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Hopeful,'Unapologetic' Art Rebrands the Immigration Movement

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Every year, during their mating season, millions of monarch butterflies make the journey from Canada and the U.S. to a small town in Mexico called Angangueo where they coat branches and leaves like gobs of black and orange paint. Migration is built into the monarch's DNA. For that very reason, the creature has played a central role in the rebranding of the undocumented movement. The choice in symbol is simple: Migration is natural, borders are not.

Hopeful,'Unapologetic' Art Rebrands the Immigration Movement

By CRISTINA COSTANTINI (@xtinatini)
ABC News
March 1, 2013

Every year, during their mating season, millions of monarch butterflies make the journey from Canada and the U.S. to a small town in Mexico called Angangueo where they coat branches and leaves like gobs of black and orange paint. Migration is built into the monarch's DNA. For that very reason, the creature has played a central role in the rebranding of the undocumented movement. The choice in symbol is simple: Migration is natural, borders are not.

Whether it's plastered across buses, screened on t-shirts or painted on billboards, the monarch has spread quickly thanks in large part to a group of West Coast artists -- including Melanie Cervantes, Cesar Maxit, Jesus Barraza, Ernesto Yerena, Julio Salgado and Favianna Rodriguez.

Through their work, these artists have helped shift the the movement by making art that reflects a "proactive rather than reactive" tone said Rodriguez, a California-based printmaker and activist. Phrases like "Undocumented and Unafraid," "No Papers No Fear" and "Migration is Beautiful" have grown in popularity -- a stark contrast from some of the movement's former reactionary refrains like, "Who's the Illegal Alien, Pilgrim?".

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Hopeful,'Unapologetic' Art Rebrands the Immigration Movement
Authored by: legalimmigrant on Friday, March 01 2013 @ 04:01 PM CST

Internet websites aren't natural either. So what's your point? That you think you found a great anology and you sound really smart? Why don't you house a lot of bed bugs in your bed because that's also natural?

Hopeful,'Unapologetic' Art Rebrands the Immigration Movement
Authored by: Bill Not Bored on Friday, March 01 2013 @ 04:10 PM CST

Excellent post. Touching, too, given the terrible destruction of the butterfly population due to pollution, cell-phone radiation, et al.