Thursday, 19 October 2017
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
"Justice in the hands of the unjust" 26 x 19.5 in. mixed media on paper. Justice in America has become an oxymoron. The so-called "War on Poverty" is no longer a social issue to address and correct the root causes of poverty, but a war on the victims of poverty themselves. Where was Eric Garner's justice? Pulitzer prize winning journalist Chris Hedges writes the following: "The Mirage of Justice"January 18, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – “Truth Dig” – If you are poor, you will almost never go to trial—instead you will be forced to accept a plea deal offered by government prosecutors. If you are poor, the word of the police, who are not averse to fabricating or tampering with evidence, manipulating witnesses and planting guns or drugs, will be accepted in a courtroom as if it was the word of God. If you are poor, and especially if you are of color, almost anyone who can verify your innocence will have a police record of some kind and thereby will be invalidated as a witness. If you are poor, you will be railroaded in assembly-line production from a town or city where there are no jobs through the police stations, county jails and courts directly into prison. And if you are poor, because you don’t have money for adequate legal defense, you will serve sentences that are decades longer than those for equivalent crimes anywhere else in the industrialized world. If you are a poor person of color in America you understand this with a visceral fear. You have no chance. Being poor has become a crime. And this makes mass incarceration the most pressing civil rights issue of our era.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Monday, 8 May 2017
"Retirement" antique rocking chair with nails
I could not help thinking of Dimitris Christoulas while working on this piece. Mr Christoulas was an elderly Greek citizen who took his own life in front of the parliment building due to austerity measures taken by the Greek government which slashed his pension. In part of his suicide note he says, "I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance". Americans are now forced to work well into their "golden years" while the U.S. government spends 640 BILLION dollars on defense in a fiscal year and so far has spent 5 TRILLION dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan!! Very soon there will be no such thing as retirement. Makes me want to scream.
Limited edition baseball bats. Signed and numbered
It wasn't until a medical team witnessed a brutal beating away from security cameras on a black juvenile inmate at Rikers Island Prison that systemic brutality and sadism was brought to light and reported in the New York Times. The beating was so bad blood splattered the walls and ceiling. As usual, none of the guards were charged with a crime.