19
Jan 11

Sacred/Disposable Life

Quote via my friend Craig. Quick remix of Crystal Palace image from Toronto of the 1870s.

Sorry I just started a new job, hope to be blogging more regularly soon.


08
Aug 10

Art and Resistance

On Friday’s edition of No One Is Illegal – Toronto Radio we spoke with Sheila Hewlett about art and social movements, including the recently organized day of creative actions against Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney in Toronto.

Among many other things, Sheila designed our radio show logo.

People vs. Kenney (Toronto) video:

Featuring:
“Shapeshifters” Invincible

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrIhD4gHrIM

On my way out of the radio station, I spotted this stencil on Gould St. near Yonge.


31
Jul 10

La Haine

La Haine (1995) [Hate]. Dope film. You can see it on YouTube.


20
Jul 10

Evoke

Artist Uknown. Unfinished. Cecil and Spadina, next to Sonic Cafe.

Evokes memories of G20 for me, but not sure when this was put up, or what the artist intended (especially with the polar bear).

Nearby on the other side of Spadina there is this “Canada Spent a Billion Dollars on the G20 Summit and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt” paste-up. Unfortunately it has now been defaced.

Image: charmgirl13

And not far away in Kensington Market, a wall was put up for people to share their G20 stories.

Image: Martin Reis, who has a great set of G20 Signs & Posters & Stories here

For words, I highly recommend this personal blog: Of Hope and Rage. And especially for those who weren’t present:
“The G20 in Toronto: An open letter to family and friends who weren’t there”.

Riot Harper from Posterchild’s Blade Diary, which reminded me of Ray Noland (aka CRO)’s Daley Riot:

When events like these go down, it’s great to see people take to the streets and for art to form a part of that response.

Image: Sheila Hewlett

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress” Frederick Douglass


13
Jul 10

Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) and Reverberations

Harvey Pekar. Underground comic book legend. I hardly knew him. Read his book on Students for a Democratic Society last year. I was surprised when I heard the news and initially got distracted by his feud with David Letterman. Amazing to see him cut through the veneer of network television by just being himself, insulting Letterman and the practices of network owner General Electric. Later, I dug a little deeper and went back to some scans I made from the SDS book. With G20 still on my mind, these panels spoke to me.

From Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History (2008). Written (mostly) by Harvey Pekar, Art (mostly) by Gary Dumm, Edited by Paul Buhle.

No, I don’t think it’s the “same thing”, but there are definitely connections to be made between what happened during the G20 and what happens everyday in poor, racialized communities in Toronto. Police being instruments of repression and violence is not new. They were doing their jobs. And it’s the same police officers. The same officers on the beat in communities like Jane-Finch, the same officers who are responsible for the death of 18-year-old Junior Manon, who said that Junior was not murdered, who insisted that he suffered a heart attack.

So with that said, much respect goes out to Nomanzland and community groups in Jane-Finch for making the connections. It was at their arts hub opening on June 29 where the Mayor made his first (and only partial) apology for the abuse that people experienced during the G20. This was because he was confronted by the reality of people’s experiences and made to face the truth. More people need to face this truth, not just about what happened during the G20 but about the daily reality and effects of policing.