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Who’s behind the Super PACs?

Here’s the latest from ROOTSTRIKERS.org:

Our second infographic in the Capital series explains why Super PACs (Political Action Committee) are super powerful this presidential election, and tells you who really holds that power—just 26 individuals.

Some of their names have appeared here and there in the news, but their collective identities tell a more impressive tale. What do all of these people have in common? While a large pocket of Romney supporters seem to be financial tycoons, and another subset of Obama supporters are Hollywood elite, altogether what unites these folks is their wealth—and the shared belief that it can win an election.    How?

By pumping money into Super PACs, who then churn out prime time smear campaigns. You’ve likely seen or heard of those ads about Romney and Obama paid for by “Americans for American Happiness”or something equally as benign and meaningless. Those ads are really by Super PACs, and their real message is that a few rich people are trying to change the course of public elections for their own interests.

We know that what wins an election is votes, not dollars, so we’re asking you to help us expose those ads. Send us your favorite Super PAC ad, and we’ll bust it.

We’re telling you who’s bankrolling the major presidential Super PACs—now help us uncover how they’re trying to buy this election. Share a link to an ad as a comment, or email us at info@rootstrikers.org

— Szelena Gray
www.rootstrikers.org        Twitter

P.S. Have you signed the Anti Corruption Pledge yet?

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POST NEW BILLS

Creative Migration, a nonprofit organization that produces documentary films about art and activism, will present a preview screening of POST NEW BILLS August 16, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm at:

For Your Art, 6020 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

POST NEW BILLS is a film about Green Patriot Posters, a multimedia design campaign that challenges artists to deepen public understanding and ignite collective action in the fight against climate change. The film tells the story of its founders and contributors, innovators of social change, whose work has reached nearly 5 million people through print media, public space and digital culture. POST NEW BILLS is part of Project Green, an international sustainable filmmaking initiative.

The film features interviews with Shepard Fairey, DJ Spooky, Michael Bierut, Dmitri Siegel, The Canary Project and Mathilde Fallot. Their stories reveal that the most renewable resource we have is our imagination.

RSVP required: hilary@hilarywhite.com

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Dallas Video

Check out this cool video shot during Shepard’s trip to Dallas a few months ago.
Credit/Courtsey:
Justin Clemons  –  Director/Cinematographer   (www.justinclemons.com)
Matt Brundige  –  Editor   (bfmcreative.com)
Dustin Bailey  –  Motion Graplhics     (bfmcreative.com)

Love Is The Drug

The “Love Is The Drug” print was inspired by the Roxy Music song of the same name filtered through Orwell’s concept of Doublethink and my personal belief that people are often seduced by anger and power. Doublethink is a word coined by George Orwell in his novel 1984 that describes the act of simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in distinct social contexts. In the novel 1984 the Ministry of Love is actually concerned with hate, fear, and war. The Ministry of Love enforces loyalty and love of Big Brother through fear, a repressive apparatus, and brainwashing. The Ministry of Love, like the other ministries, is paradoxically named, since it is largely responsible for the practice and infliction of misery, fear, suffering, and torture. Fear is used to instill love of Big Brother. Orwell describes Doublethink as:

The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.
To add another dimension from my personal perspective, I think that people are drawn to conflict. In other words, decoding the Orwellian definition of “Love Is The Drug” would yield “Hate Is The Drug” or “War Is The Drug”. I named one of my art shows a few years ago “The Duality of Humanity” based on the human tendency to be both very kind and very cruel, even within the same person, not just different types of people. Ironically, the people seduced by anger and power are often those who feel fearful, powerless, and unloved. In my opinion, compassion and generosity are strength, not anger and power. In the U.S. our love for war(that phrase works conceptually here) means that the military is a massive industry sucking needed tax funds away from schools and infrastructure. I think we need to rethink where we put our love. I wrote extensively about the military industrial complex when I released “Imperial Glory” print. You can see what I wrote HERE.
Thanks for caring.
-Shepard

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The 8th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute

Linda Ramone and John Cafiero present the 8th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary located at 6000 Santa Monica blvd, Los Angeles, CA.   Gates open at 5:30 pm.  Admission $10.

For more details click HERE

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Honor the Treaties | The Film

Honor the Treaties is a documentary short directed by Eric Becker about photographer Aaron Huey’s work on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Charting his movement from journalist to advocate, the film details Aaron’s recent collaboration with artist Shepard Fairey.  Ultimately, the film questions outsider’s abilities to tell accurate stories about poverty, exploitation and history.  Aaron’s work on Pine Ridge appears as this month’s cover story in National Geographic magazine.  Check it out HERE.  Photography by Aaron Huey

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Black Book Gallery Show in Denver, CO

This is a painted mural the crew and I have almost completed in Denver at the CVA. Everyone has been super cool helping us out and I want to thank Blackbook Gallery and the CVA for organizing the wall. If you are in Denver come out to the art show at Blackbook on Fri. with Evan Hecox, Jim Houser, and me! Mural photo by Joseph Martinez

-Shepard Fairey

Black Book Gallery

555 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, Colorado 80204

303-941-2458

info@theblackbookgallery.com

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Shepard Fairey x Russell Brand X

Shepard is making a guest appearance on Brand X tonight. Make sure you tune in and watch the entertainment ensue!
Show airs This Thursday Aug 2nd 11:00 PM E/P on FX.

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Cleon Peterson, Will Power and End of Days Prints

My friend and co-worker has just released 2 prints published by another friend John Goff.  On top of being a great designer Cleon Peterson is an amazing artist and don’t let his dystopian imagery scare you.  He’s reality a nice guy and I assume he’s getting his issues out through his art.  Check it out and support my friend.

Thanks

– Shepard

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Shepard Fairey x Evan Hecox x Jim Houser

Black Book Gallery (Denver) Presents
FAIREY/HECOX/HOUSER

A group exhibition featuring amazing works by Shepard Fairey, Evan Hecox, and Jim Houser. Fairey will exhibit printed and edition works on wood and mix media collage. Fairey and Hecox will also be painting a murals while in Denver so stay tuned for photos of the work in progress.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, August 3rd 6pm-11pm
Artists will be in attendance//Free to the public

Black Book Gallery
555 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, Colorado 80204
theblackbookgallery.com

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