Like the Waters We Rise
Like the Waters We Rise
Digital print, Fabric, Pinback button, Screenprint
New York, NY
Radix Media, Repetitive Press (Toronto)
CollectionBox Sets, Collection Development
17 in stock
Claremont Colleges Library
Colby College, Miller Library
College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
George Mason University (GMU)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries
Ringling School of Art and Design
St. Olaf College
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), The Bancroft Library
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
University of Connecticut (UCONN)
University of Delaware Library
University of New Hampshire Museum of Art
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Special Collections
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Wesleyan University, Olin Library
Like The Waters We Rise box set is a collection of posters, photos, and objects from the front lines of the climate justice movement, 1968–2022.
The scale of the climate crisis we are collectively facing is daunting, and it is our hope that each piece in this collection offers a portal to an inspiration, a victory, or a teaching about how people-powered action is the most viable strategy we have for building the future. Each element of this collection has been carefully selected to support an understanding of climate justice as a rich, intersectional movement of movements driven by a multitude of visions for a better world.
Each poster, banner, and button in this collection was designed and produced as a call to action. Posters, in particular—a touchstone of movement visual culture—are a high-impact format: versatile, accessible, affordable, replicable, and easy to distribute. A full-color printed monograph is included in each box set and can be viewed digitally here. Within it, you’ll find hands-on activities for use in classrooms and community centers. These activities are accessible for a range of diverse audiences and adaptable for a variety of educational and community contexts.
Like The Waters We Rise was created as part of a larger exhibition and event series developed with both the Nathan Cummings Foundation (New York City) and Interference Archive (Brooklyn) in 2019–2020. Interference Archive volunteers Nora Almeida, Ryan Buckley, Sophie Glidden-Lyon, Rachel Jones, and Siyona Ravi supported the selection of materials and event production for this first iteration of the exhibition. The box set was created in 2022 in collaboration with Booklyn, Inc., an artist-run non-profit that archives and distributes the work of artists and social justice groups that address urgent cultural issues of our time. The contents of the Like The Waters We Rise box set were selected and organized by Raquel de Anda and Josh MacPhee. This publication was written by Raquel de Anda, LJ Amsterdam, and Josh MacPhee. Educational activities were created by LJ Amsterdam. Photographic research and image permissions were facilitated by Breanna Denney
Proceeds from this project are being donated to the Climate Justice Alliance in order to fund additional culture to support frontline climate justice organizing.
- United Auto Workers, I Am A Man,1968.
- Young Lords Party, Struggle, 1971.
- Frank Blechman Jr. and CharlotteBrody (Carolina Brown LungAssociation), Cotton Dust Kills, 1976.
- American Indian EnvironmentalCouncil, Say No To Uranium, 1980.
- Ester Hernandez,Sun Mad, 1981.
- Rini Templeton (Big Mountain Support Group), Navajos Resist Forced Relocation, ca. mid-1980s
- Third World and Progressive PeoplesCoalition, et. al., March for Nuclear Disarmament and Human Needs, 1982.
- Jeff Chapman Crane (Kentuckians for the Commonwealth), No BroadForm Deeds, 1988.
- Bonnie Acker (Seneca Women’s Peace Encampment), Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice, 1983.
- Northern California Land Trust, Land Gives Life, ca. mid-1970s.
- Joint Warren County State PCB Landfill Working Group, No PCB, 1982.
- Mothers of East Los Angeles, No Prison in ELA, 1985.
- Earth First!, Redwood Summer, 1990.
- Rocky Dobey, Carnival Against Capital,1999.
- John Fitzgerald, Katrina Was A Problem, 2006.
- Cesar Maxit (People’s Climate March), I Love NY, 2014.
- Micah Bazant (Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council), Refugees Welcome Here, 2015.
- Dylan Miner, No Pipelines on Indigenous Land, 2016.
- Hannah Chalew, Protect What You Love, 2018.
- Jesus Barraza,Tierra Indigena, 2019.
- David Solnit, Sunflower, 2010.
- Isaac Murdoch, Thunderbird Woman,2016.
- Dio Cramer, Defund Line 3, 2019.
- Artist unknown, Stop Black Lung Murder, ca. 1960s.
- Mothers of East Los Angeles, No Prisonin ELA, 1985.
- Earth First!, No Compromise in Defense of Mother Earth, ca. 1990.
- Jesse Purcell, Climate Justice, 2016. NDN Collective, Land Back, 2018.