Book Commemorates 33 Years of Political Art

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday May 01, 2007

A collection of posters Inkworks Press has produced over its life as a worker-owned collective brings together art, calls to political action and 33 years of history. 

Today (Tuesday) Inkworks will celebrate the release of Visions of Peace and Justice ($30, self-published), a 400-page large-format book that has been a decade in the making. The free event will include music and food and begins at 7 p.m. at La Pena, 3105 Shattuck Ave.  

The posters include early calls for international solidarity with Palestinians of the late 1970s, the struggle against South African apartheid of the 1980s and local issues such as the fight to save the International Hotel and the Livermore Lab blockade. The collection includes present-day anti-war posters.  

“When people have a radical/progressive political movement, they need to be sure the message is on the street,” Tim Simons, a member of the collective who does marketing and helped design the book, told the Daily Planet. 

The collection of posters “creates a record,” putting political actions and movements over the years into perspective, Simons said. “It immortalizes struggles.”