“Hibaq Mohamed has worked for Amazon nearly as long as she’s been in the United States. In 2016, the twenty-something Somali immigrant landed in Minnesota by way of a refugee camp, joining one of the largest East African communities in the country. She soon joined the legion of workers who fuel the state’s main Amazon facility, the MSP1 fulfillment center in Shakopee, near the Twin Cities…”– Michelle Chen and Molly Crabapple for inthesetimes.com
“Do we have a right to be hopeful? With political and ecological fires raging all around, is it irresponsible to imagine a future world radically better than our own? A world without prisons? Of beautiful, green public housing? Of buried border walls? Of healed ecosystems? A world where governments fear the people instead of the other way around?
“A Message From the Future II: The Years of Repair” is an animated short film that dares to dream of a future in which 2020 is a historic turning point, where the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic and global uprisings against racism drive us to build back a better society in which no one is sacrificed and everyone is essential.
The film is a sequel to the 2019 Emmy-nominated short film “A Message From the Future” with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and features the art of Molly Crabapple, with the political storytelling of Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, and Opal Tometi. The cast of narrators from around the world includes Tometi, Emma Thompson, Gael García Bernal, and the Nigerian poet and activist Nnimmo Bassey.”
Radix Media is a Brooklyn based, worker owned union printer/publisher and we are so happy to announce that they are crowdfunding and exclusive coloring book of Molly’s early work. Fanning the Flames is available as part of Radix’s Graphic Narrative Collection, being funded now on kickstarter.
Fanning the Flames is one of three projects being released, along with graphic novella MORTALS written by writer-illustrator John Dermot Woods and illustrated by Matt L., and the first five issues of dystopian comic THE SOLAR GRID by Ganzeer. For the first 24 hours you can get all three at the early bird price.
The release of these projects depends on art lovers like you, and there are multiple levels of support with rewards like all three projects, prints, and more. So order your copy today and you’ll be supporting union printers and independent artists.
While many museums are still closed, you can virtually tour The Design of Dissent at the Museum of Design Atlanta to see Molly’s art and many other incredible works.
“Dissent is an essential part of keeping democratic societies healthy. Our ability as citizens to voice our opinion is not only our privilege, it is also a responsibility. Without dialogue, the rights we have fought so desperately for could crumble.”
“The Zo” has also been nominated for an Online Journalism Award. The video series is a finalist in the category Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Medium Newsroom
If you haven’t seen this series by The Marshall Project, narrated by Michael K. Williams, start here with Episode 1
We are so very proud and excited to announce that the animated short film “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” has been nominated for an Emmy award in the category of Outstanding News Analysis: Editorial and Opinion.
Tune into the 72nd Emmy awards September 20th to see if we win!
“What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like? The Intercept presents a film narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple.” – The Intercept
Molly’s artwork is on the most recent cover of Current Affairs, now available for print and digital subscriptions here.
Blue Stockings is a volunteer-powered and collectively-owned radical bookstore, and one of the coolest places in NYC, and on June 30th you can help support them and hear some amazing talks by Molly Crabapple, Janet Mock, and more.
“On June 30th, join Bluestockings and Survived & Punished NY in a legendary Zoom party. Tickets start at $5, with higher tier perks like entry to raffles of books from our speakers or a plaque with your name on our iconic bench! Go to bit.ly/bstox21 to RSVP today, before our limited tickets sell out!
Survived & Punished NY works towards freeing all criminalized survivors of gender violence caged in prisons in New York. Proceeds from this event will be split 50/50 with our comrades at S&P NY.”
Illustration of EJI’s report, Reconstruction in America (http://eji.org/reconstruction). The report documents nearly 2,000 more confirmed racial terror lynchings of Black people by white mobs in America than previously detailed, bringing the total number of confirmed lynchings to 6,500 with thousands more that may never be documented. The report examines the 12 years following the Civil War when lawlessness and violence perpetrated by white leaders created an American future of racial hierarchy, white supremacy, and Jim Crow laws—an era from which our nation has yet to recover.
