Oil on masonite panel 9" x 12"
oil painting is a portrayal of a striking worker on the picket
line, banner in hand, surrounded by fellow union activists. The
painting's title refers to the worker's bravery in the face of
strike breakers, paid thugs, and riot police.
belongs to a suite of three paintings I created on the theme of
striking Chicano-Latino-Immigrant workers in the city of Los Angeles.
The artworks were specifically inspired by the massive L.A. Janitors
strike of 2000, but clearly allude to struggles taking place in
other cities, states, and countries. The Los Angeles janitor's
strike was organized by Justice for Janitors/SEIU Local 1877,
and it heralded a new militancy and organizational capacity for
the union movement in the U.S. that continues to have resonance
these particular paintings I wanted to praise the efforts of Latino
workers and organized labor, as an awareness of class is just
as important as the exploration of cultural identity."