In the afternoon I met with Temporary Services, the artist collective who among other thing does projects addressing prison conditions and reform. We talked about how the number three-million is arbitrary, abstract and anecdotal.
They mentioned what I had been thinking the night before: going to Iraq
They suggested I look into Emily Jacir's work in Palestine
Paul Chan's work
and a piece
They reminded me to find out what the Iraqi woman need, to talk to organizations who would know what would actually help the widows in Iraq. It was pointed out that my artistic plans might not match up with what really is needed. Sometimes they do, sometimes not, but that if I want to be an advocate, I must be willing to go in directions that I had not even thought of.
Mark talked about how he had to spend an enormous amount of time and emotional effort saving Angelo's roommate from death by advocating for health services. His reasoning (in fundraising) was that the artist/prisoner Angelo needed his longtime roommate for mental stability. So Mark had to organize Temporary Services' support base to raise this money and they pulled through. But he said that it was tough, scary and rewarding.
Temporary Services: http://www.temporaryservices.org/
Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin, Marc Fischer