Thursday, 24 January 2013

Julian Assange masks for Mardi Gras... and YOUR action

Here's some oversized Julian "masks" for the Sydney based Support Assange & WikiLeaks Coalition's Mardi Gras float. They'll be used alongside oversized Bradley Manning masks in a 'coreographed' display!

You can make an effective visual statement with the masks especially with a group of people - the bigger the better of course. Coordinated movements or dance by the wearers would be certain to further enhance the impact.

For Mardi Gras, the masks will be professionally printed on corflute. The masks are also designed to be printed at A3 size, then glued to card and cut. The faces can then be attached to sticks to be held as in the example below. Of course you could cut eye holes in the masks, find other novel ways to attach or wear them or produce even larger images for extra effect.

Download Bradley Manning masks

The dashed line around the face gives the mask more definition and the cut-out imagery gives it a DIY feel... "you could easily be Bradley/Julian..." It's inspired by the masks used in the play, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning.

You'll find more in this poster series here

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Monday, 21 January 2013

Free The Truth: New design for the WikiLeaks Store

...and the truth shall set you free!

* WikiLeaks is not aware of any other site that donates the profits, or any money, from what it sells to WikiLeaks. If you want to help WikiLeaks through your purchase of merchandise please use the WikiLeaks Spreadshirt shop.

Friday, 18 January 2013

New Don't Shoot The Messenger Tshirt

Check out the latest arrival at The Official WikiLeaks Store! Don't Shoot The Messenger: Wild West Style. Free Assange. Free Manning. Free Hammond. Free Anons... the list of persecuted and prosecuted messengers goes on.

Need new gear? At the Official Store you'll be helping WikiLeaks whilst initiating thought and discussion... and of course you'll be lookin' good!

Feel free to post this ad on your Facebook wall with a link

Looks great on any colour - but especially black!

Beat The Blockade: new icon and banner

At Beat The Blockade "you will find lots of different methods for supporting WikiLeaks, from direct donations to the purchase of blockade-beating WikiLeaks clothing and music".

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz 1986-2013

"Aaron Swartz's death is a loss for all humanity," Jacob Applebaum.

Please print and distribute these posters freely. One version (designed for print only) includes the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto which lays out Aaron's principles and politics - required reading for anyone seeking to understand the open-culture movement. The other version highlights the very pertinent quote from the Manifesto: 

"There is no justice in following unjust laws."

You can read the Manifesto below the posters.

Let us channel our sadness and anger at his death and persecution by the US government into couragious action for information freedom and justice. That is the only fit way to celebrate Aaron Swartz's brilliant though short life.

Image for printing
Poster for print

Poster for web

Some links for further information:
Glenn Greenwald
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

    Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.

    There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it. But even under the best scenarios, their work will only apply to things published in the future. Everything up until now will have been lost.

    That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them? Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It’s outrageous and unacceptable.

    “I agree,” many say, “but what can we do? The companies hold the copyrights, they make enormous amounts of money by charging for access, and it’s perfectly legal — there’s nothing we can do to stop them.” But there is something we can, something that’s already being done: we can fight back.
    Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out. But you need not — indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords with colleagues, filling download requests for friends.

    Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You have been sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the information locked up by the publishers and sharing them with your friends.

    But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It’s called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.

    Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it — their shareholders would revolt at anything less. And the politicians they have bought off back them, passing laws giving them the exclusive power to decide who can make copies.

    There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.

    We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world.

    We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.

    With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?

    Aaron Swartz
    July 2008, Eremo, Italy

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Bradley Manning masks for Mardi Gras... and YOUR action

Bradley Manning - persecuted for following his conscience and exposing war crimes

As Bradley Manning's (pre)trial continues, the BeanLab has just put together some oversized Bradley "masks" for the Sydney based Support Assange & WikiLeaks Coalition's Mardi Gras float.   

From the SAWC site:

Participants should wear comfortable shoes and any style of clothing in rainbow colours. The more flamboyant the better, but whatever you’re comfortable in is best. Black and white Bradley Manning and Julian Assange masks on sticks will be provided. While walking up the parade route we will periodically hold these masks up to our faces, and to the left and right in unison.

You can discover more details here for this exciting event which has the potential to highlight Bradley's plight to a massive number of people. 

The masks are designed at A3 size but of course you can scale them down if you like (or up, to a certain extent: contact me for larger sizes and pdfs). The dashed line around the face gives the mask more definition and the cut-out imagery gives it an accessible do-it-yourself feel... "you could easily be Bradley..." That's inspired by the masks used in the play, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning.

Download, print, stick, cut, stick!

Here are hi-resolution jpgs of the mask for downloading, printing, sticking on card, cutting out, gluing on sticks and using at YOUR action in support of Bradley Manning! (Option included without the dotted line too: get in touch if you have specific imagery requirements for your action eg coloured border and so on). Have fun and raise awareness... because we are all Bradley Manning!

Download Julian Assange masks here.
Bradley Manning Peace Hero posters can be found here.