Fifty years ago, a team of artists led by John Pitman Weber and Jose Guerrero created Solidarity, a mural in the lobby of the UE Hall in Chicago, in what was at that time the center of a vibrant working-class neighborhood.
With the neighborhood gentrifying, UE has sold the aging building — but is working hard to preserve the mural for the Chicago community and future generations. Please sign on to this statement to demonstrate that there is widespread support for preserving this vital piece of history!
The mural tells the story of UE, industrial unionism, and related social movements in the style of Diego Rivera. For 50 years, it has served as a visual narrative of the struggles and triumphs of the working class, capturing the spirit of solidarity, resilience, and the fight for workers’ rights.
If you are interested in learning more about the mural, check out this 2019 article in the Chicago Sun-Times that includes an interview with one of the muralists and spectacular photos of the artwork.
Sign the letter in statement in support of the mural here.