It is inspired by all the young filmmakers who bring us great visions which they translate into their work.

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Melanie Cervantes
16" x 20"
5 - Color, Hand made Screenprint, Heavyweight Archival Art Paper,Printed in Oakland, 2012


 


 


 


During our last visit to Tucson, Arizona we had the opportunity to spend time with an amazing leader in the fight for human rights, Isabel Garcia. Isabel has been at the forefront of immigrant and refugee rights since 1976. Isabel’s analysis is clear “Immigration policy has been a total failure and needs to be changed.  It has not prevented people from attempting to cross the border but has put the lives of thousands of men, women, and children in serious danger. Their deaths are the direct result of U.S. policy.” Isabel serves as the co-chair Coalición de Derechos Humanos.


 


 


 


Coalición de Derechos Humanos ("The Human Rights Coalition") is a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.


 


 


 


I am honored to have designed the cover for Derechos Humanos Ninth Annual Corazón de Justicia Awards. In addition Jesus Barraza printed a limited edition of hand made screen prints that will be sold as a fundraiser to benefit the organization. Jesus and I want to congratulate all the award recipients many of whom we are lucky to call friends.

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Melanie Cervantes
24" x 18"
5 - Color, Hand made Screenprint, Heavyweight Archival Art Paper,Printed in Oakland, 2012


 


 


 


When I was asked to design  the awards for the National Domestic Worker's Alliance  I was so honored. I was in Atlanta, at the first US Social Forum when the Alliance was formed and have believed deeply in their work since day one.


 


 


 


Founded in 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. NDWA is powered by 35 local, membership-based affiliate organizations of over 10,000 nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly located in 19 cities and 11 states around the country. NDWA is supported by domestic workers, employers, supporters and allies.


 


 


 


This was a collaborative effort. I designed the awards with lots of feedback from the NDWA team and  Jesus printed them. Awardees include actresses Viola Davis and Cicley Tyson, organizer Linda Oalican, Guillermina Castellanos and the organizations Casa Latina, Mujeres Unidas y Activas and Domestic Workers United.

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17"
Full Color Offset Poster, 2012


 


 


 


Dia de los Muertos poster commissioned by the California Institute of Integral Studies. It was really important to me to center a danzante in the composition because I feel that Dia de los Muertos is about a world view that understands a duality between life and death. These understandings are rooted in indigenous cosmologies and worldviews from peoples across the Americas. I didn't want the image to flatten, what started as, over a month long ceremony about remembering the ancestors to a kitchy image of a skull out of context or some sexualized woman with her face half painted as a skull and half painted with make up that has no connection to traditional practices or content that helps the viewer understand the importance of the day. I shot a photo of Lazaro Arvizu (central figure here), a danzante from Xipe Totec, who used to come to my community college to teach the third and fourth graders, our student organization brought in from local schools, about the traditions of Dia de los Muertos. This during was the last year I helped organize the event, in 2001, before I moved to the Bay. Mark you calendar for CIIS' event.

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Melanie Cervantes
22" x 30"
5 - Color, Hand made Screenprint, Coventry Rag Archival Paper, Printed at the Serie Project, Coronado Studios, 2012


 


 


 


This print was produced at the Serie Project and is  a portrait of Tejana extraordinaire Gloria Anzaldua. I choose to include this portrait of Gloria because she was a groundbreaking thinker of Chicana/lesbian/feminist theory.


 


 


 


She helped make visible the literature and writing of women of color and the US. She was the co-editor of the book This Bridge Called my Back and is best known for her book Borderlands/La Frontera. She made major contributions to Chicana feminist and queer theory and was a huge inspiration to me. She died in the summer 2004 at her home in Santa Cruz and I wanted to do something to honor all she contributed to the world during her life.


 


 


 


The piece honors her legacy by juxtaposing her portrait with Coatlicue the Mexica representation of mother earth. In Borderlands,  Anzaldua writes about ‘the Coatilcue State as a type of “internal whirlwind” which “gives and takes away life”, “invoking art,” and that it is “alive, infused with spirit” ‘(Anzaldúa 68, 88-89).


 


 


 


I included a quote from Gloria that I really love:


 


 


 


"Until I am free to write bilingually and to switch codes without having always to translate, while I still have to speak English or Spanish when I would rather speak Spanglish, and as long as I have to accommodate the English speakers rather than having them accommodate me, my tongue will be illegitimate. I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent’s tongue - my woman’s voice, my sexual voice, my poet’s voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.”

