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, “ART by Spike Dolomite” 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 (“Obamacare”), Spike has become a proponent of health care reform out of gratitude. “Left Turn in NoHo” 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, “Health Hazards”, 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.
After finding myself at the center of the national health care reform debate in December of 2011 after writing an op-ed in the LA Times about Obamacare saving my life (I found out I had breast cancer while temporarily uninsured), I became acutely aware of just how devious and under handed the GOP really was, and how stupid, lazy and gullible the American can be.
In my younger days, I preferred the company of musicians, older hippies, and gay men. My homies – all of the people who lived outside of the mainstream in Evergreen, Colorado, an eccentric mountain community outside of Denver.
Why I Relay
I had never heard of “Relay” before this year. Now that I am a team captain and the publicity chair for the “Relay” in Reseda, I can’t believe I have been missing out on this for so long.
One out of eight jobs in Los Angeles County is part of the larger creative economy. People who frequent the theatre, go to art galleries, museums, and concerts, are five times more likely to vote than their neighbors. In addition to all of the creative jobs found within the film and entertainment industry, Los Angeles is home to over 5,000 fashion labels and more fashion jobs than another other city, and has the second largest population of artists in the country. People come here from all over the country to seek careers in music, film, TV, fashion and other artistic fields. On top of all that, the arts generate $1.3 billion in tax revenues for the city.
My daughter’s elementary school, Balboa Magnet, just had their annual arts festival. This year’s theme was “Go Green”.
For the past thirteen years during the month of March, in honor of national Youth Art Month, I have been empowering parents, teachers and kids to rise up and celebrate the right brained learners and fight for the arts in our schools.
Angelenos who vote in local elections are like primary voters who vote in national elections – even though they are both small groups, they decide a great deal for the majority.
V-Day is coming up on February 14 - the day one billion people unite to give valentines to women who have been victims of violence around the world by dancing in the streets, participating in marches, festivals and various other events in their communities to end the abuse of women around the world.
Gun nuts and Teapublicans ranting about the Second Amendment are not as relevant as they think they are. They and the NRA are doing their best to force their agenda with bully tactics and threats, but to the majority of reasonable Americans, they’re nothing but a bunch of out of control fanatics, afraid of everything. They threaten and rant, and they get away with it, but imagine this: What if everyone we saw or heard on youtube, cable TV, radio talk shows, and the internet ranting about their guns and the Second Amendment were black?