Blog

  • A Symphony of Courageous Action

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    Connie Carter, the Director of Education Programming for AWTT, thinks about the Star Spangled Banner and the patriotism of activism.
  • The Myth of Accountability and the Death of Michael Brown

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    Robert Shetterly reflects on Michael Brown, Ferguson, Darren Wilson and a culture that avoids accountability in the United States.
  • Nature's Common Core: Why Rachel Carson should be taught in schools

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    Robert Shetterly writes about the relevance of Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, more than 50 years after it was published and urges us to teach that all economies must adhere to nature's laws.
  • Contemplating Logic

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    When I play with my grandson, we suspend the logic of reality. Toy dump trucks fly, giraffes talk with polar bears, gravity is a joke, a paper airplane zigzags twenty feet & has circumnavigated the Earth, an 18” high wobbly block tower is the Empire State Building. Mortality is a hiccup. Such is the logic of play, of silliness.
  • A Sigh Heard Round the World

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    As the violence in Iraq escalates in 2014, Robert Shetterly remembers how the Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) project started and the importance of community in the struggle for justice.
  • Wailing At the Wall: On returning from a trip to Palestine

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    In April 2014, Robert Shetterly and AWTT board member, Dud Hendrick, accompanied Lily Yeh and Barefoot Artists to Palestine. Robert Shetterly reflects on the powerful image of the wall separating the Palestinians and the Israelis.
  • Education, Shirley Chisholm, a Postage Stamp, Hope and AWTT

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    Here's a little tale about public education, public policy, and a postage stamp. In January of this year, these three seemed to converge, but in truth, they passed like trains in the night.Several years ago a designer who works with the US Post Office wrote to me about the possibility of using my AWTT portrait of Shirley Chisholm for a stamp in the Black Heritage series. I was delighted, but as time passed and no more mention was made, I forgot about it.
  • Bill Bigelow: An Earth Day Message - Take Heart from the Abolition Movement

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    On this Earth Day, those of us fighting for climate justice and an end to the world's fossil fuel domination should take heart from the struggle against slavery.Imagine for a moment that it is 1858 and you are an abolitionist. Talk about discouragement: The previous year, in itsDred Scottdecision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no black person—whether enslaved or free—was entitled to become a U.S. citizen. Chief Justice Roger B.
  • The Backward Dancing Man

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    In the early 1970s when I was teaching myself how to draw and hoping, in the process, to develop an artful voice, I was also reading the great anthropologist, philosopher, poet, paleontologist, and writer Loren Eiseley.
  • Exuberant Whales and Frantic Turtles

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    Robert Shetterly considers the exuberance of playful whales and the survival of baby sea turtles.