Category Archives: Politics

Myriam Abdelaziz: A Woman Living After the Revolution

Myriam Abdelaziz:On the heels of International Women’s Day, the following story appeared in our mailbox from Glitterati Inc. and The Click Magazine, a publication dedicated to photography.

The story however is less photography and more reality where women are concerned. Just when it seemed difficult to get a handle on what’s really happening in the world, a woman comes along and adds perspective to an impossible situation. We don’t normally get political here at Gia On The Move, but it’s important to “keep it real”:

French photographer of Egyptian origins, Myriam Abdelaziz was born in Cairo, a city that would later be home to the Revolution of 25 of January in 2011. The Revolution was a diverse movement of demonstrations, marches, plaza occupations, riots, non-violent civil resistance, acts of civil disobedience, and labor strikes, with millions of protesters from all walks of life demanding the overthrow of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Since that time, control of Egypt has gone back and forth between different groups; most recently on 3 July 2012, a coup d’Etat lead by Minister of Defense General Abdel Fattah El-Sissi reinstated power to a government of military rule. Under the military, many things have changed, not the least of which is life a palpable paranoia of photographers and journalists.

For Abdelaziz, who resides in Cairo, life is no longer the same. She speaks to The Click about what it is like to be a woman—and a photographer—on the streets of Cairo today. Read the story and view more of Myriam’s photos at THE CLICK.

Myriam Abdelaziz:

The Art of Craft and Activisim: The DIY Revolution

Craftism

“The creation of things by hand leads to a better understanding of democracy, because it
reminds us that we have power.”

AVAILABLE MAY 2014 Arsenal Pulp Press $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-55152-535-8  Trade paper, 8 x 8.75 256 pp, full color throughout

AVAILABLE MAY 2014
Arsenal Pulp Press
$24.95
ISBN: 978-1-55152-535-8
Trade paper, 8 x 8.75
256 pp, full color throughout

The Art of Craft and Activism

An Anthology of Interviews & Profiles
Publishing May 2014 from Arsenal Pulp Press
Edited by Betsy Greer

Makers. Crafters. Creators. Analog Hackers. Across the globe, people are participating in a DIY revolution, a resurgence of the celebrated and intentional artisan.
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“Craftivism” is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection of craft and activism. It is a grassroots endeavor that proves small acts can have a large impact. Craftivists often follow in the footsteps of the nonviolent protest movement and invite others to join a conversation about the social and political intent of their creations.
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The new anthology, Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism, gathers inspiration for anyone hoping to create works that add to the greater good. Featuring interviews and profiles with individuals who are changing the world with their art, Craftivism emphasizes the inherent power for crafters from all social, political, and economic backgrounds to be bold, altruistic, and nurturing.
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CraftismEditor Betsy Greer coined the term “craftivism” in 2003, and runs the blog www.craftivism.com.  In her new anthology, Betsy introduces us to a truly global community of crafters:

  • the Indonesian organizer of a DIY craft center
  • the Australian public artist who leaves random gifts of guerilla kindness, labeled with notes reading, “Take me, I’m yours”
  • the story of how  centuries-old American tradition of offering comfort with a charity quilt was reinvented as an international aid project that delivered over 9000 quilts to Japanese affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami
  • the Chilean arpilleristas
  • the women of India’s Adithi Collective, and so many more.
craftismBETSY GREER is a writer, a maker, and a researcher, and the author of Knitting for Good! A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change Stitch by Stich. She runs the blog www.craftivism.com and believes that creativity and positive activism can save not only the soul, but also the world.

Follow Betsy on Twitter:

@craftivistahttps://twitter.com/craftivista

Jesse Ventura “Off The Grid”

Jesse Ventura Off The Grid

“The American people deserve to know more about what’s really going on in the world. Justin Bieber has no right to make the news. He isn’t news.  What’s going on in the Ukraine right now? That’s news. The fact that the company responsible for two chemical spills in West Virginia’s drinking water is trying to skirt out of lawsuits by claiming bankruptcy? That’s news.”

