The posters offer a diversity of styles, from funky comic-booklike images
to political satire to the lively, colorful tradition of Mexican folk
Since its founding in the 1960s, the United Farm Workers (UFW) expressed every aspect of their movement in music, theater, poetry, and art. A constantly changing and innovative array of posters, banners and buttons accompanied every march and rally. Posters depicting the reasons for and targets of the grape and lettuce boycotts were plastered on walls and carried as placards. The United Farm Workers drew upon the rich tradition of the U.S. and Mexican labor movements for both their tactics and their art. And in both areas they made their own indelible additions; the UFW was especially effective in inspiring a new generation of activists and artists. In addition to promoting strikes and boycotts, UFW posters cover a broad range of topics, including racism, child labor, immigrant rights and pollution. Produced by the UFW, by artists' collectives such as La Raza Silkscreen Center and the Royal Chicano Air Force, or anonymously, these posters use an exciting variety of styles and techniques to call attention to the social and political issues confronting the community.
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