Woodcut by Wes Modes.
“At the beginning of shelter-in-place, I planned a series of darkly humorous woodcuts illustrating an early bunker mentality drawn principally from photos of the 50’s cold war era. But I was inspired by those brave souls in Italy who endeavored to shout back against the darkness and isolation with music and chants and howls. And in my own neighborhood (and maybe in yours), word spread that people were howling every night at a certain time.
I know at this point, ‘together but apart’ is a cliché, but it inspired me enough to carve an overly complicated woodcut of folks howling and playing music. This neighborhood was inspired by a neighborhood in the Mission District in San Francisco, the very block where the famous Lexington Club (a dive bar for queer women) used to be, before it was priced out by gentrification and an influx of tech bros.”
Here’s a link to Wes’ art.
Are you an illustrator? Want to submit the next cover? Here’s the deets.
All that survives from the “golden age” of Yiddish radio in the 1930s to ’50s are a thousand fragile discs, rescued from storerooms, attics, and even dumpsters. But what a story they tell! The Yiddish Radio Project is a celebration of these recordings and of the forgotten geniuses and dreamers who created them.
“Pigeons have been domesticated for thousands of years, just like dogs and cats. In fact, pigeons are highly intelligent, very clean and have served mankind for centuries. They deserve our respect and should be looked after.”Duke Riley, New York artist
Pigeon animation by artist David Cleves (@davidcleves). Remix by Wes Modes
The IWW (or “Wobblies,” as they came to be called, for reasons not really clear) aimed at organizing all workers in any industry into “One Big Union,” undivided by sex, race, or skills… They spoke of “direct action”:
Direct action means industrial action directly by, for, and of the workers themselves, without the treacherous aid of labor misleaders or scheming politicians. A strike that is initiated, controlled, and settled by the workers directly affected is direct action. . .. Direct action is industrial democracy.
The IWW people were militant, courageous. Despite a reputation given them by the press, they did not believe in initiating violence, but did fight back when attacked.
From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States
It was an immensely powerful idea. In the ten exciting years after its birth, the IWW became a threat to the capitalist class, exactly when capitalist growth was enormous and profits huge. The IWW never had more than five to ten thousand enrolled members at any one time- people came and went, and perhaps a hundred thousand were members at one time or another. But their energy, their persistence, their inspiration to others, their ability to mobilize thousands at one place, one time, made them an influence on the country far beyond their numbers. They traveled everywhere (many were unemployed or migrant workers); they organized, wrote, spoke, sang, spread their message and their spirit.
They were attacked with all the weapons the system could put together: the newspapers, the courts, the police, the army, mob violence. Local authorities passed laws to stop them from speaking; the IWW defied these laws. In Missoula, Montana, a lumber and mining area, hundreds of Wobblies arrived by boxcar after some had been prevented from speaking. They were arrested one after another until they clogged the jails and the courts, and finally forced the town to repeal its antispeech ordinance.
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This is a ZOOM class, it used to be a brick and mortar class in my studio at the Tannery. Surprisingly, ZOOM is good enough! I teach scientific drawing and we draw local WILD animals. All you need is paper, pencil and if you have it, a thin sharpie, if not a black pencil, and colors, (crayons, colored pencils, water colored pencils or just watercolors). The class is every Tuesday 4-4:40 and the link is on my website below. Adults like this class too! 🙂
The Buddha’s basic teachings rest on what arc called the Four Noble Truths:
In the wake of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Sean Reed, and now George Floyd, it is imperative that we have a conversation about where we, as a society, go from here. It seems there is an overwhelming expectation that Black activists and organizers will say something profound about Black death, but what I have to offer is not some profound truth but a simple request: Take action.
Our group’s purpose is to gather experience and information to best equip ourselves and our comrades, and to use this information to increase safety in the field at demonstrations of various types. Get in contact by emailing email@example.com
Love and solidarity <3
by Audre Lorde
New Year’s Day 1:16 AM
and my body is weary beyond
time to withdraw and rest
ample room allowed me in everyone’s head
but community calls
right over the threshold
drums beating through the walls
children playing their truck dramas
under the collapsible coatrack
in the narrow hallway outside my room
The TV lounge next door is wide open
it is midnight in Idaho
and the throb easy subtle spin
of the electric slide boogie
around the corner of the parlor
past the sweet clink
of dining room glasses
and the edged aroma of slightly overdone
all laced together
with the rich dark laughter
and her higher-octave sisters
How hard it is to sleep
in the middle of life.
Woodcut borrowed from artist Sophie Herxheimer