Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mystery Poster of the Week

Please Help CSPG Identify This Poster

This stunning poster was just donated to us and we don't know where it came from or when it was made.  It was collected in the 1980s, but the photo is from an earlier time.  Any leads, clues, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Poster of the Week

¿Donde estan nuestros hijos?
Rini Templeton
Frente Nacional Contra la Repression (FNCR)
Offset, 1982

CSPG’s Poster of the Week focuses attention on an ongoing crisis in Mexico, where six students were killed and 43 others were kidnapped by police a month ago and are still missing. 

On September 26, 2014, local police in Iguala, Mexico attacked a group of students from the Normal Rural School in Ayotzinapa, killing six and wounding seventeen. Another 43 students teachers were last seen being herded onto buses—and simply vanished. Iguala is in the state of Guerrero, 81 miles SSW of Mexico City.

An international outcry has forced the federal government to send in the army and federal police to look for the missing students. On October 9, tens of thousands of people marched throughout Mexico, to demand justice for the missing students. More than 20 police, as well as some members of Guerreros Unidos, a local criminal organization with ties to local politicians, have been taken into custody, but have yet to face criminal charges over the murders and kidnappings. The left wing of the national teachers' union and the rural teachers' colleges have called for an indefinite strike until the missing students are found. 

The Raúl Isidro Burgos Normal Rural School in Ayotzinapa is a teachers' college established in 1926 as part of a national program to train teachers and extend public education to rural communities throughout Mexico. The school has a strong tradition of resistance and a militant student union. Graduates have also been the backbone of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) — the left-wing section of the national teacher's union— in Guerrero state, where opposition to the neoliberal education reform agenda of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has been strongest.

Students from the Normal Rural School at Ayotzinapa are no strangers to harassment by police, given their history of resistance, but the attack they suffered on Friday, September 26, is unprecedented. Police violence on this scale hasn't been seen in Mexico since the massacre of Tlatelolco when army forces killed and disappeared university students on the eve of the 1968 Olympics.

Ironically, the youths were reportedly gathering resources for the 46th anniversary march in commemoration of the Tlatelolco massacre, when they were assaulted. The students were unarmed and en route to a peaceful demonstration against job discrimination against teachers from rural areas. The Tlatelolco massacre occurred on October 2, 1968— 10 days before the opening of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City— in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco section of Mexico City. About ten thousand people, many of them students, had gathered to protest escalating government repression and the closing of the National University; when shooting broke out, three hundred people were killed and more than 1300 were arrested.  To this day, however, the official death count is less than 50.

The events are considered part of the Mexican Dirty War, when the government used its forces to suppress political opposition.

CSPG’s Poster of the Week commemorates the 1968 Massacre at Tlatelolco, but the banner above the church resonates with the missing students today, as it asks,

Where are our children?  Mobilization against repression! March for the presence of the disappeared and against repression October 2, 1982 from Tlatelolco to the Zocalo


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lex Drewinski
Silkscreen, 1994
Berlin, Germany

Unfortunately, this 20 year old poster continues to be as relevant as today’s headlines.  Whether due to famine, HIV/AIDS, genocidal wars or Ebola, the African continent, birthplace of civilization, continues to suffer, and the legacy of colonialism and imperialism has only worsened their problems.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Poster of the Week

Don’t Miss CSPG’s Special 25th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday October 12th
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Honoring Dolores Huerta, Samella Lewis, Larry Gross & Scott Tucker

Places The U.S. Has Bombed Since W.W.II
Josh MacPhee
Spraypaint; stencil, 2002
Chicago, Illinois

Now we must add Syria to this growing list of places the U.S. has bombed since W.W.II  When will we ever learn.

China 1945-46
Korea 1950-53
China 1950-53
Guatemala 1954
Indonesia 1958
Cuba 1959-61
Guatemala 1960
Belgian Congo 1964
Guatemala 1964
Dominican Republic 1965-66
Peru 1965
Laos 1964-73
Vietnam 1961-73
Cambodia 1969-70
Guatemala 1967-69
Lebanon 1982-84
Grenada 1983-84
Libya 1986
El Salvador 1981-92
Nicaragua 1981-90
Iran 1987-88
Libya 1989
Panama 1989-90
Iraq 1991
Kuwait 1991
Somalia 1992-94
Bosnia 1995
Iran 1998
Sudan 1998
Afghanistan 1998
Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999
Afghanistan 2001-present
Iraq 2003-2011
Pakistan 2004 – present
Yemen 2004 - present
Libya 2011
Somalia 2011- present
Iraq & Syria 2014 – present
Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War)
Guatemala 1954
Indonesia 1958
Cuba 1959-1961
Guatemala 1960
Congo 1964
Laos 1964-73
Vietnam 1961-73
Cambodia 1969-70
Guatemala 1967-69
Grenada 1983
Lebanon 1983, 1984 (both Lebanese and Syrian targets)
Libya 1986
El Salvador 1980s
Nicaragua 1980s
Iran 1987
Panama 1989
Iraq 1991 (Persian Gulf War)
Kuwait 1991
Somalia 1993
Bosnia 1994, 1995
Sudan 1998
Afghanistan 1998
Yugoslavia 1999
Yemen 2002
Iraq 1991-2003 (US/UK on regular basis)
Iraq 2003-present
Afghanistan 2001-present
Pakistan 2007-present
Somalia 2007-8, 2011
Yemen 2009, 2011
Libya 2011

