The 2012 Justseeds/Eberhardt Press Organizer is finished and on its way to HQ. It'll be available for sale on Thursday. Click through for a preview of the inside!
A very powerful documentary, LOST IN DETENTION, recently aired on PBS's Frontline and revealted the devastating consequences of the mass incarceration of immigrants and the harsh toll it takes on families, women and children. You can watch it for free by clicking here.
The documentary was the work of award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, of NPR's Latino USA. The organization I work with, Presente.org, spoke with Hinojosa about her piece. Check it out.
The astonishing and unprecedented footage in Lost in Detention has the power to change how people understand the immigration crisis and motivate them to act. The film starts with the highly criticized Secure Communities (S-Comm) program and goes on to give a look at the overall system of detention and incarceration – and on the physical and sexual abuse that has become commonplace. Watch It by clicking here.
About a month ago I started getting emails from my friend Charles, who works for the Journal of Palestine Studies. He started digging up old issues of an Arabic language sister journal Sha’un Falastiniya, with amazing covers. According to Charles, "Sha’un Falastiniya (Palestinian Affairs) was first released by the PLO’s academic department. in 1971—in Beirut—called the Palestine Research Center. It was edited for a while by the legendary Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish, before it and its staff were eventually pushed into exile in Cyprus with the rest of the PLO, during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It finally stopped publishing in 1993 in Cyprus. It contained political, literary and academic articles, analysis, criticism, and book reviews."
Although I only have these ten issues to draw from, the early issues have a similar vibe to some of the design work in the Cuban journal Tricontinental (produced by OSPAAAL, the solidarity organization well known for its poster design). They are diverse and open in color scheme, and use a lot of found imagery, mixing things that otherwise wouldn't go together (for example, 18th or 19th century landscape etchings with photographs of Palestinian guerrillas!). At the same time the clean masthead and limited palette (most are duotone or tritone, not cmyk) combine with the classical print imagery to generate a very clean, efficient, and almost conservative design.
Show your support for IVAW member Scott Olsen - a 24-year old Marine veteran with two tours in Iraq who was critically injured by a police projectile at Occupy Oakland on October 25th. Olsen suffered a fractured skull and is currently in intensive care. Tell Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to investigate this incident and demand accountability and an end to police brutality.
Keep updated at the IVAW site / donate to Olsen's support expenses. Click here.
A new 8.5 x 11 downloadable poster available. Click HERE to download.
I was inspired to make this poster after leaving the General Assembly at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland last night, I was really moved by the people the people sharing their stories and calling for a General Strike. There was one father there who told the crown about his four sons that were arrested on Tuesday night during the police riot in downtown Oakland, and how proud he was of them. He then started to chant Strike! Strike! Strike! and everyone started chanting with him. It was very powerful. I wanted to make design an announcement, something people can use to post and encourage as many people as possible to show their power and stand united under the call of a General Strike. I think this movement can be very powerful, I hope this inspires other General Assemblies across the country to call for a Strike in their city.
I'm just back from New York City where I had the opportunity to visit Occupy Wall Street and connect with artists who are mobilizing on the Occupy front. INSPIRING!! Here is a recent piece I did for the Occupied Wall Street Journal
You can download my new poster (to the left) by clicking here.
As an artist that works in the social justice sector, the collective and powerful energy behind the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has suddenly erupted and spread across the country - the world- has created many openings for those of us who were engaged in these battles. This global social movement is one that is focused entirely around the true cost of capitalism, the excessive power of corporations and banks, and the economic devastation being imposed on people around the world. The fact that its even acceptable for us to critique capitalism in mainstream conversations and in mainstream media, opens many doors for activists artists, and for the entire social justice sector overall. I find it inspiring that this movement has at its core, a thriving arts and culture component.
For many political graphic artists, illustrators, and printmakers, the work of Frans Masereel is a huge inspiration. He pioneered the "novel without words", books consisting solely of his woodcuts, a predecessor of the graphic novel which has influenced artists such as Clifford Harper and Eric Drooker.
One of his earliest novels The Idea depicts a writer who summons forth an idea manifested in the form of a nude woman springing from his head. She escapes into the world, challenging the social order and inciting passionate action.
I stumbled onto an animated adaptation of The Idea, which is absolutely phenomenal, directed by the visionary animator Berthold Bartosch.
