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Community Control of the Land

ID Number: 18345
Maker: Favianna Rodriguez; Self Help Graphics and Art; Strategic Actions for a Just Economy; Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)
Technique: silkscreen
Date Made: 2002
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 66 cm x 50.8 cm; 26 in x 20 in
Main Subject: Housing
Materials: acid-free paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
¡Alto A Los Desalojos! ¡Defienda Nuestros Hogares Y Levante Su Voz! Eviction$ Stop The Evictions! Get Involved! Figueroa Corridor Coalition For Economic Justice 323.732.9961 SHG


Acquisition Number: 2002-101
Translation: Stop the Evictions! Defend Our Homes And Raise Your Voice!

Notes:
Part of a seven poster portfolio on housing issues produced by Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), Self-Help Graphics and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. Artist Statement: Housing is a human right. The fight for land and housing is one that dates back to over 500 years, beginning with the rape of Indian land by Spanish colonizers, the theft of Mexican territories, the racist policies that prohibited African and Indian people from owning land. Today many working class communities are at the mercy of big business, which exploit the land for profit and destroy communities. The basic demand for community control of the land, which was set forth by our revolutionary predecessors throughout the civil rights movement, is still relevant to us today. Portfolio Description: Seven diverse graphic artists collaborated with Los Angeles housing activists to produce posters that reflect the vision, values, and goals of efforts to protect the community from displacement. This effort involved collaboration with Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), Self-Help Graphics, a nationally acclaimed community arts program in East Los Angeles, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the largest collection of political posters in the country. Artists pulled their prints at Self-Help's graphic studio and got support in using the serigraph medium from master printer Joe Alpuche. The results were incorporated into several national and international archives, as well as the We Shall Not Be Moved exhibit, which helped inspire the project, curated by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. The project was supported by a Rockefeller PACT grant (Partnerships Affirming Community Transformation).


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Exhibition Annotation:
In 2002, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) and Self-Help Graphics (SHG) collaborated with seven artists and Los Angeles housing activists to produce posters about gentrification. In particular, the posters were part of efforts to protect the downtown Los Angeles community from the displacement caused by the expansion of the Staples Center entertainment complex and the University of Southern California. The resulting posters, including this one, were incorporated into several national and international archives, as well as CSPG’s We Shall Not Be Moved exhibition. The project was supported by a Rockefeller PACT grant (Partnerships Affirming Community Transformation).



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