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 #6: "When we fight"

Print #6: "When we fight"

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Title: "When we fight"

Medium: Original linocut print, ink on paper, 8.5 x 14 inches

Artist: Annie Banks

Date: October 2017

I created this linocut based on a photograph of the spokesperson and host of Unist’ot’en Camp, Freda Huson. The phrase comes again from David Gilbert and I chose to use it in conjunction with an image of Freda because she is someone who has truly taught me through her actions that this phrase is true.

As spokesperson and host of Unist’ot’en Camp, she has been part of a movement to create Indigenous homesteads that protect territory and culture and oppose pipelines and other destructive, extractive industries. The camp has stood for almost 8 years, in the direct line of proposed pipelines and the fight that the hosts, the Unist’ot’en clan and the thousands of supporters have put up over the last near-decade has had global ripple effects. All because the Unist’ot’en decided to fight.

Print #7: "Another world is possible"

Print #7: "Another world is possible"

Interview #4: Mickey Ellinger

Interview #4: Mickey Ellinger