I recently returned from England, the most highly surveilled region of Earth. It's palpable. The presence of CCTV cameras is like the touch of a spider. Very like a spider, in fact, the analogy is apt. Many eyes, many legs, a great and sticky web. Spiderwebs have been used by humans over the previous centuries to staunch bloodflow and to catch fish, but it seems like they've reached their cultural apogee as a metaphor for the pervasive systems of observation in play in societies like England. The UK has taken public imposition of surveillance to a level not seen elsewhere: there is currently one CCTV camera for every 32 British citizens. CCTV coverage is sold as safety, as an antidote to "anti-social behavior" in a country so addled by fear and acid gossip that it makes the paranoia of the US seem quaint. There's no slouching going on elsewhere, however: everyone is getting in on the voyeur game. Sweden is developing the Eye-Roller, a rolling drone device for airports and military bases. Graduate design students in Berlin came up with a throwable camera-grenade, that creates a 360-degree stitch-scape when lofted up into the air.
This week I'm going to jump back to Germany in the 60s and 70s, and look at Fizz, an antiauthoritarian political paper which split with Agit 883. Editors from Agit left that paper in 1971, and produced Fizz, which lasted for 10 issues. Since I don't know much German, my research into this has been limited, but it appears as if one of the main reasons for the split were that Fizz wanted to more whole-heartedly support the RAF. In many ways Fizz looks and feels like Agit, with a head-spinning mix of montage, illustration, news clippings, re-purposed photographs, and other cultural detritus. On the other hand, Fizz embraced more traditional anarchist imagery, with lots of bombs and black and red flags (which is interesting in the context of the split with Agit, as the RAF were far from antiauthoritarian). Each issue also featured a poster in the center, usually honoring a "hero," from Bakunin to Leila Khaled. I believe most of these issues were banned by the West German government. [I apologize for the low-quality images, I had to take them on a cell phone and try to touch them up. Hopefully at some point I'll be able to replace them with better versions.]
In July Melanie Cervantes and I teamed up with Rupert Garcia to produce a print to use as a fundraiser for the Ethnic Studies College at San Francisco State University. We were really happy to have Garcia pick the 1973 ¡Cesen Deportacion! print to reproduce for this project. Thirty-eight years later and the statement is extremely relevant, in the past year President Obama administration has a record 1 million deportations.
I wanted to share a little bit of the process...the print is 32"x25" and the edition is of 99 prints with some artist and studio proofs.
In all of the imagery I've seen used to promote the Occupy movement, I haven't seen any bears. I think that is a glaring omission! The Bear is the symbol of the market in recession, of investor timidity, fear, and the collapse of profit. The Bull, garishly betesticled symbol of Wall Street, is its counterpart. I made this graphic to celebrate the bears, metaphorical, and literal: the triumph of wild nature over domestication.
Download a high-resolution PDF of this image to print out for yourself by clicking HERE. Josh points out that the bear is often seen as a necessary part of capitalism, correcting the excesses. Not if it kills and eats the bull, I say!
Some months ago, while I was in Pittsburgh for the Justseeds exhibition part of the "Pittsburgh Biennial" at Carengie Mellon Shaun Slifer and I got to work on this mural based on a print I did some years ago. Which was a fun way to revitalize the old dusty image and help out the folks at Big Idea Books.
The 2012 Justseeds/Eberhardt Press Organizer is on the press! After some unforeseen technical difficulties, this year's datebook is currently in production and should be in the Justseeds store within twelve days. Hopefully you'll be able to hold out that long! I strongly advise it- this organizer, our third, features subtle refinement of the design of previous years. It's still wire-bound for ease of use, still gloriously uncluttered, and still full of great Justseeds art (curated by Roger) in full-color spreads. In addition, Charles has put all of the months-at-a-glance on the same pages for ease of location, tweaked the design of the lunar phase calendar, and upped the quality of cover and paper stock. When it finally hits JS HQ, we'll let you know here!
Our friend Cindy Milstein has been posting great regular updates about what is going on inside Occupy Philly on her blog HERE. Check it out! [The image above is from a banner painted as part of the Philly occupation.]
Justseeds fellow-traveler Brandon Bauer just sent me a cool animated gif he made from one of my Occupy posters. I actually can't figure out how to embed the damn thing here, but you can see the animation by clicking HERE. Check out Brandon's site HERE. He created it in response to a call from F.A.T. Lab to occupy the internet with pro-OWS gifs. The call is HERE.
