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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..


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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

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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.

For more info on Jim Muir and the benefit please visit www.jimmuirbenefit.com

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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

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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Clean Energy for America PDF Download

MoveOn.org, OBEY Giant, Netroots Nation invite you to a special party to commemorate the unveiling of a new outdoor installation by Shepard Fairey “Clean Energy for America” which is directly across from The Warhol Museum.

We are also releasing a PDF of this image so you can download and print the Clean Energy for America image Here.

ATTENTION: This Download is not to be reproduced for Sales Merchandise or For-Profit Materials.

Friday, August 14th, 2009

7pm – 10pm

117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890

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A multi-media boxed set limited to 1,000 numbered copies worldwide signed by Woodstock organiser Michael Lang and Arlo Guthrie. Featuring box cover design by Shepard Fairey and contributions from over 65 artists and musicians. Volume 1 presents 176 pages of stories illustrated with original artist correspondence, contracts, memos and maps from Michael Lang’s personal archive and behind-the-scenes photography, including the work of Woodstock’s official photographer, Henry Diltz. Volume 2 publishes the unseen photographs of Dan Garson the 17-year old who shot the entire festival on a press-pass from Michael Lang. Also included within every set is an authentic 1969 Woodstock ticket, a 7″-vinyl pressing, a Peter Max print, specially commissioned essays and a facsimile site map. Printed and hand-crafted in Milan, Italy.


To find out more or to order your copy visit: www.genesis-publications.com

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Suu Kyi Prison Sentence Extended

The corrupt military regime in Burma has extended Aung San Suuu Kyi’s detention past the 2010 election date. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace prize winner is the leader of the pro-democracy party and movement in Burma and she was democratically elected in 1990 but has never been allowed to take office. Read the LA Times article, and purchase a poster or download the image in her support. Thanks.


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Health Care Reform

I have been feeling a bit down because the debate about health care reform seems to be dominated by paranoid dim wits who swallowed medical insurance lobbyist’s misinformation. However, there are great organizations trying to counter the greed, fear, and stupidity. Please check out this email from Brave New Films. They make great documentaries and deserve our support. MoveOn.org is also doing important things. Please support grassroots efforts. Thanks.


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“Humanity” connotes empathy and good will toward fellow human beings. When I say sometimes I feel optimistic about the GOOD in humanity, yes, I am saying that I don’t think humanity frequently demonstrates much of its supposed inherent GOODness. I have been watching the town hall health care discussions disrupted by unhinged mobs. I have witnessed the intentional right wing dissemination of misinformation about health care reform. I thought this behavior was reserved for a minority of zealots and wing nuts. However, a cursory glance around the coverage of my Obama cover for Rolling Stone alerted me to how naive my assessment of the hatred and insanity quotient was. My Obama cover was not an endorsement or criticism… it posed a reasonable question. Some of the responses it conjured are terrifying. I did not fish for crazy comments on right wing websites. Many of the comments below are from places like the Rolling Stone site and the Huffington Post. My heart is in the pit of my stomach seeing the hateful, racist, fear based comments about Obama and health care reform that dominate the web. I try to find the good in people, and long after 9/11 I graded people on a curve for their poor behavior. Sadly, there is no excuse for the abundance of hatred currently on display. I implore sane people to read the comments below, which are the tip of the iceberg, and realize what we are up against if we want rational, thoughtful, humane behavior to prevail. Please stay focused and diligent in your efforts to restore “humanity” to a GOOD word. As a country we are better than this. Thanks for listening.


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