Regardless of your politics, there’s no denying that millions of women, people of color, and LGTBQ citizens have felt despondent since the election. Donald Trump has been objectively xenophobic and sexist. His rejection of racist acts hasn’t satisfied critics. And in all of the fear and confusion, a large percentage of the populace is left with an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness.
Naturally, they turn to peaceful protest. It’s the one method of resistance that dissenting Americans have relied on since our nation’s founding days.
On January 21st, hundreds of thousands of women and allies will descend upon Washington (and gather in other cities around the country) to protest what they perceive to be the president-elect’s sexist view of America. To remind him and so many others that their voices will continue to be heard and that they will fight for the rights of every American.
The mission statement of the Women’s March On Washington states:
We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country…The Women’s March On Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s right are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
In times of protest and uncertainty, we often look to artists to help physically represent our inner turmoil, pain, and confusion. Ultimately, they also represent our strength in the face of that pain, and our ability to overcome.
In this case, the Women’s March partnered with The Amplifier Foundation and put out a call for artists to create posters for the march. The foundation — self-described as “an art machine for social change” — asked for art from women and non-binary individuals around the country. They received over 5,000 submissions. Of those, a panel comprising of Carmen Perez and Paola Mendoza from the Women’s March on Washington, Amplifier’s Cleo Burnett, artists Swoon, Jess X Snow, and Favianna Rodriguez chose eight winners.
The posters created by five of these winners are available now for download and can be viewed here. You’ll also see three new posters by Shepard Fairey — the artist behind the famous Obama HOPE posters. Amplifier encourages interested parties to print them out or pick one up for free at the march — where they promise to have at least 30,000 posters available to protesters.
PICK UP LOCATIONS FOR THE LOS ANGELES EVENT (in partnership with Uproxx)
- Last Book Store – 453 S. Spring Street / Thurs, 1pm-10pm PT, Fri & Sat 10am-10pm PT
- Mama Gallery – 1242 Palmetto Street / Thurs-Sat, 12pm-5pm PT
- ACE Hotel – 929 S Broadway / Fri-Sat, 10:30am-11pm PT
- Alchemy Works – 826 E 3rd St / Thurs-Sat, 11am-7pm PT
- WACKO Gallery – 4633 Hollywood Blvd / Thurs-Sat, 11am-7pm PT
- The BeHive – 6427 W. Sunset Blvd (above Groundworks) / Thurs-Sat, 11am-7pm PT
- Amoeba Music – 6400 Sunset Blvd / Fri-Sat, 10:30am-11pm PT
- Kitchen 24 – 1608 N Cahuenga Blvd / Fri-Sat, 10:30am-11pm PT
- Cafe Stella – 3932 Sunset Blvd / Fri, 9am–3pm PT, 6–10:30pm PT
- Kitchen 24 – 8575 Santa Monica blvd / Fri-Sat, 24-Hours
- Cafe Gratitude – 512 Rose Ave / Thurs, 3pm-1pm PT, Fri-Sat, 11am-7pm PT
- Cinco LA – 7241 W Manchester Ave / Thurs, 3pm-7pm PT, Fri-Sat, 11am-7pm PT
- WACKO Gallery – 30 S. Wilson Ave / Thurs-Sat, 11am-7pm PT
“Women Are Perfect” by Jessica Sabogal
“Embracing Eachother” by Kate Deciccio
“Our Bodies, Our Minds” by Jennifer Maravillas