Latest print for children’s book, “Power Means Who the Police Believe: Talking with Young Children about Race and Racial Violence”

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Title: “Ibram X Kendi quote”
Original linocut print
Water-based ink and computer paper
This linocut was made for an upcoming children’s book about anti-racism, called “Power Means Who the Police Believe: Talking with Young Children about Race and Racial Violence”. There are several of my prints in the book, along with art by a number of different artists. The book is written by fellow Goddard College alum Emma Redden. You can check out the book and more of Emma’s work here: https://www.emmaredden.com/#power-means-who-the-police-believe
The quote in this print is by incredible scholar and author Ibram X Kendi, author of The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965–1972, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, and How To Be An Antiracist. You can learn more about him and his work here: https://www.ibramxkendi.com/
The flowers and the butterflies that I used in this print are all local species that I see near our home in East Oakland on Ohlone territories, where I do my work.
#linocut #printmaking #antiracism
[Image description: a black and white linocut of a number of Rock Perslane, a succulent with long stems, small buds and vibrant flowers, stretch across the page from left to right. The words intertwined with the plants say, “The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it – and then dismantle it. – Ibram X Kendi.” Then, next to the flowers, there are three butterflies, the top is a Common Buckeye, the middle is the Monarch, and the bottom is Painted Lady.]

New merch in support of Wet’suwet’en frontlines!

This is super exciting – Solidarity Art Space is now selling multiple designs, on t-shirts, tote bags, and hoodies – to support the Wet’suwet’en front lines, both the Gidimt’en and Unist’ot’en resistance and resurgence. I am so grateful that two of my prints that I have made for Unist’ot’en Camp are being used in order to continue to fund raise. And they look GREAT, thanks to Prints of Darkness, who screen printed them. I ordered mine already!

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There are multiple designs by multiple artists on this site, so please take a look! And, most importantly, please learn more about the important groups that this merch supports:

Gidimt’en Yintah Access: https://www.yintahaccess.com/

Unist’ot’en Camp: http://unistoten.camp/

Healing Justice: Ending Mass Incarceration

Last weekend, my partner, baby and I headed over to the Healing Justice: Ending Mass Incarceration conference at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, on Ohlone Territories. I was very grateful to our comrade and fellow organizer Daniela, who put on the conference and invited us to table for the Anti Police-Terror Project as well as the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar. 

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Photo credit: Kelsey Layna

The conference also featured one of my prints on a postcard given to all attendees. I love how it came out:

healing justice postcard

And I was commissioned to make 50 cards for volunteers and presenters at the conference, which was a fun challenge. I did it!

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Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar 2020

I am so honored that I got to collaborate with founders and members of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust on this print this year, for the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar!

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This linocut is based on a photograph by Victoria Montaño (Yaqui and Mexikah), an Indigenous, Queer artist born and raised in the village of Huichin. The photograph features Deja Gould, daughter of Corrina Gould, with her baby Amne – all local Ohlone women who are leading the work to rematriate their land. The Rammay Garden West is a garden plot that has been given back to the Ohlone through the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, the first urban Indigenous women led land trust, founded by Corrina and Johnella La Rose. The print is an original linocut print by Annie Banks, a white settler living on Ohlone homelands, a new mama and a print maker. For more on Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, please visit: https://sogoreate-landtrust.com/.

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Certain Days is an amazing project, doing support for political prisoners and many, many groups, with this yearly publication, featuring both 12 different art pieces as well as 12 essays that accompany the artwork. Please buy a calendar today and support Certain Days. This year the proceeds from the calendar go to:

RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison)

The RAPP Campaign mobilizes currently and formerly incarcerated people, their families, and other concerned community members. From this united base and through the RAPP Coalition, we work alongside other prison justice advocates to (1) raise public awareness about the destructiveness of mass incarceration and the benefits to society in releasing aging people, including those convicted of violent crimes who do not threaten public safety; and (2) promote the use of key mechanisms for releasing elderly people, such as parole, compassionate release, and policy changes.

Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution which focuses on human rights issues (Addameer is Arabic for conscience). Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the center’s activities focus on offering support for Palestinian prisoners, advocating the rights of political prisoners, and working to end torture through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns.

Visit https://sogoreate-landtrust.com/ today, pay your Shuumi land tax, and learn about the “urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship.”

#linocut #printmaking #LandBack #climatestrike #landdefenders

“Linocuts, Love & Liberation” at Solstice Cafe, Lekwungen Territories

On January 10th, 2016, I finally put together my first solo show, entitled “Linocuts, Love & Liberation” at Solstice Cafe on Lekwungen Territories, in “Victoria, BC”.

Here is the write up about the show:

These linocuts represent over 15 years of printmaking and this is the first time I have displayed my prints solo. I wanted to put this on in order to share my work in the community that I grew up in. This show takes place on the territories of the Lekwungen people, on whose homelands I have lived for most of my life.

Printmaking is one way that I have been able to take part in powerful movements for social justice and much of my work is inspired by the community members, communities, activists, organizers and organizations who have committed their lives to working for change, justice and liberation.

The reference to liberation in the title does not refer to my own notions of liberation but rather to the powerful imaginings of what a world free of violence, hate and fear means and is articulated by people leading the way, some of whom I have been so fortunate to meet, know and work with.

Thank you so much to solstice cafe for hosting the show, to the Vancouver Public Interest Research Group for the grant to print and frame my work, and to Kîwetinohk Kîsik for hosting me while I prepped for this show. Thank you most of all to the people and communities who so tirelessly fight for change everyday.

The show will be up from January 9 til at least January 31 at solstice cafe. I will be working on posting photos and write ups from the show on my website, https://anniembanks.wordpress.com/, and will post updates here when that is complete.

Artist’s Statement: Annie Banks

My name is Annie Banks and I am a white settler, activist and organizer, who grew up mainly on Lkwungen territories in so-called Victoria. I was born in “America”, on Shawnee territories, and moved with my family when I was 7. I’m deeply grateful to have grown up on these territories and within many beautiful communities of people here.

I started printmaking in high school and the prints you see here are a result of 15 years of printmaking. I learned from my grade 10 art teacher how to do a linocut and have been making prints ever since. I like lino-printmaking because it is fairly inexpensive, accessible and can be learned and shared quickly.

I wanted to put on a show of my work to share all that I have been so privileged to be part of, especially in terms of political work and movements. I have mainly used my prints as a means to raise funds , awareness and support for social justice work happening in many communities. I have included with each print a write-up and links to the political work that they are about.

While the prints have been made between 2000 and now, I cannot remember all the dates so I just put the re-print date (2016) on all of them. All of these prints are for sale and the proceeds of the prints that are about specific social justice movements will go to those groups and organizations that are referenced.

Please get in touch with me if you would like: anniebee@riseup.net, https://anniembanks.wordpress.com/

welcome

hello and thank you for visiting this site. please browse through my work and contact me if you are interested in any of the work that i do, which i say more about here. thank you. contact: anniembanks at gmail dot com

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