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Down In Smoke

Cross-posted at Cartoon Movement

Oakland, California. Ground zero for a medical marijuana fight between states and the federal government that has only been heating up. Graphic journalist Susie Cagle surveys the impact of recent DEA raids in Down In Smoke, her third piece for Cartoon Movement. Incorporating real audio from activists, Cagle portrays what “feels like class war” as local growers, patients and city officials fight against losing their jobs, medicine, and tax revenue.

Californians voted to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, and President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder stated early on they would not target legitimate businesses. But they’ve since reversed course and declared war on dispensaries, a huge tax base for the debt-ridden state. “It’s an issue that highlights the divides in America’s culture and its politics,” Cagle writes, “as a government based 3,000 miles away attempts to override state law and the people’s mandate.”

Jessica Colotl: Eye Of The Storm

The London Olympics by Tom Humberstone

Ever since it was selected as host city seven years ago, London has been preparing for the Olympic Games. But amidst the promise of profit and prestige, less desirable spin-offs have affected Londoners along the way. When rents started to skyrocket in the East of London, comic journalist Tom Humberstone decided to investigate. “I was fairly sure it had a lot to do with the Games but I wanted to find out more.”

In “The London Olympics,” the British comic artist Tom Humberstone takes a critical look at what went into “cleaning up” for the game; from evictions, increased police actions, to heightened surveillance.

Summer Reading

Cross-posted at Cartoon Movement

Monday’s comic by Luke Radl was only the opening salvo in a month of material we’ve got lined up for July. So if you are looking for good reads this Summer, we’ve got you on the comics journalism front.

First up is the next installment of Army Of God by David Axe and Tim Hamilton, running on Monday the 9th. This chapter tells the story of Patricia and her harrowing abduction by, and rescue from, the LRA. When her father was shot on the spot, Patricia and her brother were taken to a camp where children are forced to kill and girls become “wives” of soldiers. It’s a powerful chapter where we see the true depravity of Kony’s army through the eyes of a child who survived it.

On July 18th we’re running a collaborative project between Cartoon Movement and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Coming off the heels of Obama’s announcement on immigration policy, reporter Ryan Schill and artist Greg Scott tell the story of Jessica Colotl, an undocumented immigrant and college student who was arrested for driving without a license and faces deportation.

Two Cartoon Movement reporters will also be returning this month with new stories. On July 30th, Susie Cagle will examine the federal vs. states rights battle around medical marijuana taking place in America, centered on Oakland, where Feds have recently raided a dispensary and the nation’s first pot trade school.

The Olympics begin in London at the end of this month and as we’ve seen in previous host cities, there are many winners and losers when it comes to a production this size. Just before the Olympics start, on July 25th, Tom Humberstone takes a look at the increased commercialization, police actions, and surveillance as London “cleans up” for the games.

Army of God, Part 5

Online over at Cartoon Movement.

Tibet’s Sacrifice: Exiled Lives

Today on Cartoon Movement we publish “Tibet’s Sacrifice: Exiled Lives”  by Dan Carino, a multimedia piece of comics journalism examining Tibetan  activists living in India and their willingness to die for their cause  through self-immolation.

In New Delhi, India, Carino interviewed activist Shibayan Raha, who was arrested in 2007 for attempting to self-immolate, and visited the refugee settlement Majnu Ka Tilla to see why so many Tibetans seem willing to die for their homeland.

“The fact is that self-immolation now transcends Tibet and protesting monks,” Carino says.  “Everyday exiled citizens in the diaspora feel so anguished and frustrated with the Chinese process that they are willing to sacrifice their lives for the cause. Meanwhile, Tibetan settlements serve to truly support the welfare of Tibetans born in India and preserve their culture.”

Tibet’s Sacrifice” blends numerous multimedia aspects, including navigation, an audio/visual slide slow, and outside links to supplemental material. You can use the multimedia navigation with the latest Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser. Otherwise, you’ll be presented with the comic as a static page.

Army Of God, Part 4

Cross-posted at Cartoon Movement

Today we publish the fourth installment of Army Of God by David Axe and Tim Hamilton. This chapter examines the history of the infamous leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, who has long evaded capture. Over the last year, Kony has virtually become a household name and efforts to arrest him have been ramping up. Just yesterday, the Associated Press reported that Ugandan forces had captured one of his top commanders.

If you aren’t caught up on Army Of God, check out previous chapters on our project page.

McMillan wins the RFK Award

Cross-posted at Cartoon Movement

Stephanie McMillan has been awarded the prestigious RFK Journalism Award for editorial cartooning, which is given for work focusing on “human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action.” McMillan is a regular contributor to Cartoon Movement and her RFK entry included both her Code Green editorial cartoons and “The Beginning of the American Fall” piece she did for us in November.

“I’m gratified to have my work recognized specifically as a contribution to social justice,” McMillan tells us. “The reasons I draw cartoons are to expose the fundamentally unjust nature of the global capitalist/imperialist system, and to encourage resistance to it. I consider my cartoon work to be complementary to building actual organized resistance. Artists who care about social justice should be involved in the struggle for it, and dedicate their work in its service.”