So says Jesse Ventura, the 39th governor of Minnesota who this past Monday, January 27th, premiered his online show Off The Grid on Ora TV which also produces Larry King’s Larry King Now and Larry King’s Politicking.

The newest edition to Ora.TVJesse Ventura will be hosting Off The Grid from an undisclosed location in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, and broadcasting into what he considers “Occupied America.”

“Broadcasting from Mexico gives me a unique perspective about the news because I’m not tainted by what’s going on in the states,” says Jesse Ventura, the 38th governor of Minnesota. “I won’t be covering something because every other news network is covering it.”

Off The Grid will offer Jesse Ventura’s electrifying insight into the nation’s most pressing problems as well as unleash the former governor’s takes on topics ranging from government hypocrisy, to corporate deception, to current events. It will also feature Ventura in conversation with the world’s leading political and cultural minds as well as fellow conspiracy savants. The show’s tagline is certainly apropos: “No suits, no censors, no red tape. Just Jesse Ventura as we like him: bold, brazen, and bare knuckled.”

“The news is dumbed down, based solely on ratings, and often isn’t even factual because American news networks are occupied by the interests of major corporations,” states Ventura. “My show will be off the grid in the sense that I will be off of the corporate payroll; I won’t answer to some guy upstairs, giving me orders on what to report or how to report.”

The show will air Tuesday through Friday, with a unique behind-the-scenes blog post on Mondays on http://OffTheGridBlog.ora.tv that includes a written and video component from Jesse Ventura. Facebook and Twitter fans can also chime in by asking Jesse Ventura’s opinion on important issues or providing questions for him to ask upcoming guests.

Episodes will be posted online at:

www.ora.tv/OffTheGrid andwww.youtube.com/JesseVentura and will be available for immediate viewing at anytime.

To subscribe, go to www.ora.tv/offthegrid
Twitter: @GovJVentura
Youtube: www.youtube.com/JesseVentura
Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialjesseventura
Blog: http://OffTheGridBlog.ora.tv

The Ora TV site’s major investor is América Móvil, the Latin American wireless service provider majority owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

Anita Kunz Solo Show – The Bestiary – Rome, Italy

Anita Kunz-01One of our favorite international artists Anita Kunz is making headlines again and Gia On The Move is pleased to help celebrate.

Gallery House Founder Belinda Chun announces Canadian darling Anita Kunz “ The Bestiary” public reception scheduled to open February 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Dorthy Circus Gallery Rome, Italy with artist in attendance.

Anita Kunz has been widely published for over three decades on an international platform. Kunz’s paintings have been concerned with political systems, social justice and the human relationship to nature. Her newer body of work concerns the animal kingdom and and how we relate to and live within it.

Anita Kunz

The Bestiary is a special curated exhibition showcasing a comprehensive exploration of beasts both found in rural and city locations and those fantastical mythical creatures that are only discovered in the land of Kunz. She believes that since we share an enormous amount of genetic material with other creatures and by comparing and contrasting, we can begin to understand our very nature.

Anita-OpeningAnita is highly collected in many institutions these include the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; Norman Rockwell Museum and showcased in several art fairs across the UK and more. She has received the Order of Canada, her country’s highest civilian honour and was the first Canadian and the first woman to have a show of her work at the Library of Congress in Washington. She has also recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour.

Anita is featured in Gallery House Volume 01, to view a preview of the 118 page catalogue click here.

Gallery House is a unique space serving primarily as a management site then a commercial gallery. We deliberately partner with gallery dealers, museums, special projects and currently are in over 8 countries and growing.

