Project Row Houses is proud to announce that Founder Rick Lowe has been named in the 2014 class of MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as the “MacArthur Genius Grant,” is a prize awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to residents of the United States who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.”
Rick Lowe, who started Project Row Houses in 1993 alongside James Bettison (1958-1997), Bert Long (1940-2013), Jesse Lott, Floyd Newsum, Bert Samples, and George Smith, has sought to better his community by nurturing and supporting it through art, education, economic development, community building, and the preservation of relevant architecture. Through PRH and the fruition of socially engaged art, Lowe and his work have inspired numerous projects throughout the United States and beyond its borders.
“All of us at Project Row Houses are so proud and excited that Rick has received this prestigious recognition from the MacArthur Foundation. It will enable him to continue to perform his work in local communities,” said Linda Shearer, Executive Director of PRH. “Project Row Houses is now 20 years old and poised to embark on new initiatives into the future. We know he will continue to be a vibrant catalyst in transforming community through the power of art, and look forward to his next steps.”
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits as well as a marked capacity for self-direction. Nominated anonymously by leaders in their field, fellows receive a stipend of $625,000, paid over the course of five years, to use as they see fit.
A controversial new law in Bolivia makes it the first country in the world to legalize work by 10-year-olds. One justification offered by officials sounded awfully familiar: “Kids want to work.”
We’ve spent the last year investigating child labor in the United States, where children at age 12, and even younger, work for tobacco farmers like Paul Hornback, a Kentucky state senator. “Children need to experience things,” Hornback said on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last month. “When I was a 7-year-old, I was wanting to work.”
Hornback wasn’t the first person to try to justify child labor that way.
We’ve heard that argument in our work around the world — whether about children working on gold mines inMali and Tanzania, children harvesting sugar cane in El Salvador, or child domestic workers in Morocco. Bolivia’s regressive new law came about, in part, due to pressure from a union of child workers arguing they need to work to support their families.
We’re asked, “Don’t these children want to work?”
The short answer is sometimes, yes. But that’s only part of the story.
Photo: A 16-year-old worker harvests tobacco on a farm in Kentucky. © 2013 Marcus Bleasdale/VII for Human Rights Watch
"Modern libertarianism is the disguise adopted by those who wish to exploit without restraint. It pretends that only the state intrudes on our liberties. It ignores the role of banks, corporations and the rich in making us less free. It denies the need for the state to curb them in order to protect the freedoms of weaker people. This bastardised, one-eyed philosophy is a con trick, whose promoters attempt to wrongfoot justice by pitching it against liberty. By this means they have turned “freedom” into an instrument of oppression."
Aug. 31 2014
Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a U.S. rebuke.
Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration.
"We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision," a State Department official said in Washington, calling the move "counterproductive" to efforts to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June.
Tensions stoked by the incident quickly spread to Israel’s border with Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, and the two sides engaged in a seven-week war that ended on Tuesday with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
The notice published on Sunday by the Israeli military gave no reason for the land appropriation decision.
Peace Now, which opposes Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank, territory the Palestinians seek for a state, said the appropriation was meant to turn a site where 10 families now live adjacent to a Jewish seminary into a permanent settlement.
Construction of a major settlement at the location, known as “Gevaot”, has been mooted by Israel since 2000. Last year, the government invited bids for the building of 1,000 housing units at the site.
Peace Now said the land seizure was the largest announced by Israel in the West Bank since the 1980s and that anyone with ownership claims had 45 days to appeal. A local Palestinian mayor said Palestinians owned the tracts and harvested olive trees on them.
Israel has come under intense international criticism over its settlement activities, which most countries regard as illegal under international law and a major obstacle to the creation of a viable Palestinian state in any future peace deal.
Just call them all nigger!’: School administrators used racial slurs in text messages on district-issued cell phones
Pennsylvania Superintendent Richard Como and Athletics Director Jim Donato had racist conversations on school-issued cell phonesIT technician found the conversations while upgrading the phones and reported themSchool board knew but ‘let the administrators stay in their jobs’Both men resigned in August after the report was leaked to the district attorney, who launched an investigation
Two Pennsylvania school administrators repeatedly referred to black students and teachers by the N-word in text messages they exchanged on cell phones issued by the school district, it has been revealed.
Coatesville Area School District Superintendent Richard Como and Director of Athletics and Activities Jim Donato, who are both white, are now the subject of a criminal investigation over their use of the racial epithets in text message conversations with each other.
Both administrators resigned from their positions at the end of August, though theChester County Daily Local reports that they were only forced out after the transcripts of the text messages were leaked to the district attorney, who launched a criminal investigation.
The newspaper reports that the school board was prepared to let both men stay in their jobs, even after an IT technician found the text messages and reported them to school officials.
According to a transcript obtained by the Daily Local, the racist exchanges began in June.
In one, Donato sent a message to Como that appears to say all black students should have the same last name.
He wrote: ‘All should just have whatever first names they want…then last name is Nigger!
'Leroy Nigger, Preacher Nigger, Night train niggee, clarence nigger, Latoya nigger, Thelma nigger and so on.'
The superintendent, who has led the district since 2005 and drew a salary of nearly $200,000 last year, responded: ‘Great idea! Joe nigger bill nigger snake nigger got a nice ring to it.’
He added: ‘Could have whole homerooms of nigger!’
The Donato, the athletics director, replied: ‘Hahahahaha! Will Nigger report to the office, pardon the interruption but will nigger report to nurses office. Nigger to lunch now!’
Later, when the superintendent Como was talking about 23 teachers he had to lay off, Donato asked: ‘How many nigger out of 23? Not enough!”
Como replied: ‘Don’t know but think it’s only 4-5. At most until last minute rush of firing by Goo of Phoenix and Kamara.’
'Good hangings there,' Donato responded.
