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In view of the past weeks of demonstrations and focus on "Black Lives Matters" we asked Clarissa Sligh if she would read her book "Transforming Hate". We will publish this in a series of five readings over the next weeks. If ever there was a time for transformation, this is the time.

Clarissa Sligh: "I am a black woman. I am an artist. For many years I have been creating work to bring issues of social justice into the public discourse. This book evolved from a project for which I folded origami cranes from pages of white supremacist books for the exhibition, Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate. It was organized by the Montana Human Rights Network and the Holter Art Museum in Helena, Montana and opened in 2008.

"In Transforming Hate: An Artist’s Book, I was trying to look at what it was like for me to turn the hateful words of the white supremacist books into a beautiful art object. That exploration helped me understand more fully the many levels of oppression asections of nd violence at the interrace, gender, class and sexual orientation. Why do we keep each other from being who we really are? How can we begin to talk about what separates us?

"In our roles, as voyeur and as participant, we make daily decisions about who gets to have rights and who is marginalized in our society. I ask us to question our perceptions about history, reality, identity and voice. Do we have the courage to live differently?"

  Transforming Hate First part reading: Box arriving, Box opening, Clarissa's journey begins.
                               Transforming Hate box
 "My grandmother said hate hardens the heart and destroys those who carry it."                                         Click here for the audio.🎧

Since we will be celebrating on the 4th of July in the US the "Declaration of Independence", it seemed appropriate to look at all aspects of our history, government and traditions.

Identification of Cars by Tyler Starr
Signs of Re-sis-tance by Taylor Cox
You Can Help Yourself by John Risseeuw
American Manifesto by Todd Thyberg
State of the Union by Scott McCarney
Cave Protection Act by Michelle Ray
Long Slow March by Clifton Meador
Presidential Quiz by Women's Studio Workshop
The Model Architect by Karen Hanmer
Assume the Position by Ginger Burrell
Agent Orange by C. David Thomas
Empire Builder by Chandler O'Leary
Why you can't get married by Nava Atlas
Sanctus Sonorensis by Phil Zimmermann
For boys who dream of war by Arcadian Press

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