Proud to be contributing // #repost from dear friend Aaron Huey @argonautphoto // My non-profit @AmplifierFoundation just launched a project on Kickstarter that I wanted to share with you. It was my way of turning my fear and sadness after Nov 8th into action. Link in my header.
Eight years ago my friend Shepard Fairey (@obeygiant) made an image that defined a period of HOPE in America. Today we are in very different times. In the wake of this year’s presidential campaign, very concerning things are becoming normalized: anti-Immigrant rhetoric, building walls, mass deportations, talk of Muslim registries. This moment calls for new images, images to disrupt the rising tide of hate speech and fear mongering. We the People need to come together under a new symbol of Hope— one that reminds us that OUR America is one of equal humanity, and does not demean or discriminate. We need you to help us take back this narrative.
In addition to Shepard we have 2 of the most talented activist artist working today: @ernestoyerena and @jessicasabogal. Together these 3 artists are helping shape the American story we SHOULD be telling.
The sale of these artist's prints on Kickstarter will fund the publication of their images and words as full page ads in the Washington Post on Inauguration Day, to be distributed to 600,000 people. Free speech in public spaces has rarely been as stifled as it will be for this inauguration. But no administration can tell you can't buy a newspaper and hold it up above your head! Beyond the ads in the Post @AmplifierFoundation will also be distributing all of these images at Metro stops, out the back of moving vans, and at drop spots in DC to be announced in the coming weeks on their site. We don’t have any one easy solution, but we do know this: We are Resilient, we must be Indivisible, we must be #GreaterThanFear , we must #DefendDignity , and we must #ProtectEachOther . Art made from a photo by @ridzdesign