21&22 /30 January Painting | “Speak Out”

By | January 22, 2017

Day 21 & 22, 30 paintings in 30 days.

I did participate in the Women’s March yesterday. It was, overall, a tremendously gratifying and uplifting event, where I felt solidarity, hope, and possibility for the future.

Marching with Signs

Marching with Signs

Women Unite

Women Unite

Multitudes Marching

Multitudes Marching

Will anything come out of it? No, not if the individuals who participated go back to their homes and carry on exactly as they did before coming out to march.

However, if you are in the least dissatisfied, distressed, confused, or concerned about the future of our country or our government, there are things you can do to become more knowledgeable and involved, so as to influence future elections and make your voice be heard.

My main concern is that I inform myself. I hope you might consider the same.

For example, today I listened to the entirety of the Betsy Devos’ confirmation hearing for Education Secretary.

Yes, the entire 3.5 hours of it. It was eye-opening for a number of reasons. I had never watched one of the hearings before. In a lot of ways, it went as I expected it probably had. She skirted around issues she didn’t want to answer, and had clear friends and opponents from the questioners. I learned some things about her I didn’t realize, and additionally realized there are some things I need to learn more about in order to understand the implications. I also was able to see how power is controlled in these types of situations—which was quite astounding to me. It made me better understand the importance of our other elected officials and how they have great influence in the outcome of certain events.

I didn’t like what I saw. But now I know, and I know why, and I know there are opportunities for me to effect change.

Our mid-term elections are one place where we can make our voices heard. Check on what your elected officials are up to, double-check whether or not you agree with them, and then talk to others to help inform them as well.

The Women’s March yesterday wasn’t just a protest to the new government. It wasn’t one message. It wasn’t one voice. But it was an opportunity for many people to rise up together, see that they weren’t alone, and gain confidence and inspiration to continue to be active in sharing the message about what is important to them.

My main realization, in both politics, work, and my own personal life, is that My Voice Matters, so I need to continue to use it so that it is heard. Your voice matters, too.

Speak Out!

With that, here are my two latest paintings, which go together and represent the march, but also continue my theme of “writing,” through the slogans on the signs and all additional writing that came out of the event yesterday.

Speak Out

Speak Out

P.S. One of my goals for the new year is to paint in January. My theme for all the paintings is “writing”.

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3 thoughts on “21&22 /30 January Painting | “Speak Out”

  1. Theresa Weiser

    I am NOT an advocate for Sharia Law in America! When you say please be informed and help each other to be informed…May I inform you of this? Here is an example of women being blindly led and playing right in to the hands of supporters of Sharia Law. Sharia Law is the opposite of everyone having women’s rights. Sharia Law takes away all women’s rights. Please read the following very carefully!

    The Organizer For DC Women’s March, Linda Sarsour Is Pro Sharia Law with Ties To Hamas

    Approximately 200,000 people participated in a ‘Women’s March’ in D.C. on Saturday. One of the organizers of the march, Linda Sarsour is a Pro-Palestine Muslim activist.
    She also advocates for Sharia Law in America and has ties to terrorist organization, Hamas.
    Linda Sarsour is very vocal about her support for Palestine and her utter hatred for Israel. She has ties to the terrorist organization,
    Linda Sarsour is very active on Twitter. She is pro Sharia law and a couple of her tweets even have a seditious tone to them where she romanticizes Sharia law and hints at it taking over America whereby we would have interest free loans.
    The fact that an Islamic faction was one of the organizers of the Women’s March is laughable at best. Islam is responsible for the worst abuses of women and children not only throughout history, but at present day. Islamic supremacists who wish to impose Sharia law in America have infiltrated various leftist movements in order to appear as an oppressed minority.
    Here is bizarre tweet from Maya Shwayder who is a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in New York…is she really celebrating a Hijab? Wearing an American flag as a Hijab also goes against the U.S. Flag Code.
    Women’s March Organizer Recently Met Ex-Hamas Operative, Has Family Ties To Terror Group

    12:37 PM 01/21/2017
    Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers behind Saturday’s Women’s March, being held in Washington, D.C., was recently spotted at a large Muslim convention in Chicago posing for pictures with an accused financier for Hamas, the terrorist group.
    Sarsour, the head of the Arab American Association of New York and an Obama White House “Champion of Change,” was speaking at last month’s 15th annual convention of the Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America.
    While there, she posed for a picture with Salah Sarsour, a member of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee and former Hamas operative who was jailed in Israel in the 1990s because of his alleged work for the terrorist group.

    1. Galen

      Hi Theresa,

      Interesting comments and worthwhile to share what you learn! I’d like to offer you some information- please read with an open mind! I’ve actually lived in and studied the Middle East for about a decade now, and as a white, southern, woman I can tell you it’s a beautifully complex landscape that is more nuanced than you present. I’d be happy to have a dialogue about any and all of the following.

      First, the hijab is both a religious and cultural tradition: religious because Islam encourages modesty and cultural because the intense weather demands some sort of covering. In fact, many who live in the desert areas, Muslim or otherwise, cover to protect themselves from the heat, sand, and wind. I agree that the forced wearing of anything is wrong, but to assume that the hijab is always forced is simply incorrect. Did you realize that many other religions (including Christianity) dictate that women cover their heads while practicing their religion? Many of the most devout Muslim women choose wear their hijabs all the time, as a physical representation of their devoutness. Similar to how Christians wear crosses. I admit that I, too, was incredibly ignorant to these nuances (we all are until we study a little!) but a little research and a lot of listening to my Muslim friends helped me understand the nuances.

      Second, like any religion, Islam has extremists. However, it’s simply incorrect to state that Muslims are the “worst oppressors” of women in the long history and current situation of our world. We could have a conversation about colonial imperialism if you’d like a history lesson about white Christians’ abuse of women. The current US president himself has a long history of abuse toward women… I do not believe one negative history cancels out the other, but if you are so anti-Islam, I think it’s clear you don’t know any Muslims personally. I recommend you change that- they are some of the kindest and gentlest and Christian people I know. (Yes, Christian, because unlike many so-called “Christians” they devoutly practice values of kindness and non-judgement).

      Third, being pro-Palestine does not make one either pro-Hamas or anti-Israel. In fact, it makes one pro-humanity. Like many nations around the world, poor leadership has led to the misconception that the citizens are that way. There are some wonderful articles and books I’d be willing to share if you’d like to learn more about this complex conflict. I can also direct you to great organizations working toward a peaceful solution.

      Finally, I’ll conclude with this: the United States of America is a free country where we can enjoy our liberties, including the burning of the American flag (which I don’t condone but it’s true!). It’s not illegal. There’s a reason we started a revolution in 1776- to allow everyone in our great nation to express his/her patriotism however they felt compelled to. Wearing the American flag as a hijab was a sign of respect and an act of patriotism, not one intended to offend our already great nation. Disrespectful are those who leave our flag to tatter in the rain. Ask your neighbors- how many of them bring in the American flag every time there is inclement weather?

      Again, I’d be happy to have an actual conversation about all of this! Just leave a reply and Ev can give you my email.


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