No More Deaths/No Más Muertes is a group of people of conscience and faith that assert the right to provide humanitarian aid to migrants. Their purpose is to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border through civil initiative: the conviction that people of conscience must work openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights.
Dignidad Rebelde was recently commissioned by No More Deaths to illustrate the cover (and create a graphic for multiple uses) to promote "A Culture of Cruelty: Abuse and Impunity in Short-Term U.S. Border Patrol Custody". This report focuses on the rampant U.S. Border Patrol abuse of immigration detainees, deportees and migrants apprehended on the U.S.-Mexico Border. More information is available at cultureofcruelty.org and nomoredeaths.org.
We were able to execute the design by partnering with photographer Chris Summitt.
Check out some of the source photos here.
In late August and early September we teamed up with Leslie Lopez to publish three new prints for her upcoming solo exhibit at EastSide Arts Alliance in East Oakland. Leslie has been a graffiti writer and a teacher with Visual Element and in several Oakland high schools. We first began mentoring Leslie in 2010 along with Natalia from Xochitlceive when we published a series of five prints in Spring of 2010. Over the past year Leslie has worked in the studio with me, mixing and matching colors for many prints and improving her understanding of the medium. We are really happy with the new prints and can't wait to see her new paintings in the exhibit.
Reception: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 6-10pm
Exhibit will run from Sept. 20th-Nov. 1st 2011
BREATHE: Suspiro Para Vivir features the artwork of the versatile East Oakland Xicana artist and educator, Leslie "DYME" Lopez. In her highly anticipated debut solo exhibition, 24 year old Lopez bridges graffiti and fine art worlds through her multimedia narrative. This new collection of prints, paintings and installations are meditations on individual and collective suffering, healing and cultural resistance in East Oakland, through the eyes of one young brown person. Guided by spirituality and grounded in community, this show includes collaborations with Dignidad Rebelde and Xochitlceive. Deep rooted in family values, Lopez displays a call to action for personal and community healing through her dynamic art. BREATHE-Suspiro Para Vivir invites the community to enter the mind and heart of the artist as she confronts hopelessness surrounding her and transforms pain into beautiful meaning, summoning the strength to resist, thrive, breathe.
On Thursday, September 8, 2011, MECA received the disturbing news that the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) in Oakland decided to cancel "A Child's View From Gaza," an exhibit of Palestinian children's art.
After months of planning and establishing a close partnership with the museum, we were saddened to learn that the children of Gaza would be denied the opportunity to share their experiences, art, and creativity with the Bay Area community. For 23 years, MECA has been a witness to how pro-Israel organizations can intimidate groups and individuals who try to present the reality and perspectives of Palestinians.
When I asked the MOCHA's Board President Hilmon Sorey, with whom we met on Thursday, "Who wins?" he could not provide an answer. I said, "The museum certainly doesn't win. I told him the museum doesn't win. MECA doesn't win. The people of the Bay Area don't win either. It is the children in Gaza, who have lost so much already, who lose again."
The only winners here are those who are supporters of Israeli occupation and brutality; who continue to spend millions of dollars censoring any criticism of Israel, and in this instance have succeeded to silence the voices of children who live every day under military siege and occupation.
All of us at MECA understand all too well the enormous pressure that the museum came under from pro-Israel groups. But we are deeply disappointed by this decision, and I ask you to join us in expressing our concern and urging the museum to reverse its decision.
Please send an email today to the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland urging them to reconsider and support your right to see and hear the message of the children of Gaza.
Middle East Children's Alliance
For more information: Read MECA's Press Release
A video showing some of the paintings in "A Child's View From Gaza"
I am super happy to have my Alcatraz Poster on the cover of the Certain Days calendar, this is a great project that will raise funds for the New York State Task Force on Political Prisoners, the Palestinian NGO Addameer, and the Freedom Archives. It also has some great artists whose work i love, among them are Josh MacPhee, Favianna Rodriguez, Santiago Armengo, Fireworks
42 GORGEOUS FULL-COLOUR PAGES OF ART AND WRITINGS! A GREAT FUNDRAISER FOR GROUPS, AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING, AND A MEANINGFUL GIFT!
Order now at certaindays.org. Join us on Facebook and help spread the word.
