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May 12 2012


Oakland CA

Oakland-based artist-activists Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza teamed up to form Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration working for social change.  They believe that art can be an empowering reflection of
community struggles, dreams and visions, and  following principles of
Xicanisma and Zapatismo, create work that translates people’s stories
into art that can be put back into the hands of the communities who
inspire it.

Recognizing that the history of the majority of
people worldwide is a history of colonialism, genocide, and
exploitation, their art is grounded in Third World and indigenous
movements that build people's power to transform the conditions of
fragmentation, displacement and loss of culture that result from this
history.  Representing these movements through visual art means
connecting struggles through their work and seeking to inspire solidarity
among communities of struggle worldwide. They are committed to
advancing the acceptance of people's art as quality art and to
nurturing a model of art-making grounded in collaboration with community
organizations and other networks of artists. With this in mind, Dignidad Rebelde offers their time and design skills to individuals and organizations in the Bay Area working for positive social change.

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