Resist the WarmakersPrimary Artist: Terry Forman

Created: San Francisco Collective, 1980s

Medium: Silkscreen

Dimensions: 18″ x 24″

One of several posters made to bring attention to the US orchestrated wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua. During the 1980s the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) of El Salvador led a national liberation war to overthrow a series of US-backed governments. In order to defeat them the US provided billions of dollars in equipment and training to the Salvadoran military, which formed death squads that terrorized and murdered thousands of civilians. In 1979 the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) ousted the Somoza dictator government in Nicaragua and established a government. In 1981, the Reagan Administration backed a rightist collection of counter-revolutionary groups (Contras), providing them with equipment and training through the CIA, financed by illegal arms sales to Iran. The goal of the Contra War was to terrorize the people and overthrow the Sandinista government, which they were able to do. A broad-based solidarity movement in the U.S. emerged to oppose these wars in Central America.–Contra_affair.

Image:Drawing of a US general, left eye—photo of a demonstration in EL Salvador, right eye—photo of a demonstration in San Francisco.

Words: For an End to U.S. Intervention, Resist the War Makers, Victory to National Liberation Struggles In Central America.

Color: Turquoise and black ink on newsprint.

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