Aaron Huey and Shepard Fairey have teamed up again for a series called WE THE PEOPLE; an effort meant to champion an appreciation for ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity because, hey- the people aren’t one people, the people are ALL people. This series of 3 new graphics were commissioned by Aaron and the Amplifier Foundation for a Kickstarter campaign that launched earlier this week and has already raised over $950,000 thanks to the interest and generosity of all of you! If You haven’t already pledged, the Kickstarter is still open and you can support the campaign here.
We the People need to come together under a new symbol of hope— one that reminds us that OUR America is one of equal humanity, and does not demean or discriminate. We need you to help us take back this narrative. The sale of these prints on Kickstarter will fund the purchase of full page ads in the Washington Post on Inauguration Day, to be distributed to 600,000 people. Free speech in public spaces has rarely been as stifled as it will be for this inauguration, but no administration can tell you you can’t buy a newspaper and hold it up above your head! Beyond the ads in the Post, Amplifier Foundation will also be distributing each of these images at Metro stops, via moving vans, and at drop spots in DC. We don’t have any one easy solution, but we do know this: we must be greater than fear, we must defend dignity, and we must protect each other. Take this art in your hands, and start now.
At this Friday’s opening of American Civics at my gallery Subliminal Projects in Echo Park, my team and I will be passing out 17 x 30” WE THE PEOPLE prints in honor of Saturday’s Women’s March! If you plan on marching this Saturday in Downtown, Los Angeles, carry these signs high with pride! Click here for more information about this Friday’s show
If you can’t make it to the show, the posters are available to DOWNLOAD for FREE here.