People All Over Italy Are Angry At Their Government
Italians aren’t particularly happy with their government at the moment. The “Pitchfork” movement, which started as a group of Sicilian farmers pushing for government reforms, has morphed into something a lot bigger: small businessmen, truckers, low-paid workers, students, members of the far right, and the unemployed from all over the country taking to the streets to shout about how awful everything is.
Besides the dissolution of the Italian government, some kind of anti-EU sentiment and the lowering of taxes for small businesses, the exact aims of the movement aren’t entirely clear. But that never stopped Occupy. And much like Occupy, Pitchfork protests aren’t confined to one specific area; on Monday, demonstrations against the government and the austerity they’ve imposed on their public took place all over the country. However, it was in Turin, northern Italy where things really kicked off (and where the photos in the gallery above were taken).
Grammy Award-winning singer Esperanza Spalding has a new video out called “We Are America,” wherein she urges Congress to close GITMO. In an interview with the ACLU, she credited the recent Guantanamo Bay inmate hunger strikes as a moment that inspired her to use her platform to make a political statement.
What motivated you to start this whole project to begin with, what was the spark?
It was the first time I heard about the hunger strike. I was touring in Europe, and I was appalled and embarrassed about what was happening. I remember I started researching online to see what I could do about, it and I saw that I could download this action pack. With that, you had some important info to use to call your representative. And I did, I did call my representative and Senators. In fact, I got a letter back from one Senator who basically said that she was not going to proactively deal with it but that they would ‘keep my comments in mind’ or something like that. But I really wanted to do more. And my band actually came to me first and said they wanted to do something too.
Earlier this year, rapper Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) released a video that brought attention to the practice of force-feeding inmates who had gone on hunger strike.
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Police Tried and Failed to Clear Kiev’s Independence Square
Following Sunday’s massive rally in Kiev’s Independence Square, the pro-EU, anti-Russia protesters were bracing for a police crackdown. At lunchtime on Monday, that looked likely—there were alerts that the cops had surrounded the square and were about to strike.
However, it wasn’t immediately as bad as all that. The police didn’t stop anyone wandering through their barricades, and volunteers actually positioned themselves in front of the police to block any potential provocateurs who might have been looking to start trouble. Priests in long black robes also stood at the entrances in an attempt to diffuse the tension.
"Today will be decisive," declared a speaker on the stage, as opposition leaders urged those Ukrainians who are unhappy at their government’s reluctance to move towards full EU membership to flock to the Maidan (the common name for the square).
Here’s the print-on-demand zines I’ve got for sale (left to right, top to bottom)
APEZILLA DOUBLE DIGEST - 5.5x8.5” B+W 84 pages
APEZILLA 3 - 6x9” B+W 42 pages
PLANET OF THE APEZX - 8.5x11” B+W 32 pages
Pixel Smut 1 - 6x9” B+W 20 pages
Crystal Structures - 6x9” Full-color 32 pages
This Guy - 6x9” Full-color 10 pages
TV ONE - 6x9” Full-color 32 pages
TV2 - 6x9” Full-color 40 pages
You can also get free PDF versions of most of them. And there’s usually some coupons over here: http://www.lulu.com/promos/current-specials
These are all awesome, I really like the TV ONE and 2 zines! Also, copies of APEZILLA 3 are available at Floating World Comics in Portland
Thanks! That’s right! Floating World Comics in Portland! Someone I know even noticed them there and sent me a picture.
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Skeleton - Vincent van Gogh
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