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*****CALL FOR ART SUBMISSIONS*****

For: Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar, 2014
Deadline: 15 May 2013
Theme: Visions of justice

The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar collective (www.certaindays.org) will be releasing its 13th calendar in the Fall of 2013. Over the years, we’ve turned our attention to various themes: grassroots organizing, the legacy of the Black Panther Party, and indigenous resistance. The theme for 2014 will be “visions of justice.”

We are looking for 12 works of art to feature in the calendar, which hangs in more than 2,000 homes, workplaces, and community spaces. We encourage artists to submit both new and

*****CALL FOR ART SUBMISSIONS*****

For: Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar, 2014
Deadline: 15 May 2013
Theme: Visions of justice

The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar collective (www.certaindays.org) will be releasing its 13th calendar in the Fall of 2013. Over the years, we’ve turned our attention to various themes: grassroots organizing, the legacy of the Black Panther Party, and indigenous resistance. The theme for 2014 will be “visions of justice.”

We are looking for 12 works of art to feature in the calendar, which hangs in more than 2,000 homes, workplaces, and community spaces. We encourage artists to submit both new and existing work.

THEME GUIDELINES

The theme for 2014 is inspired by people’s struggles to explore alternative visions of justice and work towards transformative ways of dealing with harm and violence in our communities. We reject policing, surveillance and incarceration as modes of justice, calling them out as modes of repression, means used by the state to maintain white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy, and to strip oppressed communities of power and self-determination. But what do we offer in their stead? What models, principles and examples lead the way in cultivating authentic communities of justice and liberation?

You are welcome to explore what this topic means to you. To give you an idea, topics may include

· Alternatives to prisons, policing and other repressive forms of ‘justice’
· Histories of transformative justice practices in different social movements
· Current examples of organizing around transformative justice
· Intergenerational work, including work with the many aging political prisoners
· Efforts by different movements to address violence without involving the police/the state
· Examples of organizing for justice in prison
· Critiques of oppressive models of enacting ‘justice’
· Efforts to counter injustices enacted by the state (through police, courts, etc)
· Transformative justice and decolonization; Indigenous perspectives on justice
· Healing justice, particularly within prison/in communities impacted by the prison industrial complex
· Healing from individual/collective trauma as revolutionary work
· Addressing gender violence in social movements
· Visions of justice as they relate to prison abolition
· How we support people in the system, including political prisoners

Art may represent the work of particular groups, or outline the theme or its concepts in general.

FORMAT GUIDELINES

1. 5. Send your submissions by May 15th to info@certaindays.org.
The calendar is 11” tall by 8.5” wide, so art with a ‘portrait’ orientation is preferred. Some pieces may be printed with a border, so it need not fit those dimensions exactly.

2. The calendar is printed in colour and we prefer colour images.

3. You may send as many submissions as you like.

4. Send images smaller than 10 MB. You need not send a high-res file as a submission, but if we choose your piece, we will need a high-res version of it to print (at least 300 dpi preferably 600).

5. Chosen artists will receive a free copy of the 2014 calendar and promotional postcards. Because the calendar is a fundraiser, we cannot offer money to artists.

ABOUT THE CALENDAR

The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal and Toronto and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. We are committed to doing work grounded in an anti-imperialist and anti-racist perspective. We work in solidarity with anti-colonial struggles, Political Prisoners and the rights of undocumented citizens and migrants. We are queer and trans liberationist. We raise awareness of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the United States and abroad, many of whom are now in their third decade of imprisonment. People on the streets should understand the history of today’s social justice movements and how that history is linked to solidarity for PPs/POWs. In addition to building that historical awareness, we emphasize the ongoing involvement and continued commitment of PPs/POWs in these same movements.

Proceeds from the calendar will be used for direct support work for Political Prisoners and anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist struggles in the U.S.