Democracy Street Mural

Photo by Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group

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. 

Marge Sister Who Walks With Bears Grow-Eppard blessing the clay paint, which came from her people's land

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 so grateful to Bay Resistance for their partnership, and the Climate Justice Street Mural Project and in particular David Solnit for their vision and leadership!!!

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
Street Blockade & Mural Painting

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!

Media Coverage

 

Democracy Murals
Check out these individual murals of 12 different groups and their vision of what Democracy could look like!

1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations

Warriors for Justice

Colombia Conexion

Thrive East Bay

Sunrise Movement SF Bay

Yet To Be Named Network Bay Area

The Ahimsa Collective

Extinction Rebellion Bay Area

Poor People's Campaign/Cardboard & Concrete Unhoused Artist Collective

Code Pink Golden Gate

First Mennonite Church of SF

The Mangalam Center

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  • Kazu Haga
    published this page in Blog 2020-10-31 14:35:41 -0700