José V. Guerra Awe:
“Rise In Power depicts an inverted American flag with black and white stripes to give the impression that information is being put down in black and white. The location of the mural is directly across the street from the San Francisco Mission District Police Station. The names within the stripes are those of a small fraction of unarmed Hispanic and African American civilians that have been murdered by the police throughout the US, over the past several years.
The lack of spaces between the names represent: 1) These murders appear to be a perpetual cycle, and are almost common place; 2) These are all one people; they suffered the same fate; and 3) In the eyes of racist and corrupt police officers, they are one people: they are black or brown, which to them equals: criminal.