Art for Mercy in Justice: Swanson Says YES on 57 & YES on 62


Artist and Activist John August Swanson is taking a bold stand for California prisoners this election season. Drawing on his Catholic faith and his distinctive talent, Swanson has created powerful tools for justice advocacy.

Swanson's work boldly and clearly supports YES on 57 (better prison conditions) and YES on 62 (elimination of the death penalty). It features vivid images from both ancient scripture and modern life, along with quotes from sources as varied as Pope Francis, Anton Checkhov, and CLUE's own director Rabbi Jonathan Klein. 

Swanson is encouraging the free digital distribution of these images. To download images for social media or print, or to pay for the cost of printing and shipping a physical poster, see his gallery at


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