Mar 16, 2009

Amplifying voices that are less likely to be heard (no one is voiceless)

UN Voices from ourentries on Vimeo.

An absolutely amazing project put on by the UN in Australia (coming soon to major cities across the world). Seven images of different people with harrowing and inspiring stories were photographed and their images were placed around major Australian cities. Using unique photographic mobile technology the user would capture the person's mouth on the poster then MMS the image to a number that would call them back with the person's story.

The mobile call invited you to visit to leave your own voice and listen to the other stories you may not have encountered. You could also read the comments left by others.

Mar 10, 2009

and when the left gets in, then what?

Teo Ballvé has an article in nacla (in general a great resource) about how the solidarity movement in the US has and can respond when friendly faces get elected, North and South.

Amongst his arguments:

"The principal focus of U.S. solidarity activism should remain uncovering, denouncing, and fighting U.S. intervention in the domestic affairs of Latin American nations. With the Obama administration, U.S. meddling will likely become less brazen, if only somewhat less insidious. This is why the solidarity movement should also fortify what has rightly been another central aim of its organizing efforts: pressuring the U.S. government to adopt more just policies in the Americas based on respect for sovereignty and self-determination."