Tsuru For Solidarity Sticker Pack
The Tsuru For Solidarity sticker pack features several 2-3” stickers by five artists — Lauren Sumida, Erin Shigaki + Scott Méxcal, Cori Nakamura Lin, and Caitlin Takeda. Below are the artists’ statements behind each of their stickers.
Lauren Sumida - “No More US Concentration Camps”
For our first action in Dilley, Texas, people from all over the country folded and sent tens of thousands of tsuru. When we hung the tsuru chains at the South Texas Family Detention Center, the colors of all of the tsuru were so bright against the barbed wire. I wanted to draw these connections--the hands of all those who folded these tsuru and how uplifting they were against and above the prison fences, carrying the message from all of us: no more U.S. Concentration Camps!
Erin Shigaki - “Tsuru For Solidarity Logo”
This is the Tsuru For Solidarity logo in a special edition color scheme made for the Tsuru Rising! Virtual Protest to Close the Camps on June 6th and 7th.
Erin Shigaki + Scott Méxcal - “Hanafuda and Lotería Cards”
Yonsei and Latinx artists Erin and Scott are frequent collaborators, currently looking at ways to hold up the similar vocabularies of Japanese Hanafuda and Mexican Lotería card games. Their work calls out the parallels between the Japanese American incarceration and present day migrant detention, and highlights the resilience of those incarcerated. They are happy to share this sticker with the Tsuru for Solidarity community. No Camps No Cages! No Campamentos No Jaulas!
Cori Nakamura Lin - “Grace Lee Boggs”
For my sticker I wanted to center the concept of solidarity, and how it differentiates from charity. I've been thinking about the magic of mutual aid and the wisdom of mushrooms. I'm resisting the urges to self-protect, to shut down, and to self-isolate. If our mental health, communities, and society are going to get through this (and future) crises, we need to acknowledge and reinforce our linkages! Chinese-American activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs embodied the practices of solidarity in her life and work, and I hope we can all emulate her more!
Caitlin Takeda - “Kodomo No Tame Ni”
This sticker that reads, “Kodomo No Tame Ni, Nuestros Niños, Set Them Free” is a protest slogan that translates to “For the Sake of the Children; Our Children; Set Them Free.” It communicates solidarity among Japanese American and the Latinx undocumented migrants who are being detained. Of course, this sentiment is extended to Asian undocumented migrants as well.
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52 reviews5 out of 5 stars
Beautiful artwork and I very much appreciate listing the contributing artists + their socials on the packaging. Been following Tsuru for Solidarity since the Crystal City action. They are doing great work mobilizing the Nikkei community and beyond. My grandma and her family were incarcerated at Tule Lake. The day we were hoping would never come round again is here. Those of us who *can* be loud and proud about resistance should be.
Thank you so much for raising this little-discussed issue in the local and national news.. also for having one sticker in Spanish in particular since I am a fluent speaker. I am Asian American but I know Spanish as well.
These are wonderful! Great design and colors and great messaging!
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