Stop the Arms Shipments, Stop the WarPrimary Artist: Terry Forman

Created: San Francisco Collective, 1987

Medium: Silkscreen

Dimensions: 28.25″ x 22.25″

In El Salvador the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) was fighting a national liberation war against the US backed military government. The US provided billions of dollars in equipment and training to the military as well as military officers to both train and take part in government’s decision making.

The US supplied aircraft from which Salvadoran government pilots dropped 500 and 750 pound antipersonnel, napalm and white phosphorus bombs on the civilian population in the hope of depriving the FMLN of their non-combatant supporters; a strategy of coercion and intimidation the US perfected in the Vietnam War. Brian Willson, a Vietnam War Veteran, (quoted in this poster) lost his legs while protesting at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in California against the shipping of U.S. weapons to Central America.

Image: Drawing of train on railroad tracks coming towards the viewer with red ink blotches to indicate blood on the tracks.

Words: Stop the Arms Shipments. Stop the War. “We will claim our dignity, self-respect and honor by resisting with our lives and dollars no matter what it takes, any further policies designed to kill others in our name.” —Brian Willson

Color: black and red ink on yellow paper

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