78 Days and Counting
August Newsletter78 days until the election and Day One of the first-ever virtual Democratic National Convention! As with all things Covid-related, this too has gone virtual, and who knows, maybe this will launch a new convention model. Starting today, let’s all tune in to hear speakers including Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Keisha Lance Bottoms, and of course Kamala Harris and our next President Joe Biden. There’s also a world-class line up of performers including Billie Eilish, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson. The DNC is calling for short videos from all of us answering questions like: “What is your American Dream” and “What do you want to see in our next President”? Submit your thoughts!
Welcome New Artist!Welcome Create Protest’s newest artist, Naimah Thomas. Naimah is a Chicago-based artist, art therapist, and licensed professional counselor. Her current art practice is heavily informed by her experiences as a Black Woman, survivor, and art therapist, using art as a way to examine the complex intersections of art and mental health, primarily in communities of color. Naimah’s design “Without Community there is no Liberation” is a quote from Audre Lorde. Look closely at her design for messages of hope, vote for change! Welcome Naimah!
New Artwork from Melanie Green!
An homage to the late, great Milton Glaser’s iconic "I ♥ NY” logo, Melanie Green has created this design to encourage us all to get out and vote in this critical 2020 election.
Glaser passed away in June of this year, leaving a legacy as one of the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States.
Who’s Wearing It?
We love featuring people across the country wearing our artists’ designs!
Nathan and Shiouwen are wearing Stephen Glassman’s “We” hat and neck gaiter in Los Angeles.
Artist Alex! Jimenez in Tucson wears the Go Blue Arizona shirt she designed.
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Election poll workers needed! One of the best ways you can support a fair election on November 3 is to volunteer to be a poll worker. Our election process is the backbone of our democracy. We need to make sure that our polling stations are all staffed so that we can all vote. Sign up here.
Individual Creative Expressions
Artists are mobilizing in unique ways across the country, using their creative talents to get people involved. Here are a few we’ve come across. Let us know of any artist activist work that you want to share this election season. Artist Lea Redmond created the “Postage Stamp Protest” project. You can send Lea a S.A.S.E. (self-addressed stamped envelope) and she will send you “stamps,” small protest signs (stamp size) that you can add to your outgoing mail, or on anything else you would like to stick them on. For this first edition called “Say Their Names”, she teamed up with artist Oree Originol to create mini portraits “giving due respect and importance to the very large number of folks whose lives have been cut short by police brutality." Learn more.
INTO ACTION is a celebration of community power and cultural resistance taking place in August 2020. “Together we will lift our voices, have brave conversations, face the pain and beauty of the last few years while planning and organizing for the upcoming election.” RSVP to "Ratified," a free live-stream event on August 18, featuring a powerhouse group of speakers and performers women’s health, the gender pay gap, glass ceilings still to break, women rising to positions of power. Dolores Huerta, WNBA player Nneka Ogwumike, Gina Belafonte, Choklate, Syncopated Ladies and more.
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Thanks for joining us in our effort to Create Protest, and turn the White House, Congress and State Houses blue in 2020! Please visit our Resources page for ways to get involved.
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