Ai Weiwei disappeared since Apr 2nd – Hong Kong Graffiti Challenges Chinese Artist’s Arrest

Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

Ai Weiwei disappeared since Apr 2nd - Hong Kong Graffiti Challenges Chinese Artist's Arrest

Have a listen and read of this NPR report “Hong Kong Graffiti Challenges Chinese Artist’s Arrest“. Here is an excerpt,

“The bearded face of the detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is spray-painted on a nondescript gray wall overlooking the steep lanes of Hong Kong’s nightlife capital, Lan Kwai Fong.

Given his real-life circumstances — summarily disappeared at the hands of the Chinese authorities with no charges yet laid — the furrowed forehead and hooded, tired eyes of the image now seem a representation of suffering. Underneath his face is one simple question, “Who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei?”

This graffiti, appearing all over Hong Kong, has become a political statement, more than a month after the world-famous artist was detained by the authorities at Beijing airport. The campaign could yet lead to a jail term for the young graffiti artist responsible. And that fact has led to fears about the erosion of Hong Kong’s distinct freedoms, which are a legacy of its colonial past under the British.

Despite causing consternation for the authorities, many Hong Kong residents like both the graffiti’s aesthetic and its political message.

“It’s cool,” says passerby Peter Chan. “The graphic is cool, and the presentation of protest against China is cool.””

See my other Ai Weiwei entries.


Vote on May 2nd – These young people are voting! You should too!

Wednesday, 27 April, 2011

Remember to vote on May 2nd.

University of Toronto Mississauga Vote Mob

Halifax Vote Mob

Usask Vote Mob 2011

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Wasted Vote, Wasted Election ? No. Vote on May 2nd

Tuesday, 26 April, 2011

I admire people who try to make a difference in this election. Vote on May 2nd.

“Wasted Vote” by Shane Koyczan


Michael Ignatieff’s Town Hall for Canada

Sunday, 24 April, 2011

Getting to know Michael Ignatieff a bit more from the video Michael Ignatieff’s Town Hall for Canada

[HT TorontoStar]


more Vote Mobs – Vote on May 2 (or Advance polls Apr 22, 23, 25)

Saturday, 23 April, 2011

University of Toronto’s Vote Mob – “This is What Democracy Looks Like”

University of Lethbridge Vote Mob

Brandon University Vote Mob

Vote Mob at University of Regina

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Advance Polls Open for Voting on Fri, Sat, Mon (April 22, 23, 25)

Friday, 22 April, 2011

Vote. Shape your world.

From Elections Canada “Advance Voting Begins Friday

  • Advance voting for the 41st general election begins Friday, April 22, and continues Saturday, April 23 and Monday, April 25.
  • Advance polls are open from noon to 8:00 p.m. (local time) across the country.
  • Electors can find the location of their advance poll on the back of the voter information card mailed to them by Elections Canada.
  • Electors who did not receive a voter information card or who received one with incorrect information may contact theirlocal Elections Canada office or use the automated Voter Information Service, available at any time by calling 1-800-463-6868.

From Elections Canada “Electors Must Prove Their Identity and Address When They Vote

How do I register to vote?

To register to vote:

  • call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868
  • visit your local Elections Canada office before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26
  • go to your advance polling place on Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 or Monday, April 25, or
  • go to your election day polling place on Monday, May 2

Stephen Harper’s Greatest Fear – Call your grandparents

Friday, 22 April, 2011

Stephen Harper’s Greatest Fear


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