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Pardon Jack Johnson
One hundred years ago this 4 July 2010, "The Fight of the Century" took place in Reno, Nevada. The first-ever black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson defended his title by defeating the "Great White Hope" Jim Jeffries and delivering a blow against...
CULTURE
The Rumor Mill's Christmas on Clinton St.
The Rumor Mill, an audio production company, recently released The Rumor Mill's Christmas on Clinton St. The album features the usual holiday standards, though they are sung under the "dark and stormy" influence of a potentially globally-warmed planet...
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Gap PRODUCT (RED) Holiday 2006 Preview
We got a sneak peak at Gap's PRODUCT (RED), which launches in October. The clothing and accessories will be co-branded, and 50% of all profits from the sales of (RED) items will be given to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria...
CULTURE
The Danger Global Warming Project
Barbara Kruger fans, if you’ve missed your dosage of art blended with polemic, welcome it back with the Greenpeace Global Warming Project, hosted by British multi-media art collective Blacksmoke Organization. Artists contributing...
TECH
Doh Boy
Can a toy change the way we eat? That's the question the UK based socially responsible apparel line Howies is asking with their new chunky friend, Doh Boy. His strategy is educational—teach people how to make and eat healthy bread. He comes...
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SVSV: A Form of War
My favorite fashion-fuck-you brand, SVSV, is making a slice of their uber-exclusive, hyper priced items accessible in a new store that just launched 10 minutes ago. There's a selection of t-shirts, hoodies, hats and scarves in addition to these...
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(RED) Products
Cause-related consumption is on the rise, exemplified by Bono and fellow activist Bobby Shriver's (RED) campaign. They have helped convince companies like American Express, Gap and Converse (with their Giles Deacon-designed All-Stars) to design...
CULTURE
Tool for Armchair Activists
Troika, the U.K. design firm that brought us the Tool for Armchair Activists. Where the projector displayed the text of an SMS message on a distant surface, the Tool for Armchair Activists will shout it out loud. The rig can be strapped to a lamp...
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Peace Magnets
Leave it to a Vermonter to come up with an alternative to the ubiquitous yellow Support Our Troops car magnets. Bennington based Rob Sperber makes the magnets by hand simply with the goal of raising awareness-- "I'm not against the troops...
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This Week at Refinery 29
This Week at Refinery29, political activism gets fashion-wise thanks to Downtown for Democracy. Specially-designed shirts by fashion visionaries including Francisco Costa, Peter Som, Patricia Field, and Project Alabama stole the show at a recent event...
CULTURE
Warmaking Show
Warmaking, a five-artist group show about "the nature of wars and wars of nature," opens this Thursday October 20th at Williamsburg's Riviera gallery and runs through October 30th. Works incorporate symbols of death, like in curator...
CULTURE
Downtown For Democracy
D4D is looking for some talented graphic designers to volunteer their services to help create visibility for upcoming events. It's a good cause and an opportunity to develop some great work for your portfolio. Contact Brooke Peter brooke@downtownfordemocracy...
CULTURE
Love Money Power
In a former sweet factory in East London, UK, resides a design studio known as Love Money Power. It was initially founded by four people, Richard Stott, Vincent Walsh, Sophie Copage and Brook Cronin. They currently add others to their team on an ad...
CULTURE
Banksy on Holiday
Globe-trotting renegade artist Banksy has hit the Middle East, armed with only spray paint and his brazen political wit. The renowned graffitist chose the Palestinian side of Israel's "separation fence" as the target for his latest statement...
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High Line T-Shirt Contest
FHL is holding a T-shirt design contest. The winning design will be worn at an upcoming City Council hearing, and later available in local NYC stores. Full details after the jump. If you're not familiar with the High Line project, it's aim...
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Visual Resistance.
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SMS Guerilla Projector
The SMS Guerilla Projector is a high powered, home made projection device that can be used to project SMS messages on to buildings, signs or any other surface. Made by Troika, the London based collective of designers and artists, it consists of a...
TECH
Victimless Leather
Tissue Culture and Art Project may be reminiscent of Dr. Frankenstein's lab, but they certainly are up to some fascinating work. Currently they are growing a jacket out of immortalized mouse and human cells. One day this may be an alternative to to...
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Kerry Territory
There are many more anti Bush T-shirts out there than there are pro Kerry ones. Kerry Territory, by Duplexlab feels: The sentiment has been clear for half or more of America's voters: GET GEORGE BUSH OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. But this message...
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Baby Politico
Because activism starts early, there's Baby Politico . These onsies and t-shirts are 100% cotton, sweatshop free and American made (sounds like American Apparel to me) and come with a range of important political statements. I'm too young to...
TECH
RNC Text Alerts
CNN picked up this AP story about how people are using Upoc text messaging to get updates on the RNC protests. Organized by Ruckus , the alerts have, by far, been the fastest way to find out about demonstrations and the police confrontations...
CULTURE
The Backlash Begins
Posters, flyers, and more have been popping up all over NYC this week in protest of the RNC, which begins next week. The latest, this banner on the side of the Plaza Hotel. I'd expect this to be just the beginning. via gothamist
CULTURE
RNC Redux
If you're not going to protest the RNC, at least get the truth from the streets: Each night of the RNC, Screensavers, in association with the Thing, will present the RNC Redux Open Doc Tour, a real time performance created by pulling a broad...
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