GOOD TROUBLE ISSUE 22… WITH RAVI RAGBIR, RESISTANCE REVIVAL CHORUS, DARIAN AGOSTINI, JEX BLACKMORE… HANK WILLIS THOMAS… HARRY LESLIE SMITH… Molly Crabapple… Barney Farmer…Young Fathers…
WAS IST DAS? Das ist the second issue of Good Trouble magazine – the increasingly confusingly numbered Good Trouble Issue 22, created by former Dazed & Confused editor Rod Stanley and designed by graphic virtuosos Richard Turley and Sophie Abady. It is coming, it is coming…
Same whopping great broadsheet newspaper format (23" x 16.5"), same ink-comes-off-on-your-fingers retro zine joy… but now with 32 PAGES of art, creativity, protest and resistance, including pull-out 'Unmanifesto' poster section featuring exclusive art by Wolfgang Tillmans, Sara Rahbar, Boychild, Scott King, Torbjørn Rødland, Helena Foster + more, curated by Francesca Gavin. Yes!
FOUR covers – THREE shot by Dan Martensen, taken from the issue’s portrait series of incredibly inspiring NYC-based activists:
1) Ravi Ragbir (left), a prominent immigration rights activist who has been fighting his deportation since 2006, while using his platform to speak for others. "The problem is that when we speak about ourselves, we are victims. When we start talking about others, we start to become leaders. We start to make change. We cannot allow this system to continue the way it is... We need to dismantle and abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).” – Ravi Ragbir
2) The Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of 60 women who sing traditional protest songs to strengthen and uplift the women’s movement. “We realised, as Mr. Harry Belafonte put it, ‘When the movement is strong, the music is strong. The movement was clearly very strong and what we needed to do was make the music strong.” – Paola Mendoza, RRC
3) Darian Agostini, a 23-year-old organizer for Make The Road NY, a a nonprofit advocating justice and equity for minority groups. "In a city that’s made for elites and corporations, really poor people have been able to survive. And not only that, but resist, powerfully. Resist oppression, resist the neglect the government has handed out to our communities. We’re becoming more powerful with every generation.” – Darian Agostini, Make The Road NY
4) The fourth cover is Jex Blackmore, a radical artist, activist and Satanist who performs public rituals that take aim at institutions of social and sexual oppression (shot by Alex Austin in Detroit). “It’s not really a surprise that women’s reproductive issues are tied to racism and money and power. These are just ideological pushes in order to further polarize the voting base at a great cost to women, and it’s not based in science or medicine – it’s based in religious philosophy and dogma.” – Jex Blackmore
Issue 22 also includes a studio visit in Brooklyn with Hank Willis Thomas, who creates powerful work at the intersection of race, art and politics. We go for a pint with Viz cartoonist Barney Farmer, author of Drunken Bakers, The Male Online and other painfully funny takes on modern British society. Talk with outspoken Edinburgh rap trio Young Fathers. Chat philosophy with Patricia MacCormack and Warren Ellis. And phone up 95-year-old WWII veteran and activist Harry Leslie Smith about his crowdfunded tour of the world’s refugee hotspots.
PLUS: Artist Taxi Driver, Downtown for Democracy, Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hirsham, Amplifier Foundation, protest in South Korea, the Guerrilla Girls, the Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping, Sea-Watch, Steve Lazarides, and Yinka Shonibare. And some other stuff like The Brexit TV Times.
Proceeds will go to RAICES, a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas. Since the Trump administration’s family separation policy at the US border, RAICES has found itself at the frontline of the fight to protect and reunite families and children. Their work now extends outside Texas, and they recently launched the National Families Together Hotline to aid in reuniting families that have been separated upon entry into the US.
(Top image: Hank Willis Thomas – Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm?!!)
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