Reagan Means WarPrimary Artist: Terry Forman

Created: San Francisco Collective, 1980s

Medium: Silkscreen

Dimensions: 19″ x 20″

Looking back through our posters, government documents, and books rewritten about President’s Reagan’s legacy, “making war” defined Reagan’s Presidency. He propagated war, political repression, death squads in in Central America, Chile, and Argentina where US backed dictators murdered their citizens with impunity. Nowhere was more pain and death inflicted than in Central America. Rejecting overtures by the Sandinistas to normalize their government’s relationship with the US in the early 1980s, he chose to fund a 10-year war that caused an estimated 20,000 deaths, mostly civilians. In El Salvador, despite the murderous nature of the military dictatorship, Reagan poured in money, weapons, military advisers, and the CIA to help it wage war against the FSLN. In the process, he provided training to one of the deadliest death squads ever seen in Latin America, the Atlacatl Battalion of the Salvadoran Army.

Image: Ronald Reagan, with bomb explosion coming out of his head, drawings of nine progressively larger helicopters on the left of his head.

Words: Reagan Means War, Resist! Victory to the Peoples of Central America.

Color: black ink on orange paper

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