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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, 2013. In June, 2015, the combined views on her articles, diaries and quick link contributions topped one million. She was particularly happy that her article about Bree Newsome removing the Confederate flag was the one that put her past the million mark.
Her art in a wide variety of media can be seen on her YouTube video, "Visionary Artist Meryl Ann Butler on Creativity and Joy" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcGs2r_66QE
A NYC native, her response to 9-11 was to pen an invitation to healing through creativity, entitled, "90-Minute Quilts: 15+ Projects You Can Stitch in an Afternoon" (Krause 2006), which is a bestseller in the craft field. The sