Police incited violence at the peaceful immigration protests in Los Angeles on May 1st. This footage really got me upset, it hurt me that brown women and children were terrified like that, note how a father is protecting his child from the rubber bullets. This would not have happenned had the crowd been a white affluent one in Hollywood. This happens because violence against brown people and particularly against immigrants is acceptable in our society, and even encouraged.
Here is another great video of a citizen journalist running from the cops as they enclosed the crowd, click here
May 1, 2007. Thousands rallied in Oakland to demand justice and legalization for immigrants. The march began in my neighborhood, Fruitvale, at around 10 am. The large, festive, crowd made up of mothers, abuelitas, school teachers, students, activists, artists and workers marched down International Blvd to the Federal Building in downtown Oakland. It was a beautiful march, great to see so many brown faces in the crowd who were demanding an end to being treated as second class citizens.
I was asked on the radio, what do I consider myself? I replied, that I consider myself the daughter of immigrants, the relative of many Peruvians who are living in this country without papers, and who live under a daily state of worry and fear of persecution. My relatives cannot go to college, cannot legally drive a car in the state because of flawed, racist, and xenophobic immigration policies. Rarely do our policies look at the reason immigrants come the United States in the first place, they come due to the very economic policies that the US imposes on their native countries through institutions such as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund.
My political posters are featured in the new Inkworks Press book: Visions of Peace & Justice: Thirty years of political posters from the archives of Inkworks Press.
Visions of Peace & Justice, a 150-page full color book, contains over 400 reproductions of political posters from the archives of Inkworks Press. Founded in 1974, the shop has functioned as a pillar of the progressive community in the Bay Area. This unique position has allowed Inkworks to accumulate a comprehensive and fascinating archive of beautiful political posters that have been printed on its presses and compiled for the first time in this important historical document.
Whether it’s the American Indian Movement, Latin American Solidarity campaigns, Women‘s Liberation, community-based struggles against environmental racism, the current efforts to end the war in Iraq, or a broad range of other post-1960s US social movements, Visions of Peace & Justice records it all through the timeless powerful art of the poster.
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