And, we’re live.
In order to expand STWTS, I plan to create all new pieces in several cities that address the type of harassment that happens specifically in that area. I’ll sit down with women to interview them and hear their stories of harassment. I’ll then draw their portraits and use them to design new posters, including text that is inspired by their words. Those posters will be wheat pasted in that particular city - allowing women to use their faces and voices to speak out against the exact type harassment that happens to them in their communities.
The goal here is to learn how street harassment looks in different regions, cities, and neighborhoods - and to create new work that reflects the experiences of those particular areas.
I want to go to 6-8 US cities this fall, and possibly 2-3 international cities in the spring.
You can help me do this by backing my Kickstarter campaign, here! The goal is $15,000 and funds will go towards travel expenses, materials, rewards, and filming the project.
over the past couple of years, i’ve been on a quest to digitally archive all of my personal journals dating back to 1997. once i finish this, i will store the originals in a safe deposit box indefinitely because they are truly my most prized possessions. in the midst of scanning the other day, i came across this list i wrote when i was about 16 and was completely blown away by my own lucidity. reminds me how much the youth really understand about the world they live in. the passage (verbatim) below
What I learned:
1. no matter how hard i try, i cannot make someone happy.
2. people express their feelings and thoughts in unique ways. you have to be able to interpret them in order to understand the person.
3. not to get caught up in the moment
4. don’t let people in before you get to know them
5. make wise decisions during vulnerable times
6. never let anyone take a piece of you, and definitely don’t give it away
7. i don’t need anyone to complete me, i myself am enough
8. talk about the problem when it happens
9. never get close to someone who doesn’t care as much as you do, or is incapable of expressing how they feel.
10. if a friendship/relationship is nothing but pain, then it is not meant to be
11. never carry the full load
12. never expect anyone to treat you as good as you treat yourself
13. don’t treat anyone better than you treat yourself
14. never be an accomodating (sic) person
15. watch out for your own well being before anything (w/o being selfish)
16. make sure the sacrifice is worth it
17. some things should always be kept personal
18. don’t revolve your life around anyone
19. don’t make anyone out to be greater than they really are
20. respect people for who they are, not what they have accomplished
21. stand up for what you believe to be right/wrong
22. it’s okay to say that something hurt your feelings
23. just because you forgive someone doesn’t mean that it will hurt any less
24. even if you’re wrong it doesn’t mean that the other person is right
25. sometimes there is no one to blame
26. just because someone fits the criteria, doesn’t mean they’re good for you
27. just being friends is enough
28. concentrate on the big picture, but don’t overlook small occurrences
29. some people aren’t sure what they want, and you don’t have to stick around until they figure it out.
30. always ask the hard questions
31. not everybody deserves 10+ chances
32. don’t accept empty promises
33. age does matter
34. don’t create drama
35. don’t spare anyone’s feelings
36. no, it’s not cute!
37. only feel guilty when you have actually done something wrong
38. don’t believe it until you see it
Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley was spared a felony conviction on Tuesday over the killing of a 7-year-old girl after a jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared, according to Detroit Free Press.
Weekley shot and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones on the night of May 16, 2010, as officers executed a search warrant on the duplex her family lived in. The officers entered Stanley-Jones’s home searching for a murder suspect who was later found in the adjacent unit, throwing a flashbang grenade into the room where the girl was sleeping with her grandmother, then shooting her in the head seconds later.
The series of events was partially caught on tape by a camera crew following the officers that night. A&E producer Allison Howard, one of two people who filmed the raid for the show “The First 48,” eventually released that footage of her own accord and now faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Footage shot from outside the house shows officers lobbing a flashbang grenade into the living room. Seconds later a gunshot rings out.
Lawyers for the prosecution cited the footage to claim that Weekley shot the girl from outside, before even walking in to the building. Weekley’s defense insisted it was just a tragic accident and that the girl’s grandmother had attempted to hit the officer’s gun.
Weekley was subsequently charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm resulting in death, carrying with them the potential for 15+ years in prison. However, both charges failed to stick on Tuesday afternoon, after three straight days of jury deliberations failed to produce a conviction.
signal boost #2 because let’s be for real, had this been the pic of a little white girl surrounded by disney princesses with the words “innocent shot by cop” this would have had thousands of notes in hours, a lifetime movie, book etc. instead, mostly the poc community weeps while everyone else fails to feel as much empathy towards this kind of verdict.