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  • In Memory of Larry Gibson: 1946 - 2012

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    We present our creation myths to ourselves as though they describe a one time event. But what we are really saying, when we say God, or Raven, or Spider, or Whatevercreated the Universe, rested, and looked upon the creation well satisfied, was that he, she or it was pleased with re-creation.
  • Report from Louisville: August 28-30, 2012

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    For many years Americans Who Tell the Truth has had a special relationship with the city, the people and the schools of Louisville, Kentucky. The last week of August this year marked one of the highpoints.On August 30th, The Muhammad Ali Center opened an exhibit of AWTT portraits titled Muhammad Ali and the Civil Rights Movement. 42 portraits that portray our country's long struggle for civil rights are hung beautifully in this remarkable space.
  • Labor Day, 2012: Thank Goodness Labor is its Own Reward!

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    A couple of nights ago I had dinner with friends I have known for a long time. I think allof them -- an inner city teacher, an artist, a retired doctor --- would describe themselves as liberals.
  • Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts

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    It's true that the Americans Who Tell the Truth project has become all about education, but the primary education has been my own. In the past ten years I have learned more about our history, why our history is the way it is, and some of the people who have guided its evolution in order to be more in line with its own ideals than I had ever thought possible. Many of the people I've painted were totally unknown to me before I began the portrait series.
  • Our New Website

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    The New AWTT WebsiteToday, August 13, 2012, we launched our new Americans Who Tell the Truth website. It is the culmination of an 8 month process led by my son Aran Shetterly who is now the Executive Director of AWTT. Aran has technical skills far beyond anything I could imagine and an ability to coordinate disparate parts of this project that have given it a new shape. A great deal of credit also goes to our software designer Dima Ciubatii.
  • Painting Walt Whitman

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    I had pinned this credo (below) of Walt Whitman to my studio wall many years ago because it represented to me the essential democratic impulse, something I liked to keep in mind while painting.Overwhelmed by anger at the attitude and manner that our government adopted after 9/11, I wanted to honor Whitman's words by painting his portrait. It was an effort to invoke his ghost in order to define to myself what was honest, humane and necessary for the survival of us all.
  • First Blog Entry from the First Website, November, 2004

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    I heard Michael Parenti talking on Alternative Radio this morning on my communtiy station here in Maine ( WERU in Blue Hill).