Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Poster of the Week

Bring Back Our Girls
Artist unknown
Digital, 2014
Stone Mountain, GA
CSPG’s Poster of the Week focuses on the April 14, 2014 kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from a boarding school in Northern Nigeria. 53 escaped and two have died.  Of the 234 remaining in captivity, some have been sold, others forced to marry their captors.  Boko Haram, Islamic militants opposed to western education claimed responsibility. They kidnapped eight more girls, aged 12-15 May 5.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has done little other than spread false stories that the girls were rescued.  Nigerian  President Goodluck Jonathan vowed to win the girls’ release, but hours later, police arrested two women who helped organize protests over the government’s seeming inaction. The two had just met with first lady Patience Jonathan, who accused them of fabricating the story of the abduction in order to embarrass her husband’s government.  International embarrassment may be the only thing motivating President Jonathan, as Nigeria will host the The World Economic Forum on Africa, on May 13, 2014. 

Demonstrations have been held throughout the world, including Georgia, Los Angeles, New York, London and Ottawa.  CSPG’s featured poster promoted a rally in Georgia.  Another powerful poster is designed simply as words printed on a lined yellow sheet of paper, as one might find in any elementary school:

Clippers owner makes racist
comment and everyone protests.
Miley Cyrus twerks and we all talk.
Justin Bieber is arrested and it is on
all the news stations.  Kim and Kanye
have a baby and social media blow up.
234 GIRLS are KIDNAPPED from school in
And no one cares.

CSPG is looking for posters about this and other issues.  Please contact us.  


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