#NotACrime is an initiative which began in September this year to campaign the rights of minorities who have been denied access to basic rights and education in Iran. Their mission is to highlight these injustices by emphasising that the pursuit of education is not an act worthy of imprisonment.
“This campaign marries old and new forms of communication – street art (very similar to cave paintings) and modern social media activism. It will spark an important conversation,” said Maziar Bahari, a former Newsweek journalist who was jailed in Iran and became the subject of Jon Stewart’s film Rosewater.
The #NotACrime campaign involves a series of large scale murals by renowned street artists from the world over with ‘access to education’ as an overarching theme.
A few months into the project, 11 murals have been created around the world by street artists like Ron English and Faith47. Johannesburg and Cape Town feature, with artworks by Wesley Pepper, Andrew Whisper and Freddy Sam adding to the conversation. Of his mural, titled Our Gentle Hearts, Freddy Sam says, “It’s not only for the students who are denied education in Iran, but also those in power all over the world who are ignorant to the reality that we are all connected and we are all one. Everything is interconnected; when we awaken to this, a true freedom and peace can arise. May all be free from suffering, may all be free from ignorance and may all be happy.”
Use this handbook if you’d like to get involved.