The folks at PopularReistance.org recently aided a collaborative effort to create a site showcasing activist art in a wide array of media: music, visual arts, puppets, poetry, animation, and more.  Perhaps sixty or seventy various themes are clickable toward the top of the home page.  Their ‘About’ page explains the project, but I admit I have concerns as to some of the material having been copyrighted, frankly. If one is serious about aiding an eventual better world through nonviolent revolution, why accept for profit material?  Yes, some artists say that some proceeds go to worthy causes, but still.  When I’d contacted Kevin Zeese about the fact that their webpage says at the bottom that ‘all Popular Resistance’ material is under copyright, he said they would fix it, and that I should consider it all as Creative Commons.  The copyright claim still exists.  When I attempted to contact them about the similar issue I have with the new site, my comment wouldn’t load, and I haven’t tried again since that day.  But, ‘About’:

‘Launched in February, 2014, Creative Resistance was started with the goal of promoting and supporting activist art. Creative Resistance is a place for artists to share their work and for everyone to be inspired.

Our home page is a Pinterest-style poster board providing a daily stream of activist art. You’ll see pictures of puppets, protest signs and other visual art, along with embedded videos of music and performance art. Our art groups page lists activist art groups around North America to help you connect and participate locally.

We also have a news blog where we report on current happenings within the activist art world. Our site is constantly expanding. If you have other ideas or you would like to get involved, please contact us.

And don’t forget to submit your own art as we are constantly adding new content. Come back often to see the latest posts, and to share, pin and tweet them. By doing so you are supporting the individual artists as well as the movement for social and political change!

Fair Use Notice: This website contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this website for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.’

I would assume that using any of the images at FDL would still require sending them o our Flickr photostreams first, but you may want to check with the mods about that.

There are a few new things since I last looked in, but I made a selection earlier to spotlight (as per Fair Use).  :)

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(‘American Legacy’ by Steve Fryburg)

What if you’d known (they’d all known), indeed.  Rovics recorded this in 2007.

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(‘Colonized Minds’ by Clyde Gaw)

 

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(‘Legacy’ by yuumei)

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(‘This is Indian Land’ by Lmnopi)

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(‘Adrift’ by Terry Wofford)

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(Black Panthers on the Cover of the Guardian, 1969)

 

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And ‘Viva la Sharing Spring!’:

‘As spring begins to bloom, the sharing economy movement is ramping up its activities with a series of events being planned in different cities and world regions. Pioneered by Shareable along with several partners – including OuiShare, the New Economy Coalition, the New American Dream, Peers, The People Who Share and others – many big sharing events will be hosted throughout the spring months from San Francisco to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Bristol in the UK. And come June 1st, these collaborative events will culminate in Global Sharing Day 2014 which will bring communities together to demonstrate the power of neighbourhood sharing, in everything from local skills swaps and street sharing jamborees to time banking, carpooling, community gardening and the collective purchasing of food or energy.’

A quiet revolution

Union leader Sara Horowitz calls the new economy built on sharing a “quiet revolution” that is being driven by millions of ordinary people who no longer want to prop up a faltering mainstream economy “with endless and thoughtless consumption”. In a growing rejection of the work-to-consume treadmill, she sees the sharing economy as a non-vocal and as yet non-politicised movement in which people naturally share their resources (time, money, material goods and services) as a way of “attacking the system by abdicating from it”. She argues that it’s being driven by people who are aware of the ecological, societal and financial impact of their actions, and who desire to reconnect with each other and build their own solutions to the many challenges we face – because governments and corporations that prioritise profit and short-term gains are clearly failing to meet everyone’s needs. Furthermore, it is a movement that implicitly understands how the earth’s natural resources are limited, and how the consumption-driven pathway pursued by governments is unsustainable in social and economic as well as ecological terms.’

 

Will have an American Spring this year?  Has the nation’s collective consciousness begun to rise as predicted, where love for our fellow humans and our planet is ascending exponentially as more of us suffer, and begin to intuitively understand that in cooperation, in concert, in million-part harmony…we can create a just and truly democratic world for all people?  Will we find our Collective Power?  We can hope that the flute beckons to more and more of us…

 

‘The flute of interior time is played whether we hear it or not.
What we mean by “love” is its sound coming in.
When love hits the farthest edge of excess, it reaches wisdom.
And the fragrance of the knowledge!
It penetrates our thick bodies,
it goes through walls.
Its network of notes has a structure as if a million suns were arranged inside.
The tune has truth in it.
Where else have you heard a sound like this?’

~  Kabir

This is an earlier diary I posted on ‘Art Under Oppression‘ with many great artworks depicted.

(cross-posted at Cafe-Babylon.net)