The Wedding Portraitis an essential book for kids about standing up for what’s right. Here are stories of direct action from around the world that are bookended by the author’s wedding story. He and his bride led their wedding party to a protest, and were captured in a photo by the local newspaper kissing in front of a line of police just before being arrested. “We usually follow the rules. But sometimes, if you see something is wrong–more wrong than breaking the rules and by breaking the rules you might stop it–you may need to break the rules.” When indigenous people in Colombia block an oil company from destroying their environment–this is a blockade; when Florida farmworkers encourage people not to buy their tomatos because the farm owners won’t pay them for their hard work–this is called a boycott; and when Claudette Colvin takes a seat in the front of the bus to protest racism–this is called civil disobedience. In brilliantly bright and inspiring illustrations we see ordinary people say No–to unfair treatment, to war, to destroying the environment. Innosanto Nagara has beautifully melded an act of love with crucial ideas of civil disobedience and direct action that will speak to young readers’ sense of right and wrong. There has never been a more important moment for Innosanto Nagara’s gentle message of firm resolve.
Innosanto Nagara, founder of Design Action Collective, advocates for uniting design with activism to bring about social reform. He said, "Opponents expend vast sums yearly in endeavors counter to the people's interests, trying to peddle products and services they don't require. We must join this conversation, put our resources to use shrewdly & promote people's wants & needs. By working together, we can topple the boulder from the incline."
Inno began graphic design for social change at UC Davis in the 80s. He then moved to SF where he worked for Jaguar Design. In 1995 he joined Inkworks Press in Berkeley. There he advanced his design concepts, and in 2003 founded Design Action Collective in his home's living room. It grew to 14 members providing print, web, media and other services to the Movement over the next 16 years.
Inno, a children's book author and illustrator, spends his time both writing and illustrating works centered around social justice, as well as providing graphic design, art direction, and creative communications services to entities he supports.