A new documentary is coming out about about popular resistance to the corporate domination of our visual landscape. I don't know much about it, but it looks interesting, and debuts in New York City in early November. Below is from the film's press release:
This Space Available
A documentary film directed by Gwenaelle Gobe
World Premiere at IFC Center/ New York
Saturday November 5th, 7:00 PM
Tuesday November 8th, 1:15 PM
Billboards and commercial messages dominate the public space like never before. But is a movement taking shape to reverse this trend? In This Space Available, filmmaker Gwenaëlle Gobé says yes. Influenced by the writing of her father, Marc Gobé (Emotional Branding), this new director brings energy and urgency to stories of people around the world fighting to reclaim their public spaces from visual pollution.
Paul Kjelland and I finished the public art install at the Villard Square Library in North Milwaukee this past Saturday at 4:30am - 5 hours before the grand opening! The project was a very rewarding experience from start to finish. I have never, ever experienced an opening quite like this one. The focus was on the neighborhood - a major community celebration and a testament to how essential the public library is to the community and the greater public sphere. In a time when all things public have been getting hammered, this victory stands as a tremendous victory. Proof positive that the greatest assets of a community is found in its public sphere.
Here are some photos of the public art that Paul and I integrated throughout the interior space and some links to recent press.
For years I've stubbornly paid my bills by writing a check, licking an envelope, placing a stamp, and marching to the post office. Even—no, especially—as the electric, gas, and credit card companies send more and more and more missives claiming the benefits of online bill payment, I've always taken a certain satisfaction in my little "fuck you," my small personal attempt in forcing them all to keep employing at least one human being to open the envelopes, look over the checks, and sort the payments.
I just returned from Europe, having followed up the epic Justseeds Slovenia Install with some travel in Croatia and the UK. During my excursion to Croatia, I stayed on the island of Mali Losinj and was shown around by the amiable Domagoj Buljan.
He and I spent a day on the islet of Ilovik (about eighty permanent residents, no cars) and explored an abandoned Yugoslav army gun emplacement and bunker there. We discussed the wondrous plans that some folks from the area have to create an arts residency program there, squatting the bunker zone. There's a gorgeous bay, a couple of crumbling houses, and the bunker itself; which you can get a bit of a breathless tour of in this video I made. We were imagining an occupation of the abandoned anti-aircraft gun slots (seen at the beginning of the video), connected to each other and the bay by the network of cool white tunnels covered in the random graffiti of expatriate Ilovik teenagers returned on vacation from their homes in New Jersey. The nearby island of Susak is covered in stands of agressive bamboo,
which, we hypothesized, could be felled and carted over in a small boat borrowed from Ilovik town, where Domagoj has been working as an olive-press mechanic. Woven together into some sort of wickiup and covered in a quilt of space blankets, with a space at the bottom lined with mosquito netting to permit a breeze, the domes would be simple to build, easy to dismantle at the end of residency period, and glorious to inhabit.
About three years back I bought a small collection of cheap, but relatively handsome, UK Anarchist pamphlets under the title New Anarchist Review. They stretched from 1984 into the early 1990s, and were largely composed of reviews and lists of recently published anarchist books, advertisements from antiauthoritarian publishers, and a short article here and there. I was initially drawn to them because they seemed a humble heir to the Cienfuegos Press Anarchist Review of the late 70s, which had similar content, but was much more comprehensive and completest.
It turns out that New Anarchist Review (NAR) was published by the same consortium of anarchist groupings that put together the early London Anarchist Bookfair, including the publishers involved in A Distribution (such as Pheonix Press, Freedom Press, and Rebel Press), the Anarchist Book Service, and the anarchist bookshops Freedom and 121 Centre. There is a really nice history of the London Anarchist Bookfair and the New Anarchist Review that you can read HERE. I don't think it is intended to be anonymous, but I couldn't find an author attribution anywhere!
Witness for Peace works to educate Americans about the negative impacts of U.S.policy in Latin America. One of the clear impacts of neo-liberal trade policies is a huge spike in Mexican migration to the U.S. The Witness for Peace Mexico Team recently produced a series of three videos called "Faces of Migration" which explore some of the lesser discussed aspects of the migration phenomenon. These videos feature interviews with people in Oaxaca and Veracruz states, two of the places with high rates of out-migration due to economic necessity...
