What a day it was!!! This past Thursday the 29th, we worked with hundreds of activists to block a portion of 14th street in front of the Oakland Federal Building so that we can paint this beautiful street mural Choosing Democracy!!!
Above and below the lettering are 12 round murals, created by 12 different community based organizations showing their vision of what democracy could look like. The The designs in between the round murals was created by Native artist/activist Edward Willie, and is an homage to the basket weaving traditions of California's Indigenous peoples.
The blockading of the streets were led by 1,000 Grandmothers for Future Generations, and we had support from youth groups and young children for the painting, making this a beautiful intergenerational event! During the 3-hour blockade, we were also blessed with music from the Thrive Street Choir, Lu from the Peace Poets who called in from afar and others.
We are still compiling all of the photos and videos of the event, and this page will be updated as they become available, but check out some of it now below!!!
Thank you to EVERYONE who came through and supported this project!!! Please remember that this is just our first run. If the current administration tries to steal the upcoming election, our plan is to do a much larger version of this mural in San Francisco, and we'll need all hands on deck!!! Please make sure to sign up for our mailing list for updates and Bay Resistance's text alerts by texting "RESIST" to 41411.
Watch this short clip from Maya Media with highlights from the day
Check out ALL the images from Kelly Johnson Revolutionary Photography HERE.
Check out drone footage from Mercury News
Watch a short Time Lapse video of the painting
Check out the almost completed mural from ground level with Maya Media
Watch this short video of the action on Facebook from Peg Hunter!
Check out more Drone Footage from Emanuel Desousa @FreshFotography
Thanks to our Representative Barbara Lee for retweeting our action!
Beautiful! https://t.co/VEJTmcrhDQ— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 31, 2020
- Check out more images and drone footage from above from the Mercury News HERE.
- Listen to a short story and watch a short video on KCBS 106.9 FM HERE.
- Listen to a short piece on KALW 91.7 FM HERE.
- Read this article on Common Dreams to hear reflections from each of the 12 organizations who painted Democracy murals!
Check out these individual murals of 12 different groups and their vision of what Democracy could look like!
Poor People's Campaign/Cardboard & Concrete Unhoused Artist Collective