Strike for Statehood!

Time for another parody of an iconic American image, this time the famous photograph of the Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima island during WWII. Once again, it's not like it's been done before, but like all the great Renaissance painters doing their own versions of the Annunciation and Crucifixion, I decided it was time for me to do my own version of Iwo Jima.


This piece advertised the planned "Peoples' Strike" focused on the residents of Washington, DC who, the organizers of the "strike" assumed, had reached the point where things had gotten bad enough to spark a mass general strike to coincide with the IMF/World Bank meetings. Sadly, somehow, despite the loss of the city's only public hospital, the closure of homeless shelters and the sale of schools and the property under them to condo developers, many residents of DC chose not to join the "strike" as apparently things still hadn't gotten bad enough -- either that or, as I suspect, they were awaiting permission from the local Democratic Party to organize and rise up on their own behalf.

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