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#Flood Wall Street -- Stop Capitalism! End The Climate Crisis
#Flood Wall Street -- Stop Capitalism! End The Climate Crisis
Digital CollectionStreet Art Graphics
Title#Flood Wall Street -- Stop Capitalism! End The Climate Crisis
Creator#FLOODWALLSTREET Campaign
Time Span2014
LanguageEnglish
Classgraphic arts
Typecity card
DescriptionA flier for the People's Climate March with a cartoon of a wealthy banker in a tuxedo, cane, bowtie, and top hat being swallowed by water, along with the Empire State Building and other skyscrapers, while money flies in the air. The bottom states, "FLOODWALLSTREET.NET / NYC SEPT 22nd / 9AM: Meet at Battery Park / 12PM: Sit-down on Wall St." The back of the flier explains the purpose of the sit-down: to bring attention to how capitalism is the root cause of global warming. In contrast, creating an economic system based on justice and sustainability can change this. The back also instructs protesters to wear blue to symbolize the rising sea levels that climate change is causing, an issue that won't be addressed because capitalism is more important than saving the environment. Thousands of activists wearing blue sat down on Broadway and Wall Street, which is a pivotal intersection for those who are trying to get to work in Manhattan's financial district—one of the greatest symbols of capitalism in the world. By creating a disturbance with civil disobedience, the activists were trying to highlight the role big money plays regarding climate change and the inaction of the United States government. After eight hours of sitting, over 100 people were arrested and charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, which can warrant up to 15 days in jail and $500 in fines. As of February 2015, those who pleaded not guilty to the charges are still awaiting court trials.
Subjectclimatic changes;
Referenceshttp://floodwallstreet.net/
Curator's NotesRaina Puels '16 contributed and helped catalogue this item as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary initiative at St. Lawrence University called "Weaving the Streets & People's Archive, " funded during 2013-2015 by a mini-grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation entitled "Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century." For the project, students and young alumni participants were asked to examine "the creative and complex ways ordinary people make use of public space to express themselves." Participants wrote blog posts for "The Weave" and selected four to six items to be added to the gallery's "Street Art Graphics" digital archive. See (http://weavenews.org/content/weaving-streets).
NotesThis card was given to me at the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014, somewhere between 86th Street and 59th Street on Central Park West, but it advertises for an event on September 22, 2014, on Broadway and Wall Street in the financial district of Manhattan, New York City, New York.
RightsPlease see http://www.stlawu.edu/gallery/copyright/.
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