Glistening Brooks

water scarcity, water rights, water democracy

When I was a kid, my friends and I could hop on our bikes, pedal a mile or so and cup our hands to fetch and drink deli­cious, clean, ice-cold, fresh spring water. We knew the water was safe and never dreamed that it would dis­ap­pear or that oth­ers could not have what we did. When I hear of the phe­nom­e­nal num­bers of peo­ple in the world with­out access to clean water, I am stunned. When I find myself not trust­ing the water flow­ing out of my tap or hear about impend­ing and already occur­ring scarcity, I am stunned. Water and humans go together. There should be no assign­ing of priv­i­lege with access to this basic ele­men­tal right. If you’d like some facts on water, check out this United Nations fact sheet. Stag­ger­ing.

Beloved Sister

Beloved Sister

We are sup­posed to iden­tify with nation above human­ity or sis­ter­hood, to sup­port end­less wars, to not-see our government’s crimes dressed up in “human­i­tar­ian inter­ven­tions.” Let’s not. We should be out­raged that women and their loved ones all over the world are being relent­lessly tram­meled by the injus­tice of our wars. Wars, now, not just led by men, but also by women of great power and deception.

Wedding Plans

WeddingPlans

Birth­days. Funer­als. Com­mu­nity events. Wed­dings. The impor­tant life affirm­ing events of any human soci­ety. Times to be cher­ished, hon­ored. The US gov­ern­ment does nei­ther, how­ever. Rather it sees those events as prime oppor­tu­nity to seek and destroy with its high-tech weaponry. If we value human cul­ture we must end drone war­fare.

Rape

RAPE, women, gender, hate crimes,

Vio­lence against women is a hate crime and should be clas­si­fied as such. Yet, accord­ing to the FBI’s Hate Crime Sta­tis­tics (2012)  hate crimes are based on race, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, dis­abil­ity, ethnic/national ori­gin, and reli­gion. Gen­der is left out. Why? Rape is not sex out of con­trol. It’s an act of hatred, con­tempt and destruc­tive­ness against a spe­cific class of peo­ple — women and girls. Mis-categorizing is not an inci­den­tal issue as it has an impact on how rapists are viewed and pun­ished and it lim­its women’s con­scious­ness and sol­i­dar­ity as a tar­geted people.

Fracking

FrackingOnceFarms

I was moved to design this poster on frack­ing after watch­ing the doc­u­men­tary, “Gasland,” writ­ten and directed by Josh Fox. Lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple whose lives have been imme­di­ately affected by frack­ing on or near their prop­erty is an eye-opener and a call to action.  While frack­ing occurs or may begin in many dif­fer­ent envi­rons, includ­ing within the city in which I live, I used the red barn in this image because of the threat to my beau­ti­ful beloved home state of New York. I warmly remem­ber count­less rides with my grand­par­ents through the lus­cious coun­try­side, being taught to love nature, to honor our farm­lands, to value those dis­tinc­tive red barns. Those kinds of places are now suf­fer­ing from or being threat­ened by  envi­ron­men­tal destruc­tion due to fracking.

Which is the Crime?

DetainedCrossing

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of immi­grants are being kept in immi­grant deten­tion cen­ters for cross­ing a bor­der every year. These cen­ters are increas­ingly in the hands of pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions that have profit as their pri­mary goal. It is, there­fore, in their inter­est to keep their pop­u­la­tion within those walls. This raises the ques­tion: Which is the crime? Cross­ing a bor­der? Or keep­ing immi­grants cap­tive for money?

Commune (The Verb)

It is easy when doing polit­i­cal posters to focus on our trou­bles. There are many, after all. Some­times, how­ever, I nudge myself to con­cen­trate on our vision of a bet­ter life, to remind myself why I got involved in move­ments in the first place. The power and joy of deep con­nec­tion with earth, the nat­ural world, with other human beings. The impor­tance of cre­at­ing eco­nomic sys­tems and social insti­tu­tions that honor and sup­port those con­nec­tions. Doing this poster brought me back to those first excit­ing, very con­nected days way back when.… Sigh.

La Bestia

La Bestia

Imag­ine being 7 or 12 or 15 and being afraid to leave your house for school, play, errands, life. Imag­ine your par­ents equally fright­ened, des­per­ate, being forced to leave you or send you away in a scram­ble to help you sur­vive. No par­ent, no child would under­take the very dan­ger­ous jour­ney across bor­ders to an unknown, haz­ardly mount­ing a train called la bes­tia — the beast. Eco­nomic, polit­i­cal injus­tice pushes chil­dren out. Injus­tice sends them back.

Which Way Justice

Which Way Justice

Take 2 min­utes, Google “eco­nomic jus­tice info-graphics,” and we can find plenty of stag­ger­ing infor­ma­tion on eco­nomic inequal­ity. Check out Rick Wolff, lis­ten to his very acces­si­ble lec­tures or read his work for indis­pens­able the­ory and knowl­edge to turn around our eco­nomic real­ity. Not only is eco­nomic injus­tice dev­as­tat­ing for us in the U.S., it’s our num­ber one export.