Tuesday, October 14, 2008

IWW Protest

Here's video from the IWW and Branworkers International of their protest against celebrity chef Terrance Brennan. Brennan has continued to buy from sweatshop seafood distributor Wild Edibles, who has exploited workers and fired those who tried to organize.

I contributed artwork to this protest, with help form my hubby Dustin Chang, artist Ben Fergusen and Liberty Locke!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Water Is The Life Of NYC

These are images of my first outdoor mural as a lead artist for Groundswell. Wih the help of artist Crystal Clarity and 10 Brooklyn teens, we pulled this off in a little over 4 weeks.

Please join us at our dedication with our community partner, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Saturday, September 13th, noon.
209 4 th Avenue Park Slope Brooklyn (between Union and Sackett streets, R/M train to Union street)

Come check it out while the site gates are open!

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Sandhog Project

This summer I'm working with Groundswell and a new group of teens on a water-conservation mural for the DEP. As part of our research, we were fortunate to meet photojournalist Gina LeVay, creator of the Sandhog Project.

The Sandhogs- Union Local 142- are urban miners who are currently digging a third water tunnel for all of NYC. This tunnel was began in 1970 to both bring more water to the ever growing population, and to make it possible to drain the first two tunnels, built at the turn of the 19th century, which are in need of major repairs.

The Sandhogs, like all miners, have the most dangerous jobs in the world. They've lost 24 men for the 24 miles of tunnel already mined. Without their hard work and sacrifice, we would have no subway tunnels, no Brooklyn Bridge, and of course no water.

Gina LeVay's extensive photo and video project began as a website created in grad school, and led to a huge exhibition in Grand Central Station. She's now working on a book about the Sandhogs- who themsleves are now looking at their own TV series on the History Channel.

Check out Gina's work here:
The Sandhog Project, Gina LeVay

Photo by Gina LeVay

Friday, July 4, 2008

Frederick Douglass on the Fourth Of July

Why is the following speech by escaped slave, activist and intellectual Frederick Douglass still relevent today?

Because the "liberties" of American democracy exist only for the wealthly, not the poor. While we continue to fight a war in Iraq (to bring them democracy?) the Bill of Rights has been all but destroyed here. Public officials still insist that those interned for nearly a decade at Guantanamo are NOT worthy of basic human rights. Justice Scalia says torture is not "cruel and unusual" punishment, and many public officials agree with him. American companies export US union jobs to nations like Colombia and Indonesia, where labor rights activist are frequently arrested, totrtured and killed- but that won't stop us from buying Coca Cola and Nike sneakers! Americans are more interested in shopping than taking responsibility for what this country does to it's own people and those abroad who have no voice in our "Democracy".

Slavery still existsd in many ways; the wage-slaves in this nation, and those who are enslaved to our military and economic policies abroad.

So as you read this speech by Frederick Douglass, don't think to yourself: "This is all in the past, we're a free country now!" Because you will be no better than those who turned their heads and ignored the horror American Slavery before the Civil War, who went on with their lives and benefitted from the great atrocity this nation was built on.


"What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour. "

"The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro"

Click here for the full speech

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Make Your Own Op-Illusion Art Dragon

I didn't design this, but I think it's pretty cool.
PS- I didn't shoot the video- I'm not that bored.