Date

2020

Edition Size

3

Media

Collage, Inkjet, Photography, Silkscreen

Binding

Box set

Location

Brooklyn, NY

$ 6,200.00

Out of Print


PRE-SALE EXPANDED BOX SET OFFER – ONLY ONE BOX SET STILL AVAILABLE
This special edition pre-sale set will expedite the printing and distribution of this important historical box set. The first two were acquired by the Dodd Humanities Library at the University of Connecticut and the Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley. One set is available for acquisition.

This Box Set archives the movement culture of the California teachers strikes and the #RedforEd. movement. It is a substantial visual archive of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), and the Oakland Education Association (OEA) teacher strikes, and the cultural organizing by artists, designers, and photographers. But it is also a teaching tool. It teaches labor history and how to fight back during a time of mass inequality.

The Box Set contains material culture (picket signs, placards, patches, offsets, ephemera, and photo documentation) from the January 2019 Los Angeles teachers strike led by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and the February 2019 Oakland teachers strike led by the Oakland Education Association (OEA.) Both strikes were historic and both were part of the larger framework of the #RedforEd movement.

A full PDF description of the Box Set is available here.

CONTRIBUTORS:
Melanie Cervantes, Jesus Barraza, Ernesto Yerena, Nisha Sembi, Aise Born, Erin Yoshi, Judy Baca, Joe Brusky, Favianna Rodriguez, Miriam Stahl, Micah Bazant, David Solnit, Mara Gerson, Jennifer White Johnson, Vy Vu, Josh MacPhee, Claudio Martinez,
Paul Kjelland, Daniel Martinez, Kim Cosier, Dewey Tafoya, Nicolas Lampert, Jeanette Arellano, Carolyn Knight, Carlos Rogel, SPARC. (Plus additional art in the subscriber’s Box Set by Jesse Purcell, Pete Railand, Susan Simensky Bietilla, and Kyle McKinley.)

Organized by the Art Build Workers (Nicolas Lampert, Paul Kjelland, Kim Cosier, Joe Brusky, Claudio Martinez, Josie Osborne, www.artbuildworkers.com) and Booklyn, Inc.

Over the last decade, K-12 public school teachers have become the vanguard of the labor movement. They have gone on strike in red states (West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Indiana), as well as in Blue states in cities such as Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Oakland. The California strikes mirrored the root causes of all of these actions: teachers striking for the schools their students deserve and organizing against the negative impact that charter schools and funding cuts have had on public education. These teachers have fought back and they have won significant victories. As Arlene Inouye notes (the Secretary of UTLA), “People have seen that we have real power, that we can win. Now’s our day.”

In January of 2019 over 30,000 teachers, staff, and members of UTLA went on strike in Los Angeles for the first time in thirty years demanding more resources for their classrooms, nurses and librarians in every school, smaller class sizes, higher wages, and a cap on charter schools. This action essentially shut down the city. LAUSD (the Los Angeles Unified School District) represents the nation’s second-largest school system with over 70,000 students.

The Oakland teachers’ strike in February 2019 followed a month later and echoed many of the same calls for education justice as their counterparts in Los Angeles. OEA called for smaller class sizes, more resources for their students in a district with 36,000 students and 87 schools, and pay increases to allow teachers and staff to live in a city that has become unaffordable to most people.

DELUXE PRE-SALE BOX SET MATERIALS
1. UTLA “United Teacher” newspaper, Volume XLVII, Number 3, December 18, 2018
2. California Educator Magazine, February-March 2019, Volume 23-Issue 4
3. Carlos Rogel / SPARC, “UTLA Contract Victory”, digital print, 11” x 17”, 2019
4. Micah Bazant, “OEA”, digital print, 11” x 17”, 2019
5. Jesse Purcell, “Immigrants and Refugees Welcome”, risograph print, 11” x 17”, 2017
6. Pete Railand, “Protect Students, Not Guns”, silkscreen, 12”x 18”
7. Susan Simensky Bietilla, “Fighting for the Schools Students Deserve”, risograph print, 11” x 17”, 2017
8. Kyle McKinley, “Public Schools: The Heart of Our Community”, risograph print, 11” x 17”, 2017
9. NEA, “Today’s Lesson Plan: Classrooms Not Cages”, offset, 12” x 18”, 2019
10. Ten additional photos by Joe Brusky

 

