Melanie Cervantes
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Ruben Salazar Presente! Lynn Ward Presente! Angel Diaz Presente! Remembering when Raza organized a 30,000 person strong demonstration against the Vietnam war on August 29, 1970. Ruebn, la Voz de La Raza was the people’s megaphone providing an alternative narrative about our folks in the media. He as well as the young organizers Angel and Lynn were killed in a police riot against the people. I remember because the impunity of police is not new. I remember against the violence of forgetting. #vivalaraza #thirdworldsolidarity

Ruben Salazar Presente! Lynn Ward Presente! Angel Diaz Presente! Remembering when Raza organized a 30,000 person strong demonstration against the Vietnam war on August 29, 1970. Ruebn, la Voz de La Raza was the people’s megaphone providing an alternative narrative about our folks in the media. He as well as the young organizers Angel and Lynn were killed in a police riot against the people. I remember because the impunity of police is not new. I remember against the violence of forgetting. #vivalaraza #thirdworldsolidarity

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What an honor it is to have the phenomenal artist Brett Cook paint a portrait of me as a sixteen year old! We had an amazing conversation about healing that I have been reflecting on for several months now. I am so used to being the person drawing the portraits that it is a bit of a shock to see one of me. Especially one at this age when I couldn’t imagine a future for myself. This piece makes me feel so many emotions that I don’t have an adequate enough vocabulary to express. Thank you Brett! Repost from @brettcookstudio

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@melaniecervantes - Truly no portrait can do her justice regarding all her work for justice …but one version is slowly  arriving. #reflectionsofhealing #lifeisliving #portraiture #inprocess

What an honor it is to have the phenomenal artist Brett Cook paint a portrait of me as a sixteen year old! We had an amazing conversation about healing that I have been reflecting on for several months now. I am so used to being the person drawing the portraits that it is a bit of a shock to see one of me. Especially one at this age when I couldn’t imagine a future for myself. This piece makes me feel so many emotions that I don’t have an adequate enough vocabulary to express. Thank you Brett! Repost from @brettcookstudio —- @melaniecervantes - Truly no portrait can do her justice regarding all her work for justice …but one version is slowly arriving. #reflectionsofhealing #lifeisliving #portraiture #inprocess

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As of 4:45 tonight the Zim Cargo ship passed under the Golden Gate Bridge on its way back out to sea after being blocaded at the #PortOfOakland Its now heading to Los Angeles. Today is historic! The Israeli company lost thousands of dollars while it sat in the water for 4 days! Lets keep up the pressure. #BOYCOTTDIVESTANDSANCTION #endtheoccupation #freepalestine  #bds Repost from @nancypili

As of 4:45 tonight the Zim Cargo ship passed under the Golden Gate Bridge on its way back out to sea after being blocaded at the #PortOfOakland Its now heading to Los Angeles. Today is historic! The Israeli company lost thousands of dollars while it sat in the water for 4 days! Lets keep up the pressure. #BOYCOTTDIVESTANDSANCTION #endtheoccupation #freepalestine #bds Repost from @nancypili

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From my main squeeze : “A few days back I started thinking about the movement for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel that has bee going on in for quite sometime now (learn more here http://www.bdsmovement.net/ ). I looked to ways that Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa used art and graphics to move people around the world. I did a little research and I found these stickers that were used to label products which were produced under Apartheid in South Africa. I modified it to be used on Products coming out of Israel and made some pdfs that can be downloaded to be downloaded and printed. “You can download pdf here: http://bit.ly/1rfwzKH #bds #freepalestine

From my main squeeze : “A few days back I started thinking about the movement for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel that has bee going on in for quite sometime now (learn more here http://www.bdsmovement.net/ ). I looked to ways that Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa used art and graphics to move people around the world. I did a little research and I found these stickers that were used to label products which were produced under Apartheid in South Africa. I modified it to be used on Products coming out of Israel and made some pdfs that can be downloaded to be downloaded and printed. “You can download pdf here: http://bit.ly/1rfwzKH #bds #freepalestine

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Palestina Vive, la lucha sigue, sigue #vivapalestina #blocktheboat #freepalestine #freepalestine

