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Beehive Design Collective: Mesoamérica Resiste for Educators

"Mesoamérica Resiste" by the Beehive Collective

It’s not easy to talk about climate change, global capitalism, or ecological destruction in a way that feels energizing. Too often we engage in jargon-filled lectures about these issues that leave us feeling alienated from each other, the land, and the other species that we want to protect.

The Beehive’s Mesoamerica Resiste! graphic is a vibrant storytelling device that can help educators and activists to engage in these conversations with playfulness, creativity, and true, relatable stories.

The graphic uses the natural world as a metaphor for how global systems, economies, and social movements work. Participants in Beehive workshops love to pick out their favorite illustrated animals. Maybe it’s the porcupine yelling into a bullhorn to protest paramilitary violence. Or, maybe it’s a honeybee participating in the solidarity economy. Either way, every inch of this detailed image is an entryway into a larger story.

Come learn how you can use this graphic to educate, inspire, and organize. We will discuss the collaborative graphic making process that the Beehive uses, the philosophy and stories within Mesoamerica Resiste!, and the tips and tools that Beehive presenters have learned over the years to make our workshops accessible, dynamic, and impactful!

The Beehive is a collective of artists, activists, and educators dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots” by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools. They use an innovative and story-based education strategy to draw connections between social, economic and ecological issues.

Mesoamérica Resiste! explores the legacy of colonialism and the impacts of free trade policies and resource extraction on communities and ecosystems throughout Mesoamerica. The project documents vibrant examples of indigenous-led and grassroots movements taking collective action to defend their land and lifeways, and efforts to create just, democratic, and autonomous regional alternatives to these top-down plans. The stories and perspectives in Mesoamerica Resiste! allow us to make connections between the struggles for justice in our own communities and those that are happening all over the world.


The 2018 Feinberg Series theme is Another World Is Possible: Revolutionary Visions, Past and Present. Series events and initiatives will explore the radical imaginations of intellectuals, artists, political leaders, renegade thinkers, community organizers, and everyday people who have worked to make another world possible. All events are FREE and open to the public. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is offered every other academic year by the Department of History at UMass Amherst and made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.

Visit the Feinberg Series webpage for more information about the series, including a full list of co-sponsors and community partners