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Resist Racism: A Street Art Protest

Posted by Erin Bechtol
09.27.17

Pace e Bene received the following action from Riseup.net encouraging people to protest racism in this creative way.

This weekend President Trump called for harsh action against NFL players who knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism in the US. In response, activists around the Washington, DC area have been speaking up in their own way: with street art solidarity, banding together with the athletes against racism. Activists have been pasting their protests, in the form of a single black and white image, in public spaces close to the White House and throughout the city to show that we will stand—or kneel—together for justice.

The image, as seen above, shows medalists John Carlos, Tommie Smith, and Peter Norman protesting against racial injustice at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, created the illustration which embodies the same struggle for racial justice that is ongoing today.

To join in and show your resistance in your own community, follow the steps below:

Engage in Cultural Resistance – Get these posters out in your area!

1) Download a pdf of the artwork by Emory Douglas here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8554oydckb1xttl/1968.pdf?dl=0

2) Print the poster or if you are up for going the extra mile, take it to a print shop to print it larger (11″ x 17″ or even larger [most FedEx Kinkos stores print up to 32″ wide])

3) Get the message out there in the public!

4) Take photos and post them on your Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to expand your reach. If you can, please also email them to MayDayDMV@gmail.com

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