Can art help free mothers and caregivers for Mothers Day? With your support it can!
Celebrate and support this powerful collaboration between formerly incarcerated women at the People’s Paper Co-op and artists across North America. Every poster sold will help free black mothers and caregivers for Mothers Day!
The People’s Paper Co-op (PPC), is a women-led, women-focused, women-powered art and advocacy project at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia. The PPC looks to women in reentry as the leading criminal justice experts our society needs to hear from, and uses art to amplify their stories, dreams, and visions for a more just and free world.
In 2018, the PPC collaborated with the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund (PCBF) on their Mama’s Day Bail Out campaign. The PPC organized exhibitions, parades, press conferences, and events to raise awareness and funds for their campaign while sharing stories and demands of formerly incarcerated women with thousands of Philadelphians. In just two weeks, the PCBF raised more than $97,000 and 23 women were bailed out for Mother’s Day.
This spring the PPC is partnering with artists from across North America to co-create a poster series to raise money to bail out black mothers and caregivers for mother’s day. The women at the PPC sent their poetry, photos, protest slogans and art to artists who then transformed their art into a powerful set of posters.
Majority proceeds from your purchase from Justseeds will go directly to the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund and the National Bail Out; organizations dedicated to reuniting families and friends separated by our broken justice system. We hope you will put them in your homes, schools, public spaces, offices, and anywhere you feel these amazing women need to have their voices heard.
Limited-edition full poster sets are available right here!
Endless thanks to the artists who contributed to this series: Micah Bazant; Etta Cetera; Molly Crabapple; Kate DeCiccio; Molly Fair; Thea Gahr; Shoshana Gordon; Sanya Hyland; Rose Jaffe; Nile Livingston; and Bekezela Mguni.
People’s Paper Co-op Fellows 2016-2019: Faith Bartley, Val Bell, Rusty Bentley, Carmelita Bird, Evonia Bivens, Latyra Blake, Jonquil Brown, Catherine Brown, Toni Brown, Antionette Carter, Crystal, Kelly Conway, Hakima Cooper, Stephanie Jackson, Rosa McKnight, Latonya “T” Myers, Tonya Randolph, Ros Ryder, Teresa Saunders, Michelle Scales, Nikkie Lee-Smith, Sheri Lopez, Carolyn Smith, Amy Tlapa Stephanie Waters, Heather Wiester
In loving memory of our friends, Catherine Brown, Kelly Conway, and Amy Tlapa
The PPC is coordinated by co-directors Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist