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Many artists and writers helped this work by very generously allowing us to reproduce their work. This not only makes the guide so much more fun to read, but also reinforces many of the points in the guide through expressions more powerful than my words. THANK-YOU SO MUCH!

Matt Weurker is the editorial cartoonist at, and the "Staff Artiste" for Jim Hightower’s Lowdown. His work appears widely in publications that range from monthlies such as The Nation, and Z Magazine to daily newspapers like the Los Angeles Times and The Christian Science Monitor. There are also two collections of his cartoons: Standing Tall in Deep Doo Doo, A Cartoon Chronicle of the Bush Quayle Years (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1991) and Meanwhile in Other News...A Graphic Look at Politics in the Empire of Money, Sex and Scandal (Common Courage Press 1998).

Dan Wasserman joined the Boston Globe in 1985. He is syndicated in 40 papers in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe, and is the author of two books, We’ve Been Framed (Faber & Faber) and Paper Cuts (Ivan R. Dee, 1995).

Mario Torero, describes himself as an artivista, giving a voice to the community with his art. He has been doing this for forty years since he joined the Chicano Art Movement in 1970 when artistas and community created the World Famous Chicano Park, in BarrioLogan, San Diego. He is currently developing a school of art that reflects the ethnic cultural makeup of the world.

Tom Tomorrow, is a widely syndicated political cartoonist whose work is collected in eight books, and whose ninth book, The Very Silly Mayor, is his first for children.

Survivors Inc., one of a few organizations nationally led by low-income women, is a collective that ensures low-income women’s voices affect public opinion and policies related to their lives.

John Sims is a conceptual artist, mathematician, and educator. He is currently teaching in the Department of Art and Public Policy at New York University and curating a series of nine exhibitions and performances focusing on the visual language of mathematical ideas and process as a way to explore a spectrum of themes from geometric landscapes to the socio-political for the Bowery Poetry Club.

The Santa Cruz Comic News, published by Thom Zajac and John Govsky, was established in 1984, and has inspired the creation over 100 "comic newspapers." The print edition is a monthly journal of progressive editorial cartoons. Each issue features over 100 cartoons from the nation’s leading political cartoonists. The online edition features weekly updates and the website also has an archive of thousands of progressive editorial cartoons going back to 2005.

The Progressive magazine 100 years old this year, stands against militarism, the concentration of power in corporations, and the disenfranchisement of the citizenry; and stands for peace, social and economic justice, civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, a preserved environment, and a reinvigorated democracy.

Katha Pollitt has been a columnist at The Nation since 1994. Many of her columns and other journalism are collected in: Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism (Knopf); Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture (Modern Library); and Virginity or Death! And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time (Random House). Random House has also published her personal essays, Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories and her poetry, The Mind-Body Problem.

Joel Pett the 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning, is the Lexington Herald Leader’s first full-time cartoonist. He says: "One of the attributes of writing satire is that you develop a strong sense of how unfair this world is."

The Nation continues the work promised in its 1865 founding prospectus: "to not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred."

Stanley Moore Postcards has been printing postcards since 1981 and sells them at the music festivals and shops around England. At Glastonbury they have four sites and each day they post hundreds of tales of Glastonbury to all over the world.

Barbara Kruger’s art uses image and text to make powerful statements about our culture. She is represented by the Mary Boone Gallery, which is committed to showing the work of innovative artists and has mounted many exhibitions that proved to be influential to young artists, and that stimulated discourse about connections between established artists and the upcoming generation of artists.

Stephen Kroninger is a collage artist whose work has appeared in nearly every major newspaper and magazine in the United States, as well as in many publications around the world. He is a regular contributor to Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and The New Yorker. His illustrations were the subject of a one-person exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and he created digital animation for an exhibit at the Whitney Museum. He is also the author/illustrator of three award-winning children’s books and has been active in the metropolitan area in a wide range of education programs.

Christine Hankinson runs "Leeds Postcards: Activism by Design," which has been producing political postcards since 1979.

Gran Fury, an artist collective of ACT UP activists, produced some of the most memorable visual work of the movement.

Tom Ferguson, is an Atlanta painter, political cartoonist and songwriter, who has exhibited widely, particularly in the southeast.

Jeff Danziger is a syndicated cartoonist with The New York Times Syndicate. His most recent book is Blood, Debt & Fears (Hanover, NH: Steerforth Press)

Estelle Carol and Bob Simpson offer various illustration and design services including art work and web work, with the goal of putting art to work for labor unions and non-profit organizations. Their labor cartoons are aimed at America’s corporate establishment.

The Bread and Puppet Theater, believes in puppet theater as a "wholesome and powerful language" that can touch all people; they aim to tell the truths that have to be said, while adding to our enjoyment and education.

Kirk Anderson’s political cartoons have been publicly denounced by a governor, officially condemned by a state university, personally admonished by a U.S. Senator, reviled in print by an archbishop, and vilified by police, business leaders, talk radio, the NRA, and others. Share his bile. He is also the author of Banana Republic, a graphic novel of sorts about the war on terror.

Table of Contents

Part One: Learning Activities Before Seeing The Film

Part Two: Learning Activities After Seeing The Film