Monday, 20 July 2020

Honourable Speaker Nathan Cooper's Decorum Blues - Point of Order

2020-07-20 Thanks to Amazon, I can stop painting on the backs of paintings due to COVID19 after receiving a batch of paints, canvases & brushes Fri. This week outside the Alberta Legislature, I'll try my hand portrait painting the Honourable Speaker Nathan Cooper.

2020-02-25: Alberta Legislature Throne Speech:  Spotted on the second floor window of the Alberta Legislature north west wing, office of the (Hon) Speaker Nathan Cooper's office, the picture was identified as Calvin Coolidge, the 30th U.S. president, led the nation through most of the roaring twenties, a decade of dynamic social and cultural change, materialism and excess. ..
Boston Police Strike From Wikipedia Governor Calvin Coolidge inspects the militia during the Boston Police Strike of 1919. In the Boston Police Strike, Boston police officers went on strike on September 9, 1919. They sought recognition for their trade union and improvements in wages and working conditions. Police Commissioner Edwin Upton Curtis denied that police officers had any right to form a union, much less one affiliated with a larger organization like the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Attempts at reconciliation between the Commissioner and the police officers, particularly on the part of Boston's Mayor Andrew James Peters, failed. During the strike, Boston experienced several nights of lawlessness. Several thousand members of the Massachusetts State Guard, supported by volunteers, restored order by force. Press reaction both locally and nationally described the strike as Bolshevik-inspired and directed at the destruction of civil society. The strikers were called "deserters" and "agents of Lenin." Samuel Gompers of the AFL recognized that the strike was damaging the cause of labor in the public mind and advised the strikers to return to work. Commissioner Curtis refused to re-hire the striking policemen. He was supported by Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge, whose rebuke of Gompers earned him a national reputation. Nine were killed in several days of civil unrest and the threat of a general strike. Eight of the nine were fatally shot by members of the State Guard. The police strike ended on September 13, when Commissioner Curtis announced the replacement of all striking workers with 1,500 new officers, given higher wages. The strike proved a setback for labor unions. The AFL discontinued its attempts to organize police officers for another two decades. Coolidge won the Republican nomination for vice president of the U.S. in the 1920 presidential election. 

"Point of Order" 
The friendly smile of Speaker (Hon) Nathan Cooper.
"Thanks for being here" by Doug Brinkman July, 2020
“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.” Oscar Wilde.
Intuitive, outsider art
The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear designer t-shirts was born while Chicago Exploring July 5-8, 2019. Inspired from the art installation of Virgil Abloh's "Figures of speech" and INTUIT Art Gallery, outsider, intuitive art. This 2020 Freedom to Express & Listen art project will answer Speaker Nathan Cooper's Sgt-At-Arms question he posed to me June, 2019 "Is the Alberta Legislature an honourable place?" He was angry when he asked me this question, inches away from my face in an intimidating way, after he and staff banned my t-shirt and bullied me in an unsesured location outside the assembly. I was wearing a t-shirt I created with my own art to help promote my citizen free news inside the public gallery. One LASS employee who took my photo said the complaint originated from a reporter sitting in the press gallery. (There was only one reporter that day) Inside the Government's Speaker Nathan Cooper's assembly anyone can wear mostly anything they choose such as an Oilers, Flames hockey jersey. They can dress as a queen, wear union labels on thier jackets and advertise thier company "We Love Alberta Oil & Gas" but God help you if you create your own art on a t-shirt and a news reporter catches you. While painting outdoors, putting up posters around town and news picketing outside the Alberta Legislature I'm committed to answer the good Srg-At-Arms question on the Legislature being honourable later this year after December 21, 2020... Enjoy your freedoms, thank a veteran.   

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