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
9 - Color, Hand printed, Screen print, Coventry Rag, Printed in Oakland, 2010

Songstress, Lila Downs, has inspired my art making, through her lyrical storytelling and enchanting vocals since I first heard her album Sandunga in 1999. That year I started to create collective artwork with my friends, including 8-foot long banners we called "walking murals". Walking because unlike permanent murals they got to travel but always were displayed in public, outdoor spaces. We painted these huge walking murals in my parents' garage and made work that addressed the connections between the Mexican Revolution, the Zapatista Uprising, Chicanismo and the UFW. Lila's voice echoed out of the garage, down the avenue and into the neighborhood as we painted late in to the night sipping chocolate.

En Chiapas, mujeres y niños rezando
machetes y balas, con sangre bañaron
la patria su sangre al progreso ha clamado
pero esa es tu raza que sacrificaron.
--Sale Sobrando

In a song that often moves me to tears, Lila references the 1997 Actéal, Chiapas murders of mostly Indigenous women and children by paramilitary forces. For me the themes Lila would address in a single album were like the murals we were painting. They told stories that connected the struggles of Indigena/Mexicano/Xicana people to survive and live with dignity on our own lands. This print is the first in a series of portraits of fierce mujeres whose music has inspired me as an visual artist.

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Melanie Cervantes
12” x 18”
2-Color Screen Print on Blue Neenah Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2012


 


 


 


"Reproductive Justice =People Power to End Gender Oppression". This is print designed in partnership with the Groundswell Fund for the "This is an Emergency" portfolio which focuses on reproductive rights, gender justice and reproductive justice. The portfolio was organized In response to all the bullying, the legislative measures, and the horrifying statements filling the media. This project brings together over a dozen voices from people most affected by these issues- self identified women/transgendered and queer artists.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 
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Melanie Cervantes
20” x 26”
1-layer screen print,split fountain, Chipboard, Printed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Print for Undocunation event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF. I did live printing at the event. A limited edition of 55 were printed and given away there.

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" Digital Download, PDF

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


April 2011, marks the 15-year anniversary of the implementation of harsh immigration laws (including the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act) that have led to the detention and deportation of millions of immigrants. In order to help raise awareness about the impact mandatory detention is having on communities and society at large Detention Watch Network and Dignidad Rebelde have joined forces to create a graphic campaign to call attentionto this pressing issue. To help raise awareness about the impact of these laws on mandatory detention policy we are asking DWN members and allies to distribute the attached poster.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Link to downloadable 11 X 17 poster:http://www.dignidadrebelde.com/document/download/69






The poster features Nazry Mustakim and his wife Hope. Nazry, a 31-year-old green card holder from Singapore, was held in immigration detention for 10 months at the South Texas Detention Center in Pearsall, Texas. Due to laws passed in 1996, Nazry’s prior drug conviction subjected him to mandatory detention, which meant that he could not be released on bond. After ten months of hardship and separation and unrelenting advocacy by Hope, his family and community, Nazry has been released from detention and is back home. However, Nazry's story is exemplary of the injustices immigrants face in detention daily. We must act now and raise awareness to repeal mandatory detention to stop unjust detentions.

To endorse the Dignity not Detention Campaign visit www.dignitynotdetention.org


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 
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E-Card,  2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Forward Together recently invited me and over half a dozen other artist to create e-cards for Mama's Day. The goal was to create cards that addressed that gap that the greeting-card-industrial-complex left many of the people who have mothered us in. The project allowed me to reach deep into my heart and create pieces that honor the love and caregiving that don't feel appropriately addresssed through frilly laced declarations that are doused with flowers and cheesy stock sentiments.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Strong Families Initiative is celebrating "Mama's Day" with a custom e-card tool that gives all mothers and families a chance to be visible. The site provides eighteen templates by artists likeKirby Platero, Nikki McClure, Micah Bizant, Veronica Bayetti Flores  and myself that feature motherhood in all its diversity, with space for you to write a personalized message and email it to the mother of your choice.

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E-Card,  2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Forward Together recently invited me and over half a dozen other artist to create e-cards for Mama's Day. The goal was to create cards that addressed that gap that the greeting-card-industrial-complex left many of the people who have mothered us in. The project allowed me to reach deep into my heart and create pieces that honor the love and caregiving that don't feel appropriately addresssed through frilly laced declarations that are doused with flowers and cheesy stock sentiments. 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Strong Families Initiative is celebrating "Mama's Day" with a custom e-card tool that gives all mothers and families a chance to be visible. The site provides eighteen templates by artists likeKirby Platero, Nikki McClure, Micah Bizant, Veronica Bayetti Flores  and myself that feature motherhood in all its diversity, with space for you to write a personalized message and email it to the mother of your choice.

