No Victor But God on Kerning Cultures

The podcast Kerning Cultures recently took a look at the enduring presence of Arab culture in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Molly was interviewed about the aesthetic influence of Arab culture in San Juan, that you may remember from the 3:AM magazine piece “No Victor But God”. Listen to this episode of Kerning Cultures for more in depth conversations about how Arab influences in Spain found their way to colonized North America.

“America’s Political Roots Are in Eutaw, Alabama”

The insightful new piece “America’s Political Roots Are in Eutaw, Alabama” written by Adam Harris and illustrated by Molly Crabapple is live at The Atlantic.

“Alabama hid aspects of its history for years, omitting them from textbooks and disregarding them in classrooms, which meant Black people learned their history from one another—perhaps while sitting at the feet of their elders, who would explain that it didn’t have to be this way.

Just after the Civil War, the nation went through a moment of radical political reimagination. Southern states were forced to introduce progressive measures to their constitutions in order to be readmitted to the union. In Alabama, that meant establishing free public schools and granting Black men the right to vote, among other things. But the progress was tenuous; in some ways, its undoing began when a mob murdered Alexander Boyd.”

Check out this important piece of American history here

“Welcome To The Zo” Wins Gold Medal

The three part series, produced by The Marshall Project, has just won a gold medal for use of video from the Society for News Design.

Judges said: “It has the potential to reach a broader audience because the characters are personal enough where they feel like people you would know … but they’re not quite individual people, so you can almost see yourself in them.”

See the full series here

“Molly Crabapple on New York City Before—and One Day, After—COVID-19” – Literary Hub

Molly’s latest writing on COVID and New York City is up on LitHub, Check it out here

COVID has trapped all of us in place. It has forced us to realize that we had no homeland except the ground on which we stood. Wherever we are right now, that is ours. Patriotism gets a bad rap, for good reason, but I’m talking about something different, which is a clear-eyed love for your born or chosen home. It doesn’t matter if the rats are dancing bachata, or the train station floors are oozing like open sores. Love the place even if it is dying around you.

A Message from the Library: Molly Crabapple

Earlier this year Molly gave a virtual lecture from the Brooklyn Public Library as part of their series A Message from the Library. The full talk is available courtesy of BPL Presents.

“Brooklyn Public Library’s Message from the Library lecture series continues with award-winning artist and author Molly Crabapple (Drawing BloodBrothers of the Gun with Marwan Hisham). Crabapple will address the impact of COVID-19 on New York City and its people, and suggest strategies for creating a more honest and livable city.

Following the lecture, patrons will be invited to join a break-out room discussion led by Murtaza Hussain. Hussain is a national security journalist for The Intercept living in New York City. He reports on protest movements and revolutions around the world as well as criminal justice and politics in the United States.

Message from the Library lectures ask leading cultural figures to reflect on today’s most precarious issues and is part of BPL’s mission to convene diverse voices in the Library’s safe space to have meaningful dialogue about the political, economic, social and cultural issues of the day.”

-Brooklyn Public Library

“Blueprints for a better world”

Molly’s latest artwork is featured in Document’s fall/winter issue “Blueprints for a better world: Rethinking the role of community

For Document’s Fall/Winter 2020 issue, we invited a selection of the culture’s most compelling creative minds to imagine a better way of living. Where will we live? What will we wear? Could nightclubs be treated as cultural institutions? How can art and poetry help render a radical alternative? The resulting portfolio isn’t a guide to founding back-to-the-land communes or fully automated fantasy worlds; rather it’s a call to reject authority, thrive in chaos, think freely, and go forward in a new direction.

“She Grew up in the Amazon, and Now She’s Fighting For Its Life”

Last year’s fires in the Amazon reduced over 17 million acres of the rainforest to ashes. As the so-called “lungs of the world” burned, former Brazilian presidential hopeful and environmental activist Marina Silva emerged as the main dissenting voice of her country’s lax environmental policies. Most recently, she has called out the Amazon’s indiscriminate deforestation and the expansion of agribusiness.

Read the full interview with environmental activist Marina Silva by Robert Valencia for Earth Justice, Illustrations by Molly Crabapple

Library Events!

Tonight, 12/8 Molly will be joining fellow New York Review contributors Deborah EisenbergMichael Greenberg, and Hari Kunzru to come together and discuss a future of resilience and renewal for New York. Moderated by Jana Prikryl, a senior editor and poetry editor at The New York Review. Presented by the New York Review of Books and the New York Public library.

Event begins at 8, register here.

On Sunday, December 13th, join Molly (digitally) at the Brooklyn Public Library for the next Message from the Library lecture.

Message from the Library lectures ask leading cultural figures to reflect on today’s most precarious issues and is part of BPL’s mission to convene diverse voices in the Library’s safe space to have meaningful dialogue about the political, economic, social and cultural issues of the day.”

Register here for more details

Giving Tuesday Giveaway

Donate $50.00 or more to your local food bank, indigenous fundraiser, or mutual aid fund today you can enter to win one of three different Occupy Wall Street posters drawn by Molly. Each poster is 17×22″ and signed, shipping included*.

To enter send proof of donation to [email protected] by December 1st

Check out feedingamerica.org to find your local food bank

Winners will be notified by 12/4
*Offer valid only for US mailing addresses

Free Mini-Print all weekend, New Prints, Giving Tuesday Giveaway

All weekend, all print and book orders come with a free 8.5×11″ mini-print of “We Won’t Stop“. The print will be automatically added to all qualifying orders, no need to add anything to your cart.

There are also eight new prints in the shop, including the remaining Shell Game paintings.

And if you donate $50.00 or more to your local food bank, indigenous fundraiser, or mutual aid fund this weekend you can enter to win one of three different Occupy Wall Street posters drawn by Molly. Each poster is 17×22″ and signed, shipping included*.

To enter send proof of donation to [email protected] by December 1st

Winners will be notified by 12/4
*Offer valid only for US mailing addresses

The Nation

Molly’s artwork is on the upcoming cover of The Nation. It also accompanies Laura Gottesdiener’s article, The Children of Fallujah, a painstaking on the ground investigation about how not just depleted uranium, but starvation sanctions, two invasions, and the environmental devastation the US committed during the Battle of Fallujah, led to horrific birth defects.

Mariah Carey – Save The Day

PushBlack, the digital hub for daily inspiring Black stories, has partnered with award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Mariah Carey in a first of its kind partnership between a non-profit and recording artist. Carey has lent her anthem ”Save The Day” to PushBlack to serve as a call to action and to encourage Americans to enact social change.

Illustrated by Molly Crabapple
Directed by Kim Boekbinder & Jim Batt
Produced by Sharp as Knives
Executive Producers Mariah Carey & Kerry Washington

“Meet the Warehouse Worker Who Took On Amazon Over Inhumane Conditions and Harassment”

“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