Light Brigade actions take on their meaning from the context of people and places. The Overpass Light Brigade – San Diego continues to create vivid and powerful visual messages at the nation’s southern border, on local overpasses, and recently by adding to a famous Bruce Nauman piece of public art on the UCSD campus, which illuminates … Continue reading Overpass Light Brigade – San Diego: Context is Everything!
Last night, Milo Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous Faggot Tour” came to UW-Milwaukee, hosted by a student front group, also responsible for the somewhat lame exercise in neo-McCarthyism, the “Professor Watchlist.” For over a month, faculty, staff and students have been expressing concern about the known dynamics of Milo Y, a kind of sly and slick performance of … Continue reading Hate’s Insidious Face: UW-Milwaukee and the “Alt-Right”
Since our visit to Sacred Stone Camp, we have been highlighting news and pictures of the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance fight on our Facebook page and in this blog. People are obviously hungry for news about this movement, but we were surprised to see our “total reach,” a barometer of Facebook’s algorithmic dispersal of pages … Continue reading Sacred Stone and Peaceful Resistance
We gathered on a hill overlooking the city of Milwaukee, a crowd in the park below leaving a lovely summer music event. A woman’s voice called out, “Say her name!” and the women who held the letters chanted “Tanisha Anderson, Rekia Boyd, Sandra Bland, Shelly Frey, Kayla Moore, Alberta Spruill, Michelle Cusseux, Shantel Davis, Alesia … Continue reading Illuminated Hashtag #SayHerName Beamed Over Milwaukee Skyline Music Series
We’ve been in the streets fighting the corruption of the Walker regime for four years, trying to inform the state and the nation about his sociopathic personality and failed Koch-driven policies. It was great to get back to our roots tonight, back onto a bridge over I-43 in Milwaukee, and what a treat to see … Continue reading Walker For Prison
Today, the Internet was left in the hands of the people and snatched away from the 1%. On a 3-2 vote the FCC approved strong open Internet rules under Title II of the Communications Act. This is the biggest victory for the public interest in the agency’s history. After FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a proposal … Continue reading A Victory for Internet Freedom
This post was co-written with Kaja Rebane. This is Our Climate (to the tune of: You Are My Sunshine)Lyrics by: Elizabeth Shirah This is our climate, our friendly climate… It keeps us healthy from day to day! Don’t build that pipeline, that dirty pipeline… Please don’t take our climate away! This is our planet, our … Continue reading Global Divestment Day in Madison: Love, Resist Divest… Party!
“It’s cold, but not as cold hearted as Gov. Walker’s Budget.” Piercing winds and negative wind chills were not enough to keep hundreds of Wisconsinites from attending two actions against Governor Walker’s proposed budget cuts on the University of Wisconsin’s campus on Saturday, February 14. It was a cold, cold way to spend Valentine’s Day, … Continue reading Opposition to Walker Budget Heats Up Despite Bitter Cold
The Young Gifted and Black Coalition out of Madison, WI, has been making public calls for reduced policing and incarceration through rallies, marches, and speakers for months, and OLB was excited to have the opportunity to finally join them in their fight last Friday night. When we arrived, we laid our lights out and almost immediately people … Continue reading An Evening with Young Gifted and Black Coalition in Madison
Two of us were sitting around having a beer last night, and thought it would be fun to set a challenge for President Obama’s State of the Union speech. Each of us had access to our archive of OLB pictures from the past three years. Our idea was to live-tweet pictures from past bridge and … Continue reading Online Performance Activism