My friend Adrian Blackwell has been working for years in Toronto on an antiauthoritarian analysis and practice of architecture and public planning. He's got a new project that just went up, and I wish I was in Toronto to see it!
Calculus of forms: building and erasing utopias
Adrian Blackwell and Jane Hutton
October 14 – December 31, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, October 14, 7-10 pm
G Gallery, 134 Ossington St, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z5
Calculus of forms examines the relationship between the quantitative and qualitative dimensions of urban form. Cities have certain shapes which hold us in particular ways and allow us to move along specific paths. They are historical, changing over time according to political and economic vicissitudes.
A Show about Colab (and Related Activities)
October 15–November 30
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15, 6–8pm
Printed Matter, Inc., 195 Tenth Ave, New York, NY 10011
From the press release:
Printed Matter, Inc. is pleased to announce the exhibition, A Show about Colab (and Related Activities), which runs from October 15 through November 30, 2011. This overarching survey will presents a wide range of materials and artworks from various Colab activities from the late 1970’s through the mid 1980’s, including screenings of film and video works, and cable broadcasts. The exhibition also features works and material from other related groups, collectives and projects. An opening reception is scheduled at Printed Matter on Saturday, October 15th,, from 6 – 8 pm. Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Avenue between 21st and 22nd Street in Chelsea, New York City.
Boston designer Eric Gulliver sent along this great poster calling for the freedom of Bradley Manning, the soldier taking the fall for the Wikileaks cables. This should be high-enough res to print at 8.5"x11".
Justseeds is a 25 artist cooperative scattered across 14 cities and 3 countries. There is no way we could do what we do without the amazing online tools created by the Riseup Collective, an autonomous political tech collective that provides email addresses, list serves, and the social media/activist organizational software called Crabgrass. Riseup needs our help!! Read their call below, and think about sending them a donation, small or large, HERE.
Riseup works tirelessly to create grassroots technology alternatives that address the communication needs of people and organizations working for social change. When you get a service from a corporation that doesn’t charge you, chances are that the money comes from extensive surveillance. Riseup, on the other hand, relies on donations by users like you who believe in supporting democratic alternatives.
Shaun Slifer and Mary Tremonte are in Copenhagen this week and have a few Justseeds events lined up. We will be giving a talk titled Justseeds: Tactics for Social Movement Graphics in the US at Kunsthøjskolen i Holbæk on Thursday October 13th, and then at the Fynske Kunstakademi (Funen Art Academy) on Tuesday October 18th (link to the event on their site HERE)
We will also present the Resourced portfolio and related prints at YNKB
The show opens on Saturday October 15th, with a talk by the two of us.
Join us if you're in the area!
Saturday October 15
18:00 - 21:00
Artists' Talk at 19:00
Ydre Nørrebro Kultur Bureau
Baldersgade 70 st tv
Show runs through November 15
Here's another downloadable poster I cooked up for the occupy movement. Based on a very, very old illustration I did (I think over 10 years ago), I've spiced it up a bit. Click on the image to the left, then drag the high-res to your desktop. Enjoy, hit the streets, stay safe!
I just got this book in the mail. It is a companion to an exhibition at Monash University Rare Books Library, Melbourne, Australia.
From the dust jacket, " a journey through some of humanity's most inhumane and hypocritical moments. The catalogue provides insights into 77 influential books and works presented in book form, of the past 90 years."
Paul Kjelland and I have spent the past 8 months creating artwork for the interior of a new Milwaukee Public Library branch in North Milwaukee. Themes of social justice, community, and the importance of public libraries are central to the images that we created.
If you are in Milwaukee this Saturday, stop on by. We will be on hand to talk about the work and explain our process that included two months of listening sessions where the immediate community informed us about the themes and histories that they wanted represented in their library.
This weekend, I installed a solo show at Alma College located here in Michigan. Titled ‘Preoccupied’, the two part exhibition includes a social practice-based installation that asks gallery goers to create prostest placards, as well as exhibits my series of Louisville Slugger relief prints evoking baseball and its relationship to immigration and the use of Indigenous people as mascots for sports.
