Inkworks Press was founded in 1973 in Berkeley, CA, by movement activists who saw that “Freedom of the Press belongs only to those who own one.” With an offset press inherited from a trade school for working-class and women organizers, they formed a worker-collective union shop serving a set of political points of unity. For over 35 years, Inkworks put the power of the printing press in the hands of frontline communities by printing iconic posters, advocacy reports, and effective organizing materials. The collective provided infrastructure for the Bay Area’s ecosystem of culture workers and movement artists to create strategic visual communications for our movements. Their legacy continues to this day.
This CPH poster printed at the worker-owned and union-run Community Printers, Santa Cruz, CA.
This is #167 in the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series.
Design Action Collective is a worker-owned cooperative and union shop. Beginning in 2002, we have grown to be a diverse, multilingual, eleven-person shop that is majority people of color, women, and trans folks.