On Monday, May 5, Occupy Wall Street activist and friend of Dissent Cecily McMillan was unjustly convicted of assaulting a police officer at a demonstration celebrating the six-month anniversary of OWS. She is being held at Rikers Island until sentencing on Monday, May 19, and faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
In response to this egregious verdict, members of the Justice for Cecily team have collaborated with fellow activists, writers, and editors—including Dissent contributing editor Sarah Leonard and members of the Dissent staff—to produce the Free Cecily! gazette. Prior to next week’s sentencing, the gazette aims to highlight Cecily’s case and the wider issues it raises about police brutality and repression of civil liberties, including the right to protest.Free Cecily! features contributions from Maurice Isserman, Sarah Jaffe, Molly Knefel, Natasha Lennard, Chase Madar, and Mychal Denzel Smith; illustrations by Molly Crabapple; Cecily’s statement from Rikers; and more.
Click here to download the PDF. Please read and share widely!
To send a letter to Judge Zweibel asking for leniency in sentencing and learn about other ways you can support Cecily, visit justiceforcecily.com.
This week, the PEN Ten, PEN America’s biweekly interview series curated by Lauren Cerand talks with Molly Crabapple:
What is the responsibility of the writer? The artist? Is it the same?
Be honest and brave and try to make the world a bit more beautiful, which is in no way the same as making it more pretty (though that is also nice). But these are really human responsibilitie
- See more at: http://www.pen.org/interview/pen-ten-molly-crabapple#sthash.sbhSIIPT.dpuf
Additionally, the five giant paintings Molly created live at PENfest 2011 are currently at auction to benefit the PEN America residence in Thomassin, Haiti. This early series covers the themes of labor, war, truth, money and revolution. Check them out and bid to own these gorgeous, one of a kind paintings: http://paddle8.com/auctions/pen
On April 18th, I interviewed a Syrian refugee in Istanbul. One year short of getting an advanced degree when arrest attempts forced him to flee Aleppo, the refugee spoke English with a measured intensity. Turkey had opened its borders, he said. Though he is atheist, Turks treated him like a brother, based on what they assumed was a shared Muslim identity. “We believe that if the [Turkish] opposition wins an election they’ll throw us into the sea.” the refugee told me. “The AKP is authoritarian. They should lose. But it’s in my personal interest that they win.” Understandably, the refugee asked me not to reveal his name. In February, Turkey deported an Azerbaijani journalist in revenge for his criticizing the government.
-Talking Points Memo – Istanbul: Before the Tear Gas by Molly Crabapple
Earlier this month, Molly Crabapple flew to Istanbul to interview a variety of activists, journalists, dissidents and footbal fans to report on the post-Gezi culture of street protest before today’s planned May Day protests. The article is a long form report, including several illustrations from her travels.
Now available in the online shop: A 19 x 25″ 3-colour serigraph on 110lb French paper, signed and numbered in an edition of 25.
On Saturday, April 26th, Molly Crabapple will be speaking on “Tweeting From Amongst the Corpses”, a discussion about Jihadists in Syria and their use of social media. This is part of an hour-long panel on “Sex and the Selfie”. Her fellow panelists include Anne Burns, Ofer Nur, Apryl Williams and is presided by Rotem Rozental. The panel runs from 11:30am-12:45pm.
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April 26th, 2014
287 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Molly Crabapple will do a reading at Dixon Place, with artists Lydia Eccles and Maxwell Neely-Cohen. Hosted by performer and playwright Christen Clifford and co-curator Tom Cole.
April 22, 2014
161A Chrystie Street
New York, New York 10002
“The Divide” by Matt Taibbi and featuring a cover & interior illustrations by Molly Crabapple is now a New York Times Bestseller! You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.com.
There’s a feature on Molly in this week’s Der Spiegel by Mathieu von Rohr. It’s solely available in German at the moment, but there’s a very nice quote from Salman Rushdie that says “Molly is an old-style bohemian with very contemporary political sensibilities. I’m very attracted by the fluidity and versatility of her line, and by her images’ mixture of sexiness, satire, and real anger about the state of things.”
17″ x 22″ giclee print, signed and numbered. $125 with free shipping. Buy yours here.
Cover art for The Divide, written by Matt Taibbi and featuring a cover and interior illustrations by Molly Crabapple.
This is a 17 x 22″ giclee print on canson fine art rag paper, signed and numbered in an edition of 30. Now available in the shop.
An evening discussion with Molly Crabapple and writer, Warren Ellis
Wednesday, April 9th
7pm at India House
1 Hanover Square, New York, NY.
Please RSVP to [email protected]
Book launch for The Divide with Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple
Tuesday Apr 08, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
THE POWERHOUSE ARENA [Dumbo]
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
RSVP appreciated: [email protected] online at powerhousearena.com
Melissa here! I was recently in New Orleans, and had the unique opportunity to do an installation for Molly Crabapple. We wanted to find local spaces that would be interested in allowing us to wheat paste art onto their buildings, with her focus on illustrating local performers. The whole project would be a celebration of New Orleans culture. She received permission from Nicky da B and Katey Red, two legendary rappers in NOLA, to use their likenesses.
We ended up wheat pasting onto the Allways Lounge, located on St. Claude and Marigny Sts at the Bywater/Marigny border. The Allways Lounge is a gorgeous, cabaret-style venue that features amazing burlesque acts, live bands and has been a strong supporter of the weird and wonderful performers in NOLA. We were thrilled to work with them!
On one windy evening just after Mardi Gras, friend and talented local artist Reina, and I went and put up a number of prints. The following were taken by the wonderful photographer Melisa Cardona:
We had the images printed up at a local copy shop, then proceeded to cut out each image by hand, keeping the outlines fairly loose to match Molly’s style.
All done! The whole process took us only a few hours. Come morning, Melisa came back around & took photos of the whole building in the light.
And the original images:
Rapper, Nicky Da B
Rapper, Katey Red
Inspired by New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies
Molly Crabapple was on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast this week. You can download or stream it on their site.