Apr 12

May Day 2012

I made this poster for May Day here in Toronto. I wanted to try my hand at a 5.5×17 inch format, basically two posters to an 11×17 tabloid page, while thinking about all of those narrow electrical poles we try to put our posters up on.

It uses very minimal text, which has some obvious advantages and limitations – it allows the design to be visually striking and clearer from a distance, but doesn’t tell you a whole lot about what May Day is or why it matters.

And yes, that’s my fist in the image. One of my goals is to use my hand in more of my work, but I thought that meant drawing! And I want to locate myself in my work more, in terms of why I’m doing it. In this case, I’ve been helping to organize May Day marches with No One Is Illegal – Toronto since 2007.

The original idea was not to have a singular image, but a series, so we could scan a bunch of people’s fists, and put those into the posters. I like the variation of a series and the possibility of people putting up posters seeing themselves in the image and feeling a sense of ownership.

This poster below is by M1M, one of the three groups – along with No One Is Illegal – Toronto and (de)Occupy Toronto – trying to help coordinate the planning of the day this year, and it gives you a sense of some of the collective demands.

If you’re interested in seeing more May Day designs, the folks at Occuprint have been sharing new posters almost every day.

See you in the streets!

Update: My friend Hussan made a composite of Toronto May Day Posters!

Jan 11

Fight Ford’s Cuts

Really happy to be able to make this. Much respect to the stencilist who put this up. I was also experimenting with some animated GIF creators, but maybe I’ll save that for another time.

Nov 10

Dear Toronto

Been working on a couple projects and designs, here’s something I did quickly (based on this great illustration) so you know I’m still here!

I think we are entering a moment where it will become increasingly clear that we have to turn to each other to sustain ourselves and realize our ideas of community. Godzilla, Mothra – these creatures will not save anyone – we have to save ourselves!

Nov 10

Our Own Weapons

This is likely the most whimsical poster I have ever designed, but it was inspired by real events, and the reality is that our friends’ situations require urgent support.

This high-res clipart website was a great resource.

At the Fence: Syed Hussan, No One Is Illegal – Toronto


Oct 10

No More Deaths

Poster I designed for upcoming event:

please participate in a Community-Labour discussion hosted by No One Is Illegal – Toronto

November 4, 2010
6:00pm – 8:00pm
OPSEU Union Hall, 31 Wellesley Street
(across from Wellesley Subway Station)

supported by: Justicia for Migrant Workers, Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario, OPSEU Workers of Color, Caregiver Action Centre, Labor Education Centre, Workers Action Centre, Health for All


FRANCA IACOVETTA is Professor of History and author of “Such Hardworking People: Italian Immigrants in Postwar Toronto” that focused on the Hoggs Hollow disaster.

TZAZNA MIRANDA is an organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers

MOHAN MISHRA is an organizer with No One Is Illegal – Toronto

also remarks by Cosmo Mannella (Director of The Labourers International Union of  North America (LIUNA) Canadian Tri-Fund); Elizabeth Ha (OPSEU Workers of Colour & OFL VP Workers of Colour); Jessica Ponting (Community legal worker with Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario); Pura Velasco (Caregiver Action Centre); Jojo Geronimo (Executive Director, Labor Education Centre) and members of the Workers Action Centre


On September 10, 2010 two migrant workers Ralston White and Paul Roach died after inhaling toxic fumes at Filsinger’s Organic Foods appleorchard and processing facility near Owen Sound, Ontario. On December 24, 2009, Alexander  Bondorev, Aleksey Blumberg, Fayzullo Fazilov, Vladimir Korostin, migrant workers without full status, fell to their deaths when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed in half. Though these deaths made the mainstream news, migrant workers and undocumented workers continue to be hurt, to get ill and to die both in Canada or upon being deported to countries they have citizenship in. This injustice must end.

50 years ago, five Italian construction workers, Pasquale Allegrezza, Giovanni Correglio, Giovanni Fusillo, and Alessandro and Guido Mantella, died while working in a dangerous tunnel near Yonge Street in Toronto, remembered as the Hoggs Hollow disaster. Knowing that workers without full status were facing flagrant workplace violations, negligent employers and little legislative protection from occupational hazards, workers across the city rose up, and carried out a series of actions and strikes in a fight to organize the building trades.

Today as migrant workers continue to die, labour activists and community groups must gather together, to reignite a new fight.  A fight that creates far-reaching changes and challenges the very root of people’s inability to  access real safety – immigration status and racism.

Join community groups and labour activist to discuss and demand:

** Moratorium on deportations for all workers with WSIB claims and MOL complaints

** Access to Health and Safety without Fear

** Status for injured workers and their families

** Status for All!

Oct 10

This is what a demonstration looks like!

Just finished this video tonight. Hours later we received a disturbing update: Alex has been “released” on bail after being thrown into solitary confinement and coerced into signing outrageous bail conditions.

From the public release:

Thursday October 15, Toronto, Mississauga New Credit – Less than 24 hours after refusing to sign outrageous bail conditions which included not expressing political views in public and non-associations intended to further isolate him, Alex Hundert was forced to consent to his release.

On the night of Wednesday October 14th, Alex was told by the security manager at the Toronto East Detention Centre that he had to sign the bail conditions or face solitary confinement in “the hole”, without access to phone calls or writing paper. He was put in solitary confinement after an initial confrontation with correction staff where he resisted initial attempts to make him sign. He was denied the right to call his lawyer, and told that if he didn’t sign now, they would revoke the bail offer and he would be held in solitary confinement until his eventual release from prison.

Coerced into signing these conditions, Alex was thrown out of Toronto East and left to find his own way home to his sureties’ house. The prison authorities forced him into a position where he could potentially be accused of further breaching his bail.  Alex is now back on house arrest with an enforced curfew, with non-associations with co-accused and members of SOAR, AWOL, NOII and other community organizers. He also has the additionally imposed restrictions of no direct or indirect posting to the internet, no assisting, planning, or attending any public meeting or march, and no expressing of views on a political issue.

Oct 10

Pilgrimage to Freedom: Breaking the Chains of Indentureship

Just finished editing this video from the incredible march Justicia for Migrant Workers helped organize with migrant workers.

On October 10, 2010, migrant workers and their allies participated in a historic march from Leamington to Windsor, Ontario to call attention to the living and working conditions of migrant workers who grow and process our food.

Migrant workers demanded status, an end to exorbitant recruitment fees, better housing, safe working conditions and an end to racism and sexism in the workplace.

Sep 10

Speaking Back to the Walls

A collection of photos from the past year of the streets of Toronto. Shot on my terrible phone camera, which really needs to get upgraded.

The title “Speaking Back to the Walls” is borrowed from artist and activist Oriel Varga, who started doing large-scale paintings commissioned by-students, for-students as a response to years of walking through hallways filled with paintings of rich old white men (and some women) who disenfranchise students and impose corporate agendas.

When we speak back to the walls, we spark discussions about the university and community we want. Or, you know, about pterodactyls pooping on other dinosaurs.