Here’s a photo from an event last week in the Berkshires, MA, hosted by the anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist organization Lukolo (http://lukolo.blogspot.com/).
Maggie and Sam of Lukolo gave an overview with powerful personal testimony. I followed with a comics slide show defining imperialism and anti-imperialism. Then Kiki Makandal of the Batay Ouvriye Solidarity Network (NYC) finished it up by talking about the specific impact of US imperialism on Haiti, and the struggle against it.
This is especially timely since the 100th anniversary of the first US invasion of Haiti is coming up on July 28. On this occasion, we should renew our determination to stand with the masses of Haiti and fight against all forms of US domination, whether it is perpetrated through manipulative trade agreements, puppet politicians, NGOs, military occupation (including by proxy), so-called “aid” that destroys agricultural economies, resource dispossession and extraction, land theft for tourism, and the straight-up exploitation of workers in sweatshops.
The discussion was wide-ranging, and we all learned from it. The initiation of Lukolo is another positive step toward building something we really need in the US: a broad, non-sectarian anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist mass movement!
If you’re anywhere near Grinnell, Iowa on May 1, please join me for an event: “Taking Back International Workers Day!” There will be presentations by student Thomas Estabrook on the history of May Day, railroad worker Robert Allen on the need for struggle, and I’ll have a new comics slideshow about the role of the working class in the fight against capitalism. One of the slides is below.
Details available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/910467872308730/
Here’s a Google Hangout video with me, Ted Rall, Paula Hewitt Amram and Marcus Graetch of Left Forum, talking about the Left Forum, comics, organizing and more:
The ebook by CSUN professor David Klein, which I’ve illustrated, is due out next week!
[EDITED 1/8: It’s available now! Pay what you like, download here: https://gumroad.com/l/climatechange]
2014 was the hottest year on record. If we don’t quickly find a way to stop global warming, we’re cooked. This ghastly reality is now staring us right in the face.
It’s finally become fashionable for the leftish intelligentsia—public intellectuals, paid activists, liberal editors—to bend themselves, with much concern and expressions of urgency (albeit a bit late for some), to the challenge of global warming. But most of them seem constitutionally incapable of dealing with the underlying situation that drives it. They identify the problem variously as corporate greed, sociopathic elites, brainwashed consumers, corrupt politicians. When they can no longer avoid mentioning capitalism, they unfailingly qualify it: “capitalist excess,” “corporate capitalism,” “crony capitalism,” “the broken system.”
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Last year when I met some members of the Bangladesh Trade Union Federation near Dhaka, I brought a solidarity letter from the autonomous organization Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in Haiti. The Bangladeshi workers responded with a message in return, and a photograph raising their fists in an expression of working class unity.
The message was translated into Kreyol and sent to Haiti shortly afterward. Then last month I participated in events organized by unions of Batay Ouvriye in three areas: Port-au-Prince, Cap Haitien, and Caracol. The workers in each place (mostly garment workers, but others too) requested that their photographs and statements of internationalist solidarity be sent to the workers of the BTUF. The statements have been translated into Bangla, and are below, along with photos.
হাইতির শ্রমিক শ্রেণীর পক্ষ থেকে, আমরা, হাইতির উত্তরাঞ্চলের শ্রমিকরা, বাংলাদেশের শ্রমিকদের সাথে সংহতি প্রকাশ করছি । আমরা তাদের বলতে চাই, যে লড়াই আপনারা গড়ে তুলছেন, আমরা হাইতিতেও অভিন্ন লড়াই গড়ে তুলছি । এটাই অদ্বৈত সংগ্রাম । আমাদের সবার উপর সাম্রাজ্যবাদী শক্তিসমূহ তার শক্তি প্রয়োগ করে চলেছে । আপনাদের মত আমরাও নির্যাতিত । আমাদের কাজ করে যেতে হবে যাতে শ্রমিক শ্রেণী বিশ্বব্যাপী অভিন্ন দৃষ্টিভঙ্গি নিয়ে, অভিন্ন লড়াই গড়ে তুলে, যতক্ষণ পর্যন্ত না আমরা পুঁজিবাদী ব্যবস্থা উচ্ছেদ করতে পারছি। আমাদের দরকার পুঁজিবাদী ব্যবস্থা মোকাবেলার জন্য, বিশ্বব্যাপী শ্রমিকদের ঐক্য।
পুঁজিবাদ নিপাত যাক।
বিশ্বব্যাপী শ্রমিক শ্রেণীর লড়াই, দীর্ঘজীবি হোক ।
In the name of the Haitian working class, we, workers in northern Haiti, stand in solidarity with workers in Bangladesh. We wish to tell them that the struggle they are waging in Bangladesh is the same struggle we are waging here in Haiti. It’s ONE STRUGGLE. The imperialist forces are projecting their power on us all. We are victims of it as much as you are also victims of it. However, we have to work so that the working class worldwide builds unity in the same worldview to wage the same struggle until we can overthrow the capitalist system. We need a worldwide workers’ union to confront the capitalist system.
