Art Tribute: Remembering Bobby Sands and freedom fighters from Palestine to Ireland

rEVOLutionary SALUTE ✊🏾 | #BobbySandsStillTeachesUs 🤜🏼🤛🏾 | Excerpt of letter from Leonard Peltier to Mumia Abu Jamal:
{…Our dream is still alive, and as hunger striker Bobby Sands once said, you can lock up the dreamer but you cannot place chains around an idea…} | #SOLIDarityIsPOTENT ✊🏾🌍🌎🌏 👊🏾 || A Luta Continuá


Acrylic Painting of Bobby Sands on the 40th Anniversary of 1981 Hunger Strike

On the 5thof May 1981, the Irish revolutionary Bobby Sands had a heroic death at the age of 27 after waging 66 days of hunger strike, the culmination of a 5-year protest that included the “dirty protests”, when Irish political prisoners resorted to smearing excrement on the walls of their cells in protest of prison officers’ repression and ill-treatment.

Many parallels could be drawn between the Palestinian and the Irish struggles for liberation. When I read Bobby Sand’s anthology “Skylark Sing Your Lonely Song” (1982), which accompanied my process of painting his portrait, my affinity with the Irish grew even stronger. We both livedunder similar systems of oppression, the product of the British imperialism. We both resisted, to use his words, “an alien, oppressive, unwanted regime that refuses to withdraw from our land.”Sands rejected for…

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