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E-Card and 18x 24" Poster,  2012


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Forward Together recently invited me and over half a dozen other artist to create e-cards for Mama's Day. The goal was to create cards that addressed that gap that the greeting-card-industrial-complex left many of the people who have mothered us in. The project allowed me to reach deep into my heart and create pieces that honor the love and caregiving that don't feel appropriately addresssed through frilly laced declarations that are doused with flowers and cheesy stock sentiments.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The Strong Families Initiative is celebrating "Mama's Day" with a custom e-card tool that gives all mothers and families a chance to be visible. The site provides eighteen templates by artists likeKirby Platero, Nikki McClure, Micah Bizant, Veronica Bayetti Flores  and myself that feature motherhood in all its diversity, with space for you to write a personalized message and email it to the mother of your choice.

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Melanie Cervantes
Web Graphic and Logo 2010


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In 2008 I traveled to Ecatepec, Mexico to participate in the Festival in New Winds. A contingency of about 15 U.S based artists journeyed to the municipality to conduct skill shares, create street installations, exhibits and artists talks. During our time there we met many talented local artists and media makers. I was particularly impressed by the work and political analysis of a pair of comrades:Ricardo Aguilar and Edgar Guzman Cortes who we spent a considerable amount of time with. We discussed the impacts of Neoliberal policies and repression in Mexico, we visited the commemorative Tlatelolco the site of two major massacres, our mutural alignement with the Zapatistas’ Otra Campaña  and spent many of our meals discussing resistance together. We have kept in touch since our travels there and I was honored when I was commissioned to create a logo for their collective Otras Voces, Otra Historia

Born in 2003, as the Collective Slekilalik: Ricardo Flores Magon and composed of six activists of a student movement. They decided to go a step further and formally integrate the work of the communication and dissemination in their work; previously they helped promote conferences, discussion forums, consultations and cultural activities associated with the university and student population, but they realized the need to disseminate the information generated and that the university should have a space to give voice to the student they decided to start work in Internet radio production in order to have more coverage to the general public and beyond the an audience of students.

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17" Full Color Poster, New Leaf Archival and Ancient Forest Friendly Paper, Printed at Inkworks Press, Berkeley, CA


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Poster designed as an incentive for attending the event "DRAWING INSPIRATION 40 YEARS & COUNTING: Living the Legacy of Attica and George Jackson" at EastSide Arts Alliance on September 16th, 2011. Everyone who attended  received one of these posters with their $15 entrance fee. The event is a fundraiser for Critical Resistance.

“Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done; discover your humanity and your love in revolution.”--George Jackson

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Melanie Cervantes
11" x 17"
3-color, Handmade Screen Print
Signed and numbered edition of:40
Cougar Double Thick Archival Art Paper
Printed in San Leandro, 2011
 
Mi Semillita is a portrait of a mother in the late stages of her pregnancy. This piece is based on a piece I painted in 2005 when I just getting started as a practicing artist. I only have one snapshot of the painting (that I no longer have access to) and I really wanted to revisit and recreate the piece. This time I translated the piece using  more bold, flat color and I create a new palate of colors for it.
 
I really enjoyed creating this piece. I reflecting on all the friends who are having babies and the joy that emanates from them and tried to capture that in this piece.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


If you would like to see the original painting click HERE

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Melanie Cervantes
Approximately 3' x4',  2009

This is the mock up for a painted canvas that was painted collaboratively at the Intertribal Friendship House with Andrew Moppin's friends and family.

On December 31st at 7:33 PM, officers of the Oakland Police Department fatally shot Andrew Moppin in the back. Andrew Moppin (Comanche/Klamath), a young unarmed 20-year-old man, had a $411 warrant out for his arrest for evading BART fare. Six months after Officer Hector Jimenez shot and killed Andrew Moppin, Jody “Mack” Woodfox III, 27, was also fatally shot in the back by the same officer of the Oakland Police Department. He was also found to be unarmed. The fatal shootings of Andrew Moppin, Jody “Mack” Woodfox III and Oscar Grant III are not isolated incidents and a reality in our communities of continued police brutality.

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Melanie Cervantes
20" x 26"
4-color, Handmade Screen Print
Signed and numbered edition of: 50
Heavyweight Archival Art Paper

Printed in Oakland, 2011
Philip Vera Cruz was a labor leader, farmworker, and leader in the Filipino civil rights movement. He was a co-founder of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, which later merged with the National Farm Workers Association to become the United Farm Workers. As the union's long-time vice president, he worked to improve the working conditions for migrant workers. I created this portrait to honor his commitment to anti-imperialism, justice and the human right to live free of dictatorship (a belief which he led him to leave the UFW).

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