Down with capitalism!
Long live the working class struggle worldwide!
সকোয়া সংহতি প্রকাশ
আমার নাম জ্যাক, হাইতির সকোয়া (Union at Codevi, Free Trade Zone) ইউনিয়নের সদস্য । আমরা , সকোয়া জাতীয় ও আন্তর্জাতিক পরিসরে অন্যান্য সংগঠনের সাথে ঐক্যবদ্ধভাবে আন্দোলনকে এগিয়ে নিয়ে যাচ্ছি। আমরা শ্রমিক শ্রেণী, বিভিন্ন দেশে, বছরের পর বছর, এমনকি এখনও, যারা অবদমিত এবং যাদের সংগ্রাম করার অধিকার নেই। অইসব দেশগুলোর মধ্যে বাংলাদেশের শ্রমিকরা নিজেদের মধ্যে ঐক্য গড়ে তুলছে। আমাদের বিজয়ের প্রতীক হিসাবে ছবিট তোলা হয়েছে। আমাদের শৃঙ্খল না ভাঙ্গা পর্যন্ত অবশ্যই আন্দোলন চালিয়ে যেতে হবে।
দুনিয়ার মজদুর , এক হও।
SOKOWA Solidarity Statement
My name is Jacques, member of the SOKOWA (Union of CODEVI Workers in Ouanaminthe) union in Haiti. We in SOKOWA are aligning ourselves with other organizations to move the struggle forward nationally and internationally. We, the workers in the working class in various countries, for years until now, have been victims of intimidation and repression in our struggles. Among such countries is Bangladesh where workers are kept from uniting themselves. Thus, the photo taken as a symbol of solidarity represents a victory for us. We must continue to struggle together until we break our chains.
Workers of the world, unite!
Comics Journalism panel, at AAEC (Association of American Editorial Cartoonists) convention, October 10, San Francisco. With Jack Ohman, Susie Cagle, Patrick Chappatte, Andy Warner, Dan Archer, Dan Carino, and Mark Fiore. Photo by Jenny Robb:
Preparing for the Cartoon Death Match, October 9, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco. With Ron Turner, Mark Fiore, Don Asmussen, and Vishvajit Singh. (I won!) Photo by JP Trostle:
“War, Imperialism, and Oppression… and Resistance,” cartoon presentation with Ted Rall and David Klein, October 15, CSUN (California State University at Northridge):
Reading a solidarity statement at an event celebrating the 2-year anniversary of SOKOWA (Autonomous Union of Workers at Codevi, Ouanaminthe), November 12:
Earth at Risk, panel on Capitalism and Sociopathy, with Charles Derber, Derrick Jensen, and Stan Goff. November 23, San Francisco:
Fight for $15 march through a Burger King, December 4, Miami:
Scope Art Show, Dec. 4-7, Miami Beach. I had a few original drawings here from “The Beginning of the American Fall” (about Occupy):
“There’s poor people who need aid and what do we send? A cartoonist. Wonderful.”
—Turner on McMillan
San Francisco Magazine, on the 13 funniest things said at the Cartoon Death Match:
Please join me tonight (online/phone) at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, for the first installment of an approximately-monthly event. I’ll moderate discussions of various issues in the context of capitalism and imperialism. Tonight it’ll be on water access and quality. The description and list of speakers is below. Hope you can make it!
To register for the call go to: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/JWKOI3SLQZQ2MWG3
Invite your friends to join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/357969924358146/
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Wednesday, August 21, online
“Brought to You by Capitalism: Water Should be Free”
The first in a monthly series of panel presentations via conference call, addressing various effects of capitalism and resistance. This month the call will feature David Soll (author of “Empire of Water,”), a member of the Detroit Water Brigade, and possibly another speaker. I will be the moderator.
6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET
Hosted by InterOccupy.
Register here: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/JWKOI3SLQZQ2MWG3
Thursday, August 28, Miami
“Capitalism Must Die!”
A slideshow presentation (with cartoons) explaining what capitalism is and why it must be eliminated.
Florida International University, South Campus, GC 343
Free; presented by One Struggle/South Florida.
Wednesday, Sept. 27, online
“Brought to You by Capitalism: Climate Change”
The second in a monthly series of panel presentations via conference call, addressing various effects of capitalism and resistance. The call this month will feature David Klein (professor at CSUN/California State University at Northridge), and other speakers. I will be the moderator.
6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET
Hosted by InterOccupy.
Register here: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/JWKOI3SLQZQ2MWG3
November 22-23, San Francisco
“Earth at Risk”
I will participate on a panel on “Capitalism and Sociopathy,” part of a conference which includes Vandana Shiva, Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Richard Manning, Diane Wilson and many others.
Presented by Fertile Ground Institute.
Jan. 20-Feb. 14, 2015, Minneapolis
My comics will be included in a multimedia group show.
