Photo courtesy of Pour les libertés
This Juneteenth, find out where the modern justice system can improve by viewing the For Freedoms poster campaign, Another vigilante.
For Freedoms is an artist collective focused on channeling art to create change and initiate important societal conversation. His current campaign, titled Another justice: by any means necessary, draws attention to the judicial system and the need for reform. One component of this national campaign is a billboard in Wilmington.
“Another Justice is a call to come together again and reconsider what justice can be in times of imbalance,” For Freedoms explains on its website. “The road to progress is still under construction, strewn with pitfalls, potholes and dangers. Despite and because of our collective and individual traumas, we invite you to vividly imagine what it would look like and could look like a just world.
The Wilmington installation is one of more than 50 unique billboards across the country. Everyone’s goal is to imagine what a “just world” might look like. The topics of the billboards range from things like ethics in technology and prison reform to racial injustice against minority communities, including Black and Native American communities. The “justice” umbrella is undoubtedly broad, and For Freedoms aims to reach every corner of it with this campaign.
The billboard above Wilmington was created by artist Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter and photographed by Taisuke Yamada.
The message “Protect Black Girls” is important. With women being the fastest growing incarcerated community in the United States and the black community already facing higher rates of incarceration, it’s easy to see where these statistics can take us. Fighting alongside black women and girls is a fundamental part of Baxter’s work. She explains in her statement on the piece that as a multidisciplinary artist, activist and educator, she has worked to support black women in many areas.
“Whether it’s creating works that support reproductive justice rights for incarcerated women or investigating the immediate and long-term impacts of adultification bias on black girls, my art and practice remains determined to use my own personal experience as a reference point to connect, engage and address the particular challenges facing these two unique groups,” she says.
If you’re on the road this summer, watch for notice boards at another judge country. There are many neighboring areas around the first state with their own billboards, including several facilities around Philadelphia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Visit For Freedoms online to find ways to make a difference in your community and country. Art is a powerful tool when it comes to societal change, and Another Justice: By Any Means Necessary is just further proof.
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