Saturday, December 11, 2010

Walpole Poster

One of my friends, Alexander, is an amazing artist.  I was so excited to come across his art being featured on Just Seeds.  It's a poster celebrating the Walpole Prisoners.  Basically, Walpole was a prison in Massachusetts (it's closed now.)  At one point, guards got angry about the way it was run, so they basically quit.  The prisoners decided to run the prison themselves, and found that not only could they do it, but they could do it better than the guards.  Riots stopped and prisoners even worked through race issues.  Unfortunately, Walpole was closed and the ideas these prisoners had to improve the system have been generally ignored.  Just Seeds makes these posters as a way to spread the word about forgotten social movements that did extraordinary things. 

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