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Amir Khadar & People’s Paper Co-op, I Am A Hero, 2022, Digital Print, From the Portfolio Free Our Mamas! Sisters! Queens! 2022
Sam Companatico, Stitching Together, Screenprint, 2017, From the Portfolio Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Justseeds is a collaborative cohort of printmakers, working from places all around the world including the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They are united by creative impulse and have diverse viewpoints and working methods.
Justseeds believes in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, Justseeds produces collective portfolios, and contributes graphics to grassroots struggles for justice
Artists (Free Our Mamas! Sisters! Queens!)
Since 2018, the People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) has collaborated with the Philadelphia Bail Fund on their annual Black Mama’s Bail Out campaign. Each year, the PPC works with a powerful cohort of women in reentry to co-create a poster series and corresponding set of exhibitions, parades, press conferences, and events to raise awareness and funds for the campaign. The People’s Paper Co-op is a women led, women focused, women powered art and advocacy project at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia. The PPC looks to women in reentry as the leading criminal justice experts our society needs to hear from and uses art to amplify their stories, dreams, and visions for a more just and free world.
In spring of 2022, the PPC partnered with artists from across North America to co-create a poster series to raise money to bail out Black mothers and caregivers for Mother’s Day. The women at the PPC sent their poetry, photos, protest slogans and art to artists who then transformed their art into a powerful set of posters.
Artists (Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival)
This portfolio featured a series of prints that express the fundamental principles and core concepts that guided the work of the new Poor People’s Campaign (PPC). On December 4, 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. announced plans for a Poor People’s Campaign and called for the nation to take dramatic steps to end poverty. In the wake of his assassination the Campaign went forward but fell short of its vision. Fifty years later, a new Poor People’s Campaign emerged from over a decade of work by grassroots movements fighting to end poverty, racism, militarism, and environmental destruction. The PPC built a broad and deep national movement—rooted in the leadership of poor people—to unite from the bottom up in a Campaign that would bring forth a moral revolution of values to achieve equality and justice for all people.
PEOPLE’S PAPER CO-OP FELLOWS 2016-2022: Faith Bartley, Aesha Barnett, Val Bell, Rusty Bentley, Carmelita Bird, Evonia Bivens, Latyra Blake, Jonquil Brown, Catherine Brown, Toni Brown, Antionette Carter, Crystal, Kelly Conway, Hakima Cooper, Nashae Cooper, Kerri DeLeo, Jamila Harris, Rochelle Harris, Tinika Hogan, Stephanie Jackson, Ivy Johnson, Nikkie Lee-Smith, Sheri Lopez, Kitty Marrero, Rosa McKnight, Latonya “T” Myers, Adrian Perry, Brya Pickron, Janaya Pulliam, Tonya Randolph, Veronica Rex, Ros Ryder, Teresa Saunders, Michelle Scales, Lisa Shorter, Carolyn Smith, Monique Taylor, Kaylena Tabb, Amy Tlapa, Stephanie Waters, and Heather Wiester
The PPC is coordinated by lead artists Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist.