"Let me tell you what’s happening to me. I’m on the PTA at my child’s school, the Secondary School of Journalism in Park Slope. I’m currently advocating on behalf of my child, and seventeen other children whose parents don’t speak English. These kids are from Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, everywhere. These kids have all done very well on their Regent’s exams— I’m talking 90/95th percentile. Very smart kids. They were on their way toward qualifying for an Advanced Regents government scholarship,that would give their parents badly needed money to help in their education. But the fine print of that scholarship says the children need three full years of a foreign language.
And the principal at the school FIRED the Spanish teacher. She is not hiring another foreign language teacher for an entire year, effectively disqualifying all these kids from that scholarship they need. When we try to talk with her about it, she acts like she doesn’t owe us an explanation. When we try to call the Board of Education, they tell us to put it in writing. They get us all excited. They have us think if we write a nice letter, and use good grammar, and use all the correct punctuation, something will happen. Meanwhile another year passes, and nothing. And the kids don’t get their scholarship. You know something like this would never happen at a nice Manhattan school like Stuyvesant.
We’ve got a new mayor and a new chancellor. So we aren’t blaming them. But they need to know how impossible they’ve made it to help our kids. Trying to get something fixed in these schools is like praying to some false God. You call and email hoping that God is listening, and nothing happens. Meanwhile the kids suffer. All these parents that I’m representing are good, simple people. They say: ‘Don’t worry Annette, God is going to fix it. God will make it right.’ I love them. And I love God. But I tell them: ‘God won’t fix it! We’ve got to fix it!’”
This lady is fighting the good fight. I can’t believe the principal has effectively & single-handedly destroyed these kids’ chances at this scholarship.
"I hope the Wall is high enough."
Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork pays a visit to Bishop’s Square in Spitalfields, London where HBO commissioned 3D Joe and Max (previously featured here) to created this spectacular anamorphic street painting of The Wall from Game of Thrones.
Visit Dailymail.co.uk for more photos of this amazing optical illusion.
I’m reblogging this because yesterday Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay bill I talked about in this comic into law.
This bill includes LIFE IMPRISONMENT for gay sex. It includes LIFE IMPRISONMENT for being in a gay marriage. The directors of any NGOs (including Sexual Minorities Uganda) found guilty of “promotion of homosexuality” face SEVEN YEARS IN JAIL.
This is the real stuff, people. Many of the folks I drew in this comic were just named directly by a tabloid newspaper and are fearing an imminent witch hunt.
A lot of the blame for this falls squarely on the shoulders of one man, Scott Lively, and his global campaign of homophobia. Please go read the full comic I did last month for the Center for Constitutional Rights that explains their legal case against him.
Actual quote from Scott Lively, from this week: “I would rather the Ugandans had followed the Russian anti-propaganda model which reflects my philosophy of preventing the mainstreaming of homosexuality with the minimum limitation on personal liberties.…”
The CS Monitor has more backstory on this terrible situation, and the Americans who helped stoke the fire.
I can’t believe hateful people like this exist… he’s literally the epitome of the word scumbag.
Wilmington, Delaware-based artist Brian Marshall creates awesome robot sculptures by reusing just about any metal object he can get his hands on. Forgotten boxes in the backs of attics and garages are his treasure chests. For Marshall, building lively little robots out of old cutlery, spice tins and car parts isn’t simply a hobby, it’s an obsession. That’s why he created Adopt-a-bot: the Found Object Art Robot Assemblage Orphanage.
"Each robot is constructed almost entirely from reused materials. These materials are cleaned and polished to varying degrees depending on the persona I am attempting to achieve. Even the nuts and bolts that are used to hold together each creation are from a recycler. With simple, fun designs that contain easily recognizable pieces, it is my hope that viewers will not only find a personality to connect with, but that they will also see the value of and possibilities for reducing, reusing and recycling in our world today."
I love the quirky character the materials lend to these sculptures :)
"I’m trying to figure out what direction I should be moving in."
"What direction are you currently moving in?"
"I’m not sure I’m moving."
This made me smile… I feel like everyone reaches this point in their lives at some point. It may be for a short while, or it may be a longer time. The important thing is to do something about it once you’ve come to the realization!
I don’t know how to make a comic about this.
The last time I really thought about death was back when I was 6-7 years old, and I made my mom promise 10 times a day for a whole week that she wouldn’t die and just leave me. The idea of dying scared me shitless. Now that I’m in my twenties, I’m still terrified…