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Support Big Blue!

22 Dec

No, not IBM. Finish up your Christmas shopping by giving your hard-earned money to companies whose political donations go to Democrats and progressive causes. Try these websites for a start:

www.buyblue.org
www.choosetheblue.com

I must say, I’m disappointed to find that just a few weeks after my discovery of the cool products at K-Mart (thanks to the really impressive Martha Stewart Everyday collection), I won’t be shopping there anymore. And I do find it interesting that Guess, whose advertising tends a little too far towards the Lolita look for me (seemingly underage, scantily dressed women posing suggestively with grey-haired males), gives 83% of its political contributions to Republicans. How’s that for moral values?

And, notice that Urban Outfitters, who caused a pre-election stir with its “Voting Is for Old People” t-shirt, gives 63% of its political contributions to Republicans. Now I get it… No more shopping at Anthropologie for me.

[Thanks to SFGate.com columnist Mark Morford for bringing my attention to these. Read his column on the subject here: http://www.sfgate.com/columnists/morford/]

Card-Carrying Liberal

18 Dec

The creators of the cool card designs at Card-Carrying Liberal got a lot of press in the weeks before the election. As well they should. The designs and messages are clever–great for those folks who like to mix their progressive politics and desire to keep their civil liberties with get well greetings, thank-you notes, and other civil niceties. And, half of all the profits are donated to suport progressive causes.

If you, like me, are late in getting your holiday cards out, check out their great selection, including this one:

(Thanks to Kath for permission to use an image from their site.)

Click on “Join” to print out your very own membership card, so you too can be a card-carrying liberal.

Chelsea Market and political art

17 Dec

Although not about crafts necessarily (and not about democrats, admittedly), this article from Reuters UK talks about a painting of President Bush/monkeys that was recently pulled from an art showing by one of the Chelsea Market’s managers.

Feel like telling the Chelsea Market what you think of this decision? Go to www.chelseamarket.com, click on “Market News”; then scroll to the bottom and click on “Email Us.” Fill out the web form. Whatever side you’re on, be brief and polite, and be sure to include some contact information, should they choose to defend their position to the folks who write them.

Knitting and Politics

22 Nov

This post on Craftster talks about the Yahoo group, Knitting for Kerry. I couldn’t find the group on Yahoo’s site (please post a comment if you have information about it), but I did find the link to the Knitty article about Knitters Against Bush. You can check out the website for yourself at www.knittersagainstbush.com.

Now, why is it OK for me to post about “Knitters Against Bush” when that could be considered “negative”? Well, if these knitters were designing sweaters that said, “George W. Bush is a ninny” or something that attacks the person rather than the addresses the issues, they wouldn’t get on my site. But since they’re focusing on the issue of choice and women’s rights, it’s just a clever name that avoids the requirements that are legally forced on poltical organizations (for example, only certain types of non-profits or not-for-profits can advocate voting for a particular candidate). Of course, I’m basing that information on Samantha Bee’s awesome 527 segment on The Daily Show, and yes, I do realize fake news shows aren’t the most reliable source of factual information, but hey, it’s probably more reliable source than Fox News.

There’s another article from the fall 2004 issue about knitting for charity that folks might find interesting.

Maya Frommer’s Cool T-shirts

16 Nov

I think my favorite Democraft so far is Maya Frommer’s I [heart] [heart] [heart] Kerry t-shirt. Clever. Her “John Edwards is hot” shirt got some publicity during the Democratic National Convention. The power of craft!

Here is the original thread on Craftster that includes her Barack Obama tees.

No negative crafting

15 Nov

With every election, the media always makes such a big deal about how Americans are so sick of negative campaigning. But then they go ahead and report all the negative campaigns or use the “echo chamber” style of journalism to repeat negative, often unfounded or unproven, statements made by partisan pundits or other party foot soldiers who have been fed their talking points by campaign higher-ups who have a cavalier relationship with the facts.

I, for one, am sick of it. I subscribed to Factcheck.org’s updates on the veracity of campaign ads, speeches, statements made in debates, etc., and I wrote to the Kerry campaign when I felt they overstepped the bounds of politics as usual and stretched the truth. I feel that we Democrats have the moral upper-hand, despite the way Republicans are trying to spin the election and their candidate’s win. See, we stand for good things: helping out those less fortunate, trying to make sure all Americans have access to the American Dream regardless of the economic or social sphere they were born into, preserving the freedoms that our forefathers fought for, the very freedoms that led to the formation of this country. See, like Thomas Jefferson, we do “hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men (and women) are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

And crucial to happiness, I believe, is not tearing someone down because they are not our chosen candidate. It’s refraining from contributing to the echo chamber of negativity but rather focusing on issues, not persons. And so although you might see “No W” type of crafts mentioned in these posts (a way of addressing the iconography of our current president, not the person), you won’t see any “F Bush,” “Jesusland,” or “Blue vs. Red” crafts. Those ideas do not support the progressive politics we hope to promote here at Democrafts.com. They merely serve to restate and thereby reinforce the ideological divide that currently plagues our country, not repair it.

We at Democrafts.com will not stoop to that level. No negative crafting.

[Speaking of the iconography around the Bush campaign, Scott Dadich, a graphic designer, wrote an interesting opinion piece for the New York Times about the visual messages conveyed by the Bush-Cheney and Kerry-Edwards logos. You have to pay to see the article, but the graphic is still accessible on their site.]

Why the donkey?

13 Nov

As I search the Web for donkey-themed crafts, I came across this explanation, from C-SPAN, of how the donkey and the elephant came to represent the Democrats and Republicans, respectively.