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Meet The Contemporary Photographers Experimenting With ‘Radical Color’

For decades, the art world had a tendency to believe that black-and-white images were somehow more powerful – more moving, and more artistic as the lack of color nods to the unrealistic construction of the image. Of course, that notion has long since expired, and color has proliferated picture frames, magazines and Instagram feeds. The use of neon hues is no longer seen as an act of rebellion, even within gallery walls. So what does color mean today, now that it’s no longer a subversive opposition to the norm? Humble Arts Foundation Curator Jon Feinstein attempts to answer these questions in “Radical Color,” an exhibition at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon.

See more photos featuring “radical color” here.

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Check out the new BOOK VERSION of Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs!

Only $8 here from Pioneers Press!

The Icarus Project and Freedom Center’s expanded 52-page guide gathers the best information we’ve come across and the most valuable lessons we’ve learned about reducing and coming off psychiatric medication. Includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, withdrawal, detailed resource section, information for people staying on their medications, and much more. Written by Will Hall, with a 14-member health professional Advisory board providing research assistance and 24 other collaborators involved in developing and editing. The guide has photographs and art throughout, and a beautiful original cover painting by Ashley McNamara.

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Dread Scott
I am not a man
2009
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Performance still 22 x 30 inches, pigment print.
Installation at the Walker Art Center

“I Am Not a Man. I am but I am not. I Am Not a Man was a performance that was presented on the streets of Harlem, New York. I walked bearing a historic, but crucially altered, protest sign that read “I Am Not a Man.” Throughout the walk, actions in the performance evoked the humiliation that is visited on Black people and the negation that defines our existence. Making reference to the 1968 Memphis Sanitation workers strike where the iconic “I Am a Man” sign originated, the performance inverted the sign’s statement, pointing to the importance of the Civil Rights protests as well as to their limitations. Along with this historic resonance, the performance simultaneously addressed our era—racism is foundational to America and has not abated. Despite assertions that America has entered a post-racial period, reality contradicts this: 1 in 9 young Black men are in prison; predatory lending policies have caused the greatest loss of wealth for people of color in modern U.S. history; Henry Louis Gates gets arrested “breaking into” his own home; etc. I Am Not a Man resides in the uncomfortable space between a race-free fantasy world and the lived experience of millions. The performance took place September 9, 2009.“

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WHY?

Past and present, radical and anarchist spaces within Portland have established with extensive intentions and for better or worse, evolved into primarily functioning with a specific purpose  such as an all-ages venue or a free store. While we believe these things to be important, even essential, we are focusing on maintaining our collective and space to be flexible, transparent and intend on  having a multi-purpose space in North or Northeast Portland. We will be under the umbrella of a local non-profit which will allow us to regularly apply for grants to maintain our financial stability and offer an updated, extensive lending library, which will include fresh, revolving literature for sale. We intend to offer more than just free use of computers, we will focus our financial resources on purchasing equipment that can be used for various projects. As well, depending on our neighborhood we will focus on addressing the needs of our immediate community and this will, in some ways, shape how we function and operate. This practice has been admirably used by the Red and Black Cafe, wherein they have purposed themselves as more than just a cafe, but also as an all ages venue as well as a safer place for the houseless population within their neighborhood. Our hope is to present our space as it reflects our politics, but also as an inclusive place where people of all backgrounds and identities can feel comfortable, safe and engaged.

Your donations are essential in securing a physical space, which will include at least six months rent to ensure stability, as well as start-up costs such as paint and bookshelves, initial stock (zines, books, etc) as well as resources like computers, a projector, industrial coffee maker, and other art supplies and equipment.

About the collective:

From 1895-1807, The Firebrand existed as an anarchist newspaper started by a family of farmers in Portland, Oregon. Along with serving as a radical hub of the West Coast they promoted civil disobedience, free love and women’s rights. As the newly formed Firebrand Collective we hope to pay homage to our political ancestors and keep the candles lit with our passion for freedom, equality, art and education.

The Firebrand Collective is working on opening a radical hub in North or Northeast Portland. The space is intended to serve as an inclusive social and political multi-use center, available for people living in the city to utilize for their projects and needs. This will also function as an archival library for music, radical literature, and information about resources in the city.

In addition to being a physical location for groups to meet and for access to information, this new radical hub will also be an all-ages music venue, event space, and social center. The Firebrand Collective strives to maintain a political atmosphere that stands in opposition to capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression and hierarchy. The Firebrand Collective aims to create a space that meets the needs of our community while also focusing on the needs of those most affected by systemic violence.

