Edgar R. Ayala
Edgar is a Guatemala-born graphic artist and political activist who lives in Oakland, California. He settled in San Francisco in 1986. His first incursion as a graphic artist was when he joined the team at La Raza Graphics Center, in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1987. La Raza Graphics was at the forefront of the Latino/Latina graphic organizing and resistance in the SF Bay Area,
La Causa, (the Struggle) in the Mission was no different that the one back home in Guatemala for Edgar, so he joined other activists for social justice for Central America, graphically and organizing. Another oner of E.R.A. footholds in The SF Mission was joining the outmost political printing community shop in SF, A. Maciel Printing. Thanks for his work on behalf of many community-based organizations, E.R.A. went on to work on a series of off-the-record, alternative but none theses official peace talks for Guatemala that according to the record, broke the roadblocks and political impediments blocking the UN Sponsored Peace Agreements singed in Guatemala in 1996.
After a series of roundtables which with E.R.A's transnational outreach efforts brought over 40 Guatemalan representatives to the negotiations table—off-the-record. Shortly after the "Official UN" peace talks moved forward with the Accord on behalf of Indigenous peoples in Guatemala.
In 1998 he founded Grassroots Publishing, a graphic design studio dedicated to producing identity and outreach materials for local, national and transnational nonprofit organizations.