Here's the last batch of Agit883 covers! These all rely on some version of collage and montage, to varying effects...I'm actually up to my neck in a poster project for the Occupied Wall Street Journal, so this week all the covers will go completely without comment! I hope to be back to my usual overly verbose self next week.
Here are two more Occupy movement posters, both making important connections to other struggles, and complicating the term "occupation." The on on the left is by Dignidad Rebelde, and a high-res version can be downloaded HERE. The one on the right is a collaboration by Sandra Castro, Ernesto Yerena and Orlando Arenas, a high-res version can be downloaded HERE.
Mother Jones just put up a cool article entitled "Octopi Wall Street!" about the historical use of the octopus as a representation of capitalism. Worth clicking over and reading it HEREhttp://motherjones.com/mixed-media/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-octopus-vampire-squid, including checking out the half dozen great historical images!
*Urgent News Bulletin: Ostula comrade killed in Xayakalan*
“We have to struggle, come what may, whatever happens, against anyone we
have to. A struggle isn’t easy. It’s exhausting—economically, physically, and emotionally. They want to fill us with fear with their arms, with their show of force. But we must not fear them. We must struggle without fear for our land, for our freedom, for our dignity.” —Pedro Leyva, Santa María Ostula, July 6, 2011.
Today at approximately 9 p.m. in the community of Xayakalan, Santa María Ostula, municipality of Aquila Michoacán, our comrade and community member, 34-year-old Pedro Leyva, was killed in a cowardly attack by paramilitaries operating in the region. Pedro has been a member of the Commission for the Defense of Communal Property, and of the Santa María Ostula Communal Guard, as well as Ostula’s representative to the National Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity. The paramilitaries are at the service of organized crime groups that have pursued, killed and disappeared members of this and neighboring communities with total impunity especially since the recovery of Xayakalan on June 29, 2009.
Roos Arts, 449 Main Street, Rosendale NY, 12472
Roos Arts is pleased to present "POP: Print Only Please", a group exhibition featuring artists who work with various techniques of printmaking. The work represents a range of practices that reflect the diverse ways of utilizing printmaking to create narrative images. We are also featuring artists from Women's Studio Workshop and Justseeds Artists' Cooperative who create a nurturing community for artists to collaborate and support each other's unique viewpoints.
If you're in Pittsburgh, please visit a show that opens tonight on the theme of honeybees. The show features papercuts by myself (Bec Young) and two other artists, Kathryn Carr and Stacey Malasky. Bee pollination is essential to human life because of their symbiotic relationship with flowers, and we thought it would be a good idea to show our love of bees in paper. I have three papercuts in the show and two glass tiles. The show runs for a month.
A Bee's Experience at WildCard
4209 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Opening Friday, October 7th 6 -9pm
Here's Justseeds collaborator Jesse Goldstein's poster for Occupy Wall St.
Click on it to get the bigger version.
And here are his reflections on his experiences printing with folks:
This last few days I’ve been screen printing down on Wall Street with Josh MacPhee, David Spataro and a host of new friends who’ve offered their help in one way or another. Its been a great process – the first night we printed, Josh and I set up with a few screens, a squeegee some ink and not much of a clue as to how things would work out – especially considering we hadn’t brought anything to print on. So we started with some test prints to get the ink flowing (apparently Bob Avakian’s paper does have some use after all!) and got a few people interested – but it was cold and getting dark and there was nothing to print on. Then a young occupier wandered by and saw the problem. He said to us, “Why don’t we just buy some shirts?” He followed this up by pulling out a pocket of cash and said – I’ve got money to spend on this sort of thing, I’ll throw 40$ dollars at it.” So Josh and I – thankful for his common sense, added some cash and then Josh ran out to clean the local drug store out of tee shirts.
Hey NYC folks who want a break from occupying Wall St. - come see justseedster Dara Greenwald present over at Union Docs Tonight!
Crash Course on the Collective Process
Thursday, October 6 at 7:00pm,
Union Docs, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The evening, part of the Congress of Collectives, will consist of two parts. In part one, Dara Greenwald will present and discuss videos that document collective creative actions. In part two, three radical art collectives, Voina, Red Channels, and Paper Tiger Television, will screen recent videos and discuss their collective process.
Been working on this for a couple days now, a poster connecting the Occupy! movement to the struggle to free political prisoners and end prison injustice. The quote is from a beautiful poem by Assata Shakur. If you don't know who she is, PLEASE run out and read her autobiography today. I'm not kidding, just do it!
