Ricardo Levins Morales
I am an artist by trade, a healer by temperament and a troublemaker by necessity. My art and my writing both grow out of my relationships with communities and movements in struggle for a more livable world. I also offer support and reflection for organizers and others facing the dilemmas of trying to create a future out of materials from the past.
My art can be viewed and purchased at these web sites:
RLM Art Studio, (https://www.rlmartstudio.com/). This is my main site which displays my available posters, cards and buttons. The work is intentionally priced so as to be as accessible as possible. Framing and shrink-wrapping options are available.
Ricardo Levins Morales Fine Art site. Hosted by Fine Art America (http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ricardo-levins-morales.html), on this site you can order many of my works on canvas, metal and other surfaces - and at a variety of sizes.
Cutting through the noise
When deer or wolves or pigs are alarmed by an unexpected sound, they “orient.” They turn toward the source, stand as still as they can, and sniff, stare and listen in order […]
A present for Mami
“I am political in spite of myself.” you wrote. “I don’t want to do the things I know I have to do, don’t want to expose myself to disapproval, to retribution, don’t want to go to meetings and demonstrations, distribute leaflets, don’t want to ask people for signatures, for money.” But you did them. “Because I know I’ve got to.”
Between the Waves
It happened with the Occupy movement, too. As the first huge wave of protest crashed against the steel and concrete walls of the system and began its churning, tumbling retreat to the […]
When Lies Collapse
The struggle for justice in the United States – currently centered on racist and repressive policing – has reached a turning point. The police have lost the battle of the story. Their […]
Ilhan, Antone and the Price of Inclusion
Addressing childhood asthma on the north side won’t lead to lasting change unless it’s coupled with something like a Green New Deal, to ensure that we’re not fighting the same battle ten years from now. How will these children’s medical bills be covered as they grow, without a program like Medicare for All to completely replace the parasitic health insurance industry of today?
“Our lives are being impacted in ways as different as the chasms of race, class, gender, colonial status and all the other disease vectors of injustice can make them. Crisis under capitalism is the great amplifier, not the great equalizer.”
Resilience: Another Name for Life
Resilience is the central story of life on Earth. It could be considered another word for the life force. The never-ending dance of adaptation and innovation keeps species, communities and individuals constantly […]
Homes for People, Not for Profit
Brightly colored lawn signs are popping up on Minneapolis lawns, emblazoned with the appealing slogan, “Safe and Affordable Neighborhoods Minneapolis.” When I say “appealing,” I mean appealing like fresh cheese on a mousetrap. They are […]
Another World Is Possible
Fifty years ago, in 1969, I was a thirteen-year-old kid, recently arrived in Chicago from the mountains of Puerto Rico. I had landed in a country on fire and was quickly drawn […]