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In the summer of 2017, the Mayor's Office in Berkeley, California contacted Wolff to generate a message for the citizens of the city to hang in their windows in response to several violent rallies that took place in the center of town in the first half of 2017, spearheaded by an influx of far-right groups engaged in aggressive hate-speech. To answer the call, Wolff enlisted her friend, artist and graphic designer Lexi Visco, and her wife artist Miriam Klein Stahl to collaborate to generate a simple clear poster.

The poster reads, “Berkeley Stands United Against Hate.” 20,000 copies were printed by a local union run shop, Autumn Press in Berkeley and distributed to businesses and residents. Within a week another 20,000 were adapted and distributed for the city of Oakland, in addition to large banners of the image that were publicly displayed during the summer of 2017 in both cities. Subsequently, posters have been reformatted and printed for the cities of Alameda, Castro Valley, Fremont, Richmond, Piedmont and counting.

Aesthetically, the colors of the poster extrapolate from red, white and blue, in a font and with muted tones that invoke Berkeley’s connection to the Arts and Crafts movement. Wolff and Visco continue to alter the name of the city for any town interested in their own version of this poster. Heading into spring 2018, the posters are still widely visible in the windows of storefronts and people's homes across the East Bay.