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Neighbors Poster Project

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Any time the word "neighbor" comes up, many people across America think of Mr. Rogers, an iconic children's TV show host who sang a cute little song at the start of each episode... "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine..." It harkened to the idea of being part of a neighborhood where everyone knew each other, kids could go out and play safely, and folks took care of each other in times of need. 


Click here to order your own copy of the poster (or send some to friends and family). It costs $10 and that price includes shipping!

Another iconic image many have become all too used to is the "Neighborhood Watch" sign, a warning to would-be ne'er do wells to stay out of the neighborhood because folks are watching.

Today, a young black male wearing a hoodie has become an iconic image representing our struggles with race in this country. Trayvon Martin, a young black teen, wearing a hoodie and walking home after buying some candy and an iced tea, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who had followed him, and even continued following him after police had told Zimmerman to stop.

This poster was designed by Micah Bazant in July 2013. It was originally commissioned by the Oakland organization Justice for Families, for the Night Out for Safety & Democracy. This event is an alternative to National Night Out, which is sponsored by police and neighborhood watch organizations across the country. In the course of creating the poster, George Zimmerman was found innocent for the murder of Trayvon Martin, and the poster’s message took on a new level of meaning and urgency.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS, seeing them, being in community with them, is not only a way to make our neighborhoods safe, it is a way to make our communities more loving, caring, compassionate, and to help them thrive. 

When the first image of this poster was shared on Facebook people loved it. "When can I get one?" "Who is going to produce it?" "I want ten of these!!!" There was no funding to produce the poster for national distribution so Reach And Teach, our friends at Design Action, and the artist decided to launch an IndieGoGo campaign. In one month we raised enough money to produce the poster and today we are proud to offer it to the world.

Thank You to Those Who Supported the Campaign!

We give great thanks to all the people who helped make producing this poster for distribution possible, including the following folks who granted us permission to share their names as supporters of the campaign:

Inno Nagara, The Story of Stuff Project, Naomi Ishisak, Wendy Amengual Wark. Abby Reyes, Caitlin Sislin, Pat Plant, Brooke Anderson, Doyle Canning, Kasha Ho, Jerri Jensen, Rudolpho San Miguel, Mia Henry, Elisabeth Santellana, Pam Marino, Diana P. Wu, Annie Koh, George White, Abby Mophaut, Janet Sells, Margaret Okuzumi, Paul George, Svea Boyda-Vikander, Aren Aizura, Sadie Sabot, Maya Amichai, Noam Szoke, Jennifer Giffen, Eleanor Cooney, Peter Van Wesep.

AND, we thank those who donated towards the campaign who chose to be anonymous. Thank you neighbors!!!

Order the Poster:

Click here to order your own copy of the poster (or send some to friends and family). It costs $10 and that price includes shipping! 

 




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