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12 Modes of Suppression

Katherine Ball, Jules Boykoff, Kaia Sand, & Garrick Imatani

This broadside depicts twelve ways that activist groups are suppressed by the government, media and corporations. Each mode is based on research from Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States by Jules Boykoff (AK Press 2007). A description of each mode is paired with a symbol, originally created with a paper stencil hand-cut by Katherine Ball.

This collaborative broadside was instigated by Kaia Sand and Garrick Imatani as part of the Watcher Files Project which engages a series of surveillance documents collected by the Portland Police Bureau on various activist groups in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The broadside also doubles as a file folder as a reference to the surveillance files.

The twelve modes of suppression include:
Direct Violence
Public Prosecutions & Hearings
Employment Deprivation
Infiltration, “Badjacketing” & Agent Provocateurs
Black Propaganda
Harassment & Harassment Arrests
Extraordinary Laws or Rules
Mass Media Manipulation
Bi-Level Demonization
Mass Media Deprecation
Mass Media Underestimation, False Balance & Disregard

Please note: This poster comes folded once across the horizontal center, like a file folder, and will ship in a flat envelope.

Offset printed by Eberhardt Press in Portland, Oregon.