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Bec Young

Pittsburgh, PA

Bec Young is a visual artist who seeks to inspire—and draw inspiration from—movements for justice and ecological wellness. She works primarily in printmaking, paper-cutting, illustration, and installation. Her practice also includes direct interactions within communities, empowering others, skill-sharing, and facilitating change. She is a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and co-editor of Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas, an illustrated anthology of social change-makers. Her work has been shown internationally, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, Slovenia, and Great Britain, and was included in A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking in 2012.

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Honoring Comandante Ramona

Honoring Comandante Ramona

January 1, 2016

On this day in 1994, 22 years ago, the Zapatista Army for National Liberation made their cause known to the Mexican government and the world. One of the most beloved leaders of…

Honoring Elizabeth Catlett

Honoring Elizabeth Catlett

April 15, 2015

Happy Birthday to Elizabeth Catlett, who would have turned 100 today! Catlett is an inspiration to many in the Justseeds crew for her linocut print work, and her participation in the…

Honoring Sitting Bull

Honoring Sitting Bull

December 15, 2013

“My friends! Be strong…because me, I am nothing…” (Sitting Bull’s song, according to Cedric Good House.) Today is a great day to honor the life of Tatanaka Iyotake, popularly known…

Why I make spoke cards – and how!

Why I make spoke cards – and how!

June 26, 2013

I recently reprinted “Deeper Than Mechanics Dare” spoke cards, and thought the process might be of interest. I started making the cards three years ago, in order to make the…

Honoring Henry Morgentaler

Honoring Henry Morgentaler

May 30, 2013

A stalwart advocate of reproductive choice, Doctor Henry Morgentaler worked as an abortion doctor and activist since the 1960’s. Despite threats, protests, attacks, shooting, firebombs, arrest and imprisonment, Morgentaler took…

Honoring Nina Simone

Honoring Nina Simone

February 21, 2012

Born Eunice Waymon on this day in 1933, Nina Simone has been one of my greatest heros since I bought the 1974 album It Is Finished when I was fifteen….

Honoring Marlon Riggs

Honoring Marlon Riggs

February 3, 2012

Marlon Riggs was born on this day in 1957. A political filmmaker, Riggs started exploring themes of race and sexuality in his films while attending Harvard University. As he was…

Honoring Angela Davis

Honoring Angela Davis

January 26, 2012

Today is the birthday of Angela Davis. Davis is best known for her work with the Black Panthers in the 1970’s, subsequent time on the lam, and incredible afro; she…