Crisis: Coatesville Area School District, in a Philadelphia suburb, tired to cover up the officials’ use of the racial slurs, according to a report
C’mon“Get over slavery, NOBODYS racist anymore” they all show their true colors eventually
2014: White people exposing themselves
tell me again about how it’s just the South that’s racist?
The Motion Picture Association of America has given an R-rating to a film staring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as elderly gay newly weds despite there being no sex, nudity, violence or drug use in the film
The body tasked with rating films for screening in the United States has given a film about an aging gay couple and their extended families an R-rating in a sign that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) may itself have fallen behind community standards.
The MPAA gave Love Is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a couple who have been together for four decades but who are forced to move in with their families, the rating supposedly for ‘language’ used in the film – though many are saying the decision is just plain homophobic.
There are no nude scenes in Love Is Strange, no drug use, and no sex scenes. The raciest the film gets is two scenes where Molina and Lithgow are asleep in the same bed while fully clothed.
The MPAA has been called out over the issue by New Jersey Star-Ledger film reviewer Stephen Whitty who noted two other films released this month that got the same rating.
‘On Friday, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” will be released in a wide number of theaters. It features nudity, sexual situations and substance abuse,’ Whitty wrote in a column posted online yesterday.
‘Every woman in it is a stripper, a prostitute or a murderer. There is violence and graphic gore, including one scene of a man having his eye plucked out and another of a man having his fingers broken with a pliers. It is rated R.
‘That day, “Jersey Shore Massacre” also reaches theaters. It features nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse and ethnic and racial slurs. There is violence and graphic gore, including one scene of a woman being disemboweled, another of a naked woman getting her breasts sliced open and one of a man having his hands fed into a wood chipper. It is rated R.’
‘If there’s an equivalence among these three films, and their equal unsuitability for anyone under 17, it’s lost on me — and, I suspect, on anyone but the censors at the MPAA.’
Whitty said it would be unthinkable that the film would have been given an R-rating had it starred veteran actors Robert Duval and Jane Fonda as an aging straight couple in the same situation.
‘This is a gentle, if often heartbreaking story about two loving men in a long-time committed relationship,’ Whitty wrote, ‘What on earth is in it that so horrifies the MPAA? I’m sorry. I think I just answered my own question.’
Under the MPAA rating system an R-rating implies that a film ‘contains some adult material [and] parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
He is taking a course on Marxist ideology.
He says, “The only real solution is to smash the system and start again.”
His thumb is caressing the most bourgeois copy of the communist manifesto that I have ever seen,
He bought it at Barnes and Noble for twenty-nine U.S. American dollars and ninety-nine cents,
Its hard cover shows a dark man with a scarved face
Waving a gigantic red flag against a fictional smoky background.
The matte finish is fucking gorgeous.
He wants to be congratulated for paying Harvard sixty thousand dollars
To teach him that the system is unfair.
He pulls his iPhone from his imported Marino wool jacket, and leaves.
What people can’t possibly tell from the footage on TV
Is that the water cannon feels like getting whipped with a burning switch.
Where I come from, they fill it with sewer water and hope that they get you in the face with your mouth open
So that the hepatitis will keep you in bed for the next protest.
What you can’t tell from Harvard square,
Is that when the tear gas bursts from nowhere to everywhere all at once,
It scrapes your insides like barbed wire, sawing at your lungs.
Tear gas is such a benign term for it,
If you have never breathed it in you would think it was a nostalgic experience.
What you can’t learn at Barnes and Noble,
Is that when they rush you, survival is to run,
I am never as fast as when the police are chasing me.
I know what happens to women in the holding cells down there and yet…
We still do it.
I inherited my communist manifesto,
It has no cover—
Because my mother ripped it off when she hid it in the dust jacket of “Don Quixote”
The day before the soldiers destroyed her apartment,
Looking for subversive propaganda.
She burned the cover, could not bring herself to burn the pages,
Hoped to God the soldiers couldn’t read,
They never found it.
So she was not killed for it, but her body bore the scars of the torture chamber,
For wanting her children to have a better life than she did,
Don’t talk to me about revolution.
I know what the price of smashing the system really is, my people already tried that.
The price of uprise is paid in blood,
And not Harvard blood.
The blood that ran through the streets of Santiago,
The blood thrown alive from Argentine helicopters into the Atlantic.
It is easy to say “revolution” from the comfort of a New England library.
It is easy to offer flesh to the cause,
When it is not yours to give.
Catalina Ferro, “Manifesto” (via dialecticsof)
I feel like people do need to remember that there is a very real, very painful, very human element to the word “revolution”.
"But one thing is clear: [in a post-capitalist society] the ownership of ideas will be exposed as a sham and a delusion. It follows that the elaborate fiction of intellectual property will simply be abolished. Owning ideas is impossible; the regimes of copyright, patent, and trademark have been enshrined in law and in popular consciousness to the detriment of creativity and the sharing of the infinite bounty of the human imagination. Since artists will no longer need to fear being ripped off, able instead to count on credit and remuneration for their effort, the dubious protections copyright provides will serve no purpose. At a stroke such impediments to freedom would be done away with, and the problems and promise they have so long obscured will become immediately apparent."
Matt Calahan, artist and activist (Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA)
"To ignore the fact that one of the oldest republics in the world was erected on a foundation of white supremacy, to pretend that the problems of a dual society are the same as the problems of unregulated capitalism, is to cover the sin of national plunder with the sin of national lying. The lie ignores the fact that reducing American poverty and ending white supremacy are not the same. The lie ignores the fact that closing the “achievement gap” will do nothing to close the “injury gap,” in which black college graduates still suffer higher unemployment rates than white college graduates, and black job applicants without criminal records enjoy roughly the same chance of getting hired as white applicants with criminal records."