The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) have created a traveling poster exhibition highlighting diverse historical boycott movements from the 1950s to the present. "Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism", features 61 posters from more than twenty boycotts, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, United Farm Workers’ grape and lettuce boycott, divestment from South Africa to protest Apartheid, boycotts of corporations using sweatshops, the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divest and Sanctions, and many others.
Activists and solidarity groups have often responded to injustices by implementing boycott and divestment campaigns targeting companies and governments that support and sustain these injustices—and posters have been a primary tool for educating about the issues and inspiring people to action. This exhibition uses powerful posters to demonstrate the effectiveness of boycotts as a nonviolent tactic to end injustice and oppression.
The display opened in Worcester at the First Universalist Church (90 Main Street) in the chapel November 3rd. In addition to the exhibit, there will be two programs open to the public. On Monday November 11 at 7:15 PM, Mr. Michael Langa will speak in the chapel on the campaign to end apartheid in South Africa. Michael grew up in the Black Townships during apartheid, and eventually participated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to address the past injustices of apartheid and to promote reconciliation in a democratic South Africa.
On Sunday November 17 at 12:00 noon, Dr. Robert Ross, Professor of Sociology at Clark University will speak on Contemporary Boycott Movements: What Works and Why? Bob Ross is a scholar and activist who has has written extensively on sweatshop labor and boycott movements against sweatshops.
You can see photos of the exhibit on the SENE Flikr page.