We Pause. We Organize
May NewsletterWhile our collective pause has lasted longer than any of us expected, we are speeding towards the November election. With less than six months until November 3, the campaign strategy has shifted from public rallies and town halls to virtual couch parties, letter writing from home, phone banking from your kitchen. A main priority shared by many organizations is to support vote by mail initiatives and to encourage everyone in every state to vote.
Create Protest hopes that you wear our artist-designed merchandise when you participate in your Zoom couch party or FaceTime with friends, and that our messages will inspire action, mobilize participation, and increase awareness that this election is critical and fast approaching.
New Artists/New Artwork
We are very happy to welcome Stephen Glassman to our roster of artists. According to Stephen: “We” is our most basic and universal agreement. Without it there is no nation. “We” is the first, largest and boldest word of our constitution. There is no “They.” There is only “We." Create Protest can’t think of a better time to express this message of unity than now, and we can’t wait to wear our We hats and t-shirts to our next voter couch party.
Meet our newest artist, Florencio Zavala! Florencio is a Los Angeles based artist, designer, creative director and founder of Estudio Zavala, a conceptual design and illustration practice addressing global needs via local actions. His work is rooted in collective optimism, with a focus on social justice, healthcare, education, and mental health. Zavala spent the first part of his career at Blk/Mrkt and Studio Number One, working alongside other artist / activists including Shepard Fairey, Cleon Peterson and Ernesto Yerena. His current practice focuses on digital and social output—making activism accessible to online communities. Florencio's contribution, Ola Azul/Blue Wave, represents the importance of the Latinx vote this November.
Create Protest artist Melanie Green has designed a "Super States" collection of mugs. We support the organization Swing Left and its focus on turning 12 "super states" blue in the next election cycle. The 12 states are: Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Maine, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. Melanie made a mug for each state, encouraging people to vote blue. Drink your coffee/tea in one of our mugs while writing your postcards to voters! Below is the Arizona mug with blooming saguaro flowers.
Get involved!We love the organization Postcards to Voters. Volunteers from around the country handwrite reminder postcards to targeted voters with the goal of giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races. You can design your own postcards (a great creative project) or download one of their templates. When you handwrite a postcard to another potential voter in another state, it’s a great way to participate in voter mobilization right from your own home.
Visit our Resources page to find more election-related volunteer opportunities.
Who’s Wearing It?
We launched Create Protest at the end of February and we love to see our artist-designed merchandise making its way across the country.
Young activist Elena from Florida has the right attitude with her “Resistance is Female” shirt designed by Melanie Green. Cathy from Los Angeles wears Man One’s Vote T-shirt! Ken from Washington just received his “We” hat designed by Stephen Glassman.
What You're SayingWe asked what motivates you to vote. You said:
"For social justice."
"For more compassionate, sensible, human-centered and effective leadership."
"For equality and representation for all people."
Thanks for joining us in our effort to Create Protest, and turn the White House, Congress and State Houses blue in 2020!
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