US Out of GrenadaPrimary Artist: Terry Forman

Created: San Francisco Collective, 1983

Medium: Silkscreen

Dimensions: 18″ x 24″

Grenada gained its independence from England in 1974. In 1979, a coup by Maurice Bishop and his New Jewel movement took power, which alarmed President Reagan who feared another Cuba in the Caribbean. In 1983, Reagan’s concerns escalated when hardliners led a coup on Oct. 16 and executed Bishop. Under the guise of evacuating 650 American medical students, the U.S. invaded the island on Oct. 25, 1983, and installed a new government. The invasion of Grenada should be seen in the context of another major event: the bombing on Oct. 23 of a marine base on in Beirut, Lebanon, two days before the Grenada invasion. The Lebanon bombing was a major embarrassment to the United States. The invasion of Grenada gave Reagan a chance to exact revenge while reminding all anti-American regimes of U.S. military power. The United Nations General Assembly condemned the invasion of Grenada as “a flagrant violation of international law” in November 1983 by a vote of 108 to 9. Massive protests ensued in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Cuba, Nicaragua and in the United States. Wikipedia has complete info.

Image: Bald Eagle with claws grabbing the island of Grenada.

Words: NO! U.S. Out of Grenada, Defeat U.S. Imperialism.

Color: black and red ink on white paper


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