Time Marches Forward and So Do We

This new animation is released by the ACLU, drawn by Molly and directed by the wonderful and talented Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt. Narrated by Emmy award winning actress Laverne Cox.

Only 18 states explicitly and comprehensively protect trans people from discrimination. Many other state lawmakers are focused on targeting us for more discrimination. In 2017, lawmakers in 22 states introduced more than 50 bills restricting the rights of trans people.Even as these lawmakers signal that we are not worthy of protection, we persevere. Most of us have already spent years in dark places wrestling with our truths, feeling ashamed of who we are. But when we manage to survive, and even to love ourselves, we are stronger than ever. Try as they might, these lawmakers cannot erase us. Our rights will be hard won, but we are winning.

Article on the video at TIME.com: http://time.com/4894647/trans-transgender-rights-video/

 

Interview with NY Times Live on Facebook

See Molly live-draw and flip through her current sketchbooks while talking about art, activism, and getting your start as a young artist. 

View full interview here: https://www.facebook.com/nytbooks/videos/vb.1002391179791389/1590884577608710/?type=2&theater

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This Is Not A Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature

Molly’s report from Gaza is included in this great new anthology from Bloomsbury press. Available here: https://bloomsbury.com/us/this-is-not-a-border-9781632868848/

About This Is Not A Border

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of PalFest, This Is Not a Border is a collection of essays, poems, and sketches from some of the world’s most distinguished artists, responding to their experiences at this unique festival. Both heartbreaking and hopeful, their gathered work is a testament to the power of literature to promote solidarity and hope in the most desperate of situations.

Other contributing authors include J. M. Coetzee, China Miéville, Alice Walker, Geoff Dyer, Claire Messud, Henning Mankell, Michael Ondaatje, Kamila Shamsie, Michael Palin, Deborah Moggach, Mohammed Hanif, Gillian Slovo, Adam Foulds, Susan Abulhawa, Ahdaf Soueif, Jeremy Harding, Brigid Keenan, Rachel Holmes, Suad Amiry, Gary Younge, Jamal Mahjoub, Molly Crabapple, Najwan Darwish, Nathalie Handal, Omar Robert Hamilton, Pankaj Mishra, Raja Shehadeh, Selma Dabbagh, William Sutcliffe, Atef Abu Saif, Yasmin El-Rifae, Sabrina Mahfouz, Alaa Abd El Fattah, Mercedes Kemp, Ru Freeman.

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The Guardian: This refugee squat represents the best and worst of humanity

Molly’s new opinion piece in the Guardian:

Squats like City Plaza accomplish their work without a cent of government or NGO funding. In contrast, despite the $803m euros that since 2015 have flowed to the Greek government and NGOs to help them deal with the refugee crisis, refugees froze to death in camps last winter. Desperate, several more have tried to burn themselves alive. Even the best camps isolate refugees from cities, keeping them quarantined like carriers of a disease.

-Molly Crabapple, The Guardian, 6/2017

Full Article here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/23/refugee-squat-city-plaza-greece-best-worst-humanity

YouCaring Page to Support City Plaza:    https://www.youcaring.com/refugeeaccommodationandsolidarityspacecityplaza-716186

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Bore of Babylon Mural in Williamsburg

Molly has finished install the first Bore of Babylon wheatpaste mural in Williamsburg! If you’re in New York go and visit the lovely restaurant Cheeseboat at 80 Berry St. in Brooklyn. 

 

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The Baffler: Hidden Fighters – Remembering America’s black antifascist vanguard

During a June demonstration in Chicago, two young women, one black and one Jewish, chained themselves in front of the Italian consulate; signs that read “Hands off Ethiopia” hung across their chests. A local paper noted that Chicago had denied organizers a permit on the pretext that “Negroes in Chicago had no need to be worried about what was going on over in Europe.” To the city government, black internationalism was a more immediate threat than Fascist Italy.

-Molly Crabapple

Hidden Fighters . The Baffler. June 2017.

Full story here: https://thebaffler.com/salvos/hidden-fighters-crabapple

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Challenging State Repression at the Left Forum

Molly will be speaking with the Left Forum Friday June 2nd at 7:15pm at John Jay College for their 2017 Conference, talking about challenging state repression with art.

..the old “reasonable, responsible” regime of exploitation has broken down. These are radical times. Which means they are times with great possibilities for real radicalism. Still, the left forces are inchoate, without mass mobilization organizations and searching for strategies that can build raw power and generate victories. Our task is to help organize, nurture, and shape the raw resistance that is exploding across America – and help to build what may come in its wake.

Tickets and more info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/left-forum-2017-tickets-30316908690

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FRENCH PEN POSTERS

Molly’s posters from the PEN America protest are now available in French thanks to Nancy Bruseker. Click an image to download a hi-res copy which may be used for protest or educational purposes.

 

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Art in Ad Places

Art in Ad Places is a 52-week campaign of replacing advertisements with artwork. Each week, we partner with a new artist to install their work at a payphone kiosk in New York City.

Molly participated by providing one of her works from the ‘Scenes from Aleppo’. The poster was installed in the closest pay phone to the offices of Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations.

more details here: https://www.artinadplaces.com/news/2017/4/14/life-beneath-daily-bombardment

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Talking to Anarchists in Greece

Greece’s Anarchists Are Taking Better Care of Refugees Than the Government

 

Volunteer groups like Calais Action and Samos Volunteers pick up much of the slack. Often leftist in ideology, volunteer groups work on shoestring budgets, but, unconstrained by the hierarchy and bureaucracy found in many NGOs and government organizations, they’re able to provide many supplies one would expect to come from these larger, better-funded entities

 – Molly Crabapple. VICE. March 2017
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/how-greece-became-the-eus-prison-for-refugees-v24n2

 

Greece Is Cracking Down on the Anarchist Squats Giving Shelter to Refugees

 

Since the financial crisis, approximately 30 percent of Athens housing stock, and 20 to 50 percent of its stores, have lain empty. Out of these abandoned buildings, leftists wove an archipelago of squats. These are homes, gathering places, community kitchens; some are decaying, others as sleekly artsy as any hipster bar. While most squats house Greeks, they are also an attractive option for refugees, thousands of whom now live in squatted buildings.

 – Molly Crabapple. VICE. March 2017
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/greece-is-cracking-down-on-the-anarchist-squats-giving-shelter-to-refugees

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SPEAK OUT

These past few weeks it appears all our worst fears about the fallout of a Trump presidency have been realized. People across the country have responded to the fascist executive orders with righteous outrage and extraordinary empathy by means of protests, writing to politicians, and speaking out across all media outlets.

Molly collaborated with PEN in early January to create a series of posters with quotes from radical and influential writers. We later made hi-res downloads of the posters available for free for anyone who would like to print them for their classroom, demonstration, or protest.  The files are still up here: https://mollycrabapple.com/pen-america-protest-posters/

              

We also have fine art prints of the above two posters available in the shop. These are archival giclee  prints limited to editions of 25 each, and signed by Molly. All the proceeds will go to PEN America or Black and Pink.

We are also proud to offer a new shirt design by Molly, Fight Fascism Now. The design is available in four different styles and an array of colors. All proceeds will go to Make the Road, an organization that builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Thank you for helping us support these great organizations. Together we will continue to speak out against this tyrannical administration in every way possible.

 

 

 

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Inauguration Day

Just released article in The Guardian:

We need to fight for each other, every last one of us. Not to “tolerate”, like one tolerates painful shoes, but to proudly say that this world belongs to all of us, and that we’re not going anywhere.

-Molly Crabapple

Trump’s here: we have four years to write a better story via The Guardian 01/20/2017

trump coronation

Direct Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/20/proto-fascism-america-i-hope-you-like-the-taste

 

 

 

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