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Grandpa, What Was a Union?

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This is a print I made for a Justseeds show held at the UWM Union Art Gallery in Milwaukee during March of 2013 as part of the Southern Graphics Conference (an international printmaking conference). The show was titled¬† “Uprisings: Images of Labor”and addressed labor from multiple angles, not just the traditional lefty union angle. Since the show was in Wisconsin I couldn’t help but think about this article written by Nicolas Lampert and Dan S. Wang titled: Wisconsin’s Lost Strike Moment. After the incredible uprisings in Wisconsin in 2011…then the energy from that grassroots movement being funneled into reformist politics… and a massive recall effort which ultimately failed in getting rid of Governor Scott Walker… is this the question my kids will be asking their Grandfather who was a unionized public school teacher in WI?


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