"If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country." - Malcolm X
This poster was developed for Center for the Study of Political Graphics's 2005 award celebration. I developed it as a reaction to Hurricane Katrina. Both my art partner, Jesus Barraza, and I were honored at this event with the prestigious "Art is A Hammer Award". In the past, this award has been given to artists such as Malaquias Montoya, the Guerilla Girls, and Barbara Carrasco. We were honored with this award for our success with the Taller Tupac Amaru. Since the inception of the Taller in 2003, and through October 2005, Jesus and I have produced over 56 political posters.
One of the other awardees was Sandra Levinson, founder of the Center for Cuban Studies, based in New York. Her organization promotes the artwork of Cuban artists. As someone who has been tremendously inpsired by Cuban political poster, meeting Sandra was a great inspiration. In 1991, Sandra's organization spearheaded a successful lawsuit against the US Treasury Department, which made the importation and sale of original art from Cuba legal.
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