We All Could Be Refugees

I once worked in a refugee camp in Azer­bai­jan on an edu­ca­tion project. The prin­ci­pal of their makeshift school told me one day he was a prin­ci­pal in a large school with one hun­dred staff. Days lat­er he was in a camp strug­gling to set up some sem­blance of a school with a hand­ful of teach­ers. He did not plan on being a refugee. Yet, there he was. He could be me. They could be us. Mil­lions and mil­lions of refugees, thrown from their homes by war. Why?

 

Hands Off Iran

Let’s not buy into the hor­rif­ic actions and threats against Iran. Turn off major media and look to oth­er sources for our news. Check out Michael Klare’s piece Gear­ing Up for the Third Gulf War: a Future Cat­a­clysm between US, Israel, Sau­di and Iran? which you can find on Juan Cole’s site: https://www.juancole.com/. While you are there, check out more of what you can find on Cole’s site.

Ghosts of War

anti-war

Every war is fought long after the last phys­i­cal bat­tle. It is the sus­tained bat­tle for a dom­i­nat­ing, rul­ing sto­ry about that war. Why did we go to war? How did we fight? Who were the right­eous and glo­ri­ous? The evil and devi­ous? Who were the vic­tors? What were the costs? War after war, a  repeat­ing pat­tern. In this Unit­ed States, it is a lethal pat­tern pro­pelling us  into accep­tance of the next war — and the next. The ghosts of war ask us to be skep­ti­cal.

Women live…

feminism, anti-war, international women, solidarity, sisterhoodIt won’t help us to elect women to offices of pow­er, if they turn around and vote for huge mil­i­tary bud­gets. This recent­ly hap­pened in the vote for the US Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act of 2017, the largest “defense” bill in his­to­ry which passed 89–8 in the Sen­ate.  Of the 21 women sen­a­tors vot­ing (16 Democ­rats, 5 Repub­li­cans), only one Demo­c­rat woman vot­ed against it. That means 15 Demo­c­rat women betrayed, and made inse­cure, women here and around the world. There are approx­i­mate­ly 3.8 bil­lion women in the world; 126 mil­lion in the U.S. For whom does our fem­i­nism stand?

 

 

Balance?

Balance3

We will be hear­ing the word “bal­ance” a great deal with the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick doc­u­men­tary series on Viet­Nam com­ing up this fall. Ques­tion the notion. When a mega pow­er invades a small coun­try and then tells the sto­ry, there is no bal­ance. The telling of the dom­i­nat­ing per­spec­tive is anoth­er war (this time for our minds) even when coat­ed with mis­di­rects, niceties and seduc­tions. If you want to arm your­self before lis­ten­ing to the Burns-Novick work read John Marciano’s The Amer­i­can War in Viet­nam: Crime or Com­mem­o­ra­tion or go to the Vets for Peace Full Dis­clo­sure site.

Earth Not War 2

earth, ecology, environment, climate change, department of defense, war, pollution, ecocide

Here’s anoth­er poster protest­ing the U.S. military’s role in pol­lut­ing the earth. The Depart­ment of “Defense” pro­duces more haz­ardous waste than the five largest U.S. oil com­pa­nies com­bined! At the same time, the Pen­ta­gon is exempt from all inter­na­tion­al cli­mate agree­ments!!! How can this be? For anoth­er arti­cle on this issue, check out Project Censored’s US Depart­ment of Defense is the Worst Pol­luter on the Plan­et.

Earth Not War

environment, sustainability,ecology, anti-war,

When we think about envi­ron­men­tal destruc­tion, we must think about war because mod­ern war­fare (most par­tic­u­lar­ly com­ing from our own mil­i­tary) is the num­ber one ene­my of the earth. Eco­cide — the destruc­tion of the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment, espe­cial­ly when delib­er­ate — is both a strat­e­gy (i.e., Agent orange) and a con­se­quence of our mil­i­tary prac­tices (i.e., oil use) of U.S. wars. So, we fool our­selves if we think we can address cli­mate change and the envi­ron­ment with­out being anti-war. If you would like to check an arti­cle on this top­ic, read Karl Mathieson’s What is the Impact of Mod­ern War­fare in the 11/06/2014 issue of The Guardian.

