Frederick Douglass: wise words for 2017

Our 2017 calendar features American statesman Frederick Douglass and his wise words on the importance of justice and equality.


After escaping from slavery in Maryland, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) became one of the most important social reformers, orators and statesman of the 19th century. He dedicated most of his boundless energy to the fight for emancipation and equality, but was also a celebrated spokesman for women’s rights, temperance, peace, land reform, free public education, and the abolition of capital punishment. Douglass believed that photography was important in ending racism and slavery, because the camera would not lie. He was the most photographed person of his time, always looking sternly at the camera to convey the seriousness of his work and life.

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

For visitors to our shop in Jamaica Plain, another famous quote of Douglass and his celebrated visage will greet you as approach the building!

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”

Native American activist celebrated in Red Sun 2016 calendar

Our calendar places a memorable quote from Peltier against a stylized backdrop with a natural landscape that echoes Red Sun's co-op and environmental brand.

Fulfilling a mission that combines printing and social justice provides fascinating challenges for us a Red Sun Press, where activism has been running through the presses since 1974. Taking up the flag of Leonard Peltier seemed like natural fit. A native American activist struggling for the rights of his people and the land of his origins, Peltier’s case has been a rallying point for the social justice movement since 1977.

Peltier is a former member of the American Indian Movement. He has been in Federal prison for nearly forty years following a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that left two FBI agents dead. The case for his innocence and exoneration has been pursued by Amnesty International, the UN High Commission for Human Rights, the Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, Tenzin Gyatso (14th Dalai Lama),  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and many other groups and organizations.

Peltier’s passion and work – Native American civil rights, sovereignty and spirituality – remain landmark issues among US and global liberation movements.

Our calendar places a memorable quote from Peltier against a stylized backdrop with a natural landscape that echoes Red Sun’s co-op and environmental brand.

“No human being should ever have to fear for his own life because of political or religious beliefs. We are all in this together, my friends, the rich, the poor, the red, white, black, brown and yellow. We share responsibility for Mother Earth and those who live and breathe upon her…never forget that.

– Leonard Peltier (1944 –  )

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Jewish Voice for Peace slam-dunks with P/I video

This video appears on YouTube, among many other places; but there it is greeted by the usual chorus of war-mongering hatred that any honest treatment of P/I information is likely to produce. JVP has produced this primer for people like you and me, and, frankly, anyone who needs a basic way to communicate the issue. This great group has risen to prominence (props to the especially active chapter in Boston), both stirring and riding a wave of new consciousness about the conflict of Palestine and Israel, embodying the best of progressive activism, social justice, and straight-up humanity.

Own The Change

Thinking about starting a worker co-op, or going to work for one? This video, from GRITtv & TESA, the Toolbox for Education and Social Action, is a good primer on the cooperative movement and what it means to form a worker-co-op. Interviews with workers from many U.S. co-ops help piece together an engaging and compelling argument why co-ops are a real alternative to the income inequality and oppression common in the traditional capitalist model. Enjoy.

Co-operation Nation

The worker co-op movement goes back almost to the day when when people first strapped on their boots and headed out to the factory or into the fields. Today in the U.S. there are thousands of businesses organized around the principles of cooperation, forming an increasingly significant sub-culture of the economy. With umbrella organizations such as the U.S Federation of Worker Co-ops welcoming new co-ops every day, the working world is beginning to get a leg up on economic justice and democratic control in the workplace. The movement had grown enough by 2012 that United Nations established it as the “International Year of Cooperatives.” Red Sun Press has been a proud member of the co-op movement since 1973, when a group of Boston activists banded together to create printed materials for the anti-war and social justice efforts of the era. They had open membership, with training and support for the workers to support an autonomous commercial print shop. While “certification” of any kind is not strictly necessary to establish a business as a cooperative (check with the secretary of state in your state about possible special incorporation status), it helps to be allied with other co-ops in formal structures to get support and to advance the co-op movement itself. The ICA Group and the Democracy at Work Network among others provide resources and training for business seeking to establish a co-operative identity and structure.  Red Sun recently received status from the International Co-operative Alliance, joining hundreds of other businesses around the world in growing “cooperation among cooperatives.” The Marque of the alliance will appear on Red Sun’s literature as a symbol of our enduring commitment to the worker cooperative enterprise.

