Translated by Aleksandra Žikić
Molim prave ekoteroriste da se jave
Deo naše borbe za oslobođenje i očuvanje našeg prebivališta, planete Zemlje, čini odbacivanje njihove laži, odbacivanje njihovih koncapta dobra i zla, odbacivanje njihove definicije onih koji odbijaju da se pokore.
Stephanie McMillan Stephanie McMillan je nagrađivana politički angažovana ilustratorka (Code Green, Minimum Security). Iza sebe ima pet knjiga, uključujući The Beginning of the American Fall: A Comics Journalist Inside the Occupy Wall Street Movement i The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad (novelu koju su ona i Derrick Jensen zajedno napisali). Takođe je i organizatorka unutar antikapitalističkog/anti-imperijalističkog kolektiva One Struggle.
Autorka: Stephanie McMillan
Prevod: Aleksandra Žikić
Nakon što je godinama bila u bekstvu, zbog optužbi za zaveru i višestruka dela podmetanja požara, Rebecca Rubin se predala američkim vlastima 29. novembra ujutru. Ona je optužena zbog toga što je višegodišnja pripadnica Fronta za oslobođenje Zemlje i Fronta za oslobođenje životinja, počev od sredine 90ih. FBI je obe ove grupe označio kao „terorističke grupe“, što je oznaka koja obično dovodi do oštre zatvorske kazne; ostalih desetoro optuženih koji su priznali krivicu za optužbe u vezi sa incidentom s kojim je i ona navodno bila povezana, osuđeno je na zatvorske kazne u rasponu od 3 do 13 godina.
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Stephanie McMillan at the RFK awards tonight
This totally slipped my mind tonight, and I’m sorry to have missed it. Apparently I appeared in a clip in a documentary about the awards too! (sigh) However, Steve Artley got a photograph of Stephanie McMillan the cartoon winner that he’s allowed me to post:
I got this shot of Stephanie holding her trophy at the RFK awards ceremony at the U.S. Institute of Peace tonight.
A review of “As the World Burns” in German, at Permakultur-Blog: http://permakultur-blog.de/bucher/die-welt-brennt
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“Fünfzig einfach Dinge die man tun kann um es weiter zu Verleugnen”, so der Untertitel des Buchs “As the world burns” von Derrick Jensen & Stepahnie McMillan. Es ist aber eben kein Ratgeber, wie dieser Untertitel vermuten lässt, sondern analysiert im Gegenteil Tipps um die Welt zu retten aus eben solchen Ratgebern. So rechnet eine der Hauptfiguren vor: Wenn ALLE Menschen die typischen Tipps befolgen würden (Energiesparlampen benutzen, Autoreifen immer aufpumpen, recyclen), würde das die CO2 Emmisionen nur um 21% senken.
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I received the RFK Journalism Award for editorial cartooning this year, for both Code Green and my comics journalism work (“The Beginning of the American Fall”, about the Occupy movement). (I was also named a finalist for this year’s Scripps Howard Award).
Here’s some press coverage about the RFK:
South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
STEPHANIE McMILLAN wins RFK Journalism Award for social-justice cartoons
By Michael Cavna
THE VERY REASON Stephanie McMillian is a cartoonist, she says, is because she is motivated by the propulsive goal and hope of social justice. Given that her focus resonates powerfully through her work, it seems a natural outcome that McMillan has now been recognized by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.
The center officially announced this week that McMillan was its winner in the Cartoon category — one of eight recipients of the RFK Journalism Awards. The RFK Book Award winner was also announced: University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Sikkink, who authored “The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics.”
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Thank you for any support you can provide!
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Batay Ouvriye, (Worker’s Struggle, www.batayouvriye.org), a labor movement in Haiti, is planning a series of activities to commemorate International Worker’s Day (May Day), 2012.
The objectives of these activities are to:
· Continue to build the workers federation known as May First Trade Union Federation/BO.
