preserve america

Superheroes: Another thing we wouldn’t have if not for Jewish people
  • Stan Lee: A Romanian Jew, born Stanley Lieber, founder of Marvel Comics
  • Jack Kirby: Born Jacob Kurtzberg to Austrian Jewish immigrants on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He worked with…
  • Joe Simon: Born Hymie Simon


  • Steve Ditko: A first generation American of Slovak descent who studied with…
  • Jerry Robinson: Batman artist and American Jew
  • Jerry Siegel: The co-creator of Superman and an Jew of Lithuanian descent
  • Joe Schuster: The co-creator of Superman and a Jew of Dutch descent
  • Will Eisner: Author of The Spirit and comic publishing giant. You may have heard of a little thing called  the Eisner Awards.

So again…you’re welcome

I am feeling sad and angry today, so I painted one of my favorite symbols of America.

At the time the Statue of Liberty was placed, immigration to the US was still limited to “free white persons of good character.”

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated just two years after the Chinese Exclusion Act, which prohibited all Chinese immigration.

The Statue of Liberty became a national monument in 1924, the same year Arabs and Asians were banned from immigration(Africans were restricted).

The Immigration Act of 1924 established a preference for specific immigrant groups that would “preserve the ideal of America homogeneity.”

And this is why the Statue of Liberty means a lot to me. She has been physically present through a history of racist immigration laws. But her message of hope, and solidarity, and welcome still remain aspirational. She is not what America *is*, she is what America could be.

And that is why I, as an immigrant(from a majority Muslim country, no less), get teary every goddamn time I think of the Statue of Liberty.


KAYAPO COURAGE: “The Amazon tribe has beaten back ranchers and gold miners and famously stopped a dam. Now its leaders must fight again or risk losing a way of life.” ~ Chip Brown.  photography by Martin Schoeller - full story & gallery via National Geographic (January 2014)

  • “YNHIRE expresses his identity as a warrior with a headdress of parrot feathers.”
  • “BEPRO wears the beads and cotton-wrapped earrings that boys receive as part of their naming ceremony.”
  • “ROPNI, an internationally known chief, is one of the few Kayapo who still wear the mahogany lip plate.”
  • “PHNH-OTI has an inverted V shaved into her scalp, a ceremonial female practice.”
  • “BEPRAN-TI wears an impressive display of feathers for his betrothal ceremony, a Kayapo rite of passage.”
  • “MEKARON-TI, the great chief, speaks Portuguese and is a powerful advocate for his people.”

These two are just too damned precious for their own good. After watching Age of Ultron I’m pretty much obsessed with this crossover.

Expect more of Iron Man Hiro and Captain America Tadashi art from me~

Also if you didn’t get the Capsicle reference it was from the first Avengers movie. It’s basically the shortened term for Captain Icicle because Captain America WAS preserved in ice for 66 years.


Ending public service recognition week with a post from new BLMer Mike Richardson.

At the end of my first week on the job as a BLMer, I found myself sitting on the San Rafael Swell Wedge overlook in Emery County, Utah.

Although I had been a BLMer for only seven days, I was filled with pride to be a part of an organization committed to preserving America’s public lands for uses as diverse as the lands themselves.  I found myself inspired to be a member of a team devoted to managing our country’s iconic landscapes for everything from ranching and energy development to backcountry solitude, recreation and so much more in between.

I grew up in an outdoor family that valued public lands and was fortunate to spend time in the West enjoying many of America’s extraordinary places, but a love of country beckoned me to serve in the Armed Forces.  I completed multiple combat tours both in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, and my military experiences reaffirmed my desire to live and work in an area that could provide my own children with the same extraordinary outdoor opportunities I enjoyed as a youth.  Working for the BLM allows me to show my own family just how unique and special America’s public lands are and to positively contribute to the management of these incredible spaces.  

Continuing to serve my country and the American people by being part of the BLM team is an incredible honor.  As I sat gazing out on the breathtaking vista of Utah’s San Rafael Swell, I couldn’t help but think, “This is what freedom feels like.  It’s good to be home.”

The northernmost state is home to numerous natural wonders. One of them, Mount McKinley, is located in Denali National Park and Preserve and is the tallest peak in North America. The preserve is also home to tundra at middle elevations, and glaciers, rock, and snow at the highest elevations. (NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit) 

You Need to Support Bernie Sanders

For anyone who doesn’t know, Bernie Sanders is a candidate for the 2016 Presidential election. He is seen as the underdog of the election, mainly because most people don’t take his campaign seriously, especially next to Hillary Clinton. However, his policies and goals are extremely progressive and can start a revolution for Americans. To help spread the word about this, here’s a simplified list of some of his views on certain issues:

Social: Bernie is pro-choice for abortion. He supports the legalization of same-sex marriage. He believes that the government should require insurance companies to provide free birth control. He feels that businesses do not have the right to deny service to anyone because of religious beliefs. Also, he feels that the Federal government should not allow the Confederate flag to be flown in states.

