Celebrate People's History: Vanguard Street Sweep

Edie Fake
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
August 2020
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This poster is green, brown, yellow, orange, for the Vanguard Street Sweep. This doesn't have images or people on it but there are designs and things. There is text in the bottom right side of the image, “In the summer of 1966 an organization of queer and trans street youth called the vanguard staged a street sweeping in San Francisco’s tenderloin to protest brutal and unjust police sweeps.”
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.