We The People: Shepard Fairey Designs New Protest Posters to Inspire Hope

We The People: Shepard Fairey Designs New Protest Posters to Inspire Hope

The artist responsible for Obama's famous "HOPE" posters sets his sights on Washington.

The artist responsible for Obama's famous "HOPE" posters sets his sights on Washington.

Text: Ian David Monroe

Shepard Fairey, the artist behind President Obama’s iconic “HOPE” campaign poster, has created three new posters to protest the freshly instated President Trump. The three posters see Muslim, Latino, and African American women in the artist’s recognizable vector-style aesthetic with varying slogans printed below a single, unifying message: "We The People."

Fairey explains the inspiration behind the posters to CNN: "We thought (they) were the three groups that had been maybe criticized by Trump and maybe were going to be most, if not necessarily vulnerable in a literal sense, most feeling that their needs would be neglected in a Trump administration.”

Two other artists, Ernesto Yerena and Jessica Sabogal, also made posters as part of the We The People campaign with the Amplifier Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to using art to bring social change. The artists’ mission is to “flood” Washington, D.C. with “symbols of hope,” and to purchase ad space in the Washington Post, “so that people across the capitol and across the country will be able to carry them into the streets, hang them in windows, or paste them on walls.”

To fund the endeavor, Amplifier Foundation launched a Kickstarter page with a goal of raising $60,000. They’ve exceeded that amount by more than 2,000%, with a total pledge amount of $1,365,105. That’s a lot of printed posters. And, hopefully, a supportive, inclusive message well heard.

View the posters in the slideshow below.

Shepard Fairey, "Greater Than Fear"
Shepard Fairey, "Defend Dignity"
Shepard Fairey, "Protect Each Other"
Ernesto Yerena, "We The Resilient"
Jessica Sabo, "We The Resillient"

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