Humanity in Motion

refugees, immigrants, displaced persons, survival

Accord­ing to UN fig­ures, there were 19.5 mil­lion refugees world­wide at the end of 2014. The num­ber of peo­ple inter­nal­ly dis­placed by per­se­cu­tion, war or con­flict reached a record num­ber of near­ly 60 mil­lion peo­ple. Then we have all the num­bers who scram­ble from place to place because of their eco­nom­ic con­di­tions. We move to sur­vive, not to cause trou­ble or dis­com­fort for oth­er peo­ple.

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.

My Sister Would Never

war, peace, feminism, sisterhood, internationalism,protest,

I’ve said it else­where on this site, but feel com­pelled to repeat this mes­sage over and over. Women mov­ing into key posi­tions of pow­er under the name of fem­i­nism, then push­ing the but­tons of impe­r­i­al wars, no mat­ter what name they give those wars is an out­rage. It is not an advance of women or fem­i­nism, it is a pro­found loss. I hear women say it helps us all when women get in these places. It’s the oppo­site. We helped them get in pow­er as they claim vic­to­ry in sis­ter­hood. It’s a twist­ed mock­ery of sis­ter­hood. Let’s make it real, deep and inter­na­tion­al.

Shine A Light

Vietnam commemoration, full disclosure, lies of war,antiwar

Pres­i­dent Oba­ma  called for a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Amer­i­can War in Viet­nam last­ing from 2012–2025. Dur­ing this peri­od we are being regaled with all the mythol­o­gy of that war. Vets for Peace and Viet­nam Full Dis­clo­sure are attempt­ing to counter that mythol­o­gy. Check out www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org  to learn more. And buy a t-shirt or hood­ie with this design to sup­port them. All pro­ceeds go to Vet­er­ans for Peace.

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.

No War

NoWar

This is not a cliché. Unfor­tu­nate­ly. We are caught in an end­less war. Our gov­ern­ment has a wait­ing list of wars as if the ones they have going now are not enough. On and on we (?) bomb, shoot, sab­o­tage, rape, poi­son, and tor­ture to serve the few. So, as an artist, I must do this poster that will be con­sid­ered by some to be a cliché, but is not.

Wars Rage, Cities Crumble

A soci­ety bent on war can­not take care of its own. When we destroy the lives, homes, and pos­si­bil­i­ties of peo­ple around the world we can­not fund, pro­tect or nur­ture own lives, homes and pos­si­bil­i­ties. We destroy our­selves.  With a col­lec­tive fist, which should hold right­eous­ness and gen­eros­i­ty, we hand over our own lifeblood to forge a relent­less attack on the human rela­tions we have nev­er both­ered to know. We acqui­esce in a ter­ri­ble deci­sion. Or do we?

Sisterhood is Refusing

sisterhood, feminism, anti-war, peace

A few decades ago, one of my favorite posters was “Sis­ter­hood is Bloom­ing Spring­time Will Nev­er Be The Same” by the Chica­go Women’s Lib­er­a­tion Union. It cap­tured the excite­ment and opti­mism of the women’s move­ment at that time. I still smile when I think of it. Yet, I am dis­tressed to see so many women who call them­selves fem­i­nist ignore, sup­port — and in cas­es of women in pow­er, wage — war against oth­er women all over the world. So I decid­ed to bor­row from this ear­li­er poster to make a new state­ment on sis­ter­hood.

Women Are Not Targets

WomenNotTargets

Here’s anoth­er image I bor­rowed from the Chica­go Women’s Lib­er­a­tion Union’s great poster “Women Are Not Chicks.” Their orig­i­nal mes­sage still needs shout­ing out as the objec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women is still around (although “babe” is the more con­tem­po­rary word). Again, though, I am bring­ing up the anti-war mes­sage. The mas­sacre of women and girls by our weapon­ry has got to be opposed. I real­ly believe that a “fem­i­nist” agen­da that is not anti-war is not tru­ly a fem­i­nist agen­da at all.

Cost Of War

CostWar

This poster is in a per­pet­u­al draft state, but I though I’d put it out here. What is the cost of war? Our human ser­vices, com­mu­ni­ty life, fam­i­ly secu­ri­ty and our abil­i­ty to feel empa­thy. Drones lev­eled at one soci­ety are metaphor­i­cal­ly point­ed towards our own. Being lulled into a false sense of calm, of dis­tance from the ugli­ness of war, is tem­po­rary. It will come back to bite us in the b.….