A mural in South Austin with the message “Your Vote Is Your Voice” was vandalized less than a day after it was unveiled at 900 South Lamar.
You can't miss the Soviet hammer and sickle, and the words “Elections no! Revolution yes!” on the mural. “This mural is about 'Your Vote Is Your Voice' and it's done by two incredible artists,” said Liz Whittington of The HOPE Campaign. The organization unveiled it Tuesday.
It's one of three murals created as part of the HOPE Campaign. Sloke One is one of the artists who created it. “As an artist that labored to create something positive, you know it's like a spit in the face” he said. “Really, it was just about the message of getting people to come out there, to come out and vote.”
This comes a day after 1 million Texans turned out to vote, shattering previous first day of early voting records -- the will of the people made clear by hours-long lines to the polls.
“First of all, I feel disrespected. I don't have a problem if you're a communist, but don't put that over my mural,” said Sloke One. The vandalism is also kind of a gut punch to Liz Whittington with the HOPE Campaign. “I’m devastated I’m sad angry but I’m also just more determined now for myself and for hope to continue with our message.”
And the red paint won't be around for long. “We'll discuss that but I’m not going to let it run like that I’m um, yes it will be fixed,” said Sloke One.
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