Art & Activism
Creative ways to get your voice heard.
A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
by Molly Ruskposted Aug 06, 2014
- StreetToolbox offers new tools for the political communicator—from a remote controlled car that writes messages in colored sand to a kit that turns your bike into a mobile printing press.
This East LA Band's Rebel Version of "La Bamba" Speaks Out Against Racism
by Christine St. Pierreposted Jun 06, 2014
- Las Cafeteras uses acoustic instruments and punk attitude to spread their message of social justice and equality.
Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Jun 03, 2014
- Thai protestors borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight new national curfew and banned public gatherings.
Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace
posted May 28, 2014
- In Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," we can sense the poet's yearning for a more peaceful and loving future.
From Stand-up to Twitter, A New Generation’s Fresh Take on Storytelling
by Sarah van Gelderposted May 23, 2014
- Today's storytellers show that each of us can be part of something more powerful, diverse, and creative than we might have imagined.
How Macklemore's Trumpet Player Is Bringing Music Back to His Kenyan Hometown
posted May 06, 2014
- The Madaraka festival is a celebration of African cultural heritage and modern-day entrepreneurship—and the proceeds will help build a recording studio for 68 youth in Kenya.
The Game of Thrones Rape Scene: Why We Can't Pretend It Never Happened
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted May 05, 2014
- Pretending that a rape never happened is a problem—regardless of whether it took place in fiction or reality.
Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US
posted Apr 03, 2014
- The Swahili word "madaraka" means "self-realization." The festival bearing that name seeks to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives, their communities, and the world.
Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars
by Wendy Callposted Mar 21, 2014
- On the heels of pot legalization in Washington and Colorado, the movement for less punitive drug policy is coalescing at every level. Its new leaders could come from the very countries that have suffered the most.
The “Twilight” Manifesto: What Pop Culture Gets Wrong—and Right—About Masculinity
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Mar 21, 2014
- Blockbuster series like Twilight have left their mark on a generation of girls, but what message are they sending boys? Here are a few to look out for.
John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation
by Valerie Schloredtposted Mar 06, 2014
- In the tradition of “Maus” and “Persepolis,” “March” tells the story of young African Americans who, like its author, rose up from the Jim Crow South to assert their human rights.
Teenage Defender of First Nations Rights Becomes Literal Superhero
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Mar 05, 2014
- Shannen Koostachin, a teenage activist who died before ever seeing the results of her work, has inspired a new hero in the DC Universe.
From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis: Can Art Provide Justice When Courts Fail?
by Carla Murphyposted Feb 21, 2014
- "Having not been a judge or a witness who could've helped communicate what Michael Dunn did, my art is the only way I can give Jordan Davis justice."
How the Fight Against Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law Transformed a Community
by Levana Saxonposted Feb 17, 2014
- Gwendolyn Ferreti Manjarrez is an organizer with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Here, she speaks about the role of grassroots groups in the fight to roll back HB 56.
In Pete Seeger's Letters, A Voice for Justice Sings On
by Sam Rosenthalposted Feb 07, 2014
- In the midst of Seeger's countless documents was one that stood out. The editor who found it reflects on coming back to that letter today.