How To Give No Fucks - Raee’n
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Pete Yahnke Railand
Pete Yahnke Railand is a printmaker, educator, bike rider, and member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. Born in Milwaukee WI, Railand was raised in the north woods of Wisconsin in a town with one stoplight. Currently, he lives and works in Milwaukee.
Railand’s piece was inspired by the realization that globally, capital and goods easily cross borders while humans are deemed illegal when doing so. Railand was living in New Mexico at the time this piece was made. “The landscape is straight from New Mexico,” Railand said, “and El Paso/Juarez has such a train bridge…”
Irina Crisis was born and raised in Mexico City, the city of chaos. The daughter of hippie communists, she learned the meanings of crisis and struggle at a very early age. She became an anarchist when she was 15, idolizing Spanish Civil War exiles and anarcho-punks as role models. She went to art school at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and participated in the longest student strike in Latin America. She has taken pictures, designed posters, banners, and fliers for countless demonstrations, protests, and summits. She has marched, graffitied, agitated, and barricaded next to her comrades in the streets of the U.S., Chile, Spain, Mexico, Greece, Germany, Argentina, the UK, Palestine, and Egypt. Currently, she lives in New York.
Crisis’ piece “With or Without Papers, We Will Always Be Illegal” is about being an immigrant. “Being an immigrant means to be brave enough to dare, to risk our lives, to risk our freedom, to make substantial changes, to fight for the choices we made,” Crisis said. “Struggle doesn’t need permission, doesn’t need a license, doesn’t need their laws. This poster is for all those who dare every day.”
Kristine Virsis is a printmaker currently living and working in New York. Her silkscreen prints, which begin as intricate paper-cuts and stencils, deal with the personal end of the political spectrum - creativity, self-sufficiency, nostalgia, as well as mental health and resiliency. She is a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.
Virsis’ piece was inspired by a woman named Adama Bah, whose story she learned of through friend and filmmaker David Felix Suttecliffe and his documentary titled “Adama”. Virsis met with Adama to learn her story. She was arrested in 2005 at the age of 16 and endured many subsequent years of struggle coping with the trauma that ICE inflicted on her and her family. “Knowing how U.S. immigration policy and practice affects real people by hearing their personal stories is crucial to understanding the broad picture of immigration reform,” Virsis said.
AE: Was your girlfriend out in the public? Was it kind of a group decision? Because you coming out and talking about having a girlfriend, if she wasn’t out already, she’s out now!
MR: That’s kind of how it went! No, she wasn’t. Yeah, she is now. I don’t think it was something she was looking to do. I guess I’m responsible for that but we definitely talked about it and she knew it would have an affect on her in some way but it wasn’t something she was looking to do but I think she’s really proud of me and incredibly supportive through all this.
A coalition of groups opposed to marriage equality removed an entry from a video competition they were running after learning it was made by a gay man. The group later reinstated it on appeal and it went on to win.
The Excellent Marriage video competition, held in the lead-up to yesterday’s anti-equality Excellent Marriage event in Hobart, asked participants to make videos about what constituted an excellent marriage. The winner, Rowan Carmichael, did not reveal that he was gay in his video and spoke about marriage in gender-neutral terms.
“I entered the competition because I wanted to show that a gay man can want an excellent marriage just as much as anyone else, and that we all have more in common than apart,” Carmichael said.
“When the organisers of the competition felt I was hiding something from them they removed my entry, but friends, family and some supportive clergy vouched that what I said in the clip is what I genuinely believe and it was allowed to stay in the competition.
“In the end I won by about 40 votes.”
Carmichael was congratulated on his entry by Cornerstone Hobart Presbyterian pastor and anti-same-sex marriage activist Campbell Markham and he has since been paid the $500 prize.
The Excellent Marriage forum was supported by groups including FamilyVoice Australia, the National Marriage Coalition and the Australian Christian Lobby. Speakers included former tennis champion Margaret Court, and former Liberal senator Guy Barnett who told participants same-sex marriage would cause profound injustices to children.
“Children should not be left vulnerable within a new and novel social experiment,” Barnett told the room.
A counter-vigil by marriage equality supporters outside the event, who held up signs declaring their relationships “equally excellent,” attracted a similar number of people.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesman Rodney Croome said the vigil was a great success.
“It was wonderful to see so many people from such a diverse range of backgrounds attending the vigil,” Croome said.
“As well as LGBTI people and our family members, there were representatives from the union movement, Young Labor and Amnesty International, and many young heterosexual families with children, and older heterosexual couples.
“Those attending the Excellent Marriage rally were under no illusion about how widely and strongly the pro-equality cause is supported.”