I learned working with the negatives could make for better pictures
The second of the two-part annual juried exhibition at the Society of Illustrators is closing on Saturday, March 1.
I am happy to announce that my kids book Barbed Wire Baseball was given Silver Medal in the book category, which is a second medal this book has received from the Society of Illustrators.
Some spreads from the book are shown as well as 5 other images that were accepted into the annual.
If you are in New York and have some free time this weekend, please go stop by to see the show before it closes. Visitor information can be found here.
For “National Tell-a-Fairy-Tale Day,” the best illustrations from 150 years of Hans Christian Andersen tales.
#Justice4Cecily Dance Dance Revolution! Solidarity Party
(link to Facebook event)
Hey Tumblr, there’s a really important event/party happening this Saturday (3/1/2014) in Brooklyn. Please reblog and attend if you’re able! Even if you don’t live in NYC, pass this along to any friends or followers who do. If you see this post after Saturday, please keep reblogging because Cecily’s trial begins on Monday 3/3 and will continue until 3/10. We need people to show up in court to show their support for Cecily, so this needs to be spread until then. If you’re interested in signing up to come to court, you can RSVP on www.justiceforcecily.com. (Also, it’d be great if you could tag it with anything relevant that’ll help more people see this!)
Cecily McMillan is an activist and grad student who was brutally sexually and physically assaulted by police officers on the 6-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. When Cecily felt her right breast being grabbed from behind, she involuntarily swung her elbow back and hit her attacker in the face. It turns out that the person who groped her was an NYPD police officer, so Cecily is now being charged as a felon and is facing up to 7 years in jail for “assaulting a police officer.” When Cecily struck the officer, he and other officers attacked her until she was badly bruised, knocked unconscious and seizing. Although there is video footage of several police officers kicking Cecily as she laid unconscious on the ground, it is she who is being sued and could go to jail because she was attacked.
The event on Saturday will be a dance party (with DJs, live musicians, food and beer/wine for those over 21) and also with social justice components. There will be a space for people to write down and share their experiences with police brutality. There will be a table with zines and folks are invited to hang up posters for upcoming political/activist/leftist/queer events! Hopefully, we’ll also have computers so anyone who’s interested in supporting Cecily in court can sign up for shifts at the party.
Hope to see you on Saturday and/or in court in the following weeks!
To learn more about Cecily and her trial:
(Video interview immediately following the incident)
(Comprehensive list of articles and videos about Cecily)
(Trigger warning: somewhat graphic images of bruises)
How you can help:
- Attend the party on Saturday 3/1! This is an opportunity to do something great and have fun at the same time. There is a $5 suggested donation (although no one will be turned away for lack of funds.) Please show up if you can—we’d like to see as many of you there as possible! (FB event)
- Sign up to attend court any time from 3/3-3/10. It’s critical to show the judge, jury and the media that we all stand with Cecily. We’re hoping to pack the court room to capacity, with 100 people every day! For more information and to RSVP, click here. You can also find the Facebook event for the trial here:
- If you don’t live in NY: Sign this petition to ask the NY District Attorney to drop all charges against Cecily. After you sign it’ll prompt you to tweet at the DA if you want (but you don’t have to)
- Spread the word!! Reblog this post, share articles and events on Facebook, and reach out to people you know, especially in the NYC area. Share Cecily’s story.
Two emergency actions to stop NYC’s homeless purge on trains
February 21, 2014We knew this was coming - NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is rolling out his first major anti-homeless policing initiative. And we’re ready to fight back. And we need your help.DNAInfo is reporting that at 3AM on Monday, the City will start purging sleeping homeless people from the subways, stopping trains at two stations to force people off and into a shelter or a hospital. But the NYPD will be on hand, presumably to arrest people who refuse to go. It’s framed as an MTA response to the increased volume of homeless people during this bitter cold winter, but this is a police action, pure and simple. Homeless people who ride the trains have already assessed and rejected the shelter and the hospital as alternative options.Our main concerns are:
- Folks will be profiled as homeless and told to leave the trains after they’ve paid their fare
- Folks will be told to leave the train if they are homeless regardless if they’ve been on the train for 15 minutes or 15 days. It isn’t against the law to be riding a subway while homeless!
- Besides being a misguided, broken windows strategy, this is a clear violation of the newly-passed Community Safety Act, and its ban on profiling based on “housing status” or perceived homelessness.
- While it is problematic that there is a huge increase in homelessness in NYC policing is not the solution, housing is.
Some of our members have already written powerful responses, captured here on our blog. But statements are not enough.
On Sunday, February 23rd, we’ll gather at NYPD headquarters to hold a press conference condemning this blatant violation of our rights.
3PM, Sunday February 23rd
1 Police Plaza (4/5/6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; behind the Municipal Building)And then at 3AM, when the MTA is scheduled to roll out this new policy, we’ll be on hand with legal observers to monitor the enforcement and ensure no ones rights are violated!3AM, Monday February 24th
Jamaica Center Subway Station, E PlatformWTC Subway Station, E PlatformWe really really need your help, at either or both of these important actions. We knew that when Bratton returned as NYPD commissioner, bad policing was on its way - but if we fight back fast and hard, we can show him that a lot has changed in New York City since he’s been away, and folks won’t stand for profiling of any kind!
In news related to NYC’s homelessness crisis & deplorable shelter system, 400 children & their families will be removed from two city shelters - Auburn in Brooklyn & Catherine Street in Manhattan - for more than 400 violations, including “vermin, mold, lead exposure, an inoperable fire safety system, insufficient child care and the presence of sexual predators, among them, a caseworker.”
Disgusting shelter conditions, high rates of sexual abuse, violence, & pure bureaucratic bullshit people have to deal with when entering the shelter system are exactly why there are so many street homeless people & subway sleepers here. Now people will be kicked out of the only warm (& relatively safe) shelter they can find in the city.
The homeless population in New York City includes more than 52,000 people, including 22,000 youth.
Signal boost for tomorrow’s action:
3PM, Sunday February 23rd
1 Police Plaza (4/5/6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; behind the Municipal Building)
+ News update: MTA has announced it will not help NYPD remove homeless people who are sleeping on trains on Monday morning.
Would you be my goddamn Valentine, tumblr.
My sentiments exactly.
|Old English (Anglo-Saxon):||Eft he axode, hu ðære ðeode nama wære þe hi of comon. Him wæs geandwyrd, þæt hi Angle genemnode wæron. Þa cwæð he, "Rihtlice hi sind Angle gehatene, for ðan ðe hi engla wlite habbað, and swilcum gedafenað þæt hi on heofonum engla geferan beon."|
|Middle English:||In þat lond ben trees þat beren wolle, as þogh it were of scheep; whereof men maken clothes, and all þing þat may ben made of wolle. In þat contree ben many ipotaynes, þat dwellen som tyme in the water, and somtyme on the lond: and þei ben half man and half hors, as I haue seyd before; and þei eten men, whan þei may take hem.|
|Early Modern English:||But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid art far more fair than she Be not her maid, since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. It is my lady, O, it is my love!|
|Modern English:||Moving forward using all my breath. Making love to you was never second best. I saw the world crashing all around your face, never really knowing it was always mesh and lace. I'll stop the world and melt with you. You've seen the difference and it's getting better all the time. There's nothing you and I won't do. I'll stop the world and melt with you.|
|Happy valentine's day (:||from languagelinguistics xx|
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