Posts tagged current events
Posts tagged current events
smiles and warmth by leaders in a time of sorrow.
oh and pretty dresses too.
Jean-Michel Basquiat | Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart)Michael Stewart was an 135 pound, 25 year old African American graffiti artist from NYC who was arrested on September 15th 1983 after being seen scrawling graffiti on a wall of First Avenue Station in Manhattan .
He was booked at the Union Square District 4 transit police headquarters for resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana, then was transported to Bellevue Hospital Center to undergo psychiatric observation. Stewart was admited to Bellevue Hospital at 03:22 am, handcuffed, legs bound and comatose. He never regained consciousness. was admitted to hospital about half an hour after his arrest in a coma from which he never awoke, dying on September 28th.
Six of those officers eventually faced homicide charges, and were acquitted. They were all white, and the jury were all white. According to the city’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Elliot Gross’s preliminary autopsy report, Stewart’s injuries of facial bruises and abrasions on his wrists were not linked to his death His death was from cardiac arrest caused by strangulation.
The November 2 medical examiner’s final report from Dr. Gross differed from his preliminary report. Gross declined to state explicitly what caused the death, but reported that Stewart died of “physical injury to the spinal cord in the upper neck” and concluded that there were “a number of possibilities as to how an injury of this type can occur…
Jean Michel Basquiat was upset and traumatized by the police killing of Michael Stewart; he felt that it could just as easily have been him. Obviously this piece looks at police brutality, with the word “defacement” referring to both the graffiti artist’s offense and the lethal beating to the face which the police administered for that offense (and probably more than that, too; e.g. erasure, dehumanization, non-recognition). Being the son of a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother, Jean Michel grew up trilingual, speaking Spanish, French, and English, and all three languages make frequent appearances on his canvases.
relevant, New York. read this.
(Photo: Patrick Semansky / AP via the New York Daily News)
The drug company Novartis is taking India to court to stop production of affordable generic medicines that millions of people depend on to stay alive.
Last week, we joined other activists to protest the lawsuit at the company’s headquarters in NYC.
Reblog to join the protest!
In a sad development for those who grew up with her ubiquitous children’s books, Jan Berenstain, co-creator of The Berenstain Bears, died on Friday at age 88 after suffering a severe stroke the day before, reports the Associated Press. The longtime resident of Solebury, Pennsylvania is survived by four grandchildren and her two sons, one of which, named Mike, told the AP’s Joann Loviglio that his mother remained productive until the end. ”She was working on two books and had been doing illustrations until the day before she passed away.” All told, about 260 million of the jovial books filled with time-tested, family-oriented adages made their way into the hands of children and parents since the series first began.
Read more. [Image: Associated Press]
Tawakkol Karman, Lleymah Gbowee and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf accept the Nobel Peace Prize in a ceremony this morning.
Choice quotes from their acceptance speeches:
Tawakkol Karman: “I have always believed that resistance against repression and violence is possible without relying on similar repression and violence. I have always believed that human civilization is the fruit of the effort of both women and men. So, when women are treated unjustly and are deprived of their natural right in this process, all social deficiencies and cultural illnesses will be unfolded, and in the end the whole community, men and women, will suffer.”
Lleymah Gbowee: “We must continue to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph. There is no time to rest until our world achieves wholeness and balance, where all men and women are considered equal and free.”
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: “I urge my sisters, and my brothers, not to be afraid. Be not afraid to denounce injustice, though you may be outnumbered. Be not afraid to seek peace, even if your voice may be small. Be not afraid to demand peace.”
I really can’t find a way to fully express how much I approve of and appreciate the choice made for this year’s award and how much I admire each of these women and the work they continue to do.
Photo Credit: John McConnico/AP
awaiting this week’s issue with piqued interest.
Presenting this week’s cover, on newsstands Monday: “My life as a white supremacist.” What’s one word that comes to mind upon seeing this image?