Your donations are essential in securing a physical space, which will include at least six months rent to ensure stability, as well as start-up costs such as paint and bookshelves, initial stock (zines, books, etc) as well as resources like computers, a projector, industrial coffee maker, and other art supplies and equipment.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE:

http://www.freefunder.com/campaign/Help-Us-Open-Portlands-Only-Infoshop/

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a sect first established here in 1937, overseas in 1889.

I had come to ask the director about Ebola but he said that it was radicalism that was on his mind. Though it has hardly entered the country, he said what he most fears is the influx of radical extremists into West Africa. “This isn’t my religion,” he said.

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Conversations in #BlackFreedomStudies: “#MalcolmX & #BlackRadicalWomen”
50th Anniversary of the Assassination of #MalcolmX
Presented by the schomburgcenter
Thursday, February 5 | 6PM
Schomburg Center | 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 
Admission: FREE 
To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/conversations-in-black-freedom-studies-50th-anniversary-of-the-assassination-of-malcolm-x-malcolm-x-tickets-15182803173?

Malcolm X was assassinated 50 years ago in February 1965. Women such as Betty Shabazz, Queen Mother Moore, Vicki Garvin, Yuri Kochiyama, Mae Mallory, Abbey Lincoln, Maya Angelou and Gloria Richardson were among the first and foremost to establish February as a month to remember Malcolm X’s sacrifices for Black Liberation and had been key to Malcolm X’s developing political vision before he was killed. However, in those fifty years, scholars have habitually neglected the role that such women played in drafting blueprints for the Black Power Generation.Please join Gloria Richardson, Rosemary Mealy and Komozi Woodard in an important discussion of that central yet neglected role that women played in the radicalization of Malcolm X. 

 Books for the Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series are available for purchase in the Schomburg Shop! Visit us and read up in advance!Like Schomburg Education on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @SchomburgEd & visit our new website www.blackfreedomstudies.org

Conversations on Self Determination: Funk and Jazz

Saturday, October 4, 3:30PM

Weeksville Heritage Center [158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY]

Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center in collaboration with the Schomburg Center presents Conversations on Self Determination, a series to compliment Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn.

Explore music as a soundtrack for social justice. Leading contemporary Brooklyn artists reflect on their art while revisiting the anthems that fortified and consoled the African-American-led struggle for desegregation and equal rights.

For more information and to register, click here.

The problem is not to recover our “lost” identity, to free our imprisoned nature, our deepest truth; but instead, the problem is to move towards something radically Other. The center, then, seems still to be found in Marx’s phrase: man produces man … For me, what must be produced is not man identical to himself, exactly as nature would have designed him or according to his essence; on the contrary, we must produce something that doesn’t yet exist and about which we cannot know how and what it will be
—  Michel Foucault, Remarks on Marx
Portland Has Erupted in Permanent Resistance To Trump

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As each state came in on election maps, a sense of panic flew through many parts of the country. Hillary Clinton made up the mildly liberal side of the same capitalist coin of party politics, one that those of us with an anti-capitalist and anti-state analysis would not be scared into supporting.   This did not mean, however, that Trump’s shocking victory and the events that followed did not ignite a rage to defend our community against the rise of a fascist movement.

In Portland, hundreds of people descended into the streets on Tuesday, November 8th, heading into the early hours of the next day as the anger only swelled as we could finally see the results in three dimensions. Portland has always been a center of radical organizing, one where the police have been known to play on antagonisms as the pressure and anger are about to boil over. Nicknamed “Little Beirut” by George H. W. Bush, Portland and its surrounding areas have been critical in the radical environmental movement, the mobilization against the Bush wars, and a host of other social movements intersecting with an analysis about oppression and capitalism. It was no wonder that it would stand out as cities across the country erupted in mass mobilizations, showing the President Elect that they would set this country ablaze before they would let him institute registrations and deportations.

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November 9th saw well over two-thousand people go into the streets, overwhelming city blocks and bridges, and blocking the I-5 freeway in every direction. When the police chief was challenged on the protester take-over of the freeway he said there was nothing he could do.

“This size of a crowd is going to do what it wants for as long as it wants,” Chief of Police Simpson said. “There is no way to remove 2,000 people who don’t want to be moved. We’re asking for patience from people.”

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The following day doubled with 4,000 people overwhelming the city, blocking all transit through major roadways and syncing up the movement against Trump with the battle for fair workplaces, living wages, affordable housing, and the violence that people of color, trans people, women, queer people, and people of different body presentation face daily. It was here that some form of property destruction is alleged to have taken place, where police erroneously charged that the broken store and car windows amounted to $1 million in damage. Some protesters raised money for the businesses affected and did a cleanup, but despite this behavior that many organizers criticized they continued to build the movement. That night police began attacking protesters, using “dispersal” techniques like flash grenades in large crowds of people.

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For every day since then there have been events and mobilizations, from SEIU calling together organizers to develop a strategy to student contingents leaving public schools and taking to the streets. Over the last several days, Portland’s Resistance, a new organization involved in many of these actions, have led student protests around the city, and have begun to see repression from local police. On November 21st, several members were plucked out of the crowd by police and arrested after doing nothing more than joining a peaceful march. They are now contesting their charges with the support of the ACLU. Several other protesters have been arrested with serious charges pending for inflated charges related to property destruction on the third night of mobilizations. The Police used Twitter and social media to distribute photos of protesters they believed were involved in property destruction, sending detectives to harass friends and family in a desperate attempt to make examples of dissidents.

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The media focused on the property destruction with incredible might, as well as whether or not some of the several dozen arrested protesters had voted or not. This was a point picked up by white supremacist news outlets like Breitbart, which shows exactly what this type of messaging results in. It also ignored the fact that this was one of the biggest series of actions in the state’s history, one that united people in ways we have only dreamed of. There was anger here, but it was anger that was being put into action.

We are now more than two weeks past Trump’s victory and we are seeing with our own eyes as he appoints open nationalists like Steve Bannon and racists such as Jeff Sessions to his administration. There is every reason to believe that he is going to make good on his promises to target immigrants and Muslims, leftists and labor leaders, journalists and the most marginalized. When a fascist movement takes power then the opposition needs to be just as fierce, especially as his election has helped to fuel hundreds of racist attacks and could threaten the safety of the people in our community.

It has been two weeks of taking to our city, and it will not stop now. On January 20th we will join every major city in America, especially those in Washington D.C., to make Trump’s inauguration day one of the largest mobilizations in history. If Trump wants to threaten our communities, dismantle our rights, and attack our hearts, he won’t do it without a fucking fight.  Black Rose joins with all of these groups to continue the mobilizations, but also to do the ongoing organizing work that is going to build social movements that have the capacity to go after Trump and the rest of the ruling class infrastructure he intends to make the enemy of working people.

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Supreme Court rules against women. Join the dissent.

Moments ago, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that will take birth control out of the hands of women who need it. Their decision gives employers the power to deny women the new birth control benefits of the Affordable Care Act — allowing bosses to force their personal beliefs on employees.

This comes just days after another blow to women’s health and rights. A Supreme Court ruling Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law requiring protestors to stand at least 35 feet away from health centers, giving radical anti-women’s health activists a green light to stand between patients and their doctors.

It is unbelievable that in 2014 we are still fighting about women’s access to basic health care like birth control. If you agree — say so. Just click here now to add your name to the dissent.

The five justices who ruled against women today are out of step with most Americans — the public overwhelmingly supports the birth control benefit by a nearly two-to-one margin. Justice Ginsburg spoke for us in her powerful dissent when she said, “[The court’s decision] would deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage.”

I know how I feel. I’m with Justice Ginsburg. I hope you are too — Join our dissent.

Today’s outrageous ruling could have real consequences for women nationwide. That’s what’s at stake: people’s right to make their own health care decisions. The fight didn’t end with today’s ruling — just click here now to add your name.

Thank you for standing with us — today and always.

Sincerely,

Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Gabriel. Filipinx-American. Genderfluid (she/he/they).

It’s been a year of questioning my gender, reading literature and following blogs centered around radical gender and race politics (like this one). My journey has led me to acknowledge that I partly lived and live my life, and identify, as a woman. I can finally affirm I do not wholly identify with the gender I was assigned at birth. And more importantly I am in part a proud woman!

I find if important to share my story, as women take shape in all kinds of bodies, and I am valid! Now that I’m here, I’m struggling to determine to whom I should come out. While I feel that greater visibility of my gender to those around me may benefit women and nonbinary folks as a whole, as well as help me present more transparently and be true to myself, I fear that most people may not understand and I can alienate myself or even endanger myself. I also fear that other women and nonbinary folks will not accept me because I am amab and present as masculine. Perhaps sharing this today is a step in the right direction.

That aside, it is an incredible feeling to define my own gender for myself. I feel new in my own skin. I feel myself changing shape from within. I feel beautiful. Much love to you all.

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Concept Icons: 1954 Ford FX Atmos
The futuristic Ford FX-Atmos caused a stir at the 1954 Chicago Auto Show. According to the vice-president of Ford, its purpose was to “represent one of the many avenues which styling could take into the future” The vehicle contained various gadgets associated with aeronautics, such as a panoramic cabin, ailerons in the back and two frontal sharp tips, able to scare any pedestrian!

Car Culture, by Basham Ughetti Rambali

Dream cars from the early 1950s borrowed heavily from jet aircraft styling, like the futuristic Ford FX-Atmos. Appearing at the 1954 Chicago Auto Show, the FX-Atmos featured a glass dome roof, tail fins, rocket exhaust taillights and needle-like radio antennae protruding from front fender pods. The radical cockpit had a center-mounted driver’s seat and 2-passenger rear seats. Dual handgrips replaced the normal steering wheel and the dash-mounted “Roadarscope” radar screen provided highway information.
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Boston Islamic Center's Imam apologizes...for speaking ill of ISIS and al Qaeda

This would be the same Imam who taught at both the Boston Bombers’ and the Oklahoma Beheader’s mosques.  He writes on the website for the Boston Islamic Center an apology for speaking ill of ISIS and al Qaeda.

from Suhaib Webb:

“Accountability is a lighthouse when the fog of life sets in.” These days are hard. From Gaza, Ferguson and ISIS, it is difficult to have insight into where the world is today. That question is important. But of more importance is asking where it is now. After all, the answer to that question, is the answer to the first one. However, there are times when the fog of the future blinds us from seeing the demands of today.

I woke up the other day and decided to skim through my body of work over the last few years. Boy was I surprised at some of my posts and talks – the tone and the demonization of others – I compared ISIS to Ebola.

While I don’t agree with ISIS, al-Qāida, certain progressives and others, I ‘ve decided to apologize to anyone that I have spoken ill towards or demonized. I ask Allah to forgive me and to guide me to observe better character in the future. I asked myself, “Suhaib did you forget the 49th chapter of the Qur’an, Surah al-Hujurāt?”

Moving forward, I promise myself to address ideas instead of people, to be critical of thoughts instead of personalities and commit to ethics as best I can. That will create a better climate to unpack and examine current trends in our community, but ensure that I recognize other’s humanity and worth. Sometimes, I find myself forgetting humility, blinded by my own shine.  Please, Allah, forgive me and raise me by making me humble! 

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This is why it’s difficult to take it seriously when anybody says that Islam is  "religion of peace.“  Here we have an Imam, who is now connected to TWO terrorist attacks in the United States, and instead of coming out and saying that ISIS and al Qaeda are barbarians and that people who would emulate it here are dogs, he apologizes for criticizing them.  

Where are the peaceful Muslims who supposedly make up the majority?  Why aren’t they speaking out with an overwhelming and powerful voice against ISIS, al Qaeda, Hamas, and American Muslim terrorists?  Where are their mass protests in the streets against the taking of innocent life?  

Paris Is Burning

The film Paris is Burning explores “ the community of New York’s minority drag queens, gay black and Latino men who cross dress as women and invent the dance style of voguing, imitating the fashion poses on the covers of the magazine Vogue.”  The movie successfully communicates the sense of family provided by each of the houses.  The names displayed on the sweatshirt are the names of the houses featured in the film.

10% from the sale of each shirt will be donated to the Lava Space a center for radical media and organizing in Philadelphia.

www.philadelphiaprintworks.com

http://ramshackleglory.bandcamp.com/album/live-the-dream

I saw Ramshackle Glory play as Pat the Bunny in the spring of 2011 at the Dry River Radical Resource Center in Dunbar Spring, Tucson, where I believe all the band members at the time were in the collective that ran the Infoshop.

I had no idea who Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains or the Wingnut Dishwashers Union were, I just thought Pat was a nice guy and figured I might as well go.  I ended up seeming that fall there again and in early 2013 at the Boxing Gym in Barrio Anita, Tucson with Blackbird Raum. 

When I was squatting in Tucson, the comrade who cracked open the house had played bass on tour one or two times with Ramshackle Glory, and she told me Pat has a new recording posted online as Pat the Bunny, but I thought I’d revisit this one first since I dug it so much and it has been a while since I’ve listened to it.