Featuring amazing artwork and writings from Aric McBay, The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Claude Marks, David Gilbert, The Denver Anarchist Black Cross, Emily Kantar, Favianna Rodriguez, Fireworks Graphic Collective, Gerald and Maas, Herman Bell, Jesus Barraza, Jihad Abdulmumit, Josh MacPhee, Kara Sievewright, Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson, Lynne Stewart, Ojore Lutalo, We Are The Crisis Collective, the RNC 8, Safiya Bukhari, Santiago Armengod, Shannon Willmott, Supporters of John Graham, Tim Groves and Tom Manning.
***WHERE TO GET 2012 CALENDARS***
Calendars can be ordered online at certaindays.org and purchased at local bookstores, distros and community events. Calendars cost $12 (plus shipping) and $5 for prisoners. We encourage groups to buy in bulk ($8 each when purchasing 10 or more) and to sell them as a fundraiser. Visit our website for more info – certaindays.org.
COINTELPRO: Repression & Resistance, Then & Now
The term COINTELPRO has become synonymous with the ‘tricks of the trade’ of state repression: surveillance of organizations and individuals, the use of infiltrators and informants, frame-ups, harassing or disproportionate use of the legal system, and outright physical attacks. While the term is widely used to describe repression of liberation movements, at least in North America, the history of the actual COINTELPRO program – its details and the lessons to be learned from it – remain relatively unknown.
Recently, we have witnessed growing awareness of state repression of radical organizing in North America, although it is difficult to judge to what extent repression is actually increasing, and to what extent this reflects the success of the work to expose it. Certainly since September 11, 2001, the state has new tools – and new social license – to go after social movements and marginalized sectors of the population alike, perhaps comparable to the Red Scare climate of the 1950s, when COINTELPRO was conceived of.
In some ways, this is to be expected. Effective movements beget repression. That being said, resisting this backlash – directly fighting back (rhetorically, legally, physically, but also via a more general resilience) – is fundamental to the survival of liberation movements.
In the wake of the repression associated with the summer 2010 G20 meeting Toronto, with several cases of infiltration in both the US and Canada coming to light in recent years, and with ongoing legislative changes giving government increasing power to surveil and disrupt us, the time seemed ripe to remind ourselves of the legacy of COINTELPRO, and resistance to it.
In putting together the Certain Days calendar, we always aim for a realistic balance between bringing to light social injustice and the challenges we face, and the inspiring work done to meet these challenges. It is important to speak of repression – to share examples so that we might learn from each others’ experiences, and see the patterns and trends in the state’s approach. But it is impossible to do so without also being struck by the many contemporary and historical examples of resistance. We hope that the information gathered in this year’s calendar can help teach the difficult lessons we need to learn to weather the storm and also provide the inspiration we need to do so.
The Certain Days Collective
"We are building a movement so we can be a nation that takes care of one another across generations”
"This year is the first year of the "age wave;" every eight seconds, an American will turn 65. In the coming years, more and more members of our communities will need care, just as more and more workers will need quality, dignified jobs. At a time when we desperately need new jobs, new paths to citizenship, and new solutions to persistent crises in care, a broad coalition of people from all walks of life are coming together to push for change.
For the past year, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Jobs with Justice, Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish Funds for Justice (PJA & JFSJ), Family Values at Work Consortium, Center for Community Change, Institute for Policy Studies, AFSCME, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Association, Direct Care Alliance, SEIU, National Employment Law Project, PHI, AFL-CIO and a many other key partners have been working hard to lay the groundwork for a campaign to transform long-term care in the United States for our loved ones who count on the support of caregivers to meet their basic daily needs, the workers who provide the care, and the families who struggle to find and afford quality care for their loved ones.
The campaign has many goals including building a new national movement of care recipients, care providers and families, and to achieve five core policy goals, the "Five Fingers of the Caring Hand," including:
1 The creation of new, quality jobs in home care,
2 Labor standards and improved job quality for the existing jobs and new jobs,
3 Training and career ladders for home care workers,
4 A new visa category and path to citizenship for care workers,
5 Support for individuals and families in need of support and care, including a matching registry and maintaining and creating new funding streams.
The campaign will support the creation of "Care Councils" in cities around the country, as well as town hall gatherings called "Care Congresses," to bring together care recipients, care workers and their families to share stories and work together in local communities to realize our dreams for care in America.
Caring Across Generations will also engage voters, young and aging, on the policy goals and values of the campaign, as well as related efforts to protect and expand workers rights, work-family balance and the existing safety net for the aging and people with disabilities."
To view more photos go to www.flickr.com/DignidadRebelde
To learn more and support the campaign here: http://www.caringacrossgenerations.org/
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