Celebrating Success with AANE

Among Red Sun’s many valued customers, The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) deserves some special recognition right now for their tireless campaigns promoting awareness and advocacy around Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles.

Red Sun worked with AANE on a deluxe invitation package for their upcoming Benefit Gala in Boston. The job involved a complex die-cut on a beautiful illustration, as well as a time-sensitive mailing component. Red Sun came through with flying colors on both accounts, hitting the bright hues of the illustration on press, and saving the organization over $500 in mailhouse costs!

The April 11 event at Black Falcon Pier will feature great food, entertainment and a fabulous wine wall. It will raise funds for AANE’s programs and services in New England.

AANE works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger syndrome build meaningful, connected lives. They provide information, education, community, support, and advocacy, all in an atmosphere of validation and respect.

2015 Calendar Depicts Threats of Injustice

Red Sun Press’ 2015 calendar is here, featuring an original illustration by Jesse Racusen, our newest Digital Production Specialist. We’ve mailed a bunch of them already, but let us know if you haven’t received it or would like additional copies. The striking image of ghostly desolation is accented by an eminent quote from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” In regards to this year’s stunning graphic, the artist has stated that “This piece is mainly a response to the senseless violence that has transpired between Israel and Palestine, but it also serves as a call to end unjust killings happening both here in the United States and around the world.”

Seasonal Inspirations from Green St.

Snow ShovelingDespite the harsh winter here in Boston, Red Sun’s indomitable crew has kept the operation humming, with snow removal scenes enacted repeatedly outside our Green St. building. As spring barely peeps around the corner, we look forward to a robust season of fresh printed output: newsletters, books, brochures, postcards, posters, wide format banners and signs – all the many products and services you have come to expect from Red Sun Press, Boston’s Cooperative Printer.

Pictured, customer service rep. Eric Johnson hefts another shovel of snow onto the abounding curbside mounds. The striking image beside him is a Red Sun-printed poster extolling the need to shut down Pilgrim nuclear power plant in nearby Plymouth, Mass. The plant shares important design similarities to Japan’s Fukushima nuke, which was destroyed in an accident, leaving a deadly legacy for hundreds of miles along Japan’s coast.

For information about outdoor advertising for your event or programs at Red Sun’s terrific location in busy Jamaica Plain, contact Paul 617-524-6822 ext. 27.

Free Eco Icons

Please use these responsibly

I’m the first to say that slapping a pretty picture of a leaf or a farm onto your product does not magically give it qualities of environmental sustainability. In fact, greenwashing is a pervasive nuisance in our culture, where everything from automobiles to pesticides are marketed as “eco-friendly.” But if you really have a legitimate claim to environmental responsibility, or even if you just want to illustrate a point about being “green” then a set of these nature-oriented icons can embellish your work with some refreshingly “natural” eye candy. Icons sets (vector and jpgs) are free for download here.

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I really like the images in this pack also, free at this nice site.

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And I would be remiss if I didn’t credit a favorite site for routinely rounding up more stuff like this, and for providing resources and inspiration to print and graphic designers, Creative Bloq.

Haley House – Good Food, Good Business

Haley House mural

Haley House Bakery Café is a neighborhood hub in Dudley Square, Boston

The great thing about working for a place like Red Sun Press is that, even though we’re just a humble print shop, we keep ourselves part of the hugely exciting movement for social and economic justice. Customers come to us with their printing and marketing needs from environmental groups looking for low-impact production; from progressive political organizations on the fundraising trail; from social aid agencies publicizing the latest information on their programs; and from small businesses striving to establish a strong and meaningful local-first movement.

One of the most dynamic, hard-working groups of humanitarians with whom we’ve had the pleasure of doing business is Haley House, a non-profit organization serving the needs of Boston’s hungry since 1966. Started as a small soup kitchen and shelter for homeless people, Haley House has grown into a vibrant community resource providing permanent housing, training programs, and cultural sustenance in Roxbury and in their home base of the South End. A short talk with Executive Director Bing Broderick pointed to an organization with deep roots, rich programming, and a diverse group of staff and volunteers who keep Haley House hopping.

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