Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I shudder at this...

I cannot believe that my President shook hands with a murdering, racist dictator who has been brutalizing his people and enslaving a whole nation for almost 55 years... sigh.

 Three years ago Princeton professor Cornel West, actress Ruby Dee and director Melvin Van Peebles and 60 other African-American artists and leaders issued a public statement (titled "Acting on Our Conscience") that criticized the Castro dictatorship for its "increased violations of civil and human rights for those black activists in Cuba who dare raise their voices against the island’s racial system." 

People in the US are just not aware of Cuba's bloody racial history and the way that Afro-Cubans (who make up 35% of the Cuban population) have been and continue to be brutalized. POTUS should have been advised about what to do if this came up: what President Carter did decades ago when faced with the same situation and a different Castro: Ignore him.

General Grevious in the snow

General Grevious in the snow - a photo by F. Lennox Campello
General Grevious in the Snow

Opportunity for sculptors

The Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Project will commission ten artists to produce sculptures that will be permanently installed on selected street posts in DC. 

These are paid commissions, and the project is working with a historian, will have a launch event, as well as produce a book. 

Funding for this phase is from the DDOT and the DC Humanities Council. 

More details here: https://sites.google.com/site/alphabetanimalsdc/home