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This is a fundraiser for the creation of an offset printed booklet of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This is a fundraiser for the creation of an offset printed booklet of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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In March of 2016 Loretta Ross lectured at Brown University. She talked about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which was written in 1948 after World War 2. Her lecture inspired me to investigate this document. I was struck by this powerful global effort to create a collective agreement to define the necessary freedoms and rights of the human race. 2018 is the 70 year anniversary of this document.

In celebration of this document and the upcoming anniversary of it's creation, I decided to create a series of prints of the entire document. In the last year I created 32 linoleum block prints of the preamble and each of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each print has the language of the document along with an image expressing an area where our government is violating the rights of our communities. Learning about this document clarifies the human rights violations happening in our country daily. We are not taught these rights in most educational settings. It is leaders like Loretta Ross who teach us to fight for freedom and justice through grassroots organizing to make institutions accountable to these values. 

With these funds I will create a mass produced edition of 1,000 booklets of the series of prints I made depicting this document. These booklets will be completed by the end of this year so that people and organizations can use these booklets to celebrate this anniversary in 2018. Black Cat Graphics in Providence which will be doing the offset printing. The final product will be a booklet of every article and the preamble bound with staples and around 8.5" x 11" in size. This booklet will be an educational tool which is priced affordably so that it can be used by educators, organizers, and parents. We must educate ourselves on human rights and work for a radical transformation of our society. This document is a visual tool we can use to educate ourselves, our families, and our communities.

The cost of offset printing 1,000 copies will be $5,000. After covering my printing costs, 10% of booklet sales will be donated to the ACLU.

If you purchase Article 14 as a reward, it looks like this:

 If you choose the reward of Article 2 with the misspell, it looks like this:

If you purchase the one copy of the entire portfolio of prints it will come in this case:

 

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This project requires financial support to make it a reality as printing will be a significant expense. Pre-purchasing sales of this booklet will allow me to pay for the printing.

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    Mystery print from my art archive

    You will receive a small hand printed block print from my archive. It's a surprise! Will it be a cat print? An old show poster? It will be hand printed and will have been made sometime in the last two decades.

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    One copy of the booklet

    You will receive one copy of the booklet. The booklet will be an offset edition of the preamble and the 30 articles of the UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Each article will be printed as a one color print. The booklet will be saddle stitched (stapled) with a black cover. It will be roughly 8.5" x 11."
    This reward is for a copy to be sent to a US address.

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    One copy of the booklet (International)

    You will receive one copy of the booklet. This reward is for a copy to be sent to an international address.The booklet will be an offset edition of the preamble and the 30 articles of the UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Each article will be printed as a one color print. The booklet will be saddle stitched (stapled) with a black cover. It will be roughly 8.5" x 11."

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    Article 2 with typo and 1 booklet

    You will receive a hand printed linoleum block print of an early misprint of Article 2. Own a piece of blockprinter history! Carving hundreds of words backwards is bound to result in an accident on occasion. You can capture one of these accidents for your own archive! It's got a small typo (the word "on" was accidentally carved as "or").

    You will also get a copy of the booklet.

    Article 2:
    Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

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    Article 14 of the UDHR

    You will receive one copy of a hand printed, linoleum block of Article 14 of the UDHR. It is signed from a limited edition of 29.

    Article 14:

    (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
    (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

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    Mystery print from the UDHR series

    You will receive a hand printed linoleum block print of my choosing of one of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each print is signed and numbered from a limited edition.

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    Offset Poster Set and 1 Booklet

    You will receive a set of three offset posters. "Everyone Needs Feminism" - a poster inspired by bell hooks. "We Are Not Afraid Of Ruins... We Carry a New World Here, in Our Hearts" - a tribute to Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarcho-syndicalist. "Peace Means Not Only Absence of War, But Also the Presence of Justice and the Absence of Fear" - a poster with a quote by Ursula Franklin, feminist, pacifist, physicist, and Jewish Quaker. (See update for a photo of the three posters next to each other.)
    You will also receive a copy of the UDHR booklet.

    (Add $10 for International shipping.)

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    Article 14 and a copy of the booklet

    You will receive one copy of a hand printed, linoleum block of Article 14 of the UDHR. It is signed from a limited edition of 29.

    You will also receive one copy of the booklet.

    Add $10 for international shipping.

    Article 14:

    (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
    (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

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    Mystery print plus the booklet

    You will receive a hand printed linoleum block print of my choosing of one of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each print is signed and numbered from a limited edition.

    You will also receive a copy of the booklet.

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    Article 6 plus one booklet

    You will receive a copy of a linoleum block print of Article 6 of the UDHR plus one booklet. This was printed in an edition of 29 copies.

    Article 6.
    Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

    "Our humanity is determined by the compassion we extend to those most vulnerable among us."

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    Article 7 plus one booklet

    You will receive a copy of the linoleum block print of Article 7 of the UDH. It's in an edition of 28. You will also receive a copy of the booklet.

    Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

    "The drug war is the new Jim Crow. Decriminalize substance use now."

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    Article 18 plus one booklet

    You will receive a copy of a linoleum bock print of Article 18 of the UDHR. It's in an edition of 38. You will also receive a copy of the booklet.

    Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

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    Article 26 plus 1 booklet

    You will receive a linoleum bock print of Article 26 of the UDHR. It's in an edition of 26. You will also receive a copy of the booklet.

    Article 26. (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
    (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
    (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

    "Kids need meditation not detention."

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    Article 27 plus 1 booklet

    You will receive a copy of a linoleum bock print of Article 27 of the UDHR. It's in an edition of 26. You will also receive a copy of the booklet.

    Article 27. (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural liife of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
    (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

    "Having the best standard of healthcare is a fundamental right. Pass universal healthcare now."

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    Article 29 plus 1 booklet

    You will receive a linoleum bock print of Article 29 of the UDHR. It's in an edition of 25. You will also receive a copy of the booklet.

    Article 29.
    (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
    (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
    (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

    "Abolish the death penalty. It is cruel and inhumane punishment."

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    Two print set of the Preamble

    You will receive two linoleum block prints featuring the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They are hand printed, signed, in a limited edition of 28.

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    5 copies of the booklet

    You will receive 5 copies of the booklet. This reward is awesome if you want to have gifts to give to friends, or if you work in an educational setting or grassroots organization and want this document to be readily available for educational purposes.

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    Healthy Food Print plus one Booklet

    You will receive a copy of "All Communities Need Access to Healthy Food" print. It's 23.5" x 39.5." You will also receive a copy of the booklet.
    Here is a link to the print: http://justseeds.org/product/all-communities-deserve-healthy-food-edition-2/

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    2 Print Preamble Set & 1 booklet

    You will receive two linoleum block prints featuring the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They are hand printed, signed, in a limited edition of 28.

    You will also receive a copy of the booklet.

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    Ten copies of the booklet

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    Article 14 and 7 booklets

    You will receive one copy of a hand printed, linoleum block of Article 14 of the UDHR. It is signed from a limited edition of 29.

    Article 14:

    (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

    You will also receive 7 booklets.

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    Backyard Sanctuary print and 1 booklet

    You will receive a copy of the limited edition print "Backyard Sanctuary" which is an 18" x 24" print in an edition of 11, which celebrates breastfeeding. Here is a link to this print:
    http://justseeds.org/product/backyard-sanctuary/

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    Babywearing Papa and 1 Booklet

    You will receive a copy of "Babywearing Papa" print, which celebrates babywearing. It's 18" x 24" and limited edition of 13. Here is a link to that print:
    http://justseeds.org/product/babywearing-papa/

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    Co-sleeping and 1 booklet

    You will receive a copy of "Co-sleeping" print, which celebrates the bond between a baby and parent when sharing a bed. It's 18" x 24" and limited edition of 10. This will be an edition in brown ink on white paper.
    It will look like this (but in dark brown ink)
    http://justseeds.org/product/cosleeping/

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    This is an Emergency! Portfolio

    You will receive a copy of "This is an Emergency!" a print portfolio of 17 prints on gender and reproductive justice. The project also includes a zine with intergenerational interviews. This project was created in 2012 and an edition of 125 portfolios was created. They were donated to grassroots organizations working on gender justice, were purchased by university collections around the country, and are in a few private collections. These are the last 3 copies left which will be made available to the public. You will also receive a copy of the UDHR booklet once it's completed.

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    Healthcare is a Human Right print

    You will receive the last copy of a three color reduction linoleum block print titled, "Healthcare is a human right." Purple and two colors of brown. This piece has been out of print for a decade but I just found one last copy hidden in my secret archive. Signed, numbered print. There is only one available. It is 23.5" x 39.5."

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    25 copies of the booklet

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    This is an Emergency Portfolio Hardcover

    You will receive a copy of "This is an Emergency!" a print portfolio of 17 prints on gender and reproductive justice. It comes in a hard case with foil stamped lettering with a ribbon closure. The project also includes a zine with intergenerational interviews. This project was created in 2012 and an edition of 125 portfolios was created. They were donated to grassroots organizations working on gender justice, were purchased by collections around the country including the Library of Congress, and are in a few private collections. This is the last hard cover copy which is still available to the public. You will also receive a copy of the UDHR booklet once it's completed.

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    Hardcover UDHR print set & 5 booklets

    You will receive a complete copy of the original linoleum block print set of the preamble and 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There are 32 prints in total. Each print is signed, hand printed, and numbered in a limited edition. They are stored in a beautiful hard cover with a ribbon closure. There are 17 of these in total, which have been sold to institutions such as the Library of Congress, the MOMA, and universities around the US. This is the only copy which is being made available to the public. Usually sold for $2400.

    You will also receive 5 copies of the booklet.

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