You Have Rights
This piece was commissioned by the Immigrant Defense Project, based in New York City, and was placed inside migrant detention centers. The piece was designed to encourage migrants to speak to their lawyers about their rights.
You can find this and more art on my online art store.
On October 5, communities across the country will bring families into the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families. On October 8 at 12:30pm, tens of thousands will gather on the National Mall at 10th Street to celebrate Camino Americano: the Concert for Immigrant Dignity and Respect before marching to the U.S. Capitol to send a message to the House of Representatives: Get Immigration Reform Done; and Get it Done Now. For our families, for our communities, for our country.
Join CultureStrike as we leverage the power of ART and CULTURE to shine light on the growing movement for migrant rights. Migrant communities cannot wait any longer. Not one more family should be torn apart by these senseless practices.
As you prepare to take to the streets on October 5th, use the how-to guide, templates and video provided below to create fun, colorful and eye-catching visuals and signage that will help us send a united message across the nation – Keep Families Together.
After you make art, please take a picture showing off your creations and upload them to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the tag: #art4
Let’s build a public gallery of community-made art.
Links to Download Oct 5 Art Below
* Oct 5 National Day of Dignity Art Templates *
* How To Guide to Creating Stencil Art/Posters *
A collection of over 500 political graphics, Reproduce & Revolt/Reproduce Y Rebélate contains original art granted by the creators to the public domain, to be freely used on political posters, flyers, and campaigns.
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Listen to my talk on Cultural Organizing at the National Conference for Media Reform. The panel also feature Jeff Chang and you can listen to the entire discussion here.
Racism and white supremacy are prevailing forces in our society and continue to cause inequality, suffering, and institutionalized violence in communities of color. I developed this poster for the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, March 21st. The characters in the piece are singing and working collectively to combat racism.
My PAPA is the source of my creativity!
I made this card for the Papa’s Day art project
thinking of my father. I chose to depict elephants in this image because I wanted to honor the fact that many living beings have a father in their life. The elephants in particular are very loving with each other, and show affection like humans do.
This image represents a journey which so many of our fathers make. My father made a long journey from Peru because he believed that he would have a better life in this country. His story of migration reminds me that many living things move, it is part of our DNA and a natural part of life.
My father taught me to be strong, to reject patriarchy, and to be myself. He is unconventional in so many ways, and I reflect his counter-culture spirit. I have a great relationship with him, and he is my biggest art far.
Papa, Te Quiero Mucho.
(You can see my e-card, along with many other Papas Day cards
at their web site.)
Today, the National Education Association is launching their campaign “Dreamers Welcome.” They’re asking community to share my newest Butter Fly design.
The inspiration for this design was to stand in solidarity with dreamers and for them to know that there is a community of people who care and stand with them. Their story is a beautiful and positive story, of resiliency of the human spirit.
And starting today, NEA is hosting a national call-in day (1-866-632-6057) to encourage educators and others to call their senators and encourage them to support DREAMers, their families and the comprehensive bill. Please share this image with all of your friends and family !!
Bay Area family, check out this Butterfly Art Workshop at Plaza de la Raza going down on Saturday June 15th. It’s in conjunction with the current exhibition on display “Empujando Tinta.” Please RSVP for the workshop by emailing Julio Salgado: email@example.com
For this years Netroots Nation in San Jose, I’m going to be on a panel discussion called: Artists for Justice: How Artists are Transforming the Narrative on Immigration and Equality. If you’re at NN this year, be sure to come by the panel and keep an eye out for other events I’ll be hosting with Culture Strike through out the weekend.
"The migrant rights movement is rich with artists and producers who are producing culture that reach audiences beyond the bounds of what community organizing and policy-based organizing can do. Visual artists, designers, coders, rappers, emcees, street artists, musicians, poets and performers are increasingly working together to form a cultural front that speaks out for a fair and just immigration policy. From theater productions to creative online apps to the use of the monarch butterfly symbol, art is a powerful and undeniable tool in the migrant struggle. Come hear how organizers and artists are employing cultural strategy and online tools to activate innovative art that shifts hearts and minds around immigration. We will discuss case studies and successful models of cultural organizing and cultural strategy."
Artist Workers of the World, UNITE!
Check out my latest interview, in spanish over at Yaconic.
More than a 100 Artists, Musicians, Writers, Filmmakers, Comedians, Producers, and Performers are Calling on President Obama and Congress to Pass Just and Humane Immigration Reform!
Members of the creative community who are speaking out for humane reform include Russell Banks, W. Kamau Bell, Ross Bleckner, Margaret Cho, Teju Cole, Chuck D, Rosario Dawson, Zack De La Rocha, Junot Díaz, Abigail E. Disney, Dave Eggers, Shepard Fairey, Eric Fischl, John Leguizamo, Yo-Yo Ma, Mira Nair, Robert Redford, R.E.M., The Roots, Sarah Silverman, Jose Antonio Vargas, Colson Whitehead, and many more!!
Please SHARE this image to help spread the Migration is Beautiful message! http://migrationisbeautiful.com/
Art by Ray Hernandez
WORK connects us all. LABOR connects us all
Celebrate May Day by celebrating workers, demanding citizenship for all 11 million and an end to the deportations.
I developed this piece for the AFL-CIO. Yesterday, Richard Trumpka, AFL-CIO President said, “We know that there will be a roadmap to citizenship soon, but not soon enough for hundreds of thousands of hard working people and immigrant communities. We call on the administration to cease deportations of people who will soon be eligible for a long overdue roadmap to citizenship so the legislative process can proceed without prolonging the crisis. That is the sensible and humane thing to do. When a war is about to end, it makes sense to reach a cease-fire rather than extend the suffering needlessly.”
May we, as citizens of the planet come together and fight the climate change criminals, for our mother, Pachamama. Happy Planet Day!