Originally posted Saturday, December 15, 2012
Created this piece for The Greenlining Institute’s 2012 Holiday Card. It honors a handful of racial and economic justice leaders, our history, and the path here.
“Overcoming poverty is not an act of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery & apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade, & it can be overcome & eradicated by the actions of human beings.” — Nelson Mandela
Pictured in the Equity Tree:
Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bayard Rustin, Dolores Huerta, Shirley Chisholm, Muhammad Yunus, Michelle Alexander, Ai-Jen Poo, Grace Lee Boggs, Russell Means, Jose Rizal, Fred Hampton, Joaquin Murrieta, Queen Liliuokalani, Arundhati Roy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Sonia Sanchez, Cornell West.
Organizers of the United Farm Workers, Walmart strikers, Mujeres Unidas, an African American family moving north for a better life, Asian American railroad workers, an African American home about to be taken by the army, the Obamas, & a family in prayer.
Janine Macbeth is a nonprofit social justice worker by day, artist and illustrator by night, and mom to two boys 24:7. @j9macbeth www.j9macbeth.com