· Reinforce the combative capacity of the trade unions inside BO (so that members are better prepared to fight for worker’s interests).
· Plan a national meeting of all union delegates.
· Elect the new executive committee of the newly formed union SOTA/BO. (Sendika Ouvriye Tekstil ak Abiman, Creole for Textile and Clothing Workers’ Union).
· Organize a march on May Day in Port-au-Prince.
· Organize marches throughout Haiti of sweatshop factory workers, peasants, and agricultural workers.
To organize these series of events, urgent funding is needed and we ask for your financial support and solidarity. It is not easy for workers to organize themselves across great distances in a land which is constantly attacked by natural disasters, foreign intervention, and brutal regimes. The Haitian workers, who are constantly in danger of repression, ask for your help and support. Any contribution which you can make will benefit Haitian workers in their struggle to better their conditions. Thank you for your help!
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This is the text of the talk I gave at the Left Forum last weekend in NYC:
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Environmental destruction is the most urgent and immediate problem we face. If we don’t solve it, nothing else will matter. I would argue that it’s the principle contradiction of the current period. Through it, the common ruin of contending classes is becoming increasingly likely, but as the economic and ecological crises converge, the possibility of liberation and social transformation also opens up. But only if we organize to make that happen.
The problem is accelerating because of capital’s constant need to expand into new areas. They have entered a period of extreme extraction, on a scale never before seen: fracking, oil from tar sands and deep sea drilling, mountaintop removal. Because of the falling rate of profit, capitalism can never economically catch up with itself and must constantly break through its limits in a vain attempt to resolve its own inherent internal contradiction.
Feudalism and all forms of class society have had internal contradictions that drove them to expand. But capitalism has taken this to a new level, because instead of just requiring more resources to continue existing (to feed an expanding agrarian population, for example), it requires constant growth of production to expand for its own sake. The needs of the population aren’t the point, and commodities aren’t even the point — accumulating surplus-value to expand capital itself is the entire point. This is what pushes it to exceed limits on a scale previously unimaginable.
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If you’re in New York, I’ll be on two panels at the Left Forum on March 18. Please come by if you can!
More information: http://www.leftforum.org/
Building the Red-Green Revolutionary Strategic Alliance
with Ron Whyte (Deep Green Philly) and Joe Ramsey (Kasama)
3 p.m. Sunday
Cartoonists For/Against Revolution (and/or other major changes)
with Ted Rall (Anti-American Manifesto) and Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug)
From Earth Day (April 22) 2010 to late 2012, Minimum Security comic strips comprise a single, coherent narrative. Each strip doesn’t have its own joke, but there’s plenty of humor, as well as a long-term plot, suspense, and lots of explosions. Here’s the start of the story: http://stephaniemcmillan.org/2010/04/23/all-means/.
“The Minimum Security Chronicles: Resistance to Ecocide” will be published as a graphic novel, Fall 2013, Seven Stories Press.
“The Minimum Security Chronicles: Resistance to Ecocide” tells the story of a group of friends who live on a planet being destroyed by evil corporate overlords (that would be, take a wild guess, Earth). Some of them vow to do whatever it takes to stop ecocide. How? They aren’t sure. As they build a resistance movement, those who love them the most can be their biggest obstacles.
