December 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm (art, culture, education, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, journalism, life, movies, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, Bill Manbo, Book, camps, Center for Documentary Studies, children, Colors of Confinement, culture, Duke University, editor, education, Eric L. Muller, ethics, family, Heart Mountain, history, internment camps, Japanese, Japanese Americans, Kodachrome, library, life, men, photographs, photography, politics, prisons, public, publisher, video, vimeo, women, World War II
I’m a library grazer. Yep, I confess it. Each time I visit my local public library I can’t help but shop the shelves for all the new arrivals in all genres–even the entertainment ones that often astonish me with their very existence. The downside of this book/dvd/cd grazing is that it about triples the time I spend in the library’s physical location. It also generally about triples the number of items I haul to the self check out computer and from there to the ever overflowing parlor couch where they get to catch their breath. One of the items my grazing discovered was this book of photographs from one of America’s dark actions against its own people–Japanese Americans. (Btw, there was talk of rounding up German Americans too, but that never got going. Don’t believe that? Check out the holdings at the National Archives, KCMO–oh yeah.) Not only were people forced into camps but their personal property was confiscated and they lost everything–for nothing. Is this bit of American history more than a tad disconcerting? It should be considering all the lip service paid to “human rights.” The Native Americans had/have prisons without walls via the reservations. Japanese Americans had prisons with barbed wire. As I viewed Bill Manbo’s photographs I was struck again and again at the incongruity of everything in them about people trying to maintain some sense of normalcy in a decidedly NOT normal situation–a downright irrational situation to my thinking. Usually prison/confinement is the end result of doing something “wrong”–illegal–criminal. But these families had done nothing at all — except be Japanese Americans. There’s definitely something askew in thinking that leads to such treatment of people innocent of any wrongdoing. I wonder about the American population at large that was aware of people being taken from their communities and yet allowing it, accepting it, agreeing to it. And I wonder if our current prison system is just another sign of this confining mentality. Maybe it is. Or it’s something even darker? At any rate, here is one man’s photographic record of history which shames the Americans who created and implemented this action. It also shames all those who knew it was wrong and watched it happen in silence.
Much thanks to the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for this Vimeo film featuring Bill Manbo’s photographs.
Colors of Confinement, Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II, Editor Eric L. Muller with photographs by Bill Manbo. Published by the University of North Carolina in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 2012.
September 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm (art, culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, humor, journalism, life, nature, photography, politics, random, Writing)
Tags: art, black and white photography, business, Economy, email, events, evirnonment, Expo Center, fax, forest, Green, hearing, Indigenous, Kansas, Keystone, mail, nature, network, news, Oil, opinion, people, photography, Pipeline, politics, public, random, rant, snail mail, Tar Sands, Topeka, trees, write, Writing, written comments
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Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline!
Save 740,000 Acres of Boreal Forest!
Say NO! to Dirty Oil from the Canadian TAR SANDS!
Public Hearing Sept. 26, 2011:
Kansas Expo Center, I Expocenter Drive, Topeka, Kansas
Noon – 3:30, 4- 8 pm.
Written comments due by Midnight of October 9, 2011.
Email: keystonexl-nid @ cardno.com
Alex Yuan, Keystone XL EIS Project, P.O. Box 96503-98500, Washington, D.C. 20090-6503
This pipeline will destroy 740,000 acres of irreplaceable Boreal Forest.
This dirty oil is intended for Export not domestic use in America.
This dirty oil will not create long term job opportunities.
This dirty oil has damaged the health, water, soil and air of Indigenous communities downstream of the Tar Sands.
The Keystone 1 Pipeline has already leaked 12 times.
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For more information visit online The Indigenous Environmental Network, Tar Sands Action, 350.org, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, Peaceful Uprising
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September 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm (culture, education, environment, Indigenous People, journalism, life, Native Americans, nature, politics, random)
Tags: business, current, Economy, education, environment, ethics, events, hearings, Indigenous Environmental Network, Keystone, life, news, people, Pipeline, politics, public, random, Tar Sands
The Indigenous Environmental Network has posted the dates and locations of public hearings regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline. They have a great deal of information regarding the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline on their site. If you don’t know what the fuss is about then learn what the Indigenous communities have been fighting. Their fight to protect the Earth is ours too.
From the Indigenous Environmental Network site:
U.S executive approval is needed before the pipeline can be laid in place. The State Department has announced the schedule for a series of public input meetings in States along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Written comments will be accepted by the State Department until October 9th, 2011.
Public Hearings on Keystone XL Pipeline
Monday, September 26, 2011
Bob Bowers Civic Center
3401 Cultural Center Dr., Port Arthur, 4:30 – 10 p.m.
Kansas Expo Center
1 Expocenter Dr., Topeka, noon – 3:30 p.m., 4– 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Dawson Community College
Toepke Center Auditorium, 300 Community Dr., Glendive, 4:30 – 10 p.m.
226 Centennial Mall, South Lincoln, noon – 3:30 p.m., 4. – 8:00 p.m .
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
University of Texas Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium,
2313 Red River St., Austin, noon – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Best Western Ramkota,
920 West Sioux Ave., Pierre, noon – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 8 p.m.
West Holt High School, 100 N. Main St. Atkinson, 4:30 – 10 p.m.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Reed Center Exhibition Hall,
5800 Will Rogers Rd., Midwest City., noon – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 8 p.m.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Washington, D.C.: To be announced via website and public notice.