This is my contribution to “Lines Drawn: Parents and Teacher’s Who’ve Had Enough” (Part 1), a comics project inspired by student activists, organized by Meredith Li-Vollmer, edited by Mita Mahato, and published by Mutha Magazine.
…and it doesn’t involve arming teachers.
#Enough #MarchForOurLives #NationalSchoolWalkout #ThrowThemOut
Students in Parkland, Florida – students EVERYWHERE – know what is wrong with our country. I support the National High School Walkout on April 20th, the anniversary of the Columbine massacre (AND the Women’s March action on March 14th AND the March for Our Lives on March 24th). These youth-organized events demands that the adults in elected office (elections in which most teenagers cannot vote) do their job, take care of their communities, and enact real gun reform legislation. Now.
After these past few weeks, I felt this comic needed to expand:
Kayla Chadwick’s article, I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People, really resonated with me last week. Also, check out Shaun King’s series about why the struggle to end police brutality is failing and his recommendations for how that could change.
The deportation of the first DREAMer, passing a “healthcare” bill that would defund Planned Parenthood and create countless uninsured citizens, convicting a woman who dared laugh at Jeff Sessions, complete silence regarding the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards . . . Every day it gets worse. It’s getting hard not to think of these men as pure evil.
This is a comic isn’t perfect, I know. But it’s a question that I’ve been asking myself a lot these days as I try to stay human.
Below are two articles that I’ve been thinking about like crazy as I try to figure out how to make work that focuses on the very real suffering caused by those in power, even when that suffering is not specifically my own. I admit that I’m unsure which imagery is ok for me (a white, straight, North American woman) to share. My answer in this comic was to reference images that have been widely circulated, have become a part of our collective consciousness and, for me, epitomize the calls to “not look away.” That said, I’m not sure that I got this right. Your thoughts are more than welcome.
Here are the articles: