How police profile and shame sex workers

In May 2013, Monica Jones, a student and LGBT activist at Arizona State University, was arrested for “manifesting prostitution.” Monica said she just accepted an undercover officer’s offer of a ride home from her favorite bar. Monica is among the tens of thousands of people arrested every year for prostitution-related offenses. According to the FBI, police arrested over 57,000 people on such charges in 2011. The vast majority were women.

— via Fusion

Zeitouna Spring 2015

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ZEITOUNA is a creative therapy and physical wellness program designed to inspire and heal the youngest victims of the Syrian humanitarian crisis: the children.

Karam Foundation’s Innovative Education programs counters these traumatic factors by instilling a love of creativity and athletic sports, caring for the youths’ physical and mental wellbeing, restoring confidence by building trusting bonds between mentor and child, exposing youth to advanced technology, and developing leadership skills for the future.

ZEITOUNA SPRING 2015 will take place on April 26-30 in the Jeel School for Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, Turkey. Our fourth Zeitouna mission will be lead by over 30 mentors traveling from around the world. They will serve over 350 Syrian students, grades 1-8, who are currently displaced along the Syrian-Turkish border.

The theme of this year’s Zeitouna program is Holistic Healing. The program focuses on serving the psycho-social needs of refugee students because educating also requires healing from the trauma of war and displacement. Zeitouna’s professional, multi-talented team includes therapists, dentists, doctors, writers, photographers, artists, architects, athletes and journalists. These mentors are experienced in working with children and are dedicated to their learning and development. They are not only experts in their fields, but also in the use of their work to serve the physical and psychological health of refugee youth.

Molly Crabapple is proud to work with Zeitouna yet again this year in creating new murals for the school with their students. For more info, and the option to donate, please click here.

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Photos from 2014 Zeitouna project.

George Polk Awards at LIU

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DANGEROUS LINES:
CARTOONISTS AND OTHER SUBVERSIVES

P A N E L I S T S
GARRY TRUDEAU, the new George Polk Career achievement winner
JULES FEIFFER, prize-winning cartoonist, author, and playwright
DJANGO GOLD, senior writer for The Onion
MOLLY CRABAPPLE, artist, writer and contributing editor for VICE

KUMBLE THEATER AT LIU BROOKLYN
Thursday, April 9, 2015 • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
• download flyer
RSVP
info@kumbletheater.org or (718) 488-1624

REGISTER NOW

 

Young New Yorkers

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New York is one of only two states that arrests and sentences 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Each year, 25,000 16- and 17-year-olds are prosecuted as adults in New York City, leaving them with a criminal record that affects their ability to get a job, an education and housing. Young New Yorkers provides court-mandated arts-based programs that allow participants’ cases to be sealed upon completion. In addition, each program culminates in an art exhibition of the participants’ art works, giving members of the criminal justice system an opportunity to re-meet these young people beyond their rap sheets.

Young New Yorkers 2015 Silent Art Auction

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Joseph Gross Gallery
548 West 28th Street, Suite 232
New York, NY 10001
6-10 pm

Auction is now live and can be found here. Tickets are available here.

And feel free to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Tennessee Williams/NOLA Literary Festival

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Molly will be speaking at The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival on March 28, 2015. Click here for all the deets and to purchase tickets.

CRAFTING MEMOIR: OURSELVES AND OTHERS
Memoir=You writing about you. But you are not a deserted island. How do memoirists portray themselves in the context of significant and non-significant others? Outside the personal sphere, a writer’s own perspective is set against larger realities—race, gender, sexuality, and nationality. How important is the recognition of the writer’s point of view—and position in the world—in memoir? Can a reconciliation between the You and the many Others happen on the pages of a memoir? Or are memoirs just fine as single and singular stories? Writers on this panel have taken on love, race, and activism in their works. They’ll be considering these questions and more in this panel. Bring your own for the Q&A.

Moderated by Lauren Cerand.

