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Art & Activism

Creative ways to get your voice heard.

A Poet Rewrites the War on Drugs A Poet Rewrites the War on Drugs
by Madhu Suri Prakash
After the death of his son, poet Javier Sicilia gave voice to the anguish of the Mexican people—and started a powerful movement of moral indignation against the senseless slaughter of the war on drugs.
At Home with W.S. Merwin At Home with W.S. Merwin
The U.S. Poet Laureate on learning from Ezra Pound, and why his plot of indigenous Hawaiian rainforest inspires his poetry today.
Take Note Take Note
VERA Project took on Seattle's youth music wasteland to create lasting opportunities for young artists.
Philadelphians Paint the Town Philadelphians Paint the Town
How art healed and united troubled communities in the City of Brotherly Love.
A Link Between Tornadoes and Climate Change? Never! A Link Between Tornadoes and Climate Change? Never!
Tornadoes, fires, floods, crop failures—they're all isolated events, right? This powerful video helps connect the dots of the climate catastrophe.
Obama’s Sister: What Our Mother Taught Us Obama’s Sister: What Our Mother Taught Us
by Fran Korten
Maya Soetoro-Ng reflects on her childhood with brother Barack, her own family and children, and how to keep everyone connected.
Life With Poetry, But No Parole Life With Poetry, But No Parole
by Spoon Jackson
Locked up for life, prisoner poet Spoon Jackson discovered life as a "melody that flowed like free verse."
Film Review: Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune Film Review: Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
A long-overdue tribute to a leading Vietnam-era voice of protest.
The Refugee Child Photographers The Refugee Child Photographers
by V. Noah Gimbel
How photography training and disposable cameras are giving young Palestinian refugees something new—a voice.
You Can’t Ignore Me Any Longer You Can’t Ignore Me Any Longer
Street artist JR brings art to improbable places, creating projects that force us to really see each other.
Get Your Skysight On!: How to Change the Way We Perceive the World Get Your Skysight On!: How to Change the Way We Perceive the World
by Daniel Dancer
Oregon artist and teacher Daniel Dancer helps young people understand how animals, Earth, and humans are connected. By being part of a human painting, students are instilled with the power to change the world and protect endangered species.
Haitian Renaissance: Youth Paint a New Country Haitian Renaissance: Youth Paint a New Country
by Beverly Bell
How a community art program in Haiti is empowering young people to express their hope for a better future.
US Uncut: How to Do Your Own Bail-In US Uncut: How to Do Your Own Bail-In
Advice from UK Uncut: Bringing an uncut protest to your town is easy.
Signs of the Times: The Best Protest Signs in Madison Signs of the Times: The Best Protest Signs in Madison
In Madison, Wisconsin, a workers' uprising is resulting in some clever slogans.
One of Many Detroits One of Many Detroits
by Anonymous
Photo essay: "The people of this city are not abstractions." An anonymous Detroit photographer shares a view of the city that the mainstream media doesn't cover.
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