Category Archives: Biographies

Gary Webb: The Suppression of Uncomfortable Inquiries

Gary Webb was an award winning investigative journalist who is best known for his 1996 series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News, entitled “Dark Alliance.” The series exposed a crack-cocaine drug trafficking ring operated by associates of the Nicaraguan Contra Rebels, acting with the knowledge and protection of the CIA, which extended from Los Angeles, CA, to the Midwestern United States. Continue reading Gary Webb: The Suppression of Uncomfortable Inquiries

Archbishop Oscar A. Romero

Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero (1917 -1980), was a prominent Roman Catholic priest in El Salvador during the 1960s and 1970s. After witnessing numerous atrocities attributed to the El Salvadoran government, Romero began to publicly denounce the corruption, exploitation of the poor and acts of state sponsored violence being committed by the military regime.  Continue reading Archbishop Oscar A. Romero

Ken O’Keefe: Injustice is Traumatic

Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe (born July 21, 1969) is a former United States Marine and Gulf War veteran, turned peace activist, who has organized a human shield action in Iraq and was a passenger on the MV Mavi Marmara during the Israeli commando raid on the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” humanitarian mission.  Continue reading Ken O’Keefe: Injustice is Traumatic

Seong Moy

Seong Moy (1921-2013) was a Chinese born American painter and graphic artist who is best known for his  color woodcut illustrations of the 8th Century Chinese poems of Li Po. Moy sought to “recreate, in the abstract idiom of contemporary time, some of the ideas of ancient Chinese art forms” through his modernist renditions of Chinese calligraphy.  Continue reading Seong Moy

Teikichi Hikoyama

Born in Japan, Teikichi Hikoyama (1884-1957) was one of the most influential artists in the development of Japanese American art. Arriving in San Francisco,  California, in 1901, he is believed to be the first Japanese artist in California creating woodblock prints. He also painted, using both oil based and ink paints. His art displayed elements of modernism and magic realism. His work was often visionary earning him the nickname of The Black Flame among his contemporaries.  Continue reading Teikichi Hikoyama

Emiliano Di Cavalcanti

Emiliano Augusto Cavalcanti de Albuquerque Melo (1897 – 1976), known as Di Cavalcanti, was a Brazilian Modernist painter who is best known for his scenes of mulatas surrounded by the lush tropical imagery and his extravagantly colorful renditions of contemporary Brazilian culture. His work draws on a wide range of influences, including Cubism, Fauvism and Picasso’s Neoclassicism of the 1920s. While his Mexican contemporaries Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros idealized the struggles of the indigenous working class, Di Cavalcanti turned to the streets, bars, cafes, cabarets, nightclubs, and carnaval,  to portray the diverse makeup of a youthful metropolis where socialites, the working class, and social deviants mingled in harmony in the distinctly local flavor of Brazilian urban life. Common themes included indigenous women, doves, and carnival scenes.  Continue reading Emiliano Di Cavalcanti