La Lettura Republishes an Open Letter to Lena Dunham

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Yesterday, the widely read Italian newspaper, La Lettura, republished an open letter Molly had written to Lena Dunham, in response to her signing of a petition against Amnesty Internationals recommendations to decriminalize sex work.

If you haven’t had a chance to read the letter, check it out on Molly’s tumblr

The La Lettura Italian translation of the letter:

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Graphic NYC Trading Cards to Benefit Seth Kushner’s Family



As a benefit and tribute to the late comic book writer/photographer Seth Kushner, a set of 13 collectors’ cards have been published to benefit Seth’s wife and son. Each card features one of his portraits of top New York City creators like  Molly, Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Scott McCloud, and Chris Ware. The cards retail for $15 a pack, and $25 for a pack with a single creator signature.

For more information on the project:

Official press release:

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Vanity Fair: Scenes from Inside Aleppo



“The Syrian air force has a habit of following their first barrel bomb with a second. People say this is to kill first responders. (The government still denies that it uses barrel bombs.)
Despite this, the crowd did not run away. They dug in the rubble with their bare hands—old men, Civil Defense volunteers, and militants alike—all except the media activists shooting video. When they found a victim, they gathered to help snatch them out, screaming “Allahu Akbar” as they did. Once they laid the victim in an ambulance, they began to dig again.”

“Scenes from Inside Aleppo: How Life Has Been Transformed by Rebel Rule” – written by Marwan Hisham, illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Vanity Fair

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EJI: Slavery to Mass Incarceration

The elaborate mythology of racial difference created to sustain American slavery persists today. Slavery did not end in 1865, it evolved. #SlaveryEvolved
The legacy of slavery can be seen in the presumption of guilt and dangerousness assigned to African Americans, especially young men and boys, the racial profiling and mistreatment that presumption creates, and the racial dynamics of mass incarceration.
EJI’s Race and Poverty project explores racial history and attempts to deepen our understanding of the legacy of racial injustice. By telling the truth about our past, EJI believes we can create a different, healthier discourse about race in America.
More information here:

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VICE: Shujaiya Dust



“Nearly a year after the end of Protective Edge, little has changed in Shujaiya. A few houses have been patched up, but many more are nothing but rubble. Piles of prescriptions fluttered in front of the destroyed Ministry of Health. Everywhere homes lay collapsed like ruined layer cakes, the fillings composed of the flotsam of daily life: blankets, cooking pots, Qu’rans, cars. In one pile of dust I saw a child’s notebook, abandoned. “My uncle collects honey,” the nameless child had written on the first page.”

“Shujaiya Dust: Gaza Is Still In Ruins a Year After the War” – Molly Crabapple. VICE


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Show Me The Money

Show Me The Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present

The latest film from the AHRC looks at ‘Show Me The Money’ – a new exhibition which charts how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media over the last three centuries in Britain and the United States.

This exhibition asks what does ‘the market’ look like? What does money really stand for? How can the abstractions of high finance be made visible? The project asks how artists have grappled with the increasingly intangible nature of money and finance, from the South Sea Bubble of the eighteenth century to the global financial crisis of 2008.

This AHRC film guides us through the exhibition featuring works ranging from satirical eighteenth-century prints by William Hogarth to newly commissioned works by artists Cornford & Cross, and James O Jenkins, as well as the first UK exhibition of international artist such Molly Crabapple.

The exhibition includes an array of media: paintings, prints, photographs, videos, artefacts, and instruments of financial exchange both ‘real’ and imagined. Indeed the exhibition also charts the development of an array of financial visualisations, including stock tickers and charts, newspaper illustrations, bank adverts, and electronic trading systems.

To find out more about Show Me The Money please visit the, website for information, interactive games, and more.


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6/25 – RISC + BDC


Join us Thursday, June 25, for a slideshow and video screening of recent work by the next group of RISC trainees, including artist Molly Crabapple.

RISC Training trains and equip freelance journalists in all media to treat life-threatening injuries on the battlefield. Learn more about RISC here:

Suggested donation: Bronx Resident $5, General $10, helps fund the next class of RISC trainees and the BDC. Tickets available at the door.

Thursday, June 25th
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave.
Bronx, NY 10451
8:15 pm

For more information about RISC, please visit

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Locking up immigrants for profit

“Politicians love to bray that ‘illegal aliens’ are bleeding America. But the real leeches are the private prison companies who rake in billions in taxpayer money to ruin immigrants’ lives — including those with the legal papers to live and work in the US.”

— via Fusion

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21st Century Renaissance Woman


Called an art movement “in and of herself”, Crabapple is a highly politicized artist and writer who gets around the world of sound bites, producing a new kind of long form journalism.

While she was in the West Bank, besides sketching what she saw, Crabapple, who chose her name at age 19 when she was working as a naked model, was reading from her forthcoming illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood.

One might say that 30-something is too young to be writing one’s memoirs, but Crabapple started out early on the path to success, hell-bent on remaining a maverick.

“Since I’ve written my memoir I’ve been thinking back on my decisions and they could be taken as adult and mature or just [those of] a weird person. I think I was just weird,” she said.

— via Warscapes, “Molly Crabapple: 21st Century Renaissance Woman” by Olivia Snaije

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Stickers by Sticker App



The Molly Crabapple store now includes vibrant 5×3″ vinyl stickers of the red Fuck You print design, created by the fine people at Sticker App! Sticker App creates custom stickers of all sizes and graciously sponsored us for this first run!

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Each sticker is die cut, printed in high quality, UV resistant ink and good for indoor and outdoor application. You can pick them up in our online store for $5/ea.

