Trump’s “deadly force” law challenged in New Hampshire

 

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Chris Balch and I just took on the first of two laws stemming from New Hampshire’s draconian and deadly “decorum” laws. Today’s hearing was about how “security” is defined. Soon, with Chris’ help, we will tackle the law NH which the Trump campaign cites which says “deadly force” can be used to maintain decorum. Also, I told everyone in the room, I could legally kill them– and they should thank me for not doing so.

Many, many thanks to Chris for making this happen!

 

No War on Iran (Boston Protest) 

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Politicians sending other people’s children to die in foreign wars is as American as cops being criminals afraid to show their face on camera.

But, today, the people of Boston told President Cheeto and his overlords that starting a war with Iran is fucked— just like all war is fucked.

Of course, the protest had protesters who had come to lick the boots of ol’ Donnie.
In the end, everyone made it home safe— unlike the victims of America’s immoral wars.

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Letter to David Datuna on the future of art

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Hello, David.

I’m the artist that followed up your “hungry artist” performance with a performance of my own, (on December 8th), using lipstick on the wall where “Comedian” once hung. As I’m sure you know, I was arrested for my efforts, which created a memorable performance, and a brand new piece of visual art for the world to contemplate.

Tomorrow, I will be arraigned in a Miami court for creating these works of art where you previously created your highly respected piece.

Sadly, there are those who have said your consumption of “Comedian” amounted to the destruction of private property worth $120,000. It has even been suggested that art of this nature is merely a front for the wealthy to hide their financial assets, and this was nothing more than a publicity stunt or hoax to artificially increase the perceived value of a work which is merely “an idea.” Of course, the Perrotin Gallery disagreed with this notion, and decided not to press charges against you. Naturally, they believed you had made a new work, and they made a statement saying that art was the idea, and so no harm was done.

Likewise, no damage was done by my performance piece and visual creation. At the time of my performance, a representative of the gallery said that they wouldn’t press charges against me. What is troubling, is that when I have reached out to Perrotin, they have ignored me.

Without the gallery, or someone like yourself speaking out on my behalf, I will be put on trial. As a result, a judge or a jury may be put in a position to legally decide what is and what isn’t art. Not only would this establish precedent for artists like ourselves in the future, it might put the Miami Beach Police in a position where they would have to open an investigation into you and the Perrotin Gallery.

The personal injustice I suffered being put in shackles, and being forced to sleep on a cold prison bunk is certainly nothing like the injustices Ai Weiwei has suffered— nor those branded as “degenerate artists” by Adolph Hitler. But, if you and the art world choose to turn your collective backs on me tomorrow, you must ask yourself what will happen to you or the next artist who is put in this position?

I expect to rack up substantial expenses traveling back and forth to court, and fighting this legal battle, will be a Sisyphusian task. But it is a battle I am willing to fight— not just for myself— but so that if Marcel Duchamp were to walk into Art Basel next year, he would not be ashamed of his legacy. Of course, I have known from the moment I was put in handcuffs that this was also a part of the performance.

So, the question becomes, what is your part now? Will you speak up, or will you hang your head?

Do you have any statement that you wish me to share with the court, or future artists of the world?

I am cc’ing Perrotin on this message.

I hope you are well.

Sincerely,

Rod Webber

RodWebber.com

Update: it was suggested that Art Basel itself might be responsible for the legal actions, so I reached out to them. Here’s the letter:

Hi. My name is Rod Webber. I am the artist who was arrested on Dec. 8th for contributing a work of art to the Perrotin Gallery with lipstick. I am being arraigned tomorrow for this “art crime.” I was told by Perrotin Gallery they would not press charges. I have not heard back from them or David Datuna, so I can only guess that Art Basel is behind these punitive measures. I have written a letter to David outlining why this is all nonsense, and will set legal precedent for artists in the future. Not speaking up for me will result in a judge or jury deciding what art is. I hope you will speak up. Here is a link to the letter:
https://rodwebber.wordpress.com/2020/01/01/letter-to-david-datuna-on-the-future-of-art/

Shady Journalism/ Poisoned Ecosystem

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More of how the news ecosystem works:
I was approached by Barney Riley of NewsFlare, (a news aggregator), after I sprayed Epstein’s mansion on Dec 10th. Curious to view the poisonous ecosystem these aggregators have created, on Sunday, I posted my video of the Biden rally in New Hampshire. I included interviews with the protesters, and their names– like Will Turbitt, from Demand The Truth, who made the “pervert” remark which the news outlets are using.
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From there, I got a notice saying that my video was promoted to the Associated Press, Yahoo, Msn, Aol, Dailymotion, Generic feed, and Reuters. Shortly after that, I got a notice saying that the clip sold to the NY Post for 45 pounds.
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However, soon thereafter, it was published on MSN, DailyMotion, LiveLeak and One News Page, unaltered, and without payment.
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Late yesterday, the video popped up with my name cropped out on USA Today, The DesMoines Register, MSN… possibly more. The payment from the New York Post was immediate. Newsflare has not contacted me at all regarding payment for the other outlets.
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USA Today appears to steal Webber video from Rod Webber on Vimeo.

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Countless other outlets have published articles without my video– and to my knowledge, I have not seen any of them (other than mine) that credit Will Turbitt as the man in the video– other than Will Turbitt’s channel, of course.
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Obviously, the authors writing these articles weren’t even there– but millions of people read from these “journalistic” publications on a regular basis.
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Whatever you think of Joe Biden or the protesters is not the point. The fact that NewsFlare and these other outlets possibly stole it isn’t the point. (I use plenty of their videos too.) The point is that I metaphorically dumped some food-coloring into the system, and we can see how the garbage spreads. Give it some thought.
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I have reached out to Barney Riley at NewsFlare, but at the time of publication, he has not responded.
Here’s the original video:

Protesters confront Joe Biden at NH rally from Rod Webber on Vimeo.