Visiting Palestine

cropped-cropped-group-khader1I recently met some of the folks behind AEF Palestine at the Istikshaf Conference in Amman.  I was asked to do a standard evaluation of that conference yesterday and this to say:

Since there [were] so many different types of delegates (business, government, nonprofit, arts), I think a preliminary session on the relation b/w human and artist mobility would be useful and quite foundational.  I was very pleased with the content otherwise.  I loved the critical spirit of debate.  Every time I had a question or concern about something that had been said, it was handily addressed by an audience member (in the Q and A) before I could even form my response.  We need to be convened like this more often so that our common goals and articulated differences can evolve into a sturdy platform that will be durable for the hosting/holding/instigating/catalyzing urgent reforms in how people move on this planet.


The idea I mention here is a core tenet of freeDimensional‘s work.  I also recently learned about the ImaginAction residencies in Palestine.  And, there’s the work of JustVision and Seeds of Peace.  AEF Palestine can be reached at


First Step: Figuring out where you stand with the market

brianfhOver the past months I’ve been following the discussion on art and labor and making it in the art world … while I’m no closer to understanding where I stand with the ‘market’, it is helpful to read what others have learned such as Coco Fusco in Debating an MFA? The Lowdown on Art School Risks and Returns; Brian Halloran-Fernandes in Thinking About Art Practice and the Role of Compromise; and Caroline Woolard in How many uncompensated people labor on the piece? … thank you all for writing these articles!

Art by Brian Fernandes-Halloran.

Israeli troops shoot dead a Palestinian-Jordanian judge at border crossing

Jordanians protest outside Israeli embassyJordanians protesting outside the Israeli Embassy in Amman.

On my trip to Amman last week, I was invited to attend the mourning ceremony for Judge Raed Zeiter.  While most of the articles mention that he allegedly tried to take a soldier’s gun, the surveillance cameras were mysteriously not working at the time of the shooting.  While most of the articles mention that he is survived by his family including a son in a coma, I was told that he was going to Palestine to gather some funds to pay hospital bills for his son back in Amman.

Here is coverage from The Guardian, CNN, New York Times and Al Jazeera.



Reposted from the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Speaking of intersectionality,here’s A Response to American Apparel and Americans in General, and what’s with 824 Missing Women in Canada All Having One Shocking Thing in Common?

Uganda: Guidelines for support in relation to Anti-Homosexuality Law

ugandaUganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law has just published its Guidelines to National, Regional, and International Partners on how to offer support now that the Anti-Homosexuality Law has been assented to.


The Global Gay Issues Reader

yummyYou may ask ‘why this image? ‘ …um…because dude to the right is off-the-charts-sexy and I couldn’t find a google image with just him (no offense to the other two cuties).  But seriously, Play Smart Together: Artist Talk and Launch, an upcoming event by Visual AIDS picks up the topic of social marketing, which is a global issue.  OK, so regarding the title .. I’m just kidding.  Lately, I’ve been seeing and thinking about how things are called/named/framed/etc.  ‘Reader’ sounds important when all I’m really doing is offering a mash-up of opinions (some contradictory) on the state of gay stuff globally.  Here goes … what do you think?

One step forward, two steps back? The gaps between LGBTI policy and practice in foreign aid

Distorting Russia How the American media misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine

A gay Russian-American examines Sochi protest

Russia’s anti-gay law is wrong – but so is some of the criticism from the west

Enough of the liberal pieties on Sochi and gay rights

Real enemies, false friends: Imperialism and homophobia in Africa 

HRC’s International Expansion Funded By The Worst Humans

HRC and the vulture fund: Making Third World poverty pay for LGBT rights

HOPE 2014 — The NYC Street Survey (Jan 27 .. volunteers needed)

On January 27, 2014, the NYC Department of Homeless Services will conduct the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE). We need thousands of volunteers to canvass parks, subways, and other public spaces to estimate the number of people living unsheltered in the city. Just one night of your time will help us collect vital information used by outreach teams to help homeless people leave the streets for a better life.

3,000 NEW YORKERS NEEDED…The information gathered by volunteers during HOPE 2014 is critical to our ongoing efforts, but we need your help to make it possible. We need more than 3,000 volunteers, who are 18 years-old or older, to give just one night of their time to help survey the number of New Yorkers living on city streets. We will provide you with all the training you will need to conduct the survey on the night of HOPE plus a quick, convenient online orientation when you register to give you the basics.

Sign up to volunteer for HOPE 2014 today!