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Community Control of the Land


"Community Control of the Land"

Silkscreen
November 2002, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles

Housing is a human right. The fight for land and housing is one that dates back to over 500 years, beginning with the rape of Indian land by Spanish colonizers, the theft of Mexican territories, the racist policies that prohibited African and Indian people from owning land. Today many working class communities are at the mercy of big business, which exploit the land for profit and destroy communities. The basic demand for community control of the land, which was set forth by our revolutionary predecessors throughout the civil rights movement, is still relevant to us today.

This piece was commissioned by Strategic Actions for a Just Economy & Center for the Study of Political Graphics. The Figueroa Corridor in downtown Los Angeles is in a battle with city redevelopers and big business over what is to be done with the land. This poster served as a testament to the community's struggle and as a tool to mobilize tenants. I was one of seven artists invited to create a poster documenting the housing crisis. The six other artists were Jerolyn Crute, Mark "Memphis" Young, Ricardo Mendoza, Weston Teruya, Garland Kirkpatrick, & THINK AGAIN (David Attyah, Shelly Bachman).

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