The Resistance: Justice Rising

I’m an optimist, always have been, always will be. So I see the large numbers in the States marching and organising against fascism as a brilliant development, confirming my faith in the goodness of the majority of people in the United States.

Similarly I see the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK as a sign that people are organising for social justice, peace and decent wages and working conditions, and an end to the class warfare of the Tories under the euphemism of “austerity”.

And just this past week I’ve seen reports of how the progressive government in Portugal in 2016, according to figures released on March 24th, cut the budget deficit by more than half to just under 2.1% of GDP (see chart), the lowest since Portugal’s transition to democracy in 1974. The administration restored state pensions, wages and working hours to pre-bail-out levels, and also brought the deficit well under the 2.5% target set for it by the European Union.

So there are lights on the horizon even though negative news about Trump fills a lot of newspaper, TV and radio space. The trick is not to focus on the negative but instead on the positive.  It’s how we’ll survive these challenging times!

 

 

 

In Honour of Heather Heyer, Charlottesville

So much has been written about events in Charlottesville that anything by me would be now superfluous.

Instead, I’ve created this artwork to honour Heather Heyer, who was murdered by a white supremacist who drove his car into anti-fascist demonstrators in Charlottesville. Heather fought for decency, kindness and against injustice.

The eagle in flight represents her courage and steadfastness in standing on the side of the people and the injustices suffered in the community. The rays of light reflect the heritage she has bequeathed of compassion, courage and ongoing struggle and organisation for justice, equality, respect and against the forces of racism and white supremacy.

The bright colours top and bottom reflect the forces of positivity, optimism and determination to fight for a society where people are respected and honoured regardless of their colour, race, sexuality or religion.

We stand in hope because we will not allow the forces of evil and hatred to thrive, we will pull them out by their roots and in their place plant hope, love, kindness and tolerance.

Earth Guardians

This is another image incorporating standing stones – I have the feeling that they are activating around the world, sending energy through ley lines, to offer love and support for defence of Planet Earth and for humanity’s journey from a society based on mega-profit for the few to one of peace, co-operation, compassion, respect for all regardless of income, and good health, educational, welfare and housing services. As the possibility develops of working less hours, the opportunities open to feed and nurture people’s creativity and collective organisation on a scale never seen in history.

I live in hope!

The Power of Community

This artwork is to acknowledge the mighty power of community which swung into action after the Grenfell Towers disaster. It’s a reminder of the goodness and kindness in people when times get difficult and challenging.

As the Labor MP, Jo Cox, so sadly murdered last year, said: ““We have far more in common than that which divides us”.

Forever Young: For the Victims of Manchester and All Young People Whose Lives Have Been Cut Short by Warfare

This is a bit belated due to a bad fall I had at home (not my fault, slipped on a puppy puddle on our  marble floor, it’s like a skating rink). Am picking up now and catching up with posting artwork I created while not very mobile.

The art and music speak for themselves.

Community in Change

The image here is of soulless, machine-run cities, but with the hope of a butterfly for change and the creation of communities serving people in compassion, tolerance and communal support.

I believe this is actually in the process of coming into being – the turmoil of the presidential elections in the US, the rising resistance in the UK to the class war being waged by the Conservative government on behalf of the corporate class, and upheaval in many other parts of the world against global capitalism are all leading people to look at alternative ways of living, supporting each other and creating new communities and ways of people cooperating rather than competing to climb the slippery ladder.

I live in hope!

Together – We Rise Up!

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I created this because I saw yet again a comment about baby boomers being selfish and the root cause of economic problems in Western nations. You know, we baby boomers are told we’re leeches on the economy, we’re blocking beds, we’re a drain on resources because we’ve had the gall not to die early and save the community a whole heap of money. We’re also told that we’re a greedy bunch for saving up, buying a home, and having the nerve to continue to live in said home when we get old instead of sloping off to an old folks’ home and making housing available for those younger than us.

Bollocks. Absolute bollocks. We baby boomers have as much right as younger generations to live well, to live in our own homes or to get good care as we age. Don’t forget – a portion of our taxes is supposed to be set aside for the ageing population and if governments are unable to operate the economy in a responsible way, don’t blame people who’ve paid their tax dues over the years!

Beyond that though – dividing us into Baby Boomers, Generation X and so on and so forth is simply a diversion from those who should take responsibility for economic ills besetting Western nations. It’s a very nifty little divide and rule tactic which needs to be shouted down every time some corporate bullshit artist tries to puff it up to divert blame from deviant governments selling people down the drain.

Why deviant? Because there’s a damned big spotlight shining on governments in the US, Australia, the UK and other European nations which illuminates the fact that governments don’t serve the general population – they’re at the beck and call of corporate monsters whose only allegiance is to overweening greed – the dollar, the almighty dollar. The “trickle down” effect of reducing taxes on the super-rich is one great big con trick, because it’s trickle-up as a small billionaire class gets ever richer at the expense of ordinary folk getting ever poorer while facing cuts to education, housing, social services and cultural life.

If we fight among ourselves about who’s to blame for current economic conditions, we are allowing the corporate elite to divide us from each other and to hide the fact that it is this tiny minority whose greed is the root cause of economic problems around the world. It’s why I, as a baby boomer in North Cyprus, stand with people of all ages in the US, UK and Australia because we need to support each other and stand united against the divide and rule efforts of the billionaire class.

TOGETHER WE RISE reaches across oceans, all strata of populations, across nations, ignoring cultural and religious differences, to stand together in love, compassion, tolerance and an end to the 1% screwing the rest of us.

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