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Wanted: street artists, activists  and cheerful wheatpasters for the raise of "A Paper Monument for the Paperless'

“We Are Here” is a group comprising refugees living in Amsterdam. Due to neither being entitled to social housing nor allowed to work, its members are often forced to live on the street. The group decided to make visible the inhumane situation in which they live, no longer hiding, but showing the situation of refugees that are ‘out of procedure’ in The Netherlands. Thanks to the collective power of the refugees and the help of many supporters, the group has already existed for around four years. (Source:

"A Paper Monument for the Paperless' is a monument in the making, which should generate more visibility and attention to this anonymous group of undocumented refugees. Anyone can make a contribution by requesting an A2 size poster set (in the form of a newspaper with 31 woodcut portraits of these refugees, made by a diverse group of artists and illustrators) and pasting them around or offering them to their local politicians. We are also open to suggestions for other ways to address this issue to the public and we invite people to think with us how we could generate more publicity for this initiative in the media (online, local newspaper or radio).

Contact social artist and initiator Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries: if you have an idea for how you could use the newspapers or posters, also stating which city or country you would like to distribute them, and adding your mailing address and the number of newspapers you would like to receive (given that we are a not-for-profit initiative, we ask for a small donation for shipping).
It's also possible to make an appointment to pick up the newspapers in Amsterdam, for free.

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