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Philip Lumbang’s Hug Life show

My friend Phil is having an art show this weekend and I will be DJing, Check it out. Also, The London Police and Dan Baldwin are doing a show at The Carmichael Gallery on Sept. 10. More info after the jump.
-Shepard

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Fired Up and Ready to Go?

My friend Glen E. Friedman wrote a great call to action directed at Barack Obama and health care reform. Glen and I discuss politics frequently and we see eye to eye on many issues, and have debated others. Above all, I respect Glen as a thoughtful person with powerful conviction. I agree with what Glen has written here, and I too am dismayed that the right has brainwashed many Americans into acting AGAINST their self interest and in FAVOR of corporate interests. Please take the time to read Glen’s post and realize that we need to stand up for people, not corporations. Thanks.

-Shepard

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Sick and Wrong by Matt Taibbi

There is a very thorough article about health care reform called “Sick and Wrong” written by Matt Taibbi in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Taibbi’s writing is always very insightful, but this article is especially timely considering the need for the public to understand the various dynamics of the health care reform debate. If you care at all about this issue please pick up the Rolling Stone issue 1086 with the Beatles on the cover or read this link. Thanks.
-Shepard

Below are are some video interviews where Matt explains his argument and discusses his article:

http://www.rollingstone.com/nationalaffairs/index.php/2009/08/19/matt-taibbi-on-health-care-reform-sick-and-wrong/#

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Senator Kennedy

Senator Ted Kennedy passed away the night before last and unfortunately did not live to see his greatest fight realized… healthcare for all. Kennedy was a constant champion of social causes and also the first powerful Senator to put his political capital on the line by endorsing, then underdog, Barack Obama. I never met Ted, but I have met many members of the Kennedy family and they are all passionately committed to social causes. Ironically, I was first compelled to pay attention to government policy and politics by punk group “The Dead Kennedys”, but I have been inspired to engage causes and take positive action by the living Kennedys. I’m sorry for their loss and even more sorry for our nation to lose one of its greatest advocates of healthcare and other social causes. Check what Obama had to say.
-Shepard

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El Che

My friend Ernesto Yerena did this awesome portrait of Che Guevara. He created an original mixed media painting and then made screen prints in 2 color ways based on the art. They look great in person.
-Shepard

Prints available at HechoConGanas.com at random time on August the 26th

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‘Truth’ vs. ‘facts’ from America’s media

One of the reasons I supported Obama is because he championed healthcare reform. It has been very difficult for me to lose optimism watching the deterioration of healthcare reform proceedings. The most frustrating thing about the healthcare reform discussion has not been the predictable attempts by the right wing to undermine Democrats or the insurance industry protecting its interest by spreading misinformation, but the media’s willingness to give airtime to things they know are untrue for the sake of drama and “entertainment” which yield ratings. You can expect this crap from Fox, but all the rest of media will have to take responsibility for the health issues of the uninsured if their “ratings vs. facts” approach dooms healthcare reform. Access to information is crucial for people to make informed decisions and those decisions should be based on truth, not fear. The media needs to be more responsible… the welfare of a large portion of the nation is at stake. I finally saw an editorial that addresses media responsibility, the elephant in the room. Please check it out and let media outlets know we deserve better..
-Shepard

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-gabler23-2009aug23,0,4834705.story

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Sea Shepherd 09

The Sea Shepherd organization’s mission is to protect the Oceans. I did a portrait of founder Paul Watson that will be available as a fine art piece and a screen printed poster. Try to make it to the benefit art show.

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

Paul Watson also appears in a fantastic documentary about the illegal slaughter of dolphins called “The Cove”. “The Cove” demonstrates the difficulty of untangling the corrupt relationship between corporate interests and government. Brave people with strong convictions risked a lot to capture the footage shot in Japan. The film has a great appeal in the drama of the mission and the sympathy we feel for the highly intelligent dolphins, but the abuses represented could apply to any number of situations where money and power subdue ethics. I went to the theater opening weekend to see it and there were not many people there. Movies like this are very important and need our support. Please check it out.  http://thecovemovie.com/ and http://www.seashepherdartshow.com
-Shepard

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Jim Muir Benefit

Jim Muir, legendary skateboarder, founder of Dogtown skateboards, and older brother of Mike Muir from Suicidal Tendencies, broke his neck surfing in spring “09. He suffered short term paralysis, but is recovering movement steadily. The injury has been a tremendous financial setback. There is an event Thursday night, 8/20, to benefit Jim.  In addition, photographer Glen E. Friedman and I will collaborate on a screen print of Jim to raise money for him.
-Shepard

For more info on Jim Muir and the benefit please visit www.jimmuirbenefit.com
http://www.fuel.tv/PoolSnob/blogs/view/56749

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Close Knit

I chose to illustrate this image of two girls knitting (in a Rush Arts program) because I think it really captures the idea that learning art in schools is about more than crayon drawings, it’s about creativity, something that transcends all class and race boundaries. I think the joy of making something is universal, and it’s an opportunity that every kid should have.
– Shepard

This print will go on sale on 8/20/09 at a random time and is $50 with proceeds going to the Rush Arts Charity. 18 x 24, Signed and Numbered Edition of 450.    SOLD OUT

Click here for more info on the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

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Weekend Pacifists at Subliminal Projects

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 / 8-11pm

WEEKEND PACIFISTS
New Works by Andy Jenkins, Mike Myers, Chris Pastras, Russ Pope, Michael Sieben

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 / 8-11pm
Exhibition Dates: August 22nd – September 19th, 2009

Weekend Pacifists, opening August 22nd at Subliminal Projects, showcases five artists whose lives and works have crisscrossed the skateboarding and lowbrow art worlds throughout the better part of the ’90s and ’00s. Collectively, their art is dotted with both whimsy and sociopolitics, not exactly the voice of a generation but mabe justa voice of a generation. Make that five voices, actually.

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