The Equal Justice Initiative works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. To learn more visit https://eji.org
“In this light, the call to “Defund Police” hardly extreme—though it’s a principle that even progressive politicians like Brad Lander have shied away from committing to on camera. For decades, black radical thinkers like Angela Davis and Mariame Kaba have called for police and prisons to be abolished; the protesters have taken up their demand. At a march in the Bronx, a young woman said not to get it mixed up: there were no good cops, and the movement wanted rid of them. They come from slavecatchers and the KKK, she said.”
Currently some more of Molly’s art documenting the protests is for sale in the shop, with all proceeds going to Reclaim The Block.
Starting today WORD Association will be curating a selection of books to order online where a proceed of each sale goes toward a charity of the authors choosing. If you buy Brothers of the Gun through them, 10% of each purchase will go toward Make The Road NY
Check out the latest issue of DOPE for some of Molly’s latest work
Originally drawn for Arablit, this print features a line of poetry from medieval Iraqi poet Mutannabi translating to “The best table companion in all creation is a book.”
Portrait of artist Caroline Caldwell quarantining in New York’s famous Chelsea Hotel. See her fabulous adventures and artwork at instagram.com/dirtworship/
Molly’s artwork is on this months cover of the NACLA Report (North American Congress on Latin America). NACLA is “an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1966 that works toward a world in which the nations and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean are free from oppression and injustice”
Molly also joined Paul Holdengräber for the latest episode of The Quarantine Tapes . They sat down (distantly, but still together) to discuss “Jewish Identity and how art can be used as a means to draw closer to the people and places we love. Molly also shares her thoughts on the current state of New York City, where she lives, and what might become of it after the pandemic.”
Molly’s latest piece documenting essential workers in The Nation, The Faces of Our Crisis, is out now.
“There are many lessons to be learned from this horrible disease, but one is that the people who grow the food and lug the boxes and tend the sick have the power to make the world stand still. As the wildcat strikes across the country show, they are using this power to demand their due for all that they have created”
The #CancelRent poster is also featured on the cover of the Radical Housing Journal, Issue 2.1. Learn more about the Radical Housing Journal HERE
“When a 27-year-old critical care nurse volunteered for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s COVID-19 unit last month, she knew that caring for patients with failing lungs and an untreatable disease would be frightening and heartbreaking. What she didn’t expect was to be shunned by fearful workers in other departments, surrounded by uncollected trash and forced to use up health benefits on a technicality”
Illustrated by Molly Crabapple
Narrated by Padma Lakshmi
Directed and produced by Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt
“Access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion, largely depends on where you live and how much money you have. But abortion funds are taking the hassle, hustle, and harassment out of healthcare by helping people all across our network access and fund abortions.”
The first event at QuarantineShow.com is happening in just a few hours
7:00pm – Kim Boekbinder
7:30pm – Molly Crabapple will talk about art
8:00pm – Chef Miranti from “Joy of Feasting” will teach us about spices and cultures
8:30pm – Maria Dahvana Headley will read some new writing
9:00pm – Closing performance by Kim Boekbinder
Join us at QuarantineShow.com
Before the lockdown, Molly joined best-selling author and journalist Paul Mason for a discussion on capitalism and how the events of 2011 affected both of their perspectives on economics, art, and resistance. The episode for Studio B: Unscripted on Al Jazeera is now available.
“Quarantined in my apartment, I put out a call on Twitter saying that I wanted to draw those workers who could not stay at home: delivery people, shelf stockers at grocery stores, nurses, janitors, and cashiers. In the next few hours, more than 50 people wrote to me. I drew these portraits from the selfies they sent me in their work clothes. These are the underpaid, ignored, essential workers who have always made the earth move—and now are forced to risk their lives doing it.”