Jesus Barraza, 27, of Oakland creates posters with bold, simple screen prints in the Chicano tradition of social activism. Although he works in a style that is more than 30 years old, his viewpoint is that of a young Chicano looking far into the future. He doesn't like what he sees. "In California in the next 20 years, Latinos are going to be a majority but Latinos are going to have very bad educational systems," he said. "A lot of kids are going to be going to schools that I went to that weren't great and now they're just worse." This summer, Barraza will have the chance to reach a wider audience with his message. He is one of five East Bay screen printers to be featured in "Pulling One Off," an exhibition at the Richmond Art Center. The show, which opens Wednesday, marks the start of the center's screen printing program.
In San Francisco, by contrast, an underground civic group called the San Francisco Print Collective has distributed posters calling for arming the homeless. The poster shows a gun and a shopping cart, and says, "How many people do you need to start a revolution? There are 15,000 homeless in San Francisco. Is that enough?" In the interest of solidarity between fantasy lands north and south, maybe Disneyland can donate its old Jungle Cruise guns to our homeless. Everybody is shooting blanks when it comes to the homeless, anyway. It's the armed crack dealers most of us worry about. UNDERGROUND PRINTMAKERS ARE PROBABLY JUST TWEAKING THE NOSES OF THE BOURGEOISIE IN SUGGESTING THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ARMED REVOLUTION BY THE SHOPPING CART BRIGADE. Their anonymous spokespersons say their posters are meant to provoke thought, and they sure got me to thinking.