Red DragonsPrimary Artist: Red Dragon member, Jesse Gottesman

Created: San Francisco Collective, 1980s

Medium: Silkscreen t-shirt

Dimensions: 7″ x 9″


The Red Dragons was a group created to provide opportunities for kids to develop their own activities and reach out to other kids in response to what they were learning about Imperialism, White Supremacy, and Male Supremacy. Examples of actions and campaigns were: flying kites with anti-war messages at the Navy’s “Fleet Week,” showing a film about Harriet Tubman, putting on a play to teach about Black Political Prisoner, Geronimo Pratt, creating a puppet show called “Guazapa the Dragon” about the struggle in El Salvador, Christmas-time protests against War Toys at Union Square and Toys r Us, and “The Pennies for Pencils Campaign” in which the kids collected pennies to send school supplies to children in Nicaragua and El Salvador. We also created signs to carry in kids’ contingents in adult demonstrations. The kids ranged in age from 3 to 14. Some of the older kids participated in larger protests defending Abortion Rights and did Civil Disobedience against war in Central America.


Image: Image of a red dragon fire breathing a red star.

Words: Red Dragons

Color: red ink on a white t-shirt

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