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.
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.