This is a poster illustration I created for CURYJ in Oakland, which stands for Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice. Here's some of the process for this piece. This piece was created for several purposes and I worked with the staff to illustrate an image of Curyj staff and youth planting new life in the form of their organizing for justice. Having spent a little time working in juvenile justice the issues they work on are super needed as it is easy to fall into the pipeline that leads to life in prison. There are so many traps for youth of color, so it is nice to see a group of adults and youth work to pass laws, influence change in their city. and to provide connection to healing and indigenous ways. The poster also has the faces of elders who have passed away looking over the young people.
CURYJ does some important work assisting young people who've been in the juvenile justice system, and keeping kids out of the system by exposing them to healing, social justice, and organizing. To support their work please visit them HERE.