We Protest. We Vote.
Covid made the world pause. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor made the world listen. Without work to go to, without schedules to abide by, the systemic racial injustice in America is seen without interruption, is heard without excuses. The world protested, people of all backgrounds saw what Black Americans have been calling out for generations. As the protests quiet, the real work now begins.
Deeply rooted systems need persistent long-term focus to dismantle. The energy and outrage unleashed over days of protesting can be refocused on the November election. Voting is a right not to be taken for granted. Voting is a power not to be dismissed.
There are many excellent organizations working now to mobilize voters to get involved in local and national campaigns, to register voters, to stand behind candidates and issues. Black Voters Matter is an organization that advocates for policies to expand voting rights/access, including expanded early voting, resisting voter ID, re-entry restoration of rights and strengthening the Voting Rights Act. They advocate for policies that intersect with race, gender, economic and other aspects of equity. Their website offers opportunities to sign up for texting and phone banking.
Postcards to VotersOne of our favorite organizations is Postcards to Voters, an organization that coordinates volunteers to write friendly, handwritten reminders to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast. They consist of over 75,000+ volunteers in every state who have written close to 8 million postcards to voters in over 200 key, close elections.
We’re very happy to share that they have included four of our artist designs as postcard templates on their site. When you sign up to volunteer to write postcards, you can download Create Protest artist designs here. It’s a great way to get involved this election season.
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.
Florencio Zavala's "Ola Azul" hat is worn by Christy in California. Man One sports his own "Vote" t-shirt. Florencio in Florida wears the "Ola Azul" long-sleeve t-shirt designed by his son Florencio Zavala. Robert in LA proudly wears the "We" hat by Stephen Glassman celebrating his first day of citizenship.
Individual Creative Efforts
As we’ve been creating protest, we’ve found others who are making similar creative efforts. Meet Marcie Stone making Blue Wave Jewelry in Tucson, AZ.
Let us know what you are doing!