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.

Common Ground

Let’s remem­ber there are many things we have in com­mon. The need for love, secu­ri­ty, food, shel­ter, health, hous­ing. Watch­ing our chil­dren grow into their amaz­ing possibilities.Working jobs that respect our dig­ni­ty.  Grow­ing into old age hon­ored and pro­tect­ed. How is fan­ning the flames of dis­trust between us block­ing our right to meet those needs?

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.

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.

Walking

Walking

Walk­ing. It’s sup­posed to be good for us, if we are able. Sup­pos­ed­ly, doc­tors rec­om­mend 10,000 steps a day. Let’s think about this. If you take 10,000 steps and mul­ti­ple it by the num­ber of peo­ple on the plan­et, even fac­tor­ing dif­fer­ences in the walk­ing capac­i­ties, maybe work­ing in a for­mu­la for rolling, that’s a lot of steps. Now, the impor­tant ques­tion, how many of the sum total of steps tak­en all around the world would be done in safe­ty? For how many peo­ple does walk­ing turn out to be not so good for them because while they were walk­ing they were in the wrong skin, wrong gen­der, believ­ing the wrong things, lov­ing the wrong peo­ple, liv­ing in the wrong place?