ARTIST CALL: "Laughing Stock" Humor Source Book for Economic

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 29 Jul 1998 17:00:01 -0700 (PDT)


FWD  29 July 1998  CC Replies To: Andrew Boyd <ab@stw.org>

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Dear Artist of Conscience:

United for a Fair Economy is calling on
cartoonists, satirists, clip artists, and other
visual and editorial humorists to submit original
work for our 1998 LAUGHING STOCK: HUMOR SOURCE BOOK
FOR ECONOMIC FAIRNESS.  Your work will be included
in this program book for our second annual Economic
Inequality Comedy Cabaret.  In addition to cartoons,
comic strips, clip art, columns, jokes, quotes,
one-liners, come-backs, and other material
useful to activists in their organizing campaigns,
the book will also include purchased greeting space
for our supporters and will raise, we hope, $20,000
for our economic justice initiatives.

Since 1994, when we began putting a spotlight on
the dangers of excessive income and wealth
inequality, United for a Fair Economy has
definitely NOT been doing "business as usual."
Whether it was having two staff members take a
plunge into Boston Harbor to disrupt a media stunt
by the proponents of a regressive flat tax, or
publishing our Activist Cookbook, or shattering
Horatio Alger mythology by revealing the real
sources of wealth of the Forbes 400 in our annual
"Born on Third Base" report-UFE has always been
"thinking outside the box." When it came time to
plan a program book for our Second Annual Comedy
Cabaret on October 8, 1998, we thought:

Why hit people with the same old tired refrain--
Please purchase a greeting in our program book, when
we know that it will be used for only one evening, for a
limited audience?  What if we could offer organizations
a chance to  express their support of our work in a
useful and humorous resource book that will have
"shelf life" beyond October 8th and will be
distributed for free to 5,000 astute activists all
across the country?

And so LAUGHING STOCK was born.  To make it happen
we come to you.  Please submit one or two pieces of
work that best express your vision of economic
inequality in the U.S. and the struggle for greater
fairness.  Consider the following topic areas, but
feel free to add your own:

Wage Gap * Corporate Power * Tax Policy *
Scapegoating * Excessive CEO Compensation *
Family Values / Working Families * Globalization
* Welfare Reform * Minimum Wage / Living Wage *
Big Money in Politics * Philanthropy * Race and
Gender Implications of Economic Inequality

Since the source book is meant as a tool for
activists, we request that all contributing artists
grant users of the source book the right to
reproduce their work for non-commercial purposes.
Ideally, submissions should be original works
created in response to this call but they can also
be existing work which the artist owns the rights
to.  All contributors will be given proper credit.
Full contact information will be listed in the
book.

Submissions should be sent by mail as camera ready
hard copy or via email or ftp in standard Mac-
compatible graphic formats. Absolute deadline for
submissions is Monday, September 14.  EARLY
SUBMISSIONS ARE APPRECIATED.  You will receive our
eternal gratitude, as well as a copy of our popular
"Activist Cookbook: Creative Actions for a Fair
Economy" for submitting your work by the end of
August.  Well, okay, all contributing artists will
receive the Cookbook, even if your stuff arrives on
deadline day--but the eternal gratitude pump will be
shut off at the end of August.

LAUGHING STOCK is an opportunity to join hundreds
of artists, activists, and key supporters of United
for a Fair Economy in our mission to change the
rules of the economic game and make sure the next
rising tide lifts all boats!

Thank you!

In Solidarity and Irreverence

Andrew Boyd
Director, Art for a Fair Economy

SUGGESTIONS, QUESTIONS, IDEAS WELCOME

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Andrew Boyd
Director, Art for a Fair Economy
United for a Fair Economy
37 Temple Place, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02111
617/423-2148
617/423-0191 fax
ab@stw.org
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