Art Activists ‘INDECLINE’ take credit for Anti-ICE message on Emeryville Billboard

Published On June 21, 2018 | By Rob Arias | Arts & Culture, In the Neighborhood, News & Commentary, Social Justice & Activism

Emeryville residents and commuters noticed a peculiar billboard along Shellmound on Thursday morning that might have caused a double-take. A 1-800-GOT-JUNK billboard that previously read “We Make Junk Disappear” was manipulated overnight to read “We Make Kids Disappear. -I.C.E.”

The message was taken as a political stance against policies of the Trump Administration amid revelations of the separation of children from their parents at border detention facilities.

Art Activist group ‘INDECLINE’ took credit for the vandalism and posted a video that showcased how they pulled off the feat. “This isn’t an immigration issue, This is a humanitarian crisis” they noted on their Instagram page.

INDECLINE identifies themselves on their website as an Activist Art Collective that was founded in 2001. They are comprised of graffiti writers, filmmakers, photographers and full-time rebels and activists. “INDECLINE focuses on social, ecological and economical injustices carried out by American and International governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies.”


The billboard was quickly fixed by Clear Channel but not before the poigant message was made and  captured by the national media.

Emeryville has long been an attractive spot for political messaging because of our proximity to major highways and sheer volume of cars passing through.

The fabled Emeryville Mudflats incorporated political messaging for decades and even made an appearance in the Hollywood film Harold & Maude.

Most recently, Richmond Artist Chris Edwards chose our city to honor the victims of the Ghost Ship Warehouse tragedy with his piece. Chris recently relaunched his floating pirate ship in our Emeryville crescent after some major structural re-engineering.


About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

4 Responses to Art Activists ‘INDECLINE’ take credit for Anti-ICE message on Emeryville Billboard

  1. Chuck Street says:

    A little concerning that this article serves as an advertisement for crime in Emeryville. You’re linking their videos and Instagram page which will surly drive more traffic to them.

    Why are you glorifying simple billboard graffiti as some sort of noble act? There is plenty of “activist graffiti” all over Emeryville and Oakland, why cover this one in particular?

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