Tar Sands Blockade will be giving our good friends at the Beehive Design Collective a hearty Texas welcome this week and next!
The Beehive Collective is a multi-faceted organism with many people and varied projects. The works that most recognize as theirs are intricate black and white large-scale political cartoon posters, which serve as an alternative, graphic approach to educating and organizing. A committed group of mostly women, the Beehive collaborates to create visual narratives that break down and deconstruct complex and overwhelming socio-political issues, presenting a more digestible format that appeals to folks who might be alienated by hi-brow lectures or books.
The Beehive will be presenting their latest mass graphic ¡Mesoamérica Resiste! around Texas in addition to facilitating select presentations by Polinizaciones, a Colombian-based extraction resistance solidarity group!
Members of Tar Sands Blockade will be traveling with them to both learn about how our struggles intersect across our hemisphere as well as share where we are headed in our resistance to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline with the Beehive’s audiences.
¡Mesoamérica Resiste! depicts many stories of resistance to Project Mesoamerica, formerly known as the PPP (Plan Puebla Panama), a massive infrastructure project that aims to pave the way for so-called Free Trade in Mexico, Central America and Colombia. This latest, intricate graphic reflects the Beehive’s efforts to go beyond illustrating corporate globalization plans to illustrate, document and share diverse stories of survival, community development, collective action and inspiration.
These graphics were designed using an intensive process of first hand investigation and collective storytelling. The Beehive documented many examples of alternatives to industrial development plans. Like the stunning diversity of the ecosystems of Mesoamerica, the Beehive witnessed equally diverse strategies for building economic, social and political autonomy. Consultations took a variety of forms, from community-wide round table discussions, to interviews and informal conversations, to discussions over e-mail and reading peoples reports on the effects of Plan Puebla Panama and Project Mesoamerica. This intensive and collaborative design process is essential to the Beehive’s goal of coordinating their graphics campaigns in the most accurate and respectful way.
Polinizaciones will be in the United States for a limited time to offer informational workshops about the struggles of different communities against resource extraction projects in Colombia and Venezuela. Polinizaciones started as an initiative of members of the Beehive Design Collective with the objective of sharing the Hive´s graphics with communities which are defending their territories from the threats of extractive industries. Currently, Polinizaciones is a process that is in metamorphosis, redefining itself as a group that continues to push for the understanding of “ourstories” and lives within the context of colonization and globalization using a diverse array of educational and communication methods. Over the past five years, Polinizaciones has been building solidarity with communities that are currently resisting the destruction of their territories, through working with youth, elders, and educators on arts, media, and communication projects that strengthen struggles for the defense of Mother Earth
The Beehive is undertaking this tour in preparation for a full-on multi-faceted and dynamic tour a little later this year. What our Texas communities are getting is simply a taste of what is to come.
- Tuesday, February 19 @ 7:30pm: ¡Mesoamérica Resiste! presentation @ Morning Glory Yoga Studios, 207 East Main Street, Nacogdoches, Texas, Facebook Event Here
- Wednesday, February 20 @ 6:00pm: Polinizaciones presentation @ University of North Texas Environmen
tal Education, Science & Technology Bldg, Room 120, 1704 W. Mulberry St., Denton, Texas, Facebook Event Here
- Wednesday, February 20 @ 6:00pm: ¡Mesoamérica Resiste! presentation @ University of Texas Austin Student Activity Center, Multicultural Information Center lobby, SAC 1.102, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX
- Thursday, February 21 @ 7:00pm: ¡Mesoamérica Resiste! & Polinizaciones presentations @ Almaquí 2320 Edwin St., Fort Worth, Texas, Facebook Event Here
- Friday, February 22 @ 7:00pm: ¡Mesoamérica Resiste! presentation @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, Texas, Facebook Event Here
- Saturday, February 23 @ 6:00pm: ¡Mesoamérica Resiste! presentation @ University of North Texas Environmental Education, Science & Technology Bldg, Room 120, 1704 W. Mulberry St., Denton, Texas, Facebook Event Here
- Sunday, February 24 @ 6:00pm: ¡Mesoamérica Resiste! presentation @ Monkeywrench Books, 110 E. North Loop
- Wednesday, February 27 @ 6:00pm: ¡Mesoamérica Resiste! presentation @ The Movement Gallery/Southwest Workers Union Office, 1412 E. Commerce, San Antonio, TX, Facebook Event Here
Tell your friends about this terrific opportunity to expand our understanding of what is happening in places much closer to Texas than most realize!