Saturday, 14 January 2006

U.S. war resisters in Canada; "Omega" art exhibit in S.F.

A new 28-minute video on war resisters from the USA-Iraq War in Canada, and the debate now going on (in the context of Canada’s national elections) on whether to grant them refuge in Canada, is now available in full online as streaming video in seven segments (plus links to supplemental video and other resources) from the National Film Board of Canada Web site, or for purchase on DVD or videotape from the War Resisters Support Campaign [Canada].

“Let Them Stay: Voices of U.S. War Resisters in Canada” is directed at a Canadian audience, but people in the USA should watch it as well, especially if you haven’t heard or seen first-hand testimony from those who have taken part in fighting the U.S. war against Iraq — and have opted out.

Closer to home, a forthcoming art exhibit at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, Battle Emblems , will focus on the creation and use of graphic symbols of social movements, including the “omega” symbol of draft resistance as well as the peace sign, the “theta” of the ecology movement, the womens symbol, the pink triangle, the raised fist, the IWW (“Wobbly”) globe, and the rainbow flag of LGBT liberation. I’m loaning several omega pieces from my draft resistance poster archives, including photos from Resistance News, Fred Moore’s silkscreened rainbow omega “Refuse to Register” poster, and a print of Carlos Cortez’ woodcut IWW poster, Draftees of the World, Unite! You have nothing to lose but your generals! (which was also used in Resistance News and on National Resistance Committee leaflets). Also on exhibit will be rarely-shown posters from Michael Rossman’s All Of Us Or None archive, and new work by local artists using these symbols. The opening reception is Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 6 p.m. at Intersection for the Arts , 446 Valencia Street (between 15th and 16th Streets) in the Mission District. I hope to see some of you there. The exhibit will be on view from 1 February through 25 March, Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon-5 p.m.

Link | Posted by Edward on Saturday, 14 January 2006, 17:13 ( 5:13 PM)
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