Annie Banks is an organizer/artist in Berkeley, California, on Ohlone territories. Annie is an active member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners and the Anti Police-Terror Project and is a student at Goddard College. Annie has been a printmaker since high school. 

“The role of cultural workers is important in our movements for justice.” 

Print #5: "Given what is at stake"

Print #5: "Given what is at stake"

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Title: "Given what is at stake"

Medium: Original linocut print, ink on paper, 8 x 10 inches

Artist: Annie Banks

Date: October 2017

This seems a most fitting post, the night before both the #J20 defendants in DC and the #BlackPride4 are set to go to trial, on November 20, 2017. #DropTheCharges #DefendJ20 #FreeTheBlackPride4 #DropJ20

This phrase is another that comes from David Gilbert, in his written responses to my interview questions. He used the word “struggle” originally but I decided to use “resist” because of its resonance with the current fight to drop charges against J20 defendants. Myself and ten comrades are also part of this fight to drop the charges - while we are not facing felonies, we are going to court for criminal misdemeanors, with a potential trial starting in March 2018.

I wanted to create a piece of work to uplift my comrades and to inspire us as a group. I wanted to use this opportunity to focus time and energy on printmaking to create something useful and meaningful for my comrades. I also wanted to take time to celebrate our resistance, especially since we need to remain rooted in our intentions as we enter into a potentially difficult trial process.

For more on how to support J20 Resisters locally and nationally, please join our Facebook group (“Friends of J20 Resisters”) and check out the national updates on http://defendj20resistance.org/.

Sources:

Gilbert, D. (2017, October 31). Personal communication.

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