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?

 

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.….

Make Truth The New Normal

WearWhistle

Any­one remem­ber the sto­ry about George Wash­ing­ton chop­ping down the cher­ry tree, then own­ing up to it when his dad­dy asked who the cul­prit was? “I can­not tell a lie,” lit­tle Georgie said. I don’t know about you but that sto­ry was cen­tral to my ear­li­est social stud­ies edu­ca­tion. Hon­esty the best pol­i­cy. Our heroes the truth-tellers. Nev­er mind it was polit­i­cal mythol­o­gy, not actu­al­ly true, part of the con­jur­ing up of false fronts for those in pow­er. I’m going to run with it.  My heroes are the truth-tellers. The brave ones who actu­al­ly do speak the truth. No mat­ter what, because it’s the right thing to do. In fact, I’m going to take it a step fur­ther. Let’s not admire those heroes. Let’s be those heroes. Let’s all grab a whis­tle.