On Thursday, October 29th hundreds of artists got together to paint 14th Street in downtown Oakland with the message “CHOOSE DEMOCRACY STOP A COUP”.
Drone photograph: Emanuel Desousa
We came together as a community to do something only a community could do – foment massive art subversively springing to life in a quick afternoon.
The green fist in our design represents a broad coalition coming together to stand up to racial and environmental injustice. The lotus flower blooms in muddy water, signifying the opportunity for beauty to bloom out of cataclysmic circumstances. We feel grateful to be part of a coalition of regular people who are unwilling to sit down and shut up in the face of systemic injustice.
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Photo credits: Kelly Johnson, Jade N
Community organizations involved included:
- 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