Celebrate People's History: Prison Justice Day

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.59
Artist:
Rocky Tobey
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
March 2012
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This poster is blue, brown, orange, and white. There is a large prison in the center with knives going through it. There are blue leaves and flowers around and orange flames coming out of the prison. At the bottom there is text in orange on the brown and two logos in the corners crossing out dollar signs. Text bottom center of the image reads "August 10 is Prison Justice Day. Prison Justice Day started in Canada in 1976 to pay tribute to those who died in prison. On this day, prisoners hold a work stoppage while outside activists organize public events."
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.