Click on the image to get larger size, then download to your desktop and print.
Astra Taylor, Sarah Resnick, Mark Greif, and many, many others helped make a fun and awesome contingent (called "Artists and Writers Exhausted by Capitalism and Inspired by the Occupation") in today's Unions Support Occupy Wall Street rally and march. Here is a great photo by Jeremy Ayers, with the whole crew holding up "Money Talks..." posters printed by Ray Cross at Bushwick Print Lab (and great risograph copies made by Sarah). We handed out something like 300 posters total (screenprints and risographs) in minutes!
These first two images are by Chris at Printed Matter printshop in Portland, OR. Click on the images, then download to your desktop. The bottom image was emailed to us by Dave Menninger, that one can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
My friend Jared from Beyond Resistance Collective in New Zealand just sent me this cool short video featuring Reproduce & Revolt: A Graphic Toolbox for the 21st Century (you can get a copy HERE!), the book Favianna Rodriguez and I put out a couple years back.
I've been doing some design work for an amazing film project called Far From Afghanistan. They need to raise a bunch of money to finish the film, which is a document of the past ten years of war, both in Afghanistan and here at home in the US (and a nod to the 1967 French film Far from Vietnam). PLEASE check out their fundraising drive HERE, and think about chipping in.
For extra encouragement, I'm going to be screenprinting a couple different promotional posters for the film, which will likely be very limited and only be available through the Far From Afghanistan Kickstarter campaign. To the right is a draft of one of the designs...
"Seeds of Liberation" is a exhibition featuring work by Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration between artists Melanie Cervantes & Jesus Barraza. Emerging from the everyday struggles of Third World, Raza & Indigenous peoples, Dignidad Rebelde produces art intended to transform people's stories into a radical visual language that is then returned to those who inspired it in the first place. Working primarily as poster artists, Dignidad Rebelde continues working in an important artistic tradition deeply rooted in popular social movements throughout the Americas.
An artist reception will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 6-8pm.
September 16, 2011 to October 31, 2011
Addison Street Windows Gallery | 2018 Addison Street, Berkeley 94704
Al Jazeera just ran a great illustrated story on graffiti in Libya, check it out HERE.
Nicolas Lampert sent this graphic in, it's high res, just click on it below, then drag the bigger image to your desktop (or left click on a pc)...
I'm still sorting out all the comments on the poster designs, but in the meantime, and while they get "perfected," I figured I might as well post some high-res pdf versions for people to download and use. These 5 posters are all designed and prepped to be printed out at 11x17, on a color laser printer. I'll work on greyscale versions soon.
The image to the left is a new one, based on Bloomberg's response to the OWS action...
You can download the hi-res pdf HERE.
Download and proliferate!
This week we've got more Agit 883. Like last week, I'm blitzed with other work and life issues, so I'm mostly going to just let these ride, and speak for themselves. General info: All the covers this week are largely made up of re-used and re-purposed photographic images from other newspapers and sources. Some are used in the celebratory sense of reproducing images of resistance, and others in a critical sense of satirically focusing on people in power.
The cover to the right, for issue #16, is a satirical use of an image from Vietnam, the brutality wrought on children by the war is commented on with the title "International Children's Day."
I've been trying to synthesize some of the ideas (and add some of my own) coming out of Occupy Wall Street here in New York City in order to try to create some better-designed messaging, possible posters, images for people to use, etc. I'm going to start posting some of these designs here on the blog, and I'd love feedback to help narrow down which ones work best. I hope to start printing some soon, once I get a handle on which are communicating.
The trick with doing this is that there has been little clear messaging out of the movement, especially with content I find compelling politically. Many of the signs at the occupation, and the Occupy Wall Street statement, reference a "THEY" as an amorphous bad guy? Capitalism is an economic system, one in which we all participate to varying degrees—and are all largely beholden to for survival—whether we are janitors, artists, or CEOs. When we start anthropomorphizing this system as a set of people, things get really slippery, and politically questionable, really fast. There is only a couple degrees between labeling the "Bankers" as the bad guys before we slip into the evil "Masons," "Lizard People," or "Jews." I ain't going there.
Anyway, here are some early designs, let me know what you think. Once I get some feedback, I'll start putting up higher-res versions for people to use and print out.