Spike Dolomite is an artist, cartoonist, writer, arts education activist, and health care reform advocate. She is a regularly featured cartoonist on NoHoArtsDistrict.com, and has a published book of cartoons, â€œART by Spike Dolomiteâ€ which can be purchased at a number of arts centers in the Valley or online. She founded and runs a nonprofit organization thirteen years ago, Arts in Education Aid Council, to restore the arts to public schools of the San Fernando Valley. She became politically active after her first child was born eighteen years ago, and has become even more active after finding herself with Stage 3 breast cancer while temporarily uninsured in November 2011. Saved by the Affordable Care Act (â€œObamacareâ€), Spike has become a proponent of health care reform out of gratitude. â€œLeft Turn in NoHoâ€ is her new liberal political blog. As the Republicans get crazier and more medieval, Spike gets more outspoken and more liberal. To see some of her paintings and cartoons, visit her website, www.spikedolomite.com. For more information on her arts education nonprofit, visit www.aieac.org. To read her health care blog, â€œHealth Hazardsâ€, visit www.highdeductibles.blogspot.com. Get one new ART cartoon a day by liking ART by Spike Dolomite on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter @SpikeArt.
Several years ago, I put the word out that my nonprofit, Arts in Education Aid Council (AEAC), was ready to adopt its third school. We had been running comprehensive arts education programs in two elementary schools in Reseda, and had risen within the arts education community in Los Angeles as a leader in the field. After being awarded grants from the top foundations in L.A., we were ready to reach out to the east Valley, but where?
In my work as a nonprofit leader, I have attended many different neighborhood council meetings throughout the Valley and have found that a third of them function really well, a third do a fair job, and a third hardly function at all.
Paranoid old white people waving their guns around at town hall meetings, threatening their elected officials to kill Obamacare (while carrying signs that read, “Keep Your Hands Off of my Medicare”) is so two thousand and ten.
I’m a middle class white woman. The only time I have ever come close to being “profiled” has been for being a middle aged, over weight white mom driving a Toyota mini-van from the Valley. The worst thing that has ever happened to me as a result of this type of profiling is that I have been dismissed a few times as being nothing more than a middle aged housewife from the Valley.
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