Artist: Carrie Morgan
LOCATION: vomFASS company
This piece titled “Our Street” quotes a chant we sing, while marching in peaceful protest. It was painted cooperatively by myself and other artists.
We wanted to bring attention to the police brutality that unnecessarily and unjustly affects, not only people of color, but our society as a whole and demand that systematic change be made immediately.
My sons, who have been quite active in peacefully protesting, have been on the news, in the newspaper and on Facebook facing off with the police and challenging the unjust system. Initially I thought, “You know I don’t want you to get in trouble, I don’t want you to go to jail and get a record.” They said to me, “Mom, you can’t ask us not to do this! It’s so important to our future. This is a movement, and it’s so important that our voice be heard and that we do something about this right now.” And I was like, “Wow, you know, you’re right.” I am proud of both my sons. They have a challenging and bright future.
(Source: Let’ Talk About It. The art, the artists, and the racial justice movement on Madison’s State Street. American Family Mutual Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 2020. Page 26)
One of the chants of the mural: “No cops in schools” asks for no police presence in schools, but rather use the funding for counselors. If you want to know more, visit this website https://dignityinschools.org/take-action/counselors-not-cops/