Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 5, 2012.


12 Women Activists 12 Global Postcard Campaigns 12 larger than life painted portraits. A project of Justice, Resistance and Love!

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Please know that Roots To Resistance must reach our $10,000 goal in order to receive any of the money that we raise. If we do not reach that $10,000 goal all of the funds we do raise will be returned!       

"The most important goal and my deepest hope for the Roots to Resistance project; is not to change the World by changing a broken system from the top down but to use the stories of these women to connect us all to this Planet, to it and to each other, which I hope WILL change the World."

The 12 Women of Roots To Resistance:

Natalia Estemirova-Chechnya-Human Rights Journalist                         Malalai Joya-Afghanistan-Peace/Women's Rights Activist                    Chouchou Namegabe-DR Congo-Journalist reporting sexual violence    Zapatista Women-Mexico-Indigenous/Environmental Rights Activists      Rebecca Gomperts-Netherlands-Reproductive Rights Activist                  Aung San Suu Kyi-Burma-Democracy/Peace/Human Rights Activist        Maria Gunnoe-U.S-Environmental Activist resisting Mountaintop mining Dita Indah Sari-Indonesia-Labor/Democracy/Human Rights Activist    Marina Silva-Brazil-Environmental Activist protecting the Amazon      Yvonne Margarula-Australia-Aboriginal/Environmental Rights Activist    Vandana Shiva-India-Ecofeminist/Seed Saver/Earth Champion              Wangari Maathai-Kenya-Treeplanter/Environmental/Justice Activist

Malalai Joya and the Artist in front of Malalai's Portrait!

What Roots To Resistance Aims To Accomplish                                    

Roots To Resistance is a Public Art project which is sharing the stories, voices, and critically important work of 12 Women Activists, with people and Communities across the entire Globe using: large scale painted portraits, Global Postcard and Postering Campaigns and traveling Community installations and performances.

The project brings voice and visibility to these Women as well as inspiration and the opportunity for people to become engaged citizens in their own communities. The Portraits represent the Women themselves and a sense of the intensity, connection, strength and deep emotional space that it requires for them to do the resistance work they do.

As for the printed Global Campaigns, there is something that happens when you put up a poster of one of these women in your Community or send a postcard of their work out into the world. What happens is that in a small but profoundly important way you have sent your voice, opinion, action out into the world to connect with others. This is the most important goal and hope for the Roots to Resistance project; not to change the whole world but to use the stories of these women to connect us all to this planet, to it and to each other, which will I hope WILL change the world.

The Chouchou Namegabe Portrait

What Roots To Resistance Has Done

Completed the first five Portraits of Natalia Estemirova, Malalai Joya, Chouchou Namegabe, The Zapatista Women and Rebecca Gomperts, and placed them in Community spaces where people from all walks of life can connect locally with the greater Global World.

Built partnerships with 75 Community and Non Profit Organizations across the Globe.

Created five Postcard and Poster Campaigns featuring the work and words of Women in the five completed Portraits.

Printed and sent tens of thousands of  the completed Posters and Postcards across the Planet via our 75 Partner Organizations.

Partnered with many amazing people and Organizations: A Community Peace Organization in Afghanistan, an elementary school in Oregon, a Women's Farming Collective in Mexico, a small Reproductive Rights group on the island of Fiji, and many more who have helped us raise the profiles and voices of these profoundly important Women.

Postcard for Chouchou Namegabe and DR Congo

What Is Coming Next

I am now gathering the funds, materials and inspiration that will be needed to begin the next Portrait of the Justice Activist, Tree Planter and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, who sadly passed away in the Fall of 2011. Roots To Resistance will be taking on its largest Postcard and Street Postering challenge as we will be creating a Campaign which will literally be an instructional for how to plant trees in every environment on the Planet. We have made this commitment because from Wangari Maathai we learned that putting seeds in the ground is an act of profound resistance and love. We intend with this campaign to carry her work forward.

Your Support Can And Will Impact This Project:

Our $10,000 dollar goal will put us on track to create the Campaigns of Wangari Maathai and perhaps one of the other Activists.  Please know that unless the $10,000 amount is reached, we will not receive any of the funds.  Our needs for completing this project go far beyond the stated goal but every dollar can add up to another months studio rent, more painting supplies, and most importantly. more postcards and street posters printed and sent across the globe. Your support here will help bring Wangari Maathai's voice about the environment and a tree planting campaign to every continent and bring her full sized Portrait to life!

Thank you so much for your time!

With your support for this project we WILL raise the voices of Wangari Maathai and all 12 of these amazing Women!



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