Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Union League of Philadelphia

I first started thinking about this piece in the early days of the trump administration when I participated in a bunch of marches and rallies protesting the president and his administration when they visited Philly.  When marching, we would almost always pass the grand, Second Empire, Union League of Philadelphia. Practically no one noticed that there on the balconies and in the windows, chomping on cigars and derisively smirking were the objects of our outrage delighted by the spectacle of their vanquished subjects passing before them unaware.

So, my fellow irate Philadelphians, the titans of industry, polluters and tax shirkers that make specious claims to be of theparty of Lincoln but are really the party of trump, birtherism and white male supremacy - they have a club. Right downtown. At Broad and Sansom.  

Their motto in latin is ‘Amor Patriae Ducit’ or ‘Love of Country Leads’, but I changed it to Amor Pecunia Ducit – Love of Money Leads.

If you have the pecunia and would like a zip up hoodie, I had a limited run made.  They are available on my online shop -

As with the Vote T-shirts, I will donate $5 from each sweatshirt purchase to Emerge America, a program that helps elect democratic women.


  1. Hi Joe

    This is a great piece. I am a social studies teacher from Scranton and I teach about the Civil War era, with a focus on it's current impact on American society. I noticed that you made some hoodies on a limited run but I was just wondering if you had any future plans for a release of prints of the piece or maybe t-shirts? I would love to get my hands on something for potential use in class!

  2. The Union League bestowed its 2018 Lincoln Award on Jess Sessions. Yes, THAT Jeff Sessions.
    Their insult to Lincoln's legacy was shocking. Your artwork is entirely appropriate.

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  4. The Latin would “amor pecuniae ducit”

  5. As it is, it says “love money leads”