Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

FREE MUMIA – East Bay, CA

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Today is Mumia Abu Jamal‘s birthday, so it seemed right to post this photo today.

If you’re not familiar with Mumia’s case, he is a political activist and journalist who was framed for killing a police officer in 1981.

Learn more: www.FreeMumia.com

FREE MUMIA.

FREE MUMIA.

VOICE OF ART – Migration Is Beautiful

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodgriguez — a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. immigration issues. Favianna is a co-founder of both Presente.org and Culture Strike, two groups pushing back against the wave of anti-immigrant rhetoric and legislation that has recently swept the nation. Pulitzer Prize winning author Jose Antonio Vargas explains the ironies of anti-immigration hysteria in a country founded by immigrants. Favianna participates in a visual campaign using the Monarch Butterfly as a symbol of the beauty and dignity of migrants.

Voice Of Art follows Favianna Rodriguez, Culture Strike and Sound Strike to the front lines of the immigration battle in Tucson, AZ. Local human rights lawyer Isabel Garcia illustrates how D.H.S. funnels migrants into the deadly Arizona desert. Activist Roberto Lovato reveals the truth about immigration crackdown and how it is big business for the prison industrial complex. Jasiri X, Invincible, Shining Soul and a group of artistic visionaries come together for a hip-hop/poetry cypher at the U.S./Mexico border before rocking crowds at a pro-migrant music and art jam.

Favianna Rodriguez and crew join the fearless riders of the Undocubus as they arrive in Charlotte, NC — while the media spotlight shines on the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Artist Julio Salgado explains why the Undocubus activists are there to protest. Later, as the city sleeps, Favianna and a team of artists hit the streets on a clandestine postering mission. As the Undocubus riders plan a direct action protest, artist César Maxit explains the butterfly art he has created to help them express their messages. Favianna, Rosario Dawson and a large crowd join Undocubus riders as they stage their dramatic sit-in street blockade designed to send a message to the President before he accepts his nomination for a 2nd term.

More Episodes of Voice of Art here: http://bit.ly/NPJfj7

VOICE OF ART: Yes on Prop 37 (featuring Turnip)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Graffiti artist Turnip (Edible Root Crew, PTV) emerges from the underground for a GMO and Prop 37 awareness-raising mission in California’s East Bay. With throw ups, tags, posting bills, and in-store DIY GMO labeling, Turnip leaves no stone unturned in his quest to root out hidden GMOs.

17th Annual ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR – San Francisco, CA – March 31 and April 1st, 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Endless Canvas will be tabling the 17th Annual Anarchist Bookfair in San Francisco this weekend.
It’s a free event with lots of speakers, vendors and the SIGNS OF OCCUPATION Art Exhibit.
It’s at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park near the cross streets of 9th and Lincoln.

More information here… www.BayAreaAnarchistBookfair.wordpress.com

EXPRESS THE REPRESSED – A Political Poster Exhibit – Portland, OR

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

This art show is open through the month of October.
Thank you Matt Page for making this video.

Express the Repressed from Matt Page on Vimeo.

Public Art or Attack on Graffiti? – Oakland, CA

Friday, April 30th, 2010

This is the view of one member of Endless Canvas:

Right now a proposal by a community group is going through to have art painted on all the electrical boxes in the neighborhood around the Art Murmor (Oakland’s art walk and central gallery hub.) It looks like it is happening for sure. The call for artists is expected to be out in a month.

Endless Canvas supports public art. However, my emotional response to this project was gut wrenching. It is obviously an anti-graffiti campaign to further gentrify the community. It says that graffiti artists are bad and only art sanctioned by the government can exist. In places like Rome and Jerusalem they have public billboards to wheat paste on, but in many US cities electrical boxes are our symbol for free speech. Even if the boxes are buffed, it allows a neutral space for people to express themselves without damaging store fronts and other private property. This project will not eliminate graffiti, but rather move it onto storefronts.

Giving this further thought, most of the electric boxes on that block are constantly cleaned my Koreana Plaza, Auto Businesses and Wholefoods anyway. Maybe this is a way to get artwork on these boxes to last a minute. Either way this project is going to happen. What I propose is that when the call for art comes out, as many street artists from the community as possible get involved as to minimize wackness. Street art aside, it is most important that local artists hold down there own neighborhood.

Last Two of the Oakland 100 Headed to Trial

Saturday, February 20th, 2010
Article from IndyBay.org

JR Valrey and Holly Works Face Years of Jail Time Over Oscar Grant Rebellions

Last Two of the Oakland 100 Headed to Trial In January 2009, over 150 people were arrested because of demonstrations over the police killing of Oscar Grant III. Over a year later two arrestees are being tried on bogus felony charges. JR Valrey, of Block Report Radio and the SF Bay View, is being brought up on a charge of felony arson and is facing a sentence of three years in prison. Holly Works is being brought up on a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and is facing a sentence of six years.

JR Valrey and Holly Works, the last two of the Oakland 100 — those arrested during the rebellions that followed the police murder of Oscar Grant last year — must raise legal defense funds for their imminent trials. JR’s trial starts Monday, February 22nd, and Holly’s starts the following Monday, March 1st. Both trials will be held at the René C. Davidson Alameda County Superior Courthouse in Oakland. Supporters are calling out to all who are able to attend the trials. Each trial is expected to last a few days.