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Wisconsin Prison

Image by Brandon Bauer.

Created for the Critical Resistance ten year anniversary conference in Oakland, California, which took place in 2008. Critical Resistance Ten was a gathering of activists, educators, and allies of prisoners who came together to promote organizing efforts against the monstrous excesses of the US prison system.

Just seeds organized an art portfolio in collaboration with Critical Resistance Ten called Voices From Outside: Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex. The portfolio project involved twenty artists and one artist collective, with work coming from the US, Canada and Mexico. Each  print critiqued or addressed alternatives to the prison-industrial complex.

A black outline silhouette of the state of Wisconsin holds an image of a prison inside of it. There is a guard tower, walls, and a large yellow sun in the background. Text states, “Wisconsin ranks among the worst states in the U.S. in the percentage of their African-American citizens under lock and key. Just over four percent of black Wisconsin, including the very old and the very young of both sexes, are behind bars. It is among the worst states in the nation to find yourself black and poor.”

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