Monday, April 30, 2018

April, 2018: Journey to Freedom , Building Bridges

Sketch study from the Alberta Legislature public gallery inspired by Jason Kenney's motion declaring April 30 'Journey to Freedom Day' unanimously passed by the #Ableg assembly. Journey to Freedom Day Act is an Act recognizing April 30 of every year as a national day of commemoration of the exodus of Vietnamese refugees and their acceptance in Canada after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. When I came to Alberta in 1979 to work as a newspaper pressman for the @Edmontonsun the Sun Sponsored Vietnamese boat people and gave them jobs in our production plant. I really enjoyed working with my Vietnamese Canadian Co-Workers, some of Canada's very best newspaper pressman!

Ken K. Kuo Quack Quack my co-worker at the Edmonton Sun, In China people know life like a river, going down a river, you never know what lies around the next bend. Sometimes water is like rapids, very bad time and hard at living. Sometimes it's calm, very happy to be alive, but always changing. Sometimes good times, sometimes bad times, but always changing.

April 28, 2018: Nicaragua unrest, Death Toll Rises, Alberta Rally's for Nicaragua: YouTube

April 27, 2018 Alberta Legislature
YouTube: Justice for Uyghurs East Turkistan 

East Turkestan: Around 120,000 Uyghurs Detained in Political Re-Education Camps RADIO FREE ASIA 

April 22, 2018: Canadian, Indian community gathered at the Alberta Legislature for 8 year girl Asifa Bano who was raped and murdered in India. They came today in solidarity with protesters in India and around the world calling for the death penalty of convicted rapists. 

April 21, 2018 Edmonton Coalition Against War and 
Racism (ECAWAR) brings Syrian's Bashir al-Assad's War 
to Edmonton YouTube

The civil uprising phase of the Syrian Civil War was an early stage of protests – with subsequent violent reaction by the Syrian Arab Republic authorities – lasting from March to 28 July 2011. The uprising, initially demanding democratic reforms, evolved from initially minor protests, beginning as early as January 2011 and transformed into massive protests in March. The uprising was marked by massive anti-government opposition demonstrations against the Ba'athist government of Bashar al-Assad, meeting with police and military violence, massive arrests and brutal crackdown, resulting in hundreds of casualties and thousands of wounded. Despite Bashar al-Assad's attempts to stop the protests with massive crackdown and use of censorship on one hand and concessions on the other, by the end of April, it became clear the situation was getting out of his control and the Syrian government deployed numerous troops on the ground. Wikipedia 

April 9, 2018 'I want to live' Spinraza for all! Laurie Young. Laurie says the Alberta Government will not pay for the health care needed to save her life. I introduced Laurie to Dr Swan Liberal MLA and promised her I would sent a copy on this YouTube to other Government and opposition MLA members. 

Is Alberta Ready for Legalize Pot? 420

Sunday, April 1, 2018

2017 Canada🍁150 art Collection

Freely expressing art on the Alberta Legislature grounds since 2013
 Do bears shit in the woods?  YouTube
 Syrian Refugee, Flowering Bush YouTube
 🍁150 -Flower Study: Gift to Soma Khan 
 Magie sur toile  YouTube Artist's Private Collection
 🍁 'O Canada'  150 True North Strong and Free YouTube
 Painting during the eclipse  YouTube
 Allen' Ginsberg's Sunflower sutra  YouTube
 Gift to Kevin Cafe Lavi🌻 Flower Power YouTube
 Leg. ground study - Gift to elder Wilson Bearhead
 Flower bed Alberta Legislature - Gift to Woody, my appliance repairman
 Gift to Leela Aheer , Israel #bridgingthegap Palestine YouTube
 All Lives 🌻 Nonviolence (now re-painted over) ​ YouTube
Gift to Rick Fraser, 🌻Non-Violence 
Trouble Maker  YouTube Artist's Private Collection

2016 Art Banned The Year Before Canada's 150

Banned Art: Fort McMurray The Beast 
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project that focused my canvases and camera on wildfires of Alberta was banned 3 times on the Alberta Legislature grounds by officials, including the Legislative Assembly's Sergeant-of-Arms who said showing art on the grounds was inappropriate. I was later threatened with police action by a City of Edmonton employee on New Year's Eve for showing a painting from the Fire and Rain collection 'Escape from Fort McMurray.' I defended my right to freedom of expression with Civil Information Actions by being the media and employing respect for all people, property and the rule of law while picketing both the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. After 42 days in total I won back my right and freedom to express myself with art in public. The City had apologized March 2017 while the 3 Alberta Legislature officials who verbally banned me in 2016 remain unapologetic.