Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Put it back up! LePage and the Labor Mural
It is my duty as an artist and my job as a worker in the state of maine and my job as an American, and my job as a human being to stand against Governor Paul LePage. My stance is that if you, LePage, want to take down the labor mural I will put it up a hundred times.
If you do not know what I am talking about, I will explain. I have been caught up in a whirlwind of political excitement here in Portland Maine and have not had the time to blog about all the fun. Not to mention my laptop broke. Regardless to say I wrote on my art blog a week ago that the Governor of Maine, Paul LePage, should never take down that mural. The mural I am speaking of, is a mural of the history of labor painted by Judy Taylor.
The Governor of Maine, Paul LePage, has been making the news for his insensitive and rude comments not to mention signing horrendous policies and cutting funding on basic human rights but he has made the most impact by removing a mural. When he decided to illegally take down a fantastic mural because it was too 'pro worker, and not pro business enough' it pissed off a lot of people. As many of you know, I have only lived in Maine for 6 months, and I already take pride in this state. If the Governor wants to disrespect the working class of Maine and kick them while they are down, you Lepage are kicking the working class of America and the working class of the entire world in the gut at the same time. I strongly disagree with censorship of art, and feel strongly that our history as workers needs to be more present and represented in the world around us. Taking down Judy Taylor's mural is the exact opposite of what a Governor in America should be doing right now. Workers are being treated unfairly right now in 2011, and this is a pattern that has been repeated since forever (forever = in the history of human beings).
I stand with the working people of Maine; I stand against Governor Paul Lepage. If you, LePage, want to take down the labor mural I will put it up a hundred times.
I'll start with stickers and murals, and I have friends who happen to be workers and artists, and they have friends, and they are armed with stickers and murals. And pretty soon this mural you took down Governor LePage, this mural is a walking breathing army of workers following you around. The mural will be everywhere. It is our history, our fathers and mothers, our grandmas and grandpas, our great grandmas and grandpas, the workers that paved the way for us, we ARE ALL that mural. The mural is everywhere. We ARE the mural.
I speak for everyone when I say, "Put the mural back up!". However, what we mean by put the mural back up, is that you, Governor LePage; you need to physically put the Judy Taylor mural back on the walls of the Department of Labor but you also need to apologize for your actions, and give the working class the respect that we deserve. When I say 'respect' I mean you need to start signing policies that provide health care, education, housing assistance, human rights! You need to starting working for us, or get the hell out of office.