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota
TBA (details still being worked out):
Oct. 9-12: San Francisco
Week of Oct. 13: Los Angeles
Week of Nov. 3: Sudbury, ON
Future topics for “Brought to You by Capitalism” will include workplace organizing, the World Bank, clinic defense, and revolution.
I’ll show slides of a broad range of political art, and talk about art’s political role and impact, historically and today. The presentation will be followed by open discussion.
We’ll do an art project together, too! (Hint: start thinking about a specific aspect or incident of imperialism that especially angers you). Also, if you’re an artist, please bring work to share.
The presentation addresses several questions: How does culture advance political aims? How do we use our art as part of the
anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist struggle? Why does the bourgeoisie love abstract expressionism?
8 p.m. tonight!
1480 SW 9th Ave, (just south of Davie Blvd).
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
We will be in room 8, upstairs in the courtyard.
Free; donations welcome.
Left Forum, New York, May 30-June 1, 2014
Details to come
“Capitalism Must Die!” book release
May 1, 2014
This will be part of the One Struggle May Day event/rally after-party,
which includes music by Kazoots and Unity Rise!
39 NW 54 ST. Miami, FL 33137
Environmental Art Exhibition (group show): April 18-May 10, 2014
7th Circuit Productions/Moksha Gallery
228 NE 59th ST MIAMI FL 33137
Opening April 18:
“Moksha Roots Live”, the official after-party for The Rhythm Foundation’s “Big Night in Little Haiti”. Come out and vibe with us, support the gallery opening, live music, DJs, and a drum jam that bring together the diverse cultural roots of Miami.
Everglades Awareness Benefit May 10:
Ploppy Palace Productions and The Miccosukee Tribe will be hosting a concert to raise awareness and funds for Everglades protection and public education. As part of this three stage extravaganza, some of South Florida’s top bands, spoken word artists and community activists will join together to raise awareness for this vital natural resource.
No Restraint: Activist Zines and Comics (group show)
April 24 – May 16, 2014 | Reception: April 24, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Eastfield College. 3737 Motley Drive. Mesquite, TX. 75150
Scarlet & Black (student paper) http://www.thesandb.com/news/one-struggle-creates-chapter-on-campus.html
By Nora Coghlan, email@example.com
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, author, cartoonist and activist Stephanie McMillan visited Grinnell for a series of events surrounding her work as a founding member of the anti-capitalist, revolutionist group, One Struggle. Grinnell’s newly founded One Struggle chapter is the first on a college campus, and is slowly gaining support throughout the campus community.
“I decided this year … to entertain the idea of starting a One Struggle chapter knowing that it might not have enough support on campus,” said the organizer and head of the Grinnell chapter, Vincent Kelley ’16. “There was enough interest in people who seemed to think that such an analysis and an organization was needed on campus and we were eventually able to form a chapter here at Grinnell.”
Continue reading One Struggle Creates Chapter on Campus
A couple days ago, after 3 years of working on it, I finally finished the ebook version of “Capitalism Must Die!”
Here it is: https://gumroad.com/l/hOGG
Feel free to download it and share it with others. I want it to be widely distributed and contribute to the fight against capitalism, so I’ve made it “pay anything or nothing” and used a Creative Commons license. I hope it is useful. We really need to bring the system down, or all could soon be lost.
The print version should be available by the end of the year or so.
Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.
Sunshine Cathedral MCC, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/191466051042554/
Does holding a sign on a street corner accomplish anything, or is it a useless waste of time? What’s the relationship between a mobilization & a mass movement? What’s the difference between an activist and a militant?
Stephanie McMillan will make a presentation on these topics, followed by open discussion.
Free! Donations welcome.
“The Minimum Security Chronicles: Resistance to Ecocide” is now available! Full color, 159 pages, $16.95 (free shipping in US). A group of friends is determined to stop the destruction of the Earth for capitalist profits. They try everything from protest to community gardening to sabotage to murder. An exploration of tactics and strategy.
Win a free copy of my new graphic novel “The Minimum Security Chronicles: Resistance to Ecocide” from Seven Stories Press! They’re giving away 8 copies here: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/63999-the-minimum-security-chronicles-resistance-to-ecocide
October 8, 2013 is the official publication date of my new graphic novel, “The Minimum Security Chronicles: Resistance to Ecocide.” It’s a compilation of comic strips that ran from April 2010 to October 2012, which together make up the story of a group of friends who try different strategies and tactics to stop ecocide. During this process, they hear of a particular geo-engineering project being planned, and focus their efforts on preventing that. It’s not only a thrilling story of trying to save the world, but also a thought experiment gaming out different revolutionary strategies.
I received advance copies, and they look pretty good! Full color throughout, 160 pages, Seven Stories Press.
Watch this space for order info!
Coming up: a multi-media presentation (with cartoons!), explaining the basics of how capitalism works, why it’s evil, and how to stop it.
Please come if you’re in the area!
We quickly organized a protest in solidarity with garment workers in Bangladesh, and in outrage about those who were killed in the collapse of Rana Plaza near Dhaka, producing clothes for large retailers including Walmart.
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.
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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