Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Migrant Worker Blues

This illustration is about a news article I read here: http://thetyee.ca/News/2011/05/11/MexicanUnionBusting/

In short, it's about migrant workers fighting to be able to unionize on BC farms. The workers are trying to unionize, the Mexican government is throwing up obstacles- according to the article, anyways. My illustration mixes its metaphors, but there are just so many to choose from. The fight for workers' rights is ancient, and there is a lot of imagery to go along with it. Think of the revolutions, Che Guevara, guilds, secret fraternities... the issue is ripe with amazing design, symbols, posters, logos, etc. I suppose workers' rights are just that fundamental. You don't need to read a language to know what the hammer and sickle stand for. Unless you've never harvested a crop or hammered a nail. If not, lucky you.

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