Digital print, Silkscreen
13 × 9 × 1 in
Women's Studio Workshop
Harvard University, Fine Arts Library
Ringling School of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology, The Wallace Center, Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection
The Ohio State University (OSU)
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
University of Delaware Library
University of Michigan, Special Collections
Yale University, Beinecke Library
Whereas, We Declare compiles the text from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), proposed to the United Nations by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1948, with drawn images and statistical information about immigration. These texts celebrate accepting immigrants to the USA as historically essential to defining the nation, both by enriching the cultural horizons and contributing significantly to science, industry, and the humanities. Themes of imposed boundaries and borders run throughout the book’s imagery; the inside covers are the UDHR preamble annotated by Roosevelt.
Whereas We Declare was published by Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. This book is silkscreen and digitally printed on Somerset Book. The cover image is from the draft of the Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights annotated by Eleanor Roosevelt, courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY.
Whereas . . . We Declare
The first walls were made
by prehistoric people
standing or sitting side by
side, keeping dangerous
animals out and children in.
Putting unauthorized immigrants on a pathway to citizenship will create about 145,000 new jobs.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
It will cost $70,000 per each undocumented immigrant to build a wall with Mexico.
Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from Persecution.
Deporting all undocumented immigrants would shrink the labor force by 67.4% two decades and would decrease U.S. gross domestic product by $1.6 trillion.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Freedom to move
Everyone has the right to the Freedom of Movement and residence within the borders of each state.
Lack of vision
54 percent of patents were awarded to foreign born students, post doctoral fellows or staff.
Everyone has the right to a nationality.
Forced to flee
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
It costs $180 a day to detain an individual.
No one shall be subjected to torture or cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Immigrants founded 51% of all U.S. billion-dollar startup companies.
While a fence sure protects the fenced; it also imprisons the protected.
Spiritual society, a society without borders –
that’s the hope of the world, that’s the future.
Marquis de Custine