API folks in the LA area, definitely come out to this event to learn about and start working towards dismantling anti-blackness in our communities. Check out the link for more info.
From today’s press conference asking for the release of Gurmukh Singh! http://bit.ly/Gurmukh for more information.
Image circa 2013 by Julio Delgado.
These are two drafts of a new poster as part of my political poster series. I am working on creating a poster in support of non gmo cotton production in India. The approach I have taken with these is to use mid-century graphic design from the golden age of travel and mimic vintage Indian travel posters commissioned by the Indian government between the 1940s and 80s. These vintage posters would illustrate a place in India followed by the words “See India” or “Visit India” and a place name such as “Kashmir” or “Banaras”.
My intention with this approach has been to give the viewer something unexpected by not illustrating a beautiful lush “exotic” landscape, but instead drawing attention to the epidemic of farmer suicides in India where every 30 minutes one farmer commits suicide. The little blue seeds in the foreground of the bottom poster gesture to genetically modified cotton seeds (Bt cotton) sold by agri-chemical giant Monsanto which controls 95% of the cotton seed planted in India under the brand “Mahyco”. To learn more read this article by Indian environmental activist and eco-feminist Vandana Shiva where she says: “Monsanto’s seed monopolies, the destruction of alternatives, the collection of superprofits in the form of royalties, and the increasing vulnerability of monocultures has created a context for debt, suicides and agrarian distress which is driving the farmers’ suicide epidemic in India. This systemic control has been intensified with Bt cotton. That is why most suicides are in the cotton belt.”The final poster is still in production. I have taken a completely different direction with that using the aesthetic of old botanical illustrations to make a connection between farmer suicides and GMO cotton production. It will be launched this week.
ICCNC Oakland - 1433 Madison St Oakland, CA 94612
(Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California)
*** space is wheelchair accessible and fragrance free
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
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JOIN TRM at our volume 2 release party; featuring:
** live screen printing ***
** Revolution Syria: Weyam Ghabian (short film) ***
** Poetry by Amir Rabiyah **
** Zahra Noorbhaksh as MC **
** hella good halaal food! **
more info on program and performers coming soon!
$10 suggested donation at door (NOTAFLOF: No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds)
V2 is Inspired by the yearly traditions of muharram and the stories of karbala which exemplify social justice; resistance to oppression; courage to change and strong solidarity. Our second zine will show the strengths of our backs and the power of a determined heart.
meaning: kill patriarchy
spelled dalo wrong in urdu, this is the edited version!
Probably the best-known example of a subaltern woman activist who achieved political power was Phoolan Devi, the low-caste dasyu sundari (‘beautiful bandit’), as she was called by local people in the Chambal region of India where she operated as the undisputed queen of the ravines. Devi became notorious after the massacre of 20 upper-class thakurs (landowners) at Behmai in Uttar Pradesh in 1981, carried out in revenge for a thakur's gang rape perpetrated against her (the worst of many abuses she had suffered). After her dramatic surrender in 1983, with which she renounced her own embittered violence and rough justice, she spent many years in jail. Eventually, however, she became an MP, announcing her desire to work for the poor, the downtrodden, the exploited and the so-called “most backwards castes.”… Phoolan was a dramatic and highly visible symbol of the political assertion of subaltern women and the oppressed lower castes of India. Her very presence effected a continuing protest against the deeply entrenched, oppressive treatment of Dalits in India. Phoolan Devi herself was assassinated in 2001. As popular hero, she became the first woman to join the symbolic iconography of champions of the poor and oppressed, alongside Che Guevara, Frantz Fanon, and Subcommandante Marcos.
-Robert C. Young, Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction
UNIFICATION 2013: A Demonstration for Peace in South Asia & At Home
Door opens at 9:30PM | Show starts at 10PM
Brownstar Revolution presents one of the largest annual arts activism events in NYC- UNIFICATION 2013. This will be the fifth annual performance showcase, highlighting the talent in the South Asian American community and advocating for peace and understanding across the diaspora. This year’s lineup includes writer Bushra Rehman, recently featured in Poets & Writers; D’Lo, transgender Sri L.A.nkan comedian; Parijat Desai, modern and fusion dancer; comedienne Aparna Nancherla, Akshara, percussive riffers on classical Indian music, as well as others. Asia Society blog said of UNIFICATION 2012 that “Unification sets a new trend for cultural programming, in that it contends for South Asian culture rather than adopting relatively nascent national ideologies.” Proceeds from the show go to benefit South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) leading national non profit advocacy group.
By Dignidad Rebelde @melaniecervantes @jesusvbarraza ( Repost from @culturestrike ) #pelicanbay #eloy #dream9 #art4 #immigration #prison #guantanamo
Make a call to your representatives to get them to support the DREAM9 and Hunger Strikers around our ever expanding prison-industrial complex.
This is a resource created by one of the largest South Asian advocacy organizations in America, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), in an attempt to raise awareness and rights of undocumented South Asians in America.
For anyone interested in learning more about DACA and its influence on South Asians and wants more info, check out the links and organizations above!