On Monday, March 6, the book art department held a printathon to protest the presidency of Donald Trump.
Book Art Professor Kathleen Walkup said she had heard about other people printing postcards to write to the White House and thought it was perfect for Mills and the book art department.
“We’ve had printathons before,” Walkup said. “It seemed like a critical opportunity.”
Last year when budget cuts threatened the book art department, the department held printathons to engage the Mills community and protest the possibility of being cut. Now, instead of posters, the books art department printed postcards.
One side of the post card has the words ‘resist fascism’ in light blue, which are supposed to be written over with the sender’s message. The other side is addressed to the White House.
“We can’t pretend this is [politically] neutral, but we want people to write on them,” Walkup said.
“I think [the printathon] is important because it brings the community together… It brings exposure to the campus and the press.” — Brooke Hardy, graduate student in book art and creative writing
“I think the printathon reiterates putting a message out there… It’s taking action.” — Manar Harb, graduate student in book art and creative writing
“It’s time for us to reflect on where we stand… We have this opportunity to find ways to help each other find our voices.” — Kathleen Walkup, Book Art Professor