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The Art of Protest

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Art-activists kennardphillipps and Carol Naughton on how their festival shows capture and inspire the spirit of dissent | Edinburgh Festival

Bomb Culture was the name of poet and painter Jeff Nuttall’s personal analysis of the 1960s counter-culture from a frontline which, in 1968, when his book was published, was still very much in place. Its title referred to how the threat of nuclear war had influenced a post-Hiroshima generation who embraced anti-nuclear sentiments through the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament (CND), founded in 1957 with a unilateral opposition to what would now be termed Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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Much of that spirit of dissent can be found in Here Comes Everybody and Pop and Boom: 70 Years of Nuclear Culture, two exhibitions which combine activism and art in a way where protest and people power becomes both mass spectacle and a work of art in itself. Where Here Comes Everybody shows off a series of photomontages and digital prints by kennardphillipps, the collaborative duo of Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps, Pop and Boom is a compendium of pop cultural artefacts inspired by the nuclear threat, and pulled together by Greenham Common veteran Carol Naughton to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.

‘If you just show images of the disaster itself,’ Naughton explains, ‘there’s a horror to it and people switch off, so I wanted to commemorate it in a way that felt real for people, and show how nuclear weapons have influenced popular culture. In the first years it was purely reactive, then in the eighties the whole thing took off as protest rose, and the two together were very powerful. Nowadays nuclear weapons in books and films are incidental, and people don’t realise what nuclear weapons are, so part of the exhibition is to remind people of their significance.’

It was Kennard’s images in the 1980s for CND, Stop the War and other campaign groups that provided a visual identity for a youth-driven protest movement that was immediate and subversive in a way that chimed with the post-punk era’s alternative DIY cut-and-paste aesthetic.

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Rape without consequence

Dear Joseph/WWH-She was kicked in the face and her teeth were shattered. She was then gang-raped by six security guards from the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where she was later arrested for trespassing.letters to the editorThis horrifying act occurred all because she was scouring the mine’s waste rock dumps for traces of gold to make a meager living. We need your help to stop these kinds of abuses, hold perpetrators accountable, and secure justice for survivors.You can take a stand for human rights. Become a member of Human Rights Watch today. To all of our current members, we sincerely thank you for your ongoing support. Please take this opportunity to consider making a special gift.Human rights abuses are not uncommon in mining operations owned by international companies across the globe. Our researchers exposed how Canada-based Barrick—the world’s largest gold mining company—failed to recognize risks or respond to allegations of sexual violence that took place at its gold mine in Porgera, PNG.We urgently need your support by 7/31, before our membership drive comes to a close. Help give voice to those who have none. Join our 2015 Summer Membership Drive right now.

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Women, engaged in illegal mining, search for ore-bearing rock near the tailings discharge point. A ton of ore-bearing rock yields only a tiny amount of gold and the remaining material is processed into tailings.

Maybe we are Waking Up.

serveimage-3By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE

Here are two very telling articles:

Someone finally polled the 1% — And it’s not pretty

On May 22, The Campaign for America’s Future gave a conference on The New Populist Majority. The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Warren. The conference confronted the meme that the US is a “center-right” country. Follow link…


Memo: From Nick Hanauer
To: My Fellow Zillionaires

You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. My friends and I own a bank. I tell you all this to demonstrate that in many ways I’m no different from you. Like you, I have a broad perspective on business and capitalism. And also like you, I have been rewarded obscenely for my success, with a life that the other 99.99 percent of Americans can’t even imagine.Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html#ixzz3dtaipxpE

Yes, the rich ARE different from you and me and it is about time we woke up to that fact. They know that they are different. Hell, they rejoice in it. Thing is if it were just a matter of bank accounts they could probably rest easy. No one that I know begrudges making a living, earning up to a person’s worth. I don’t think a one of us wants to see American citizens lining up to get monochromatic Mao couture.

What I and a lot of us “others” resent is this attitude. This attitude and the desperate actions that the one or two percent elites have made their scripture since FDR is the root cause of the friction between the rest of us.

We have been set against ourselves for decades upon decades. It’s worked pretty damn well too.

I’ve given examples before of steel and coal magnates using cultural divides from the old countries and poverty to set worker against worker until the unions convinced people to set aside old grudges and hatreds to find strength in unions. It was a bloody fight but the unions gave us living wages and our pride back.

Now, we see the monster of racism growing bolder and more deadly from being fed on poverty wages and right wing hate speech. Speech that is well funded by the heirs in spirit of those same folks that brought in the deadly strike breakers and U.S.troops to slaughter families marching in the streets.

Pay attention. They are using us again. This is especially true of these people that cling to this White Power ideology. Wake up, wake up, Wake Up! You are being used just as you were before, during and after the Civil War. STATES RIGHTS MY ASS! Look up just how many folks owned plantations OR slaves. Bet you’ll find that there were a whole lot more poor whites than even well off whites, let alone plantation or factory owners. But, when it came time for the wealthy to keep the status quo and not give up one cent, when they could have just free their slaves and hire them as workers; they declared a war that was mostly fought by poor whites.

How did they convince poor white men and boys to march off to one of the ugliest wars ever fought? The same way with the same rhetoric that hate groups and right wing media uses today.

The mogul in the second article I have here is right to be worried. Maybe we have finally woken up. Maybe they have too. If they have and IF they change there will be-


Protesters Surprise Henry (The Troll) Kissinger, John (The Insane) McCain Calls Them ‘Low Life Scum’ – “Only the Good Die Young”

Code Pink protesters interrupt the start of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz. Senator John McCain, Chair of the Committee, has the protesters removed. Watch the complete hearing here: