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 in my city, 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.

Austerity

 

Austerity

What is aus­ter­i­ty pol­i­tics? It is cry­ing “NO MONEY” to cut human ser­vices,  the oxy­gen of large seg­ments of human­i­ty,  destroy­ing the life chances of far too many. It is cry­ing “NO MONEY” while the wealthy bla­tant­ly engage in a super fren­zy of spend­ing. flaunt­ing and hoard­ing. It is cry­ing “NO MONEY” while the US mil­i­tary spends spends spends to destroy peo­ple all over the world. THERE IS MONEY! Put it in the right places.

Private Prisons $$$

private prisons, cca, prison profiteering

Pri­vate Prison Cor­po­ra­tions, such as Cor­rec­tions Cor­po­ra­tion of Amer­i­ca (CCA) and the GEO Group, are in the busi­ness of mak­ing mon­ey. One of the ways they do this is to make sure their pris­ons are filled to the max since they are paid per pris­on­er. Immi­grants, minor offend­ers, the aged, peo­ple up for parole are kept locked up. These com­pa­nies insert a “lock-up quo­ta” into con­tracts to ensure states keep their prison 80–100% filled. They work to ensure leg­is­la­tion that will bring more peo­ple into the sys­tem, and fight against alter­na­tives to jail time by hir­ing dozens of lob­by­ists to act on their behalf. Some­thing is not right here.