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  • SparkingChangePoster Art & Politics WAr reSiSterS LeAgue

    2010 Peace Calendar

  • SparkingChangePoster Art & Politics

    WAr reSiSterS LeAgue2010 Peace Calendar

    Edited and designed by Luba Lukova

  • Sparking Change:Poster Art and Politics

    War Resisters League 2010 Peace Calendar

    Published byWar Resisters League339 Lafayette StreetNew York, NY 10012(212) 228-0450www.warresisters.org

    Volume 55ISBN: 0-940862-22-0

    Editor:Luba Lukova

    Cover Art and Design:Luba Lukovawww.lukova.net

    WRL Calendar Committee:Ellen DavidsonLiz RobertsLuba Lukova

    Contributors:Please see the back of the calendar.Copyright for all images in this calendar is held by the individual artists.

    Printer: Deschamps Printing, Salem, MA, www.deschampsprinting.com

  • Foreword

    Luba Lukova

    Once I had an argument with an artist friend whom I deeply respect.

    As artists often do, we argued about the importance of art in real life.

    At one point my friend uttered with a sigh, Art can not change the

    world. He said it without cynicism but with certainty, and this ended our

    conversation. Still, for me the debate continued. I could not understand

    how someone with his talent could reach such a conviction. I kept asking

    myself if he was really right and if one day I would share the same belief.

    Well, it is easy to get discouraged about the meaning of our work when

    we see that abuse and injustice continue despite the creation of so much

    powerful art. Does art really change anything? I do believe so. I think art

    changes the world the way drops of water transform the surface of a rock,

    slowly but surely. It is impossible for art to fix a declining economy or stop

    all wars, but art changes the way people see and understand reality. And

    if as artists we often lose faith in the impact of our work, those in power

    are quite aware of it. If art were so innocent and benign, there wouldnt

    be censorship in this world. If art were so unimportant, would Popes and

    dictators depend so much on it?

    The 53 posters included in this calendar want to make a difference.

    Created by artists from diverse parts of the globe, these images speak

    a universal visual language. There is compassion, anger, humor, and

    intelligence in these posters, and they express it all with almost no

    words. This is the greatest power of the poster medium: to grab the

    viewers attention and in seconds to translate a complex idea into a simple

    message. In todays digital era so much culture comes to us through a

    computer screen. We are drowned in email blasts and web pages and it

    seems that poster art has lost its importance as a communicative tool.

    But posters live in theaters and clubs and political rallies, places where

    real people meet other real people. And I believe we need that human

    connection even more now that were in such a virtual world.

    Critics often do not qualify posters as high art. While this is actually

    a good subject for another argument, art is not a definition, it is an

    experience. If the posters in this collection move you and make you think,

    then it doesnt matter how a critic would label them. They are art with a

    capital A, art that is able to spark change.

  • McRay MaglebyUSA

  • 1936 General Motors sit-down strike spreads to Flint, MI

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    2003 March and rally in Washington, DC, to opppose uS war in Iraq draws 500,000

    1918 emma Goldman sentenced to two years in prison for obstructing the draft

    1976 Continental Walk for Disarmament and Social Justice

    starts in California headed for Washington, DC

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  • Luba Lukova Bruno Boudjelal (portrait photograph)USA France/Algeria

  • AFrICAN-AMerICAN HerITAGe MONTH

    1960 Four African-American students sit in at Woolworths, Greensboro, NC

    GrOuNDHOG DAY

    1990 South African President F.W. deKlerk lifts ban on opposition groups

    1965 Mass arrest of schoolchildren demonstrating for civil rights, Selma, AL

    1913 Birth of civil rights leader rosa Parks

    1999 NYC police kill innocent Amadou Diallo, 15 days of civil disobedience ensue

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  • Luba LukovaUSA

  • PreSIDeNTS DAY

    1820 Birth of Susan B. Anthony

    2003 Millions around the world march against u.S. war on Iraq

    MArDI GrAS

    2005 The Kyoto Protocol goes into effect as an attempt to reduce global warming

    ASH WeDNeSDAY

    1942 Norwegian teachers begin successful nonviolent protest

    against Nazification of schools

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  • Luba LukovaUSA

  • WOMeNS HISTOrY MONTH

    NuCLeAr-Free AND INDePeNDeNT PACIFIC DAY

    1954 u.S. H-bomb test at Bikini Atoll contaminates Japanese fishing boat, Rongelap

    1968 Mexican/Chicano students walk out of Los Angeles high schools,calling for an end to racist policies

    1988 A federal court in Atlanta rules peace groups should have same

    access at high school career days as military recruiters

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  • Chaz Maviyane-DaviesZimbabwe

  • Frank NortonUSA

  • INTerNATIONAL WOrKING WOMeNS DAY

    1983 In Tel Aviv, Israel, 40,000 rally against war in Lebanon

    1987 u.N. Human rights Commission recognizes conscientious objection

    to military service as a human right

    295 Maximilian beheaded for refusing military service, Thevesta, North Africa

    DAYLIGHT SAvINGS TIMe BeGINS

    1879 Birth of Albert einstein, scientist, pacifist, WrL Honorary Chair

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  • 1973 The last u.S. troops leave South vietnam, ending

    direct u.S. military involvement in the vietnam War

    PASSOver BeGINS

    1927 Birth of Csar Chvez, pacifist and founder of united Farm Workers

    APrIL FOOLS DAY

    GOOD FrIDAY; 1917 Jeannette rankin seated in

    u.S. House of representatives, only member to vote against World Wars I and II

    eASTer SuNDAY

    1968 Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated at age 39, Memphis, TN

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  • Luba LukovaUSA

  • Felipe GalidoMexico/USA

  • 1943 Jews in Warsaw, Poland, begin revolt against Nazi tyranny

    2002 75,000 march in Washington, DC, to protest war on terrorism

    and Israels war on the Palestinians

    1526 First recorded u.S. slave revolt

    eArTH DAY (first observed 1970)

    1965 20,000 u.S. Marines invade the Dominican republic

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  • 1937 Gurnica, Spain, destroyed by Nazi bombers

    1986 Major nuclear power accident in Chernobyl, ukraine, sends radioactive cloud

    1942 16 pacifists, including A.J. Muste and evan Thomas,

    refuse to register under older mens WWII draft

    1977 Mothers hold first rally for the Disappeared at

    La Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    1992 rebellion in Los Angeles after 4 police officers found

    not guilty in beating of rodney King

    1975 vietnam War ends; vietnam reunited

    1977 1,415 arrested in occupation of nuclear power plant, Seabrook, NH

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    1830 Mother Jones born; 1886 International Workers Day instituted

    when 180,000 u.S. workers strike for 8-hour day

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  • Luba LukovaUSA

  • Luba LukovaUSA

  • 1886 Haymarket Massacre, Chicago, culminates in execution of 4 anarchists in 18871971 First 7,500 arrests for May Day antiwar protests, Washington, DC