Saturday, March 28th
Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
10 am

THE TRANSNATIONALISTS: AMERICAN WRITERS ON BORDER CROSSINGS

The U.S. literary landscape has always been a transnational space—America goes on excursion into the world and the world comes in—as seen in works of authors from Faulkner on to the many multiply-hyphenated, diasporic writers. In this panel of consummate border crossers, authors will discuss what it means to be an American writer in the world today, at home and abroad. Phil Klay, an Iraq veteran and author, Molly Crabapple, an activist, writer, and artist, and Laila Lalami, a Moroccan-American novelist and linguist, will discuss point of view, writing from within (and about) the U.S. borders and looking inward from abroad.


Moderated by Pamela Paul.

Saturday, March 28th
Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
11:30 am

Why Solitary Confinement Is a Form of Modern-Day Torture

As of 2013, there were 80,000 men and women in solitary confinement in the United States, some of them as young as 14 years old. In this illustrated op-ed video, artist Molly Crabapple explains the psychological and physical trauma suffered by those forced to spend 22-24 hours a day alone — sometimes for arbitrary reasons, like reading the wrong book, or having the wrong tattoo — in a grey, concrete box. (According to the U.N. 15 days in solitary is torture.) “There is no limit to how long someone can be held in solitary confinement,” says Crabapple. “And very little evidence is needed to justify holding a person in solitary indefinitely.”

— via Fusion

Why Solitary Confinement Is a Form of Modern-Day Torture

As of 2013, there were 80,000 men and women in solitary confinement in the United States, some of them as young as 14 years old. In this illustrated op-ed video, artist Molly Crabapple explains the psychological and physical trauma suffered by those forced to spend 22-24 hours a day alone — sometimes for arbitrary reasons, like reading the wrong book, or having the wrong tattoo — in a grey, concrete box. (According to the U.N. 15 days in solitary is torture.) “There is no limit to how long someone can be held in solitary confinement,” says Crabapple. “And very little evidence is needed to justify holding a person in solitary indefinitely.”

— via Fusion

$pread Book Launch and Spark to a Flame Art Show

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Celebrate the release of sex worker magazine $pread’s anthology and the opening night of Spark to a Flame, an art show celebrating the artists of $pread.

On the ten year anniversary of the launch of $pread, the first U.S. magazine by and for sex workers and allies, Feminist Press is bringing its most memorable voices back to life with the book $pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution, edited by Rachel Aimee, Eliyanna Kaiser, and Audacia Ray. Join us for an evening of readings and performance, and for the opening night of ‘Spark to a Flame,’ an art show celebrating the artists of $pread, curated by Damien Luxe. FREE BOOK WITH ADMISSION!

Readers and performers include: Brendan Michael Conner, Hawk Kinkaid, Syd V., Marisa Brigati. Video art by Morgan Page, Xandra Ibarra/Chica Boom, The Incredible Edible Akynos, Ofelia del Corazón, visual art by Fly Orr, Molly Crabapple, Hawk Kinkaid and Cristy Road.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Spark to a Flame is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Spark to a Flame is also supported by HOOK, a publication by and for men in the sex industry.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

Launch party 7:30 – 9pm. After party in the Dixon Lounge 9 – 11pm. Tickets are $20 and include a free book. Purchase yours here.

$pread Book Launch and Spark to a Flame Art Show

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Celebrate the release of sex worker magazine $pread’s anthology and the opening night of Spark to a Flame, an art show celebrating the artists of $pread.

On the ten year anniversary of the launch of $pread, the first U.S. magazine by and for sex workers and allies, Feminist Press is bringing its most memorable voices back to life with the book $pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution, edited by Rachel Aimee, Eliyanna Kaiser, and Audacia Ray. Join us for an evening of readings and performance, and for the opening night of ‘Spark to a Flame,’ an art show celebrating the artists of $pread, curated by Damien Luxe. FREE BOOK WITH ADMISSION!

Readers and performers include: Brendan Michael Conner, Hawk Kinkaid, Syd V., Marisa Brigati. Video art by Morgan Page, Xandra Ibarra/Chica Boom, The Incredible Edible Akynos, Ofelia del Corazón, visual art by Fly Orr, Molly Crabapple, Hawk Kinkaid and Cristy Road.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Spark to a Flame is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Spark to a Flame is also supported by HOOK, a publication by and for men in the sex industry.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

Launch party 7:30 – 9pm. After party in the Dixon Lounge 9 – 11pm. Tickets are $20 and include a free book. Purchase yours here.