RESILENCE AND JUSTICE POSTER PACK
18x24"posters of each piece of art by Ernesto Yerena from our various campaigns will be sent to anyone donating $25 to help us move activism through art.
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We Who Seek Justice: We all deserve a decent life. Every day, We the People Michigan educates and empowers people across the state to demand the change they wish to see -- by starting with effective community organizing. In 2017, Amplifier partnered with Chicano artist Ernesto Yerena to create imagery supporting We the People’s mission in uplifting and mobilizing the working class for a better future.
Yerena’s artwork, which aims to provoke critical thinking, is based off portraits shot by Arlene Mojerado and encourages solidarity amongst all Michigan residents in the fight against oppression and injustice. Thousands of prints were distributed to union groups and hung in local businesses as a symbol of We the People’s plight for a united Michigan.
We The Resilient: American identity starts with Native resistance. In this artwork, Ernesto Yerena honors Helen Red Feather of the Lakota tribe during her bravery and resilience at the Standing Rock reservation in 2016. She was originally photographed by Ayşe Gürsöz while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The DAPL violates treaty rights, compromises access to clean water and threatens the sacred burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes. As indigenous communities continue to stand up for their land and resources, it is our duty to stand with them.
Invest in Families: The prison-industrial complex is a multimillion dollar industry in the United States, yet many public schools across the country lack the basic resources and supplies needed for a comprehensive education system. In 2014, Amplifier and Ernesto Yerena teamed up to support the #SchoolsNotPrisons initiative and create artwork supporting better use of public funds.
“Coming from a working class background, I often saw people voting against their own best interests because the media tricked them into thinking that a certain choice was best for them,” says Yerena. “Drawing from my own experiences, I began to ask myself ‘How can we create more critical thought in working class communities?"
The artwork was displayed in a wheatpaste campaigns to publicly demand that federal and state leaders invest back into the communities they are supposed to represent.
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