Week 2: Art for Refugees


Trying to stay informed these days is exhausting.  Each day there is more depressing news than anything else, and trudging through it all to stay informed is difficult but necessary.

This week I want to focus on the good things happening around the world that aren’t directly related to politics.

Here are a few political good things:

  • A US judge blocked Trump’s travel ban nationwide today, Feb 3, at least temporarily.
  • There were many more protests this week, largely in protest of the ban and the proposed Mexico wall.

Trump did something right?

The focus this week has been on Trump’s Executive Orders on banning travel to the U.S. from 7 predominately Muslim countries.  However, a few days after this order he signed a Presidential Memorandum that hasn’t received much attention.

On January 28th the Presidential Memorandum Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, was released. The memorandum calls for the creation of a plan to defeat ISIS with a draft of the plan submitted within 30 days.

ISIS is a terrorist organization that has attacked countries worldwide including: the United States, France, Belgium, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey. This organization is the face of radical Islam and must be stopped.

This probably isn’t going to be a perfect solution, but it’s a start.

Good things happening around the world


There are a couple things I want to share this week.

Hank Green, of Vlog Brothers and Crash Course on YouTube, last week requested people to send in hand-drawn messages of support for immigrants, Muslims, and refugees.  In return, he promised to donate $5 to the ACLU for each piece of artwork.  Hank received 2,213 pieces of art and then donated $11,065.

Seventeen of these pieces have been made available as posters as dftba.com until Sunday February 5th.  100% of proceeds will go towards organizations helping refugees in the United States.

A Boston Bombing Survivor will marry the Firefighter who rescued her.  Roseann Sdoia and  Michael Materia met after Roseann was gravely injured during the Boston bombing.  He was the one that brought her to the hospital where she ultimately had her leg amputated, and he hasn’t left her side since.

What you can do

I’m staying with my arts theme from last week.


Buy a piece of art, mentioned above, to help support the refugees in the United States.

I also encourage you to create your own art in response and share them.

If you are interested in this series please follow my blog and share with a friend.


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