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From the River to the Sea..Palestine will free #freegaza #freegaza #blocktheboat #palestinianlivesmatter

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"Killing children is a crime from #ferguson to#palestine!" #blocktheboat #blacklivesmatter #palestinianlivesmatter (at Port of Oakland)

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A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

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The Black Organizing Project stands in solidarity with the people of Ferguson. Picture take at the historic Lil’ Bobby Hutton (aka Deframery Park)Park in West Oakland where much of the Black Panther history and organizing has roots. #justiceformikebrown #ferguson #bpp #bop #blacklivesmatter  (at Lil Bobby Hutton Park)

The Black Organizing Project stands in solidarity with the people of Ferguson. Picture take at the historic Lil’ Bobby Hutton (aka Deframery Park)Park in West Oakland where much of the Black Panther history and organizing has roots. #justiceformikebrown #ferguson #bpp #bop #blacklivesmatter (at Lil Bobby Hutton Park)

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Mike Brown, a recent high school gradutate, was on his way to visit his grandmother in Ferguson, Missouri when he was shot to death police. He was unarmed. 

We live in societies that increasingly ramp up their militarized police forces for the purpose of keeping people in a particular social order that benefits a very narrow section of society.

 Modern day policing is rooted in slave patrols who in the eighteenth century were used police plantations and hunt down runaway slaves. Slave patrols didn’t need a jury trial or indictment to maim or kill runaway slaves. 

Enough is enough. We should be tired of this shit. It’s been hundreds of years of the same impunity. 
#blacklivesmatter #justiceformikebrown #acab

Mike Brown, a recent high school gradutate, was on his way to visit his grandmother in Ferguson, Missouri when he was shot to death police. He was unarmed.

We live in societies that increasingly ramp up their militarized police forces for the purpose of keeping people in a particular social order that benefits a very narrow section of society.

Modern day policing is rooted in slave patrols who in the eighteenth century were used police plantations and hunt down runaway slaves. Slave patrols didn’t need a jury trial or indictment to maim or kill runaway slaves.

Enough is enough. We should be tired of this shit. It’s been hundreds of years of the same impunity.
#blacklivesmatter #justiceformikebrown #acab

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Posters for Gaza, a series of images sent by Palestinian designers, Israeli, Lebanese, Jordanian, Turkish, Iranian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Canadian, Mexican, American (U.S.),  Ecuadorian French and others, published  in the publication  in  l’Humanité in the coming days. You can check it out and read it (if you know French) here www.humaginaire.net #freepalestine #vivapelstina #palestine #freegaza

Posters for Gaza, a series of images sent by Palestinian designers, Israeli, Lebanese, Jordanian, Turkish, Iranian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Canadian, Mexican, American (U.S.), Ecuadorian French and others, published in the publication in l’Humanité in the coming days. You can check it out and read it (if you know French) here www.humaginaire.net #freepalestine #vivapelstina #palestine #freegaza

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One more trip before my sabbatical is over. We just made it to D.C and we are grab ing dinner and some books at Busboys and Poets.I live this place!

One more trip before my sabbatical is over. We just made it to D.C and we are grab ing dinner and some books at Busboys and Poets.I live this place!

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DAMN IT!!! I printed the table 😡

DAMN IT!!! I printed the table 😡

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yourdailykristine said: How can I buy a print?

We are not selling them but we are trading. Where do you live?

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"Finished this poster last week. Central American children have been fleeing from their home countries due to the extreme violence for weeks now. They have come great lengths to reach the United States only to be detained in cages by US border patrol. The US still has not granted amnesty to these children as they sit in detainment."    Andrew Ruiz, the artist who created this piece, just graduated from high school and will soon be coming to Oakland get study at CCA. Oakland get ready#Repost from @theandrewruiz #not1more

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"Finished this poster last week. Central American children have been fleeing from their home countries due to the extreme violence for weeks now. They have come great lengths to reach the United States only to be detained in cages by US border patrol. The US still has not granted amnesty to these children as they sit in detainment." Andrew Ruiz, the artist who created this piece, just graduated from high school and will soon be coming to Oakland get study at CCA. Oakland get ready#Repost from @theandrewruiz #not1more -