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Not One More Death

By Gayle

On 17, Jan 2012 | In | By Gayle

Not One More Death

2007 – Groundswell Community Murals, Brooklyn, NY

As one of six projects in Groundswell’s Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), youth created a large-scale mural and developed imagery for a community organizing campaign to reclaim neighborhood streets from sustained traffic-related deaths in downtown Brooklyn. The mural depicts three children who were killed by cars on 3rd Avenue.

The team worked with Brooke Dubose of TA and members of the victims’ families.

The mural, “Not One More Death,” memorializes Juan Angel Estrada, (1992-2004), Victor Flores, (1993-2004), and James Rice, (2003-2007).  They are depicted holding original traffic safety signs designed by the youth artists.  A silhouette of an anonymous figure is also present, holding a sign reading “Not One More Death.”

These initiatives led to a watershed dedication ceremony on August 28th.  Artists, activists, politicians, victims’ relatives, and a DOT representative all took to a podium under the mural to proclaim “Not One More Death.” Around the site, TA volunteers created improvised neckdowns (narrowed intersections), outlines of extended sidewalks, and other traffic calming techniques to demonstrate their effectiveness. VR (Visual Resistance) volunteers began attaching their signs to existing posts throughout downtown Brooklyn.