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Manifest: Justice is here!

REMINDER: Be sure to check out the Manifest: Justice pop-up exhibit! It’s only running for 10 days and there’s a lot to see from a lot of talented artists!

From the organizers:

MANIFEST:JUSTICE is a creative response and community convening surrounding the conversations happening around dinner tables nation wide – conversations about race, justice, bias, representation, safety/security and systematic disenfranchisement.

Over the 10 days our 16,000 sq foot pop-up exhibition is open, we will convene over 30 events/programs including a Congressional Forum (as in CSPAN), Roger G. Smith performing his one man play “Rodney King”, an interview with Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin’s mother) and a Prop 47 record change day (people will come in with felonies and leave without them.) And thats just the tip of the iceberg. The full calendar of events is available HERE!

Open to the public May 2 – 10.

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Pratt Institute x Honorary doctorate

In high school I told my dad I would pursue being an artist because I could never be like him and be a doctor. Well, it turns out only part of that was true since Pratt Institute has deemed me worthy of an honorary doctorate. I’m incredibly honored because Pratt is one of the most prestigious art schools in the world and I have friends like street artist Swoon, designer and illustrator Eric Elms, and heroes like Daniel Clowes and Stefan Sagmeister who attended the school. I’m also honored to be in the company of other amazing honorary degree recipients like punk poet Patti Smith and provocateur Ai Weiwei. I’ll have to think of some meaningful ways to express my artistic philosophy and gratitude for an honor of this magnitude. -Shepard

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Cornel West facing attacks on free speech

Cornel West has been facing attacks recently, including an attempt to block him from speaking at UCLA, because of his criticism of Israel’s policies in Palestine. I stand with Cornel West. I support his right to call out human rights violations and injustice by the Israeli military in Palestine, just as I support anyone’s right to call out injustice on the part of militant groups or the U.S. government. Injustice is injustice, no matter how it is packaged and I admire Cornel West’s courage to pursue justice regardless of the backlash he will endure. I have spent time with Dr. West and even in more candid moments he is outspoken in his quest to shield the powerless from the transgressions of the powerful. His compassion is not biased based on religion, culture or race, which may be the reason those who are usually shielded from criticism take offense at his commentary. We live in a society that claims to protect and value free speech and rigorous discourse. Let’s encourage, not punish, the voices who have the courage to stand up for an idea that may be unwelcome by some… progress has always been catalyzed by such voices.

-Shepard

Click HERE to read a recent LA Times article on the situation at UCLA

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Stop Police brutality / free ACLU mobile justice App!

Empower yourself and help fight police brutality. Download the FREE Mobile Justice app courtesy of ACLU of California​!

As someone who’s had to deal with police brutality, I’m all for this initiative. I think that police oversight is very important because even though I think most police are doing the best they can at a challenging job the people who are abusive need to be held accountable and weeded out. – Shepard

Empowered by the ACLU of California, MOBILE JUSTICE CA is a free mobile application available on Android and iOS!

Communities across the U.S. continue to suffer from over-policing, racial profiling and excessive use of force. MOBILE JUSTICE CA app will be one way we can put a check on law enforcement misconduct. With this app you can:

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Rebel Music Season 2 Premiere!

I am honored to the be an Executive Producer on MTV’s Rebel Music series. Season 2 premieres TODAY on MTV at 3pm EST and kick’s off with the struggle artists face in Turkey. Check out the full episode of the premiere below!

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Earth day Follow Up

Wow!… an amazing result of my Earth Day post about Naomi Klein’s book “This Changes Everything”, is that she emailed me a nice note with a “This Changes Everything” video link. It’s great, so please watch the video AND read the book. Thanks for caring.

-Shepard

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Subliminal Projects: Surface Recap!

The opening at Subliminal Projects last Saturday, for Søren Solkær’s SURFACE project, was a blast! It was great to see old friends and such a unique portrayal of graffiti artists from around the world all under one roof. Surface runs until May 23rd. Check out these pictures from the opening below and get more details HERE!

All photos by Sam Graham

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Why Elizabeth Warren Needs to Run for President

Lawrence Lessig has been a friend and inspiration for several years. I read his book “Remix” and I was fascinated to read his case for cultural richness and evolution based on creative exception to copyright and Fair Use. Lessig argues that the evolving legal interpretation of copyright to favor corporate interests is an unfortunate by-product of current campaign finance structure or what Lessig calls “legal corruption.” Of course, legalized corruption is the source of many problems including lack of pollution regulations and financial industry oversight. Check out Lessig’s powerful presentation on “legal corruption.” I think Elizabeth Warren is a crusader for justice and I absolutely understand why Lessig would back her, but this talk is worth watching regardless of who you back for president.

-Shepard

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Mysterious death of Freddie Gray / police brutality

If you’ve been following what is going on in Baltimore, you know that there have been protests and unrest in response to Freddie Gray’s mysterious death as a result of his arrest by police that left his voice box crushed and 80% of his spine severed. Some people want to focus on poor behavior by protesters and broken windows instead of the systemic issues with the police and economic injustice. The son of the owner of the Baltimore Orioles and COO of the organization made a courageous statement looking at the root causes of the unrest. Like him, I’m a firm believer in non-violence, but he makes great points about the sources of struggle and frustration in Baltimore and other cities across America.

-Shepard

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Interpolation 7″

We just completed the LA version of the Interpol collaboration in Echo Park. It’s great timing since, like many of you, I just saw them at Coachella. This is the 7-inch that we worked on together for Record Store Day.  We are selling 150 of the 7-inches on April 28 so if you didn’t find it in a shop, check our website. Thanks as always for caring!  -Shepard

SOLD OUT / THANK YOU!

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