We Shall Not Be Moved: Posters and the Fight Against Displacement in L.A.’s Figueroa Corridor [review]
Book collaborators Benitez, Haas and Wells get a thumbs up for contextualizing the Figueroa Corridor campaign with other housing flashpoints, such as the effort in Tompkins Square in the Lower East Side of New York City as well as San Francisco’s International Hotel.
Presenting the story of Self-Help Graphics, a legendary art and agitation compound, is another wonderful take because readers see the movement flower as an expression of alternate power. The struggle itself bears learning about, as are the varied ways this mainly Latino and working class L.A. community fought back.
You may be lured to We Shall Not Be Moved for its political artwork, but as with any fine tome, it is the story that reels you in, and it certainly does.
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