Torn Apart

Aditi Raychoudhury. Torn Apart. Gouache. 2018
Aditi Raychoudhury. Torn Apart. Gouache. 2018

Separating families is a violation of international law and one of the worst kinds of abuse, and its happening right now in our southern border. So, why is a family willing to flee their homeland and risk it all? Nobody wants to leave their country of birth and extended family and friends behind and risk it all unless they fear for the safety of their family in their own homeland, and hope for a better life in the land they were told would welcome the tired, the poor, the homeless, the wretched refuse and the tempest tossed huddled masses yearning to breathe free. And here we are, not living up to that promise. I wanted to capture a family at its most tender and vulnerable moment – the agony in the hearts of the parents who may never see who they love the most and the bewilderment of a child as to why she can’t be with those who love her the most.

Proceeds from the sales of this poster support DreamCorps, a social justice accelerator founded by Van Jones that advances economic, environmental, and criminal justice solutions.

Resist

Aditi Raychoudhury. The United Faces of America. 2016. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. The United Faces of America. 2016. Adobe Illustrator.

 

I made this image as part of a call for submissions by Resist! magazine for “the theme of political resistance to the forces of intolerance.” My main message is that the more we come together, the stronger we become. When we band together irrespective of our varied races, religions and sexual orientation, we are indestructible. No one said it better than President Obama during his last speech as President on December 6th, 2016.

“The United States of America is not a country that imposes religious tests as a price for freedom.

We’re a country that was founded so that people could practice their faiths as they choose. The United States of America is not a place where some citizens have to withstand greater scrutiny, or carry a special ID card, or prove that they’re not an enemy from within. We’re a country that has bled and struggled and sacrificed against that kind of arbitrary rule — here in our own country and around the world.

We’re a nation that believes freedom can never be taken for granted, and that each of us has a responsibility to sustain it. The universal right to speak your mind, in protest of authority. To live in a country that’s open and free — that can criticize our president without retribution. A country where you’re judged by the content of your character, rather than what you look like or what you worship or what your last name is or where your family came from. That’s what separates us from tyrants and terrorists… In other words, we are a nation that at our best has been defined by hope and not fear.” – President Barack Obama, December 6, 2016.

Let’s stay on course and reaffirm our commitment to that.

No on Prop. 8

On the eve of election day, pass this video on to your friends to remind them why wanting to protect unearned privilege, such as marriage being the privilege of heterosexuals only, is not just unconstitutional in this country, but universally unacceptable as well. Remind them why Prop. 8 is SIMPLY wrong.

Darfur: Never Again? Or Again, and Again?

I was engaged in an academic debate recently -“Should the International Community militarily intervene in Darfur?” For me, it was an unequivocal, “Yes!!”

It is that time again in the journey of mankind. The one we call the “greatest humanitarian crisis”, “ a terrible mass atrocity” or some such pitiful phrase. The last century had plenty. We shook our heads. Leaders, lawyers and diplomats pontificated. Continue reading