Celebrate People's History: J18, or the Carnival Against Capitalism

Edd Baldry
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
September 2015
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This poster is white, blue, and black with people protesting at the bottom, raising fists and posters. There is text above it that reads: “10,000 take to the street in London; Thousands blockade a Shell Refinery in Nigeria; Not to mention the puppets in San Francisco, beach party in Barcelona plus other actions in 40 other cities around the globe. Yes it could only be one event. June 18th 1999 or the Carnival against Capitalism in London 12,000 festive, masked, people stormed the city of London (the city’s financial district!) At midday protesters met at Liverpool street station & split into five (5) different processions following different colored flags. Between 2pm & 3pm the marches converged on the LIFFE (London Int’l Financial Futures Exchange). A fire hydrant was set off to symbolize the freeing of the Walbrook river. The lower entrance to the LIFFE building was bricked up before another group ran in & smashed up the reception area before trying to gain access to the trading floor. The rest of the day was spent in running battles w/the chops before ending peacefully ’n Trafalgar Square…J18 was the first in the line of huge anti-capitalist protests such as N30 in Seattle, S22 in Prague & the GF protests in Genoa…”
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.