Melanie Cervantes
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Thinking about what is happening in Palestine makes me feel so powerless, making art somehow gives me a sense that I can contribute to a struggle that is so far away. Knowing that what is happening in Palestine is not unlike what happens to Indigenous people on Turtle Island I have to stand up and make my voice heard how I know best. I see images of what is happening in Palestine and I think of all the Indigenous people here who have been through the same process of violence and removal from their lands, of all the people who stood up to fight settler colonial governments in hopes of saving a shred of their existence and history to pass onto the next generation. I hope that as an artist I can make a small contribution to the resistance movement that is working to end the blood shed by the Israeli government and to take back the ancestral lands that have been colonized by invaders. Long Live Free Palestine… Design by Jesus Barraza and Photo by Melanie Cervante -words by @jesusvbarraza #freepalestine #vivapalestina #endtheoccupation

Thinking about what is happening in Palestine makes me feel so powerless, making art somehow gives me a sense that I can contribute to a struggle that is so far away. Knowing that what is happening in Palestine is not unlike what happens to Indigenous people on Turtle Island I have to stand up and make my voice heard how I know best. I see images of what is happening in Palestine and I think of all the Indigenous people here who have been through the same process of violence and removal from their lands, of all the people who stood up to fight settler colonial governments in hopes of saving a shred of their existence and history to pass onto the next generation. I hope that as an artist I can make a small contribution to the resistance movement that is working to end the blood shed by the Israeli government and to take back the ancestral lands that have been colonized by invaders. Long Live Free Palestine… Design by Jesus Barraza and Photo by Melanie Cervante -words by @jesusvbarraza #freepalestine #vivapalestina #endtheoccupation

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Yesterday’s mobilization in support of the Palestinian people was lively. It was the first time I took two camera out to document the action. It wasn’t ask heVy as I thought it would be. I still have so, so, so much to learn. Here is one of my fave shots. #freepalestine #endtheoccupation #vivapalestina

Yesterday’s mobilization in support of the Palestinian people was lively. It was the first time I took two camera out to document the action. It wasn’t ask heVy as I thought it would be. I still have so, so, so much to learn. Here is one of my fave shots. #freepalestine #endtheoccupation #vivapalestina

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We marched through the streets of San Francisco today stopping at the SF Chronicle and Victoria Secret to protest the ongoing Israelis incursion in Gaza and to actively condemn these media outlets and corporations for their role in supporting Israel. #vivapelstina #freepalestine i stole your pic @jesusvbarraza 😉

We marched through the streets of San Francisco today stopping at the SF Chronicle and Victoria Secret to protest the ongoing Israelis incursion in Gaza and to actively condemn these media outlets and corporations for their role in supporting Israel. #vivapelstina #freepalestine i stole your pic @jesusvbarraza 😉

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After so much time visiting museums in europe we felt like it was important to see what is in our own backyard. Ww visited the Oakland Museum and found some interesting, some problematic and some stimulating things to mull over. #thingsdontchange #colonialmentality #oppression

After so much time visiting museums in europe we felt like it was important to see what is in our own backyard. Ww visited the Oakland Museum and found some interesting, some problematic and some stimulating things to mull over. #thingsdontchange #colonialmentality #oppression

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I didn’t buy any conventional souvenirs while traveling in Europe.   They don’t appeal to me. I did get about half a dozen books though. These are always my weakness when traveling. We heard about this great new book about the graphics coming out of Cuba and we were lucky to find a copy. There are some really fantastic photos of folks working in their studios.
#booksbooksbooks

I didn’t buy any conventional souvenirs while traveling in Europe. They don’t appeal to me. I did get about half a dozen books though. These are always my weakness when traveling. We heard about this great new book about the graphics coming out of Cuba and we were lucky to find a copy. There are some really fantastic photos of folks working in their studios.
#booksbooksbooks

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Flashback to our last day in Paris. Found Angela Davis’ biography at a feminist bookstore in the Bastille neighborhood. #xicanxsinparis

Flashback to our last day in Paris. Found Angela Davis’ biography at a feminist bookstore in the Bastille neighborhood. #xicanxsinparis

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I just happened to find this photo a resident of Bordeaux took of me in front of the Chicano Dream exhibit. It’s so funny I was looking at my camera to make sure I photographed the entire exhibit. #dignidadrebelde #Repost from @oliviermorisse

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Chicano Dream

I took this shot in front of the Musée d’Aquitaine in my hometown Bordeaux, France. I was waiting at a red light, on my bike, and I saw these two checking their devices, maybe expecting some utopian notifications.
Make your own story.

I just happened to find this photo a resident of Bordeaux took of me in front of the Chicano Dream exhibit. It’s so funny I was looking at my camera to make sure I photographed the entire exhibit. #dignidadrebelde #Repost from @oliviermorisse —- Chicano Dream

I took this shot in front of the Musée d’Aquitaine in my hometown Bordeaux, France. I was waiting at a red light, on my bike, and I saw these two checking their devices, maybe expecting some utopian notifications.
Make your own story.

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First full day back in the states and we marched to protest the Israeli incursion in Gaza. I was able to dust off my camera and document the action. It was good to see so many people mobilize. May a ceasefire come soon. #freepalestine

First full day back in the states and we marched to protest the Israeli incursion in Gaza. I was able to dust off my camera and document the action. It was good to see so many people mobilize. May a ceasefire come soon. #freepalestine

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#freepalestine #sanfrancisco

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A small batch. Some posters on the way to san francisco rally for Palestine… running a little late I’m glad we got them done. #screenprint #freepalestine #printmaking #dignidadrebelde #Repost from @jesusvbarraza

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A small batch. Some posters on the way to san francisco rally for Palestine… running a little late I’m glad we got them done. #screenprint #freepalestine #printmaking #dignidadrebelde #Repost from @jesusvbarraza —-

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Violence is perpetrated by the colonial State on bodies. The consequence of this manic brutality means people’s lives are stolen. You people’s future’s robbed. They have names. #viva #oscargrant #muhammedabukhedir #freepalestine

Violence is perpetrated by the colonial State on bodies. The consequence of this manic brutality means people’s lives are stolen. You people’s future’s robbed. They have names. #viva #oscargrant #muhammedabukhedir #freepalestine

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We just returned from Paris, to the U.S, and today we will protest the Israeli incursion into Gaza and the role U.S aid plays in the on going occupation, colonial brutality and murderous genocide of Palestinian people by the State of Israel. I will not be complicit in these crimes against humanity. See you in the streets my friends. #endtheoccupation #freepalestine #vivapalestina #palestine #justiceforpalestine (at Embarcadero Bart Station)

We just returned from Paris, to the U.S, and today we will protest the Israeli incursion into Gaza and the role U.S aid plays in the on going occupation, colonial brutality and murderous genocide of Palestinian people by the State of Israel. I will not be complicit in these crimes against humanity. See you in the streets my friends. #endtheoccupation #freepalestine #vivapalestina #palestine #justiceforpalestine (at Embarcadero Bart Station)

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#freepalestine #endtheoccupation

#freepalestine #endtheoccupation

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#freepalestine #vivapalestina #endtheoccupation #endaprtheid #decolonize

#freepalestine #vivapalestina #endtheoccupation #endaprtheid #decolonize

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#freepalestine #endtheoccupation

#freepalestine #endtheoccupation