Here are the main characters:
|Kranti : Her name means “revolution” in Hindi. Beneath her harsh, uncompromising exterior is a person really hard to get along with. After spending two years erasing her carbon footprint by living as a re-wilded neo-primitivist in her brother’s back yard, wearing leaves and eating grubs, she noticed that her grueling lifestyle went unnoticed by those in power, and did nothing to hinder their destruction of the planet. She decides to try a more effective strategy: fighting back.|
|Bananabelle: Kranti’s best friend since preschool, Bananabelle is a lovely, cheerful person with a good heart, but her loyalties are divided. A sustainable economy, or swanky shoes? She’d like both. She’ll help out at a community garden or attend a protest, but she’s not sure about all this revolution business – a little love and being a good example ought to be sufficient.|
|Nikko: Kranti’s younger brother, a computer genius, knows that the Earth is doomed. Rather than waste his life on a lost cause, he plays video games like it’s 1999.|
|Javier: Nikko’s boyfriend is a musician. His genre, Animist Riot-Polkacore for the accordion, ensures that he’ll always be a frustrated one. Nevertheless, he’s dedicated his art, such as it is, to the struggle. The struggle expresses polite gratitude while turning down the volume.|
|Bunnista: He’s an action-oriented rabbit, furious about the shrinking wilderness, the vivisection that took his eye, and pretty much everything else as well. Impatient with the fine points of political philosophy, all he wants is to destroy human civilization. His favorite method is blowing up infrastructure.|
|Victoria: A guinea pig with a vision, she’s the brains of the Resistance and its Minister of Agit-Prop. She’s all about plan, strategy, tactics, ideology and method. Possessing logic and clarity, she serves as the fuzzy, potato-shaped mastermind of the revolution.|
|Chip: The cultured son of a major corporate bigwig, he has everything except the one thing he really craves: Kranti’s love. He’d settle for her lukewarm indifference, but he doesn’t even get that. When he calls her on his diamond-studded, solid gold cell phone, she never answers — alas, alas. Bananabelle, however, thinks he’s the hottest thing since this season’s Manolo Blahniks.|
Deep Green Resistance, the organization inspired by the book of the same name, is holding a fundraising raffle.
One of the items offered to winners is to name a character of the upcoming novel co-written by Derrick Jensen and myself. The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad will be published in 2012 by Flashpoint/PM Press. It’s a comedy about a group of women who kill rapists (in the words of one reader: “Andrea Dworkin meets Monty Python”).
Enter this raffle for the unique opportunity to choose the last name for one of the smaller characters in the book (provided the name doesn’t distract from the book. In the words of Derrick Jensen, “Moonbeam or Cannibal or Gesundheit” would not be appropriate!)
You will also receive a free copy of the book when it is released.
Here’s the page where you can buy tickets: http://deepgreenresistance.org/dinnerwithderrick/
Here’s the cover:
This embroidered patch is on the cover of a novel I co-wrote with Derrick Jensen (due out September 2012 from PM Press/Flashpoint). It can be either ironed or sewn on. Measurements: 3.5″ x 3″.
$6 each; $25 for each multiple of five – FREE shipping in US.
My comics-journalism project on the occupy protests is mentioned in Der Taggespiegel (Berlin) (1/3 issue), with an image included:
So bieten die unterschiedlichen Beiträge vor allem sehr persönliche Blicke auf die Bewegung und ihre Entwicklung und portraitieren diese mit all ihren Widersprüchen. Stephanie McMillans „The Beginning of the American Fall“ (Teil 1 hier, Teil 2 hier) zeigt zum Beispiel, wie die beiden zunächst unabhängig entstandenen Bewegungen „Stop the Machine“ und der Ableger der Occupy-Bewegung in Washington D.C. sich immer mehr annäherten, bis sie schließlich ineinander aufgingen. Die seit 1992 als politische Cartoonistin aktive Zeichnerin führt nicht nur unterschiedliche Charaktere vor, sondern zeigt auch deren Zusammenspiel und damit die organisatorischen und konzeptionellen Diskussionen und Planungen im Hintergrund der Occupy-Bewegung. So wird deutlich, dass dort viele verschiedene Interessen aufeinander treffen und der nach außen präsentierte Zusammenhalt der Aktivisten nicht immer selbstverständlich ist.
I’m thinking about the past year and making plans for this one.
Some highlights of 2011:
* I attended “Stop the Machine” for a week in Washington, DC and drew a 10-page comics-journalism piece about it: http://www.cartoonmovement.com/comic/20
* In November, I spoke at Earth at Risk, an all-day conference in Berkeley, with Derrick Jensen, Arundhati Roy, Thomas Linzey, Waziyatawin, Aric McBay, and Lierre Keith: http://www.earthatrisk.net/. A DVD and a book of this event will be released in the coming months.
