The Dream That Cannot Be Erased

True liberation is collective

LaDonna Witmer
6 min readMay 2, 2024

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Mural on Avenida Manuel Maria Portela in Setúbal, Portugal, photographed by the author

A new mural went up near my home in Portugal recently. In a town that has long garnished its walls with colorful paintings, a new mural is not an unusual occurrence. But this one was unusual because three days after the artists put down their paintbrushes, their work was gone — obliterated by thick smears of white paint slathered across the wall.

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