What do The Lavender Left, Food Not Bombs, radical labor organizers, 1970s feminists, the IWW, Black Power, OWS, anti-imperialist organizing, and fisting have in common? They — and many more — all use illustrations of the raised, clenched fist in their posters, newsletters, banners & logos.
The Fist Is Still Raised is a slideshow and talk about the history of the use of the raised fist in protest images from 1906-2012. Looking over the development of this one image tells intersecting stories about liberation, direct action, and autonomous organizing for revolutionary change.
Hadassah Damien is a political artist and community organizer from Brooklyn, NY. She is Resident Scholar at the Interference Archive, co-producer of the queer art tour Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow, and a fearless rabble rouser across the US and Canada.