Wings

Colored pencil on paper, 2022.

Wings of United Sonora is an animal-led labor union dedicated to direct action, workplace democracy, and environmental justice. Founded by members of the Corvus genus, the group is the first labor union of its type, and includes working crows, ravens, rooks, and their relatives. Wings' growing membership extends beyond the Sonoran region, as environmental working conditions worsen and Corvus labor becomes more lucrative to human employers.

Most commonly employed as janitors or clean-up technicians, Corvus take special pride in their meticulous attention to detail and cleanliness. The weekly river clean-up is an extension of this interest and furthers the union’s goal of achieving environmental justice for all living species.

The flyer (below) is both an invitation to initiate your own river clean-up, and an artifact of this time, when understandings of labor, environment, nature, and culture are no longer separable. The flyer was designed in the media lab at the Pima County Public Library by Wings' local chair who identifies as a Common Raven (Corvus corax). She extends her thanks to the Tucson librarians who, for the first time, permitted computer and printer usage to a non-human patron.

Wings is proud to present their mission and graphics in the recent publication: In, From & With: Exploring Collaborative Survival, edited by Grace Denis and published by Circadian, Summer 2021

https://circadian.co/product/in-from-with-exploring-collaborative-survival/ 



Flyer found near the Santa Cruz River, digital scan, Tucson, AZ, 2020.


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