Monthly Archives: November 2017

NYRB: Puerto Rico’s DIY Disaster Relief

The efforts of the islanders are matched by help from the diaspora of which I am part. In the Bronx, a Puerto Rican boxing gym and cultural center named El Maestro has collected and distributed a hundred tons of aid. On one of the gym’s walls is a mural celebrating the independence fighters: Lolita Lebrón, the Macheteros, Ramón Emeterio Betances, Pedro Albizu Campos. Organizers for the New York arts collective DefendPR have toured the island with solar-powered movie screenings, and are helping rebuild the Paloma Abajo neighborhood in Comerio.

Read the full article here: http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/11/17/puerto-ricos-diy-disaster-relief/

New print in the shop: JIBARO SOY PUERTO RICO

Jibaro Soy print, limited edition of 25.
Printed in archival ink on heavyweight acid-free fine art paper. 17″x22″

Half the proceeds go towards supporting Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo Mariana, which provides daily free meals, children’s classes, wifi and a weekly health clinic to Barrio Mariana, a small town in Eastern Puerto Rico.

Print is available here in the shop.

In the Land of Vendettas That Go On Forever

New Article by Amanda Petrusich, Illustrated by Molly in this month’s VQR, online and in print. 

Here, justice works like this: When a man is murdered, his family avenges his death by similarly executing either the killer himself or a male member of his clan. Sometimes, after a killing has been successfully vindicated, the feud is settled. Other times, the head of the family that initiated the feud, while admitting both sides are now ostensibly “equal,” nonetheless chooses to perpetuate the cycle by killing a second male from the avenging family. “In this way the feud might rage backwards and forwards for years or even generations, each family being in turn murderer and victim, hunter and hunted,”

– Amanda Petrusich

Full article here: http://www.vqronline.org/reporting-articles/2017/10/land-vendettas-go-forever

 

We Are America. Immigrants Are Us.

Molly, Kim Boekbinder, and Jim Batt partnered with the Human Rights Watch and Samantha Bee in anew animation to explain why deporting immigrants makes America neither greater nor safer.

A year after a U.S. election marred by divisive rhetoric, thousands of families have been torn apart and millions are living in fear because of cruel and ineffective immigration policies. Every day, people who call the United States home – including the parents and spouses of U.S. citizens, tax-paying employees, and respected community members – are arrested, locked up, and deported, under laws that treat their deep and longstanding ties to this country as a thing of no consequence.

Full accompanying article here on Huffington Post.

No Borders Mural in Phildelphia

Molly has just finished installation of her most recent mural this time in the Fishtown neighnorhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The painting, titled No Borders,  features a woman with monarch butterflies in her hair and flying around her – monarch butterflies being a widely used symbol for immigration given their annual migration from south to north.

If you are in the area, the mural is located at the intersection of W Oxford St. and N Front St.