For more information including availability of new works please contact Belinda Chun at 416.587.0057 or info@galleryhouse.ca

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What Smaug and Bill Gates Have in Common

The second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug is filled with compelling facts and  introduces us to the most impressive depiction by far of Smaug since J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was first published in the late thirties. One of our favorite content contributors, Alex Hillsberg, of FinancesOnline.com sent us this fun infographic which depicts why Smaug is the biggest, most malevolent, and… the richest creature in Tolkien’s universe.  You can get more details on Alex’s website: http://bit.ly/1aRdEHF
 

'The Hobbit' & Secrets of Smaug the Dragon: Is Benedict Cumberbatch the Most Wicked Character in the Upcoming Film?
Source: www.financesonline.com | Author: Robin Renford | See our Pinterest

Crowds Will Be Gathering in Oakland, CA For Labor Day

wordsby Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Most people spend Labor Day on the beach. But the hottest place this holiday will be in Oakland, CA where a Revolutionary Crowdfunding Platform will be launched.

As culture goes, people all over the world suffered the greatest economic hit since the Depression when in 2008 the stock market collapsed.  We’ve never really recovered.

So when I received the press release for the upcoming CoCap – The Community Capital Symposium on September 2nd from 12-5pm PST, I was immediately intrigued. The symposium will be attended by some of the most innovative entrepreneurs, investors, and civic leaders from throughout the US and will focus not only on advancing a new way of financing, that shifts investing from Wall Street back to Main Street, it will also be the launch of a first ever crowdfunding platform that allows investors to own shares in a company instead of just donating.

coCap“A hundred years ago, individuals invested in their own community. It was really common for you as a businessperson to own an interest in 5-10 businesses in your town,” says John Katovich, President of Cutting Edge Capital. “It was a strengthening of common bonds – a vote of confidence in each other. But slowly we lost that. We’re bringing it back.”

In short, the pioneers of the Community Capital movement are bringing together both non-accredited investors, who demand the right to invest, and entrepreneurs, who are seeking new ways of raising funds.

Check out the full press release by clicking on this link to find out more information.  If you are local, you can also sign up for the conference.  It is open to all.

August 4th #TwitterSilence

Caroline Criado-Perez.

If you haven’t been following the news, i.e. are some sort of troll (and yes I said that), there has been a direct attack on Caroline Criado-Perez a 28-year-old U.K. feminist activist and freelance journalist (above, far right), who successfully campaigned to make sure one non-royal woman would be featured on the redesigned British banknotes, the celebrated, much loved, 19th century, female writer, Jane Austen.

Everyone that I knew who read it thought, “cool.” And that should have been it.

Apparently, however,  there were a lot of  men out there who didn’t think so. And what is truly stunning is that because of this one small act, Ms. Criado-Perez subsequently began receiving death and rape threats about every minute for the next 48 hours.

Tomorrow, August 4th, 2013 is National Friendship Day.

To celebrate that, Gia On The Move has decided to stand in solidarity with Caroline not as a feminist, or as a hater of men (which I vehemently am not – get real, I love my dad, my brothers, my uncles, my cousins, my guy friends, who also coincidentally respect the hell out of me) but as a woman; a woman with a public voice and a woman who has the strength to stand up and speak, and who is being attacked along with all women who share her purpose of living with dignity.

Will you please consider joining and not tweeting tomorrow all day until after midnight except for the hashtag #TwitterSilence?

(Or if you feel you must, maybe take a cue from Catilin Moran who suggests that you just be super positive and nothing else.)

The original goal of the boycott: (directly taken from the article written by KAT STOEFFEL @ The Cut)
A “Report Abuse” button, conveniently located on a Twitter user’s page, that alerts the social network to users who violate its rules by threatening to rape and kill people, according to a Change.org petition that’s been signed by more than 120,000 people.

Did they get it?
They wanted it like a week ago. They got it Monday.

So then why is the protest still happening?
In short, the cynicism of all the smart-aleck, overwhelmingly male tech commentators saying a “report abuse” button is less important than the freedom of speech, and that rape threats are an inevitable form of speech, and women should just deal with it, block people, “not feed the trolls,” etc. Or so says Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman, and another prominent supporter of Criado-Perez.

And just because of the obvious:  It’s National Friendship Day!

Below is a video about the hot debate going on in England also taken directly from Kat’s article featuring Stella Creasy, MP who is also currently under attack.  I watched it.  It’s pretty serious stuff.  You might want to at least check it out. I hope you will.