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Justseeds Migration Portfolio Progress

May 2, 2012

We’ve been making a lot of progress on the upcoming Justseeds/Culture Strike Migration Portfolio (Title TK) that I’m co-coordinating with Favianna Rodriguez. We’re producing nearly forty images by a broad range of artists addressing issues relative to migration and immigrant rights. In addition to a stalwart cadre of Justseeds artists, we’re printing images by Emory Douglas, (the Black Panther Party’s Minister of Culture) cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, artist Imin Yeh, undocumented youth activists Julio Salgado and Felipe Baeza, and many many more. The images are being printed in a new print studio in San Francisco, opened by master printer Paul Mullowney, and at Flight 64 Studio in Portland. A third are letter-press prints, produced on a Vandercook press by the inestimable Patrick Cruzan. The rest are being screen-printed by the equally inestimable Jesus Barraza (of Justseeds and Dignidad Rebelde) and the slightly less estimable myself.


The participants bring a diverse set of perspectives to the knotty core of the crisis of human movement unfolding in North America and across the rest of the world. Some of the specific angles being addressed include the detention and separation of families, the criminalization of undocumented youth, the demands for legalization, and the economic and ecological brutality that results from militarized border policies.
When it comes to immigration, the messages we get are dominated by criminality and punishment. In 2010 alone, 250 anti-immigrant laws and resolutions modeled on Arizona’s SB1070 were passed. 2011 brought more ill-considered and devastating state laws in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Utah. Even more troubling is the ongoing trauma caused by family separation and deportation after the Obama Administration made Secure Communities (S-COMM) mandatory. Elsewhere in the world migrants are being similarly brutalized, whether left for dead in the Mediterranean by passing cruise ships, singled out for fascist beatings in the far north, or forced into slavery by opportunists in refugee populations everywhere. In this climate, we think that art can play a key role in telling the stories of how people are affected by these events and laws. Artists can go to the root of the migration problems and help to both shift public perception of the issues and shed light on hidden horrors. That’s why we’re doing this: watch this space for further updates!



AnarchismAnti-capitalismEn EspañolEnvironment & ClimateGlobal SolidarityIndigenous ResistanceMigrationSocial Movements

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