From the UTLA Art Build/Teachers Strike
Offsets:
1. Nisha Sembi: “Maestros: Trabajamos por el Pueblo”, Spanish language version (ESP), 12” x 18”, 2018
2. Nisha Sembi: “Teachers We Work for the People”, English language version (ENG), 12” x 18”, 2018
3. Ernesto Yerena, “Stand with LA Teachers” (ENG), 12” x 18”, 2018
4. Ernesto Yerena, “Estamos Con Los Maestros de Los Angeles” (ESP), 12” x 18”, 2018
Ephemera:
1. UTLA offset, We Stand with LA Educators”, 12” x 18”, 2018
2. Nicolas Lampert, “When We Fight, We Win”, screenprint, 19” x 25”, 2019
Pickets Signs Printed on Muslin Fabric:
1. Nisha Sembi, “Teachers We Work for the People”, (ENG), 23” x 42”, 2018
2. Nisha Sembi, “Maestros: Trabajamos por el Pueblo” (ESP) 23” x 42”, 2018
3. Aise Born, “Stop Starving Our Schools”, 23” x 42”, 2018
Patches:
1. Judy Baca, “Cesar E. Chavez quote”, 10” x 10”, 2018
2. Nisha Sembi, “Teachers: We Work for the People” (ENG), 10” x 10”, 2018
3. Kim Cosier, “Safe Schools for Everyone”, 10” x 10”, 2018
4. Daniel Martinez, “Austin Beutner dollar bill”, 5” x 10”, 2018
5. artist unknown, “Teachers fight for Student Rights”, 10” x 10”, 2018
Digital Prints of Parachute Designs:
1. Ernesto Yerena, “Stand with LA Teachers”, 16” x 16”, 2018
2. Erin Yoshi, “Fight for the Schools Students Deserve”, 16” x 16”, 2018
3. Claudio Martinez, “Teachers We Work for the People”, 16” x 16”, 2018
4. Claudio Martinez, “Fight for the Schools LA Students Deserve”, 16” x 16”, 2018
5. Carolyn Knight, “Schools We Need, Not Wall Street Greed”, 16” x 16”, 2018
6. Nicolas Lampert, “Fund Our Schools”, 16” x 16”, 2018
7. SPARC / Carlos Rogel, “Community Schools Build Democracy”, 16” x 16”, 2018

From the OEA Art Build/Teachers Strike
Ephemera:
1. We Stand with Oakland Teachers, offset, 12” x 18”, 2019
2. Oakland Teachers Are Fighting for the Schools Our Students Deserve”, offset, 8.5”x11”, 2019
Pickets Signs: Printed on Muslin Fabric:
1. Favianna Rodriguez, “Keep Teachers in Oakland”, 23” x 42”, 2019
2. Melanie Cervantes /Jesus Barraza, “Keep Teachers in Oakland”, 23” x 42”, 2019
3. Miriam Stahl, “Fight for the Schools Students Deserve”, 23” x 42”, 2019
4. Micah Bazant, “Public Schools Are the Heart of the Community”, 23” x 42”, 2019
5. David Solnit, “Ready to Strike for the Schools that Students Deserve”, 23” x 42”, 2019
Patches:
1. Miriam Stahl, “Fight for the Schools Students Deserve”, 10” x 10”, 2019
2. Melanie Cervantes /Jesus Barraza, “Keep Teachers in Oakland”, 10” x 10”, 2019
3. Micah Bazant, “Public Schools Are the Heart of the Community”, 10” x 10”, 2019
5. Favianna Rodriguez, “Keep Teachers in Oakland”, 10” x 10”, 2019
6. Mara Gerson, “Public Schools Build Democracy”, 10” x 10”, 2019
Digital Prints of Parachute Designs:
1. Micah Bazant, “Public Schools are the Heart of the Community”, 16” x 16”, 2019
2. Kim Cosier (based on an Emory Douglas image), “Education Justice Now”, 16” x 16”, 2019
3. Favianna Rodriguez, “Keep Teachers in Oakland”, 16” x 16”, 2019
4. Claudio Martinez, “Fight for the Schools Students Deserve”, 16” x 16”, 2019
5. Jeanette Arellano / Paul Kjelland, “Ready to Strike”, 16” x 16”, 2019

From the National Education Association Representative Assembly
NEA Houston RA Offsets:

1. Josh MacPhee, “Red for Ed”, 12” x 18”, 2019
2. Melanie Cervantes/Jesus Barraza, “Fight for the Schools All Students Deserve”, 12” x 18”, 2019
3. Claudio Martinez/Paul Kjelland, “Educators” Serving the Needs of All Students”, 12” x 18”, 2019
4. Ernesto Yerena, “Teachers We Work for the People”, 12” x 18”, 2019
5. Nisha Sethi, “Build Schools Not Walls”, 12” x 18”, 2019
6. Jennifer White Johnson /Vy Vu, “Our Democracy, Our Responsibility, Our Time”, 12” x 18”, 2019
7. Favianna Rodriguez, “Education Justice is Racial Justice”, 12” x 18”, 2019
8. Art Build Workers print out description, 8.5”x11”, 2019

Photographs by Joe Brusky:
30 photographs of various demonstrations, events led by UTLA or OEA / examples of the art in action. Printed on
archival HP Premium Photo Paper with archival inks. Each photograph is around 10” x 13” 2018-2019.