* I spoke at various events including Left Forum and Spring College Media Convention (NYC), Occupy Miami, and the Society of Environmental Journalists conference (where I also helped organize a rally outside with dozens of local environmentalist organizations).
* The anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist collective that I work with, One Struggle, continued to grow, hold discussions, and participate in local political life. Here’s the website: http://onestrugglesouthflorida.wordpress.com/
* My editorial cartoon, “Code Green,” earned a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
This year so far I plan to speak again at Left Forum and other venues. I have a couple books in the works, including “The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad,” a novel (genre: political comedy) co-written with Derrick Jensen, to be out in September. The current story for “Minimum Security” is all plotted out to finish this summer, after which the format will change. I’m working on a short film with the working title “Capitalism Must Die.”
Oh yeah, and the economy will collapse and we’ll be further along in the process of revolution. Lots to do!
Politik im Comic Der Geist der Bewegung
Von Ute Friederich
Globale Bewegung: Eine Szene aus Stephanie McMillans „The Beginning of the American Fall“.Bild vergrößernGlobale Bewegung: Eine Szene aus Stephanie McMillans „The Beginning of the American Fall“. – Foto: cartoonmovement.com
Zwischen arabischem Frühling und Occupy: Selten war das Medium Comic so politisch und aktuell wie jetzt. Vorreiter ist die Website cartoonmovement.com, die kürzlich ihren ersten Jahrestag feierte.
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Stephanie McMillan Is Occupying The Comic Book
The Huffington Post | By Arin Greenwood
WASHINGTON — There’s no superhero in cartoonist Stephanie McMillan’s two-part comic detailing the early days of the Occupy movement in the nation’s capital. But there are plenty of idealistic and persnickety revolutionaries in them.
“The Beginning of the American Fall” came out in November. The second part came out on Monday. Both comics are put out by Cartoon Movement, a site that’s been putting out a lot of comics and cartoons about the Occupy movement.
McMillan is from South Florida — she came to D.C. to participate in the protests, not just chronicle them. And her role as an insider comes through. The comics are affectionate if sometimes pointed looks at the people occupying D.C.’s two protest encampments — Occupy DC in McPherson Square and Occupy Washington DC, formerly called “Stop the Machine,” in Freedom Plaza.
McMillan gets into everything from the demonstrators’ hopefulness and radical idealism to the groups’ internal struggles over how to deal with the police and illustrates how annoying the consensus process and camping can be even for radical idealists.
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Earth at Risk (November 13, Berkeley) was amazing! It was an honor to share the stage with such brilliant people: Derrick Jensen, Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, Arundhati Roy, Waziyatawin, and Thomas Linzey.
Being able to visit Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Francisco was also wonderful.
I had presented part of this talk (the part about why Capitalism Must Die) at Occupy Miami the week before. That went well too.
Here’s a story in the Washington Post blog “Comic Riffs” — http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/occupy-comics-cartoon-movement-journalists-sketch-a-multi-city-composite/2011/11/15/gIQAxRvtPN_blog.html
“When I heard about ‘Stop the Machine,’ it seemed to have more potential than traditional protests, because they declared that they weren’t going to leave until their demands were met,” McMillan tells Comic Riffs of one of the D.C. protests. “It promised a higher level of determination and militancy than the usual actions — so I really wanted to go and be a part of it.
“Meanwhile, during the period before ‘Stop the Machine’ was due to begin, Occupy Wall Street emerged, and many other encampments in its wake,” McMillan continues. “It seemed that the American people were waking up and deciding that they were no longer prepared to silently tolerate the many injustices that those in power have been perpetrating on the people and the planet.”
The Amsterdam-based Cartoon Movement has commissioned a ten-page piece about the Occupy protests. The first five pages can be seen here: http://www.cartoonmovement.com/comic/20. The second part will be posted in early December.
Here’s page one: