The Ash Grove: REMINDER: Sunday’s Great Events: OPEN HOUSE at (CSPG) ~ IN MEMORIAM, JOHN LENNON



You Are Invited to An OPEN HOUSE At The Center For The Study Of Political Graphics Sunday, December 8th, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Center For The Study of Political Graphics –

CSPG 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230 – Suite 103

At The New Peace Center, Located Between Venice Blvd. & Washington Place, Adjacent to 405

Please Visit CSPG’s New Space!

Refreshments – Archive Tours – Holiday Shopping Parking in the Rear of the Building. For

More Information Call: 310- 397-3100 or Email: ( (

With Over 80,000 Posters, the CSPG Archive is the Largest Collection of Post World War II Graphics in the United States. The Center for the Study of Political Graphics collects, preserves, and exhibits posters relating to historical and contemporary movements for social change. Through its varied programs, CSPG is reclaiming the power of art to educate and inspire people to action. There has never been a movement for social change without the arts—music, poetry, theater, posters–being central to that movement. Political posters in particular are powerful living reminders of struggles worldwide for peace and justice. Communication, exhortation, persuasion, instruction, celebration, warning: graphic art broadcasts its messages through bold images and striking designs. The archive contains more than 80,000 posters produced in a staggering array of visual styles and printing media, dating from the Russian Revolution to the present.

University, museum, and public collections of this material are rare, and are seldom accessible to the public. CSPG is uniquely committed to widely exhibiting this rich visual record of social movements. The Power of Poster Art All art is political, but not all art is overtly political. Protest posters flaunt their politics to generate controversy. Raw and aggressive or polished and sophisticated, political posters are the graphics of dissent from existing injustices.

Produced in multiples, often with urgency and any means available—offset, lithograph, silkscreen, linocut, stencil, woodcut, photocopy, or laser—few copies survive. Slapped on walls surreptitiously, often at great risk, by collectives and anonymous individuals or carefully fashioned by recognized artists in well-equipped studios, protest posters communicate instantly and directly to both literate and non-literate viewers. Like all art, political posters stir emotions and reflection. They can deepen compassion and commitment, ignite outrage, elicit laughter, and provoke action.

Transmitting and promoting the ideals, hopes, and dreams of millions who have dared to raise their voices in protest, political posters empower and propel diverse movements for social change.

Traveling & Virtual Exhibitions

Since the nineteenth century, posters have played an increasingly important role in public art. Because of their partisan content, they often have been neglected or destroyed. For this reason, CSPG’s timely traveling poster exhibitions are a unique resource. All exhibitions are presented from multi-issue and multicultural perspectives and come mounted and accompanied by translations, annotations, and other educational materials. The exhibitions illuminate and broaden understanding of diverse human-rights issues and movements past and present, including African-American, Asian, Chicano, Native American and Women’s rights; AIDS; anti-Semitism; Black Panther Party; Che Guevara and Latin America; ecology; globalization; gentrification and homelessness; immigration; liberation theology; political prisoners; racism, sexism and homophobia; protest in Los Angeles; the Viet Nam era; and the “war” against children.CSPG has more than two dozen traveling exhibitions ( that are displayed in museums, galleries, libraries, community centers, schools, religious institutions, concert halls, theaters, and government buildings. Selected virtual exhibitions ( are also available through this website. Contextualizing and deepening understanding of the historical forces at the heart of social and political change, CSPG brings these moving and visually stunning graphics to a broad cross-section of the population. Customized exhibitions are also available.

Acquisition, Conservation and Research

With more than 80,000 posters, CSPG’s growing collection represents one of the most diverse and important visual resources in the nation, and is frequently used by artists, activists, scholars, students, filmmakers, and playwrights. The collection includes posters from over 100 countries. The posters are physically vulnerable markers of historical frontiers, international relations, and popular sentiment. The historical sweep of the collection makes conservation of these fragile graphic records of the utmost importance, and CSPG is committed to preserving the archive for future generations. In addition to posters donated by over 1000 individuals and organizations, CSPG’s collection includes the La Peña poster archive, the Fireworks Graphics poster archive, the Bob Fitch poster archive, the David Kunzle poster collection, and the Jill and Michael McCain Collection. The archive also collects buttons and bumper stickers.

CSPG is a non-profit, tax-exempt educational archive. All donations are tax-deductible.

CSPG Staff

Carol A. Wells Executive Director/Founder

Mary Sutton Program Director
Joy Novak Archivist
Bo Doub Project Archivist
Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez Project Archivist
Alena Barrios Administrative Assistant ( * * * (

The Talking Stick Presents: In Memoriam John Lennon Sunday, December 8, 2013 7:30 to 9:30 PM—Free*

Hosted by Ross Altman
At The Talking Stick
1411 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 ((310) 450-6052

With Special Guests Paul Zollo, Jeff Gold, Robert Wayne Jill Fenimore and Esaú Alemán; Eric Ahlberg will be running the sound board. On December 8 in 1980 John Lennon’s life was ended by an assassin’s bullets in front of the Dakota, where he and his wife Yoko Ono lived. One of the great artists of the 20^th Century—both as a member of the Beatles and on his own—John & Yoko had moved to New York City to get away from the madness of England’s tabloid press, but he couldn’t escape the madness of America’s gun culture. It pursued him relentlessly—like it had President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and, a hundred years earlier, President Abraham Lincoln. The songwriter who had imagined a world without war, greed and hunger, could not have imagined a world without crazed music fans whose admiration could so quickly turn to spiteful and vengeful hate. In the years since John Lennon was murdered his music has continued to fill the void in our lives, and on this 33^rd anniversary of his death we give thanks for his life and remember his musical and political legacy. On the 33^rd anniversary of his murder please join us at The Talking Stick to sing some of his great songs and reflect on America’s possession by the gun lobby controlled by the NRA* For John Lennon is not the only victim of its murderous tyranny or misinterpretation of the 2^nd Amendment. Just this year we have seen Trayvon Martin gunned down in Sanford, Florida, by a vigilante who since a clueless Florida jury acquitted him of murder has been in custody four additional times for acts of rage and the threat of gun-violence. Thank the NRA. In Aurora, Colorado a coward invaded a cultural temple—a movie theatre premiering the Dark Night Rises, third in the Batman series—and gunned down twelve innocent young audience members—whose own courage in the face of terror was itself inspiring. The lives they saved demonstrated that their deaths were not in vain. Thank the NRA. And in Newtown, Connecticut last Christmas yet another “mad man” (a term we seem to have resorted to in order to conceal the systematic hold the gun manufacturers have on Congress through the NRA) entered a classroom and gunned down 24 children and 4 teachers and administrators. We remember these as well—as both victims and heroes. Thank the NRA. * Free with one food and/or drink purchase to support the Talking Stick! Contact: Ross Altman (323) 931-9321 * © 2013 Grey Goose Music (BMI) * All Rights Reserved. * *The opinions expressed in this press release are those of the author Ross Altman and do not necessarily represent those of other participating artists or the host venue. ============================================================ ** follow on Twitter (Twitter%20Account%20not%20yet%20Authorized) ** forward to a friend ( ** Add us to your address book ( ** Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp ( ** unsubscribe from this list ( ** update subscription preferences ( follow on Twitter (Twitter Account not yet Authorized ) | friend on Facebook (# ) | forward to a friend ( Copyright © 2013 Ed Pearl- The Ash Grove, All rights reserved. A new format for The Ash Grove list! Hope you like it. Our mailing address is: Ed Pearl- The Ash Grove 882 Cleveland St. #21 Oakland, CA 94606 USA Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp unsubscribe from this list ( | update subscription preferences (