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La Unidad es la Vida
Maker: Michael Callaghan; Gregor Cullen; Self Help Graphics and Art; Redback Graphix
Date Made: 1984
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 89.5 cm x 57 cm; 35 1/4 in x 22 7/16 in
Main Subject: Immigration
Materials: paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
La unidad es la vida; sin ella, no hay vida Illegal Legal "We put food on the table and clothing on people's backs and do the work most Americans don't want to do for less money than Americans will work for; and now they want me to say I'm thankful because they're giving me amnesty, even though most of the people I know won't get it. Just because I'm legal all of a sudden doesn't mean I'll forget those who aren't."
Acquisition Number: 2004-245
Translation: Unity is life; without it, there is no life Illegal Legal "We put food on the table and clothing on people's backs and do the work most Americans don't want to do for less money than Americans will work for; and now they want me to say I'm thankful because they're giving me amnesty, even though most of the people I know won't get it. Just because I'm legal all of a sudden doesn't mean I'll forget those who aren't."
Artist Note: The date for the 'Legal/Illegal' poster is 1984, and the artist who worked with me on that poster and 'Organizar' was Gregor Cullen. We came to LA as Redback after being selected as part of a group of Australian artists exhibiting in a show titled 'Nine Contemporary Australian Artists' organised by the Australia Council for the Arts in conjunction with the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art for the LA Olympic Arts Festival. All the artists involved made works on site and our work on site involved working with Chicano artists from Self Help Graphics in East LA and some local community groups that the artists we met at SHG introduced us to. That resulted in the 'Legal/Illegal' poster. The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, is an Act of Congress which reformed United States immigration law. The act required employers to attest to their employees' immigration status; made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit illegal immigrants; legalized certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants, and; legalized illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously with the penalty of a fine, back taxes due, and admission of guilt; candidates were required to prove that they were not guilty of crimes, that they were in the country before January 1, 1982, and that they possessed minimal knowledge about U.S. history, government, and the English language. [Written on back of poster:] Against Simpson-Mazzoli Act (passed Cong 1984)
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