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Poster of the Week

Attend the People’s Climate Change March in NY on Sunday,  help save the planet & collect posters for CSPG

Warning Against Warming
U. G. Sato
Pan-Pacific Committee for Environmental Poster Design Exhibition
Silkscreen, 1998
Tokyo, Japan

On Sunday, September 21st, New York City will host what organizers are predicting will be the largest climate change protest in history. More than 100,000 people are expected to converge for a People’s Climate March. The march precedes the United Nations climate summit which opens Tuesday, where leaders from 125 countries are expected to announce nonbinding initiatives to reduce carbon emissions that fuel global warming. Nonbinding initiatives are an insult in the face of escalating global danger. Following the hottest summer on record, devastating droughts, super-storms, etc., all of us should be protesting the inaction of our government. 

CSPG’s Poster of the Week warned against climate change 16 years ago, and things have only gotten much worse.  There’s a 1972 poster in CSPG’s collection that predicts the extinction of polar bears, bald eagles and other species by the year 2000.  We are not far behind this prediction.  When will we ever learn.

CSPG’s Poster of the Week will be included in our 25th Anniversary Portfolio, and is also featured in our newest exhibition: Art is a Hammer—25 Years of Posters That Have Galvanized Social Action, which can be seen on  

For more information about our 25th anniversary Celebrating the Art of Resistance, please visit.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Poster of the Week

When Love Is a Contact Sport Women Lose
Liz Harvey
Women's Action Coalition (WAC)
Offset, 1995

CSPG’s Poster of the Week features a photograph of Nicole Brown Simpson, made during trial of her ex-husband, football hero and television star O.J. Simpson, who was charged with murdering Nicole and Ron Goldman in 1994.  Nicole is shown with eye black, the grease football players put under their eyes to cut glare.  The black eyes also refer to 911 tapes played during the trial that revealed a history of domestic violence throughout their relationship.  Simpson was found not guilty.  It was one of the most sensationalist trials in U.S. history.

Unfortunately, domestic violence takes everywhere and everyday, but only make headlines when the abuser is high profile.  This week two cases of domestic violence involving prominent athletes were in the news—the video of the Baltimore Ravens football star Ray Rice beating Janay Palmer his then girlfriend, now wife, and the acquittal for premeditated murder of Oscar Pistorius, South African Olympic runner and double amputee, who killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, while she was  in the bathroom of their apartment.  Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on 12 September 2014, but plans to appeal.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Poster of the Week

Pray For the Dead
Northland Poster Collective
Silkscreen, no date
Minneapolis, MN

This week’s poster features a quote from Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a tireless labor and community organizer. Mary Harris Jones began working as an organizer for the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers Union after her husband and four children died of yellow fever and lost all of her possessions in the great Chicago fire of 1871. She committed herself to the labor struggle for humane wages and working conditions and participated in hundreds of strikes across the country from the late 1870s through the early 1920s. In the 1890s, Mother Jones became an organizer for United Mine Workers in West Virginia, mobilizing miners’ wives to march with brooms and mops in order to block strikebreakers from entering the mines. When Jones was denounced on the floor of the United States Senate as the "grandmother of all agitators," she replied, “I hope to live long enough to be the great-grandmother of all agitators.”

Following in Mother Jones’ footsteps, this week, fast food workers around the country are planning a set of one-day walkouts, according to Fast Food Forward, an organizing group for the protests. The strikes will take place in 150 cities at restaurants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and KFC. Over the past two years, fast-food workers have been actively organizing the “Fight for 15” campaign to demand pay of $15 an hour—what they call a living wage—and the right to unionize. This past July, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that McDonald’s is jointly responsible for wage and labor violations that are enacted by its franchise owners.

On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans to raise the minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017. Los Angeles has the highest percentage of its population living in poverty, with 28% of Angelenos today living below the poverty line. Thirteen states increased their minimum wages at the start of the year by an average of 28¢, and the city of Seattle has approved a $15 minimum wage.