Three years ago, Marissa Alexander, who had recently given birth to a daughter, fired a warning shot as her ex-husband attacked her. She was refused Stand Your Ground and convicted of aggravated assault with a minimum of 20 years in prison, where she awaits a new trial.
The poster above was done for the Free Marissa Alexander Campaign. Click it for a hi-res copy and share it to spread the word, with credit please.
For more information on Marissa’s case, click here.
As you may know, I’ve been an active supporter of New York Communities for Change (NYCC), a grass roots community group that organizes low and moderate income families. You may have heard of NYCC’s Fast Food Forward campaign that helped launch a movement of fast food workers in over 40 cities nationwide fighting for higher pay.
Whether through city-wide and state-wide campaigns or through their neighborhood chapters in communities throughout New York City and Long Island, NYCC members are leading the fight on some of the most important issues facing New Yorkers — like workplace justice, affordable housing, good public schools and ending Stop and Frisk.
That’s why I’m proud to be a “Friend of NYCC” who’s committed to enabling NYCC members to become a powerful force fighting for working families throughout New York. NYCC is holding its annual fundraising gala on December 3rd where we’ll celebrate the past year’s victories and the work to come. If you want to see more victories like the ones listed above, I hope you’ll join me by purchasing a ticket to the NYCC annual gala or by becoming a friend of NYCC (Friends of NYCC who commit to a monthly contribution of $25/month or more will receive a complementary ticket to the NYCC Gala.)
In just the last few months, NYCC members won a new shortened timeline for the removal of toxic PCB lights from all NYC public schools, joined the fight to keep Long Island Community Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center open for care, and prevented low income victims of Superstorm Sandy from being kicked out in the streets before they could make arrangements to move into affordable housing.
But despite NYCC’s success, true progressive change in this city requires more work. For the first time in decades, New Yorkers have the opportunity to elect a true progressive, Bill de Blasio, to the Mayor’s Office, but in order to make the most of it, our city needs groups like NYCC mobilizing around the real issues that affect working families in NYC. And outside of the city, with some real movement-building, there’s a real opportunity to make the 2014 state elections a referendum on Albany’s broken politics.
NYCC relies on grassroots funding to do some of the most exciting and innovative social justice work in New York State.
Will you join me in the movement and become a Friend of NYCC? For more information and to sign up, see our page here.
Art’s market value, like that of fashion, is derived from name more than any material properties. The Chinese factory workers sewing Chanel handbags can make the same bags, after hours, but they’ll be low-rent knockoffs without the interlocking “C”s. The same goes for an assistant who painted, without the master’s imprimatur, Damien Hirst’s dots. The Brand does transubstantiation. It turns crackers into the flesh of Christ.
Molly Crabapple’s May Day poster was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of their permanent collection, documenting art from Occupy Wall Street. The acquisition is covered by The Guardian and includes an interview with Molly on its significance.
The May Day poster is based on an original watercolour Molly created, then converted into a 5-colour 12.5×19″ screenprinted poster by Melissa Dowell for Occuprint and their portfolio of silkscreened posters from the Occupy movement.
I’m pleased to announce that I have been shortlisted for the 10th annual Frontline Club Awards for my “It Don’t Gitmo” article with VICE. The Frontline Club Awards recognise emerging talents and established names for outstanding work, in print, broadcast and photojournalism. The 2013 awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 24 October 2013, which I’ll be flying out to attend.
In collaboration with KGB’s True Story nonfiction reading series, Blunderbuss Magazine invites you to explore the state of social movements two years after the rise of Occupy Wall Street. With Molly Crabapple, authors Mark Bray, Michael Gould-Wartofsky, and Nathan Schneider, and journalist Anna Lekas Miller.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
7 – 9 pm
85 E. 4th St., NYC – btw Bowery & 2nd Avenue
Thank you to everyone who came out to see me talk at the Berkman Luncheon series of Art in the Ubiquitous Age at Harvard University! If you were unable to make it or view the live webcast, they have uploaded video of the talk so you can view above or go to their website to download it in high res, as an mp3, and more.
My framed, original pen and ink painting from The Box is currently at auction to support Groundswell (groundswellmural.org) and its work to bring together artists, youth, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change. Online bidding is currently live. Please check it out. The bidding runs until October 7th at 9pm EST.
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Our pre-order for the No Other Troy black on charcoal grey hoodie is ending on Oct 1st at noon EST. Once the pre-order is closed there will be no further hoodies printed, so please make sure that you pick yours up today! We recently expanded the sizes to 2xl & 3xl for men’s and women’s – if you don’t see them in the dropdown, you can leave a note to us & we’ll make sure to print the correct size. The hoodies are printed on Anvil fashion cut medium weight hoodies and will be shipped out on October 15th!
Two hundred years ago, artists had the monopoly on image making. Now, every parade or disaster is accompanied by ten thousand twitpics. In a world where mobile technology has made images instantaneous and ubiquitous, what does visual art have left to say? Drawing on her experiences doing illustrated journalism around Guantanamo Bay and the Greek economic crisis, Molly Crabapple speak about the role of art in a world captured by a million cameras.
