Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Poster of the Week

Make Civil Rights Equal for All People
Artist Unknown
Silkscreen, 2010
Los Angeles, California

CSPG’s Poster of the Week refers to two historic cases about Marriage Equality being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this week.  The two cases (United States v. Windsor;  Perry v. Schwarzenegger) challenge the constitutionality of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8.  Both DOMA, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, and Proposition 8, passed in 2008, stipulate that marriage is only between a man and a woman, denying same sex couples the same rights and benefits of their heterosexual counterparts.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Poster of the Week

David Gentleman
Stop the War Coalition
East End Offset
Offset, circa 2003
London, UK

CSPG’s Poster of the Week marks the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War.  This dramatic but simple poster uses David Gentleman’s signature blood splatter to escalate the written “NO” into a SCREAMED,  


On February 15, 2013, a month before the war began, tens of millions of people demonstrated in approximately 800 cities around the world, trying to prevent the war—the largest protest in history.  This poster was carried in the London anti-war protest, where up to one million protestors gathered in Hyde Park. marked the 10th anniversary by presenting "The Costs of War," a new report by a team of 30 economists, anthropologists, political scientists, legal experts and physicians about the impact of the Iraq War. The report found the total number of people who have died from the Iraq War, including soldiers, militants, police, contractors, journalists, humanitarian workers and Iraqi civilians, has reached at least 189,000 people, including at least 123,000 civilians. Financially, the report estimates a cost to U.S. taxpayers of $2.2 trillion, a figure that could one day approach $4 trillion with the interest accrued on the borrowed money used to fund the war.

It is critical to remember that the war, as so many other U.S. wars, was started on a lie.  The lie behind the Iraq War claimed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.  This lie was compounded by the continual linking by the George W. Bush Administration, that Saddam Hussein was directly involved with the September 11, 2001 attack on the U.S. It is also important to remember that the Viet Nam War escalated due to a lie that U.S. destroyers were attacked by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin. 

When will we ever learn?


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Poster of the Week

Viva la Lucha Antiimperialista
Offset, circa 2011
South America, possibly Venezuela

Long live the Struggle against Imperialism 
Internationalist and Proletarian Solidarity

CSPG’s Poster of the Week commemorates Hugo Chávez (1954-2013), President of Venezuela since 1999. Chávez died March 5, 2013, after two years of battling cancer.  He was 58. In this Ecuadoran poster he is shown in the center of past and current heroes of the Latin American left:

Bottom:  Current heroes, L-R
Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador
Raúl Castro, President of Cuba
Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela
Evo Morales, President of Bolivia
Fidel Castro, former President of Cuba  (1976 to 2008)

Top:  Past heroes, L-R:
Che Guevara, Salvador Allende, Simon Bolivar and José Martí

Chávez promoted participatory democracy, the nationalization of several key industries, increased government funding of health care and education, and significant reductions in poverty.  He introduced a system of worker-managed cooperatives, as well as a program of land reform. He was instrumental in creating the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), including Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. ALBA is the progressive alternative to the U.S. dominated Organization of American States (OAS).  Chávez was lauded by many for his anti-imperialism and his efforts to aid the poor. For these same reasons, he was reviled by the rich and powerful.

For an informative article on Hugo Chavez and his role in Venezuelan history, see:

Hugo Chavez