Celebrate People's History: Youth-Led Resistance to Immigration Raids and Deportations
Medium:2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Poster is titled “Youth-Led Resistance to Immigration Raids and Deportations." A blue, green, and white poster where there is the title at the top and then a row of people in green ink protesting and then a row of people in blue protesting at the bottom. There are two text columns at the bottom. Text on the poster reads: “¡Alto a las redadas! Stop the raids now! No one is illegal! 2008 marked the fortieth anniversary of the mass mobilizations that were going on globally in 1968. Looking back at the various liberation struggles within the US at that time, today’s youth take pride in the organizing efforts of their elders—their communities that paved the way for the present youth to continue that same resistance. Youth today are inspired by the works of freedom fighters from the Black Liberation Movement, the Chicana/o Movement, and the American Indian Movement in their fight for land, education, justice, peace, and self-determination. Today, youth continue organizing to keep what has been won and fight harder for their collective liberation. Since the nationwide mobilizations of May 1, 2006, the conditions in immigrant communities have worsened. The repercussions of mobilizing have resulted in more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) raids than ever before to instill fear and prevent people from speaking up against these injustices. In 2007 alone, 276,912 US residents were deported. In October 31, 2008, youth decided to show their power and shut down the I.C.E. offices in San Francisco for the day. Using civil disobedience. the youth demonstrated that direct action can stop the terrorization of immigrant communities if at least one day.”
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.