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Jeel School Mural

Molly again participated in Zeitouna, a program aimed at aiding and inspiring the youngest victims of the Syrian crisis. Alongside other mentors, she returned to Reyhanli, Turkey to paint murals for the Jeel School for Syrian refugee children.

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Like these? Consider donating to Karam Foundation, a grassroots organization working on both sides of the border.

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Nine Months Later


Rikers seems an unlikely destination for perhaps the most important citizen journalist of the last year. But though the video Orta shot was shared around the world, he stayed right where he was, a young, working-class Latino man in Staten Island. Anyone in circumstances like those would be vulnerable to police harassment—and doubly so when you make it your business to watch and record the cops and their abuses …

Orta described police violence as being endemic to Staten Island, and in the summer of 2014, he began to document it. Of the videos Orta told me he shot, he posted a just one on his YouTube channel, on July 12, 2014. In it, a gang of white cops force a handcuffed black man into the pavement. As two officers hold the victim down, another officer systematically beats the man’s legs with his baton. The man is not seen resisting arrest.

“Y’all tough as hell with them sticks,” Orta can be heard saying while holding the camera. When a bystander complains, police slam him onto the pavement, then arrest him.

“Nine Months After He Filmed Eric Garner’s Killing, the Cops Are Trying to Put Ramsey Orta Behind Bars,” Molly Crabapple for VICE

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How police profile and shame sex workers

In May 2013, Monica Jones, a student and LGBT activist at Arizona State University, was arrested for “manifesting prostitution.” Monica said she just accepted an undercover officer’s offer of a ride home from her favorite bar. Monica is among the tens of thousands of people arrested every year for prostitution-related offenses. According to the FBI, police arrested over 57,000 people on such charges in 2011. The vast majority were women.

— via Fusion

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Zeitouna Spring 2015


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ZEITOUNA is a creative therapy and physical wellness program designed to inspire and heal the youngest victims of the Syrian humanitarian crisis: the children.

Karam Foundation’s Innovative Education programs counters these traumatic factors by instilling a love of creativity and athletic sports, caring for the youths’ physical and mental wellbeing, restoring confidence by building trusting bonds between mentor and child, exposing youth to advanced technology, and developing leadership skills for the future.

ZEITOUNA SPRING 2015 will take place on April 26-30 in the Jeel School for Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, Turkey. Our fourth Zeitouna mission will be lead by over 30 mentors traveling from around the world. They will serve over 350 Syrian students, grades 1-8, who are currently displaced along the Syrian-Turkish border.

The theme of this year’s Zeitouna program is Holistic Healing. The program focuses on serving the psycho-social needs of refugee students because educating also requires healing from the trauma of war and displacement. Zeitouna’s professional, multi-talented team includes therapists, dentists, doctors, writers, photographers, artists, architects, athletes and journalists. These mentors are experienced in working with children and are dedicated to their learning and development. They are not only experts in their fields, but also in the use of their work to serve the physical and psychological health of refugee youth.

Molly Crabapple is proud to work with Zeitouna yet again this year in creating new murals for the school with their students. For more info, and the option to donate, please click here.

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Photos from 2014 Zeitouna project.

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George Polk Awards at LIU


GARRY TRUDEAU, the new George Polk Career achievement winner
JULES FEIFFER, prize-winning cartoonist, author, and playwright
DJANGO GOLD, senior writer for The Onion
MOLLY CRABAPPLE, artist, writer and contributing editor for VICE

Thursday, April 9, 2015 • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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[email protected] or (718) 488-1624



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Tennessee Williams/NOLA Literary Festival


Molly will be speaking at The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival on March 28, 2015. Click here for all the deets and to purchase tickets.

Memoir=You writing about you. But you are not a deserted island. How do memoirists portray themselves in the context of significant and non-significant others? Outside the personal sphere, a writer’s own perspective is set against larger realities—race, gender, sexuality, and nationality. How important is the recognition of the writer’s point of view—and position in the world—in memoir? Can a reconciliation between the You and the many Others happen on the pages of a memoir? Or are memoirs just fine as single and singular stories? Writers on this panel have taken on love, race, and activism in their works. They’ll be considering these questions and more in this panel. Bring your own for the Q&A.

Moderated by Lauren Cerand.

Saturday, March 28th
Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
10 am


The U.S. literary landscape has always been a transnational space—America goes on excursion into the world and the world comes in—as seen in works of authors from Faulkner on to the many multiply-hyphenated, diasporic writers. In this panel of consummate border crossers, authors will discuss what it means to be an American writer in the world today, at home and abroad. Phil Klay, an Iraq veteran and author, Molly Crabapple, an activist, writer, and artist, and Laila Lalami, a Moroccan-American novelist and linguist, will discuss point of view, writing from within (and about) the U.S. borders and looking inward from abroad.

Moderated by Pamela Paul.

Saturday, March 28th
Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
11:30 am

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Why Solitary Confinement Is a Form of Modern-Day Torture

As of 2013, there were 80,000 men and women in solitary confinement in the United States, some of them as young as 14 years old. In this illustrated op-ed video, artist Molly Crabapple explains the psychological and physical trauma suffered by those forced to spend 22-24 hours a day alone — sometimes for arbitrary reasons, like reading the wrong book, or having the wrong tattoo — in a grey, concrete box. (According to the U.N. 15 days in solitary is torture.) “There is no limit to how long someone can be held in solitary confinement,” says Crabapple. “And very little evidence is needed to justify holding a person in solitary indefinitely.”

— via Fusion

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