Celebrate People's History: Matzpen

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GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
August 2009
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
A poster with green, red, pink, maroon, and brown. Poster is titled "Matzpen." There are two people carrying a sign that has text reading: “Matzpen (Compass) was the first leftist organization in Israel founded on anti-Zionism. Through publications and protests, Matzpen supported Palestinian self-determination in the face of settler colonialism. Through its members were mostly Jewish, Matzpen united Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs organizing for a shared country with national rights for both peoples and full citizenship rights for all who lived there. For more than 40 years, Matzpen’s vision and activism has influenced attempts to fundamentally transform Israel. De-Zionization of Israel and its integration in a socialist union with the Arab countries—this is the road for solution.” The title is at the top in both Hebrew and Arabic. Celebrate People's History logo is in the bottom in Hebrew and Arabic.
Historical Context:
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.