As progressive activists since well before the era of YouTube and Facebook, our collective memories sometimes get a bit weak or blurry. This is exacerbated by frequent feelings of vain struggles and bitter defeats suffered over the years at the hands of an endless parade of political gadflies. Even if if we still haven't gotten the "change we can believe in" no one can take away the glory, those moments of triumphant striving for justice and peace that we experienced at some point along the road.
And luckily those events – both momentous and minor – have been preserved for us through the years in the political art and graphics that blazoned our progressive visions. And the historical narrative of a vital progressive movement is nowhere more tangible than in the graphical manifestos and the poignant posters that have so often rallied us to the call.
Pictured here are some posters from our archives that we feel captured the spirit of progressive activism. The originals are preserved, and have been exhibited around Boston several times.