And take your heavy hate with you

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Today is the last day of Donald Trump’s Presidency. I hope I never have to draw him again. He and his hate — which includes his racism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia — can walk away into the sunset. Never, ever to return.

I know I may sound naive, but it is more true that I am a hopeful person. The hate that he embodies and has encouraged in others will continue, I know, but it is our responsibility to find it and get it gone. …


Army Veteran, Capitol Policeman Eugene Goodman

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There is so much about the assault on the US Capitol that we don’t yet know. But one story that has surfaced in the last 24 hours highlights the incredible danger of that day for our Democracy. The unruly mob came within moments of being near the Vice President and lawmakers. Had it not been for the actions of one policeman at that moment, who led the mob away from the Senate floor, the mob would have been in contact with lawmakers, many of whom had not yet been evacuated. …


He is the first President in history to be impeached twice

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Trump will forever be branded by his being impeached twice. Hopefully, he will not be able to run again for a public office. His famous brand is forever tarnished, if not destroyed, banks are ditching him, NYC wants to undo contracts with his company, fellow Republicans voted to impeach him, people are turning against him. When I drew this, I took him out of his little boy bully short pants that I have typically drawn him in, it seemed visually logical for some reason. …


Racism? Hate? Power?

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This is an image that I keep imagining in my head, it surfaces regularly. Yesterday, I drew it. The original drawing was just Trump with his hands clamped behind his back. I wanted to see it. At the time, I didn’t know what else to do with the drawing — should I put the Statue of Liberty handcuffing him? Somehow I didn’t like that, although the symbolism works. Then I decided to put his hands tied by something that would have a label. What would be on the label? “Racism,” “ stupidity,” “power,” “opportunism, ” “hate?”

Then I realized what I should paint on the ties — or fake handcuffs — that bind his hands. …


We have to stop it NOW

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I drew this the afternoon of the assualt by domestic terrorists on Capitol Hill. When things happen in the news, my first thought is how can I draw it? That day was no different. I didn’t think I could draw it, I was too emotional. But that’s when I said to myself, you have to draw it. I got my iPad and drew my impressions of what I was seeing on the television.

It was a horrific, frightening display of white priviledge. And the more we began to hear about what actually happened, it becomes clear racism was at play on many fronts. Of course it was not just the terrorists who carried Trump flags, confederate flags, displayed a noose and wore “Auschwitz Camp” t-shirts. I want to know where the racism extends, and if it goes deep into the line of power of Capitol Police Chief Sund, who resigned the next day. Who decided that more police presence, or military presence, was not needed for this pro- Trump rally? Who made the decision to activate heavy military presence for a BLM protest earlier last year in DC, and not for this? How far back into the Trump administration does all this lead us? …


The Georgia Runoff Senate race has much significance

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The runoff Senate race in Georgia in the early days of 2021 has deep significance. It will determine who controls the majority of the Senate. This is important for the incoming President and Vice President Biden and Harris, because it will be less contentious for them as they work to get things accomplished. The Senate will be barely blue, but it will have a majority of Democrats, as will the House, so this will be helpful. I am old enough to remember when Democrats and Republicans worked togther to get things done for the good of the people. …


Ride it through 2021 and beyond

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We humans are funny. We attach meaning to all kinds of things, often things that don’t make sense. Like assigning huge significance to a stroke of midnight on one particular day of every year.

That said, I do it. When we crossed over into 2021, I was relieved. This year has particular meaning for all of us, and with the change of the calendar year, we will move beyond what has happened within the past year, a horrendous year! At that stroke of midnight, we kissed our loved ones and dreamed that 2020 will just evaporate. …


Hope for change

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Recently, there was an horrific gang rape in Lahore Pakistan, where a woman was attacked when her car broke down on a busy street. She was raped by numerous men in front of her children. A government official suggested it was partly the fault of the woman. The gang rape and the victim blaming sparked many protests in the streets. The women of Pakistan are demanding the government help them in combatting the increased incidents of rape in their country.

The government listened. President Arif Alvi passed an Anti-Rape Ordinence. It includes special courts to hear and deal with cases rapidly, possible chemical castration of repeat offenders, disclosure of victim’s name a punishable offence, and police and public officials face prison time if negligent in these cases. …

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Liza Donnelly

Visual journalist/writer for New Yorker, New York Times, CBS News, CNN. TED, SXSW speaker. Looking to change world w humor. lizadonnelly.com

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