Brown Artists for Black Power Graphics Portfolio #1
Artwork by Grae Rosa
Zip File Size: 29.7MB
Download the zip file above for all 20 graphics from AfrxLatinx, non-Black Latinx & Brown-identified artists in Chicago, the Bay Area, and D.C. All graphics are free and should not be sold or profited from. To utilize for fundraising efforts, please reach out directly to the artist. Graphics and posters are free for anyone to download, print, use at your protests, put up in your windows or businesses, and anywhere else you need to put them to defend Black lives. If you are interested in submitting a piece, please email us at forthepeopleartists(at)gmail(dot)com.
Note: As a reminder, For the People Artists Collective is made up of both Black artists and artists of color, so we do not identify as a Latinx organization. We have been part of supporting Chicago-based campaigns with art & culture from #ByeAnita to #NoCopAcademy. If you want to donate to our work, you can here.
Black Lives Matter! Las Vidas Negras Importan! Justice for Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, Rekia Boyd, Laquan McDonald, and all Black lives stolen by police.
This rapid-response portfolio, Brown Artists for Black Power, was generated in immediate response to the blatant attacks perpetuated by some groups of non-Black Latinxs against Black people in the last several days in several Chicago neighborhoods (Little Village, Pilsen, North Lawndale, Bridgeport, etc.). While the uprisings against police/state violence after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis are exploding across the U.S., we are very aware that anti-Blackness has been used as a tool to divide oppressed communities throughout U.S. history.
As a hyper-local grassroots collective of Black artists and artists of color, For The People Artists Collective has heeded the demand to produce & curate visuals of Black & brown solidarity to be spread both online and printed for the streets of Chicago. This project came at the request of 1) Black organizers, community members, and friends in Chicago who feared for their lives during intensified state/vigilante violence and 2) non-Black Latinx community members called to de-escalate the violence in the streets.
On Anti-Blackness: Unlearning & challenging anti-Blackness is necessary and our duty as non-Black people. The term “anti-Blackness” means that Black people don’t just experience racist actions from white and non-Black people, but that their entire existence as Black people is always in relation to social death. We recognize that Latinx culture is inherently anti-Black. For example, attitudes that shame Blackness, colorism in media representation, criminalization and stigmatization of Black people, and denial of African roots, to name a few. We celebrate our beautiful truths and intersections of AfrxLatinx cultures, the African diaspora in Central, South American and Carribean countries, and African immigration to those countries. There is so much work to be done to confront and reverse the anti-Blackness embedded in Latinx culture from colonialism, colorism and even terms like “Latinx'' or “brown” that can and have been operationalized at times to erase Blackness within Latinidad. We fully acknowledge the dilemma and messiness, and continue to evolve our language, practice, and even this page, on a daily basis. We are in the process of collecting resources to produce a reading list by Black and Afrolatinx cultural workers across the country on anti-Blackness.
Artists in Portfolio Part 1: Jesus Barraza, Sam Kirk, Unapologetic Street Series, Grae Rosa, William Estrada, Chicago ACT Collective - Silvia Ines Gonzalez, Brian Herrera, Zitlali Yunuhem, Jenny Q, Jose (Lupe) Ortiz, Sara Briseño Torres, Miguel Lopez, Nicole Trinidad, Cristal Alba, and Veronica Girardo-Puente.