Corporate Deform

I designed (and, now, revised) this poster to respond to the heavy-hand­ed and bla­tant role cor­po­ra­tions play in shap­ing our edu­ca­tion­al poli­cies. Edu­ca­tion should be shaped accord­ing to the needs of the human com­mu­ni­ty, not cor­po­rate prof­it. We want all chil­dren, youth and adults to have access to a qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion that enhances our/their lives and the com­mu­ni­ty as a whole. List­ed are just some of the poli­cies that move us away from that goal. If you would like to read a tremen­dous new book on this sub­ject, check out Mise­d­u­cat­ing for the Glob­al Econ­o­my: How Cor­po­rate Pow­er Dam­ages Edu­ca­tion and Sub­verts Stu­dents’ Futures, hot off the press, July 2018, by Ger­ald Coles. It is a must-read for any­one want­i­ng to under­stand edu­ca­tion today.

 

Women Walk

water shortage, women, water carriers

Every day women around the world spend 200 mil­lion hours col­lect­ing water for their fam­i­lies. While they walk, pri­vate own­er­ship of water, exces­sive use of water for vast mono-cul­tur­al agribusi­ness­es, deforestation/desertification prac­tices, and cli­mate change go unchecked, cre­at­ing and wors­en­ing this sit­u­a­tion. Their paths are not roman­tic, safe or easy. They can walk for hours then trip, fall and lose their days work. Their backs, inter­nal organs break down from the inces­sant, cum­ber­some weights they car­ry, some­times three times/day at all hours. Sure­ly, this is some­thing that must be attend­ed to.

Night Sky

homeless, housing, equality, food

Accord­ing to a UN 2005 study there are at least 100 mil­lion home­less in the world. I imag­ine there are more now, not less. A study by Habi­tat in 2015 found 1.6 bil­lion peo­ple lacked ade­quate hous­ing. In the Philip­pines 22.8 mil­lion peo­ple are home­less out of a pop­u­la­tion of about 105 mil­lion. One in ten school chil­dren in New York City is home­less. In Los Ange­les Coun­ty, 8% of the pop­u­la­tion is Black. 40% of its home­less pop­u­la­tion is Black. The UN fig­ures about 795 mil­lion peo­ple of the 7.3 bil­lion peo­ple in the world (1 in 9) suf­fered from chron­ic under­nour­ish­ment in 2014–2016. While the vast major­i­ty of those were from the devel­op­ing world, this does not mean the devel­oped world is doing so great. In the US, one in six of us face hunger on a reg­u­lar basis. I’m just throw­ing some num­bers around. The real sto­ry is in the liv­ing of home­less­ness and hunger, the out­rage and the rob­bery that caus­es it.

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Connect the Dots

private property, poverty, class, injustice, economyDo you know what I mean about prop­er­ty here? Not my house, my car, or even my small busi­ness I’m doing the best I can kind of prop­er­ty. I’m talk­ing about that gigun­da, grab­bing up all liv­ing space, air, water, seed, bones, mega-fac­to­ry, cor­po­rate sprawl­ing pur­vey­or of mis­ery we call cap­i­tal­ism. That kind of prop­er­ty. It sucks to feed itself. Life. Pos­si­bil­i­ty. Out of most of us. Makes us unrec­og­niz­able to each oth­er. My class. Your class. Yes, it sucks. But for every action, there is a reac­tion. That’s physics. So, what do we do?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Choose Your Long Haul

LongHaulChoseWeb

But­ter­flies grace us with their pres­ence as they alight quick­ly, ten­ta­tive­ly on blades of grass, a quick kiss on their long dis­tance jour­neys.  We watch, trans­fixed and delight­ed. They make our days a lit­tle more spe­cial, beau­ti­ful.  And, yet, they are dying in stag­ger­ing num­bers, vic­tim to an econ­o­my which digs up, paves over, pol­lutes and just gen­er­al­ly mess­es up the frag­ile paths our winged friends trav­el. Do we real­ly need this kind of econ­o­my, rep­re­sent­ed here by our mechan­i­cal, more destruc­tive long haulers?

Water Democracy

 

H20Right

Water. Fun­da­men­tal. Lav­ished on large-scale, cost­ly, inef­fi­cient, mono-cul­tur­al, cor­po­rate agribusi­ness­es. Squan­dered on, den­i­grat­ed by fos­sil fuel extrac­tions. Poi­soned by care­less indus­tri­al prac­tices. Sent into hid­ing, dis­ap­peared by the rough treat­ment of frag­ile ecolo­gies. Siphoned off for pref­er­en­tial liv­ing arrange­ments. Hoard­ed by pri­vate busi­ness­es for prof­it. Water. Clean water. 1.7 bil­lion with­out access to clean water. 2.3 bil­lion peo­ple suf­fer from water-borne ill­ness­es each year. How we han­dle water is a demo­c­ra­t­ic, human rights issue.

Share Seeds

ShareSeeds

For thou­sands of years farmers/peasants have worked the soil with nature’s gift. Seeds. Every har­vest peo­ple of the land gath­ered the seed of pre­vi­ous crops to con­tin­ue this vital cycle. Now, cor­po­ra­tions, with a mind-bog­gling bun­dle of tricks, claim to hold a more fun­da­men­tal right —the patent! This  forces strug­gling farmers/peasants to buy expen­sive and trou­ble­some ter­mi­na­tor seeds — seeds which can­not bring on the next gen­er­a­tion of crop. Mas­sive farmer sui­cides around the world attest to the dam­age done by this pri­vate, self­ish own­er­ship of seed. To see work aim­ing to put seeds back into peo­ple’s hands, check out  NAVDANYA, a project of Van­dana Shi­va and oth­ers in India.

Agribusiness Kills Farmers

 

AgribusinessKillsFarmers

Every 30 min­utes a farmer in India com­mits sui­cide. That means in the 2 decades since large seed cor­po­ra­tions have plant­ed them­selves in India, almost a quar­ter mil­lion farm­ers have killed them­selves, leav­ing behind fam­i­lies in impos­si­ble debt, loss and despair. Export focused, non-food mono-cul­tur­al crops, forced use of ter­mi­na­tor seeds, pes­ti­cides and fer­til­iz­ers requir­ing recur­ring loans cre­ate stag­ger­ing finan­cial bur­dens, rob peo­ple of their capac­i­ty to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies. But don’t think this is Indi­a’s prob­lem alone. The rate of farmer sui­cide in the U.S. is more than dou­ble that of any oth­er occu­pa­tion.

Home! A Human Right

One day, when I was observ­ing begin­ning teach­ers, the stu­dents were read­ing a sto­ry about some­one who was wor­ry­ing. The teacher stopped, made sure they knew what “wor­ry” meant, then asked what made them wor­ry. One stu­dent quick­ly raised his 7 year old hand and said, ” I wor­ry we won’t be able to pay the rent.” No sev­en year old child should have this wor­ry. Home is a human right.

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.….