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This is one of the Levi’s ads with the magical, mystical view of Braddock that they decided to hang their brand on for a while. Read more about Braddock and John Fetterman in a recent article from Pittsburgh Magazine. The article doesn’t mention Transformazium (although they have been instrumental in the transformation of the library, among other things), but you can read an article about their work by DU’s own Zach Brendza here. And you can see more of Latoya Ruby Frazier’s work here and here.
Continuing to watch mob justice unfold in real time online: the New York Post published a full-page photo cover highlighting two individuals that they tagged as prime suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Naturally the internet was all over it immediately, but they had the wrong guys. Here’s an interview with one of them, a Boston area teenager who had come to the marathon thinking he could sign up late and run that day. Video above is from ABC’s Blotter:
Salah Barhoun, 17, said he went to the police yesterday to clear his name after he found himself tagged in pictures online. He had just gone to watch the race, he said, but soon after the explosions, he was singled out by internet sleuths as looking suspicious. Federal authorities passed around images of Barhoun, attempting to learn more information about him, sources told ABC News.
Today The New York Post ran a story featuring a picture of Barhoun and another man circled in red, but said it was unclear if they were the same as two potential suspects spotted by law enforcement Wednesday.
When he saw the front page story, with the headline “Bag Men,” Barhoun said, “It’s the worst feeling that I can possibly feel… I’m only 17.”
… For more on the way these images were spread and the reactions they generated, see the Legal Insurrection blog, particularly the comments section, in which you can notice a number of commenters continuing to use witch hunt logic.
"One child is holding something
that’s been banned in America
to protect them.
Guess which one.”
The ad is by a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
The explanation, via babble:
"The Charles Perrault version of Little Red Riding Hood, the one that was banned by two California school districts, was controversial not because both the grandma and the little girl are eaten by the wolf by the end of the story, but because — as the Christian Science Monitor notes, “one of the refreshments for her grandmother that Little Red Riding Hood carried in her basket was wine.”
Second Amendment defenders will cry foul over the the image of a grade school-age girl holding what appears to be a Bushmaster XM-15, the same weapon used by Adam Lanza….
"It’s very profitable in the media for us to hate each other. … They want me to hate the other side, and I just don’t come from that place. I think when we come from a place where we empathize … we’re more likely to find that common ground."
From Upworthy: Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler (who has since resigned from the organization) might be a conservative at heart, but this recent exchange with Joan Blades (co-founder, MoveOn.org) at Seattle’s Citizen University conference is an inspiring reminder that “right” and “left” share a lot more common ground than some people might think.
This profile of the “Boston Cowboy” is circulating on Facebook; apparently originally from Occupy Austin:
Carlos Arredondo, a Costa Rican immigrant whose Marine son died in action in Iraq in 2004, became an iconic figure during the Boston Marathon Bombing. Carlos first received notoriety when he became a peace activist in the wake of his son’s death. He was seen around the country, dragging a coffin to protest the war, that took his son’s and many others lives.
On Monday, Carlos was waiting at the finish, to greet a runner who was competing in the race in memory of his son Alexander Arredondo. Once the first bomb went off, Carlos rushed to the aid of the victims and helped one man who had been wounded severely, to safety.
Occupiers first met Carlos out at Occupy Boston, where he set up “Camp Alex” in memory of his son. We would like to point out that Carlos is a true hero in every sense of the word and has shown that consistently from his first protest, to Occupy, to his continued work to fight the war, and now in the wake of this tragedy. Please watch and share Carlo’s videos and personal page where he honors his son.
Also, if you are in the Dallas area please try and come out to meet Carlos when he speaks at The People’s Response on Tuesday April 23 @ 6PM. He will join Veterans, families, and Iraqi civilians as they share their stories. Speakers include Col. Ann Wright, Geoff Millard, Chas Jacquier, Jacob George, Gerry Condon, Michael Prysner, Joyce, Kevin, & Debbie Lucey, Salam Talib Hassan.
Father Recounts Burning Marine Van and Himself After Learning of Son’s Death in Iraq
Cost of War at Home - Carlos Arredondo
Peace Activist Carlos Arredondo Hailed as Hero for Aid to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims
The People’s Response
Carlos Arredondo hailed as hero for Boston Marathon rescue efforts
The Man in the Cowboy Hat: Meet Carlos Arredondo, a Hero of the Boston Bombings
Carlos Arredondo lost son in Iraq (part 1)
Carlos Arredondo lost son in Iraq (part 2)
Carlos Arredondo lost son in Iraq (part 3)
Amy Goodman: Carlos Arredondo Coffin
Carlos Arredondo @ Occupy Boston 10/2/11
April 15, 2013. Peace activist Carlos Arredondo holds a blood soaked flag in the aftermath of Boston marathon explosion. Arredondo campaigned extensively to withdraw US troops from Iraq after the death of his son in Najaf, Iraq, 2004.
Arredondo assists medical responders as they help an injured man following an explosion in Boston on April 15, 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Read more about Carlos Arredondo, the “Boston Cowboy,” at The Daily Beast.
On this Tax Day, the Human Rights Campaign blog offers a reminder of the tax benefits that are among the marks of equality that lesbian and gay Americans seek to share with the rest of society. The photo above is part of a campaign called Capturing Love, which explains:
Below are just 11 of the 1,138 Federal benefits that legally married same-sex couples ARE NOT eligible to receive without full marriage equality.
We all know how important photography of the Big Day is for people who are getting married. It’s one of life’s major transitions that we expect to have documented in albums we’ll hold onto forever. “Capturing Love: A Picture is Worth …” aims to extend that visual celebration of affection, romance, optimism and commitment to same-sex wedding photography.