By Yazan al-Saadi, Al-Akhbar
In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Beirut witnessed one of the largest protests in recent memory, calling on the Lebanese parliament to pass a law protecting women from domestic violence. Beyond highlighting the latter, the demonstration suggests a growing desire by Lebanese citizens for a political and social system that truly represents their voices and protects their basic rights.
At least four thousand people, composed of men and women of different ages, backgrounds, and creeds, answered the call. It was one of the largest demonstrations seen in the capital in the past few years, overshadowing last year’s International Women’s Day march by a landslide.
Photo: The mother of Roula Yacoub, a victim of domestic violence, holds a portrait of her deceased daughter during a rally on “International Women’s Day” on March 8, 2014 in front of the National Museum in Beirut, Lebanon.
Marina Guerrero lives in a rural town in the Costa Chica, a sliver of Mexico’s Pacific Coast that is home to the highest concentrations of African descendants in Mexico today. She makes ends meet selling pizza from her home, but her true vocation is the arts. Her musical and visual works deal with unpacking blackness in Mexico in all its complexity, from songs dealing with discrimination, to stunning paintings depicting black life on the coast.
The SB 2681, “Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act " was requested by conservative Republican Governor Phil Bryant, and approved 48-0 by the Mississippi Senate.
Like similar bills in Kansas and Arizona, this bill essentially legalizes segregation and discrimination on the basis of religion. It would allow businesses to deny goods or services to any LGBTQ people and any other person they decide their religious beliefs do not approve of.
SB 2681, Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, would require that “state action shall not burden a person’s right to the exercise of religion” by compelling “any action contrary to a person’s exercise of religion.” The bill defines “exercise of religion” to mean “the ability to act in a manner that is substantially motivated by one’s sincerely held religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.”
This means that a business could legally discriminate against LGBTQ people if it claims that such discrimination is motivated by their “sincerely held religious belief.” This bill legitimizes discrimination and segregation in Mississippi state law.
SB 2681, passed the state Senate with 48 yes-votes, zero no-votes, (4 senators absent: Brown, Clark, McDaniel, and Sojourner), and will now go up for a vote in the House. If passed, it would go into effect July 1, 2014.
The bill would also amend the state seal to include God We Trust.”
I’m asking everyone on Tumblr to sign this. The petition still needs over 1,000 signatures as well and I know it can be done. As well as signing the petition, please share this graphic on Tumblr and any other social media. If you live in the state, please contact the reps and urge them to say no. Lets not let the house win this.
And then there is that cat who took a family and their dog hostage.
Let Dr. Seuss explain these stories, kids.
As an American, I want to acknowledge the complicated relationship that western countries have with the Middle East. The western gaze on the Middle East and on Islam is toxic. Our involvement, especially American involvement, has created an environment of hate, unrest and distrust. I know that people who practice of the religion of Islam face discrimination in Western countries due to the overwhelming propaganda, misinformation, hate and fear about “terrorist”. I am featuring this artist not to promote any western ideal about the Middle East, Iran or Islam, but to showcase a Women of Color whose art directly speaks about her experiences in Iran during a monumental shift in religious and political ideologies.
Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian born French cartoonist, illustrator, film director and children’s book author. She is famous for her memoir, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. She was born in 1969 and grew up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. She was only ten when the world around her radically changed. During her childhood, her mother was fierce advocate for her education. Her mother enrolled her in French, German and art lesson so that she could make more of herself and live a better life that was currently rolling out in front of her.
Her memoir, Persepolis (2007) was made into a feature film which help rise her to fame, gain her a larger audience and shined light on her unique perspective. I think (and hope) that we’ve all seen this still from the film.
She is strong willed and has a defiant personality as we can all see here. Marjane Satrapi is a fierce, brave and open person about her experiences that many of us wouldn’t even know how to comprehend. One of her biggest influences was based on Art Spiegelman’s Mausm, which is a graphic novel based on the holocaust. Her graphic novels and films gives us a window into her childhood and world. She is currently living in Paris, France. She has directed other films Chicken with Plums (2011) and The Gang of the Jotas (2012)
List of english works:
- “Persepolis" The Story of a Childhood (2003), New York: Pantheon Books, ISBN 978-0-375-42230-0
- “Persepolis" The Story of a Return v2, (2004), New York: Pantheon Books, ISBN 978-0-375-42288-1
- “Persepolis" The Complete Persepolis (2007), New York: Pantheon Books, ISBN 978-0-375-71483-2
- Embroideries (2005, Pantheon ISBN 978-0-375-42305-5)
- Chicken with Plums (2006), New York: Pantheon Books, ISBN 978-0-375-42415-1
- Monsters Are Afraid of the Moon (2006, Bloomsbury, ISBN 1-58234-744-1)
- The Sigh (2011, Archaia)
Her editorial work for the NYtimes.
I havent read the second book, or seen the movie, but i adore the first one. Its a great read with beautiful art and is very engaging!
American Civil War recruitment poster for the North (1863-64?)
GRAFFITI GIF, by cheko.
Some more character sheets whoa. I may go back and add some more finishing touches (like maybe adding black placement on the line art sketch and rewording some bio things), but right now I’ve got two-three more sheets left to do before going back to work on Thursday, then having to finish some sketches and storyboards and placing things in photoshop before finding a printer and mailing aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah enough talk it’s sleepy time OTL