Environmental: Bernie supports the preservation of America’s National Parks, and believes that the government should expand their domain in order to preserve more land. He feels that the U.S. should require labels on GMO/non GMO foods (genetically modified organisms) because the people have a right to know. He also supports environmental regulations and changes to prevent global warming, as well as an incentive for the use of alternate energy production.

Economic: Bernie supports an increase in the minimum wage from current status to an actual living wage. He also believes that men and women need to be payed equal pay for equal work.

Domestic Policy: Bernie supports American’s right to bear arms, and wants to keep it in tact. However, he supports increased gun control in that strict background checks, psychological tests, and training should be required when purchasing a gun. He also believes that anyone purchasing a gun needs to pass a criminal and public safety background check.

Foreign Policy: Bernie feels that the government needs to reduce military spending in order to better fund education. He also believes that [suspected] terrorists should be given a fair trial in federal courts.

Education: Bernie supports an increased tax on the wealthy in order to reduce student loans.

Healthcare: Bernie supports the legalization of marijuana, and feels that all citizens jailed for crimes involving the drug be freed upon legalization.

Again, this is just a general overlook of some of Bernie Sanders’ beliefs regarding controversial issues. Of course, use this how you will, but it appears blatantly obvious that in numerous ways, Bernie Sanders is what America needs. I can’t vote, but I can spread the word and support a worthy underdog. He truly wants to make America a better place, and I think he’s the best candidate for doing just that.

Blue Island Posts a Preserve America Success

Preserve America, a grant program launched by First Lady Laura Bush and managed by the National Park Service, has been an unbridled success in Blue Island. This unique program provided the funding to create public-private partnerships that built on history and culture as economic development fundamentals, creating opportunities to promote heritage tourism as a model for stronger communities.

Blue Island launched its Preserve America grant with a call to define our “brand,” creating a logo and tagline - Think Outside the Loop - that will guide our marketing efforts. “Think Outside the Loop” is a terrific fit for who we are and what we do. Blue Island is a creative, independent, and diverse community. We welcome all who want to experience what we have to offer.

Designer and artist Kevin Jones was invited to interpret six themes or “niches” that Preserve America has helped develop.

“Think Heritage”

Explore railroad history, a century of architecture, and the footprint of industry. Blue Island invites you to Think Heritage.

“Think Culture”

Picture diverse neighborhoods, a vibrant arts scene, and engaging cultural programs. Blue Island invites to to Think Culture.

“Think Local”

Discover homegrown foods, authentic restaurants, and family-run businesses. Blue Island invites you to Think Local.

“Think Play”

Enjoy miles of trails, sports and leisure, and outdoor recreation. Blue Island invites you to Think Play.

“Think Green”

Envision tree-lined streets, a transit-oriented community, and a sustainable future. Blue Island invites you to Think Green.

“Think Blue”

Imagine picturesque waterfalls, native landscapes, and leisurely waterways. Blue Island invites you to Think Blue.

So spread the word… tell friends, family, even strangers, it’s time they started thinking about Blue Island!

Thanks to all who supported Preserve America. We were fortunate to work with a number of “Think Local” businesses, including James Street Associates, GL Studios, Franklin Framing, Colyer Signs, and Folgers Flags. Many more “Think Local” businesses, such as Carr Gardens, Shawn Michelle’s, Tenochtitlan, Ultra Foods, Aldi, Darling, Calumet Park Troublemakers, and MetroSouth Medical Center all donated to the grant, helping us meet our matching fund goal. Please support all of our community-minded businesses. We’d like to share a special thanks from the City of Blue Island to Kathryn Warnes at the National Park Service for all her help and support.

A word from my wise friend regarding the historic destruction in the Carolinas:

“Ok here’s a little rant from my history heart: If we ban the confederate flag and get rid of historical Confederate monuments because they represent a oppressive society and slavery then you need to get behind the ideal of tearing down the Egyptian pyramids, Great Wall of China, and anything important built in England before 1800 because they were all built by slaves and represent the oppressive societies that flourished under slavery.

But that’s ridiculous. You shouldn’t get rid of history because it’s messy or wrong. You learn from the past and apply what you learn to the present so that when generations from now look back and study OUR history, they learn that our society evolved from the one before it. This post is not in favor of removing or maintaining the Confederate flag but rather advocating for the protection and preservation of Confederate statues, memorials, sites, etc. that are of historic importance. If you get rid of the physical proof that history happened then people actually start to believe it didn’t happen. For example, people still think that the Holocaust didn’t happen because there wasn’t enough bodies to represent the 6 million Jews who died…”

The solution is not to wipe away the past and act like nothing happened. Respect those who suffered by acknowledging the cruelty lavished upon them instead of pretending like modern society, built upon the civilizations of old, is spotless.