The event is on Oct 1st at 12:30pm at the Berkman Center, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. There will also be a live webcast for those of you who cannot attend in person. You can RSVP on the event page.
On Saturday, September 21st, I’ll be in Portland, OR attending XOXOFest. XOXO is an experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology and I’ll be giving a short talk on art, journalism and Kickstarter.
Later that day, I’ll be on LiveWire Radio’s next live show at the Alberta Rose Theatre along with a diverse cast of incredibly interesting people. Tickets are still available, doors are at 6:30pm. I hope you can make it!
Guantanamo is the world’s most notorious prison, but we see the detainees’ lives as if through dark water. To know them, we have a few leaked assessments, a few administrative review board transcripts— some tribunal president telling a British prisoner “I don’t care about international law.” The rest sinks into classification. In Gitmo, even the library stamps are secret.
-No One Reads Kafka in Gitmo: Passing Time in the World’s Most Notorious Prison, on Medium.com
I’m pleased to announce that I will be featured in the upcoming book, Wild Art!
Wild Art is a visual exploration of everything and anything from outside the exclusive and rarefied spectrum of the ‘Art World’.
It will present a highly illustrated account of the most exciting examples of the vast multitude of ‘other’ art worlds – mostly left unmentioned within the professional art literature – that proliferate outside the boundaries of the Art World. The art that most professionals – art critics, art historians, artists, auctioneers, collectors and dealers tend to ignore.
At its heart, this book raises the question of what constitutes ‘art’ by celebrating the artists and art forms that are usually ignored by the art establishment.
The Joint Task Force offers journalists a carefully choreographed tour—the point of which is to show that the Bad Old Gitmo of public perception is not Gitmo Now.
Bad Old Gitmo existed from approximately 2002-2007. Its orange jumpsuits, water-boarding, detainees sleeping in what Granger, who served at Guantanamo in 2002, gleefully described as “dog kennels.” Its guards pummeling prisoners in revenge for September 11. Bad Old Gitmo, like so many icons of the Bush era, is Not Humane.
Americans see bogeymen in orange jumpsuits—not men with PTSD, favorite soccer teams and back problems; families and dreams; loves and legitimate hates.
For a journalist, trying to piece together the life of a Guantanamo detainee involves staring into the bureaucratic unknown. You have JTF-GTMO assessments, filled with feverish claims and torture-induced accusations.
…I think that when a lot of journalists go down to Guantanamo – and everyone that I was with was an amazing journalist. They’re much more traditional journalists and they write about the details of the trial. They do investigative stuff about, like, who’s hunger-striking. They speak to the lawyers. They speak to the Guantanamo spokespeople. But they don’t really write about what the experience of covering it is like. And I felt like that could be my contribution, that I wasn’t taking myself out of it like a traditional journalist would, but rather I was trying to bring the reader there with me so that the reader would understand what it felt like to be in Guantanamo.
Free Barrett Brown and the Jeremy Hammond Defense Committee are collaborating to produce a night to jointly raise funds for the legal expenses of these two prominent internet activists. All proceeds will be split evenly between the two and will directly benefit barrett’s legal team and jeremy’s jail support fund.
This is a fundraiser event and variety show with notable speakers, musical performances, and the auctioning of items. Barrett Brown and Jeremy Hammond, whose cases are connected, are known for exposing the illegal private spying done by Stratfor, and for their association with Anonymous. Barrett faces up to 105 years in prison and is awaiting trial, while Jeremy faces up to 10 years after taking a non-cooperating plea agreement.
I’m donating two prints for the event, portraits of Barrett and Jeremy. If you’re in NYC and can attend, please come out.
- When: Monday, August 19th 2013 – 6PM to 11PM.
- Where: ThoughtWorks NYC – 99 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor.
- Max capacity : 80 people. Admission : $20 minimum.
Molly Crabapple got kicked out of school and learned to draw in Paris. She gave Occupy Wall Street artistic expression with the political paintings in her show “Shell Game” — Matt Taibbi called her “Occupy’s greatest artist”— and she was the third artist to ever visit Guantánamo Bay, where she’ll return at the end of August. Crabapple has also written for Vice about everything from anti-social behavior to her abortion. Now she’s signed a book deal with Harper Collins to write and illustrate a memoir, Drawing Blood, to be published in 2015.
“Manning will be in prison for the rest of his life. But the old world has not won. The leaks will never end. Snowden was inspired by Manning. Someone else will be inspired by Snowden. Each whistleblower learns from the last.”
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her 2013 solo exhibition, Shell Game, led to her being called “Occupy's greatest artist” by Rolling Stone, and “an emblem of the way that art could break out of the gilded gallery” by The New Republic. She is the fourth artist in the last decade to draw Guantanamo Bay. Crabapple is a columnist for VICE, and has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, The Paris Review, CNN, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Jacobin, and Der Spiegel. Her illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood will be published by Harper Collins in 2015.
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