Advocacy Posters.

  • Equal Rights Advocacy Poster.
    Our first project of the semester will be to create a pair of advocacy posters. Possible themes for the project include dissent, liberation, racism, sexism, human rights, civil rights, environmental and health concerns, AIDS, war, literacy, and tolerance.Among our research resources is an on-line exhibition The Graphic Imperative:International Posters for Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment, 1965-2005 www ( The Graphic Imperative is a select retrospective of forty years of international sociopolitical posters. The 111 posters in this exhibition emphasize the issues of our turbulent times and endeavor to show the social, political, and aesthetic concerns of many cultures and divergent political realities.Of the pair of advocacy posters that you design one will use type and image and the other use type as image. You will be able to chose: 1) the actual advocacy group that would sponsor the message 2) the specific issue/message of the poster 3) the targeted audience that the poster seeks to address and 4) propose the remedy or action for the specific issue/problem.
  • Concept Statement.
    If two consenting adults wish to start a life together, they will have few obstacles in the way of obtaining the government benefits offered to married couples, unless these two happen to be gay.  With the current laws barring legal unions among gays and lesbians, they will not be eligible for many financial, legal and security benefits that are granted to heterosexual couples with marriages recognized by the U.S. government.  While still maintaining its sacred and ceremonious nature, marriage should not be a concern of the government but a strictly religious practice administered by churches.  However an option should be available for couples (heterosexual and homosexual alike) who wish to enter into a committed relationship recognized by the law, in which they can partake of government benefits.  A religion reserves the right to establish its own guidelines and beliefs and should not have to change them.  Religious marriages would not necessitate benefits from the State, although a married couple would be able to pursue the same benefits. Under the eyes of the law, everyone deserves equal rights and an equal opportunity to be with their chosen partner (and participate in the benefits of that union).  To work towards this idea being enacted into law, go to and click on “Take Action” to be guided on how you can have an impact or click “Donate” to give money to American United to help fight towards their goals.

  • Rights Denied to Same Sex Couples:
    Death: If a couple is not married and one partner dies, the other partner is not entitled to bereavement leave from work, to file wrongful death claims, to draw the Social Security of the deceased partner, or to automatically inherit a shared home, assets, or personal items in the absence of a will.

    Debts: Unmarried partners do not generally have responsibility for each other's debt.

    Divorce: Unmarried couples do not have access to the courts, structure, or guidelines in times of break-up, including rules for how to handle shared property, child support, and alimony, or protecting the weaker party and kids.

    Family leave: Unmarried couples are often not covered by laws and policies that permit people to take medical leave to care for a sick spouse or for the kids.

    Health: Unlike spouses, unmarried partners are usually not considered next of kin for the purposes of hospital visitation and emergency medical decisions. In addition, they can't cover their families on their health plans without paying taxes on the coverage, nor are they eligible for Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

    Housing: Denied marriage, couples of lesser means are not recognized and thus can be denied or disfavored in their applications for public housing.

    Immigration: U.S. residency and family unification are not available to an unmarried partner from another country.

    Inheritance: Unmarried surviving partners do not automatically inherit property should their loved one die without a will, nor do they get legal protection for inheritance rights such as elective share or bypassing the hassles and expenses of probate court.

    Insurance: Unmarried partners can't always sign up for joint home and auto insurance. In addition, many employers don't cover domestic partners or their biological or non-biological children in their health insurance plans.

    Portability: Unlike marriages, which are honored in all states and countries, domestic partnerships and other alternative mechanisms only exist in a few states and countries, are not given any legal acknowledgment in most, and leave families without the clarity and security of knowing what their legal status and rights will be.

    Parenting: Unmarried couples are denied the automatic right to joint parenting, joint adoption, joint foster care, and visitation for non-biological parents. In addition, the children of unmarried couples are denied the guarantee of child support and an automatic legal relationship to both parents, and are sometimes sent a wrongheaded but real negative message about their own status and family.

    Privilege: Unmarried couples are not protected against having to testify against each other in judicial proceedings, and are also usually denied the coverage in crime victims counseling and protection programs afforded married couples.

    Property: Unmarried couples are excluded from special rules that permit married couples to buy and own property together under favorable terms, rules that protect married couples in their shared homes and rules regarding the distribution of the property in the event of death or divorce.

    Retirement: In addition to being denied access to shared or spousal benefits through Social Security as well as coverage under Medicare and other programs, unmarried couples are denied withdrawal rights and protective tax treatment given to spouses with regard to IRA's and other retirement plans.

    Taxes: Unmarried couples cannot file joint tax returns and are excluded from tax benefits and claims specific to marriage. In addition, they are denied the right to transfer property to one another and pool the family's resources without adverse tax consequences.

  • We were required to chose a advocacy group who would be represented on our posters. The group I chose was Americans United (AU) for the Separation of Church and State.
  • AU's Mission.
    Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AU works in the courts, in Congress and the state legislatures, at the White House and in the arena of public opinion.

    We address an array of pressing issues. We encourage you to learn about our projectslawsuits and out-of-court successes. You may also want to read our Form 990.

    AU is led by Executive Director Barry W. Lynn and governed by AU's Board of Trustees.

    Check out the site at!!
  • Image Based Poster.
  • Type Based Poster.
  • Process Book Cover.
  • Project Reflection.
    (Page taken from inside the Process Book)