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:
Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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