During August and September, images from the Humanize Not Militarize exhibit were displayed throughout Greensboro, North Carolina. Organizers wanted to achieve the greatest “access” to those they wanted to reach, so they displayed the exhibit in three locations: University North Carolina at Greensboro, and Guilford College, as well as the Interactive Resource Center in downtown Greensboro. And in addition, they took the art off of the walls and took it with them to demonstrations, meetings and press conferences!
The name of this exhibit ‘All of Us or None; Responses and Resistance to Militarism’ was inspired by the poem ‘This Time’ by Aurora Levins Morales. We wanted to use a name that makes people think about how our collective survival is on the line. While many of us experience militarism differently - some hold the guns while others die from them - we all have a stake in the work of building a better world. A system that is exclusive, racist, oppressive and militarized cannot and will not last.
All of Us or None opened in Chicago at the Hairpin Arts Center on June 12, 2015. We were so pleased to have contributing artists Eric J. Garcia, Raul Lopez Vazquez, Andrea Gallagher, Lillian Moats and Monica Trinidad present at the opening. We were honored to have artwork on display that was part of the successful campaign to get reparations for survivors of torture by the Chicago Police Department and an Ofrenda de Gaza, constructed by AFSC's Middle East Program. We also welcomed the new Midwest Regional Director of AFSC, Brant Rosen. Photos by Alex Gramigna.
In late March 2015, AFSC was invited to display “All of Us or None” as a part of Butler University’s Peace Week, sponsored by the Peace and Conflict Studies program. For ten days, the exhibit was displayed inside Irwin Library where thousands of students and community members pass through each week. Through a collaboration with students and faculty, a panel discussion on the exhibit’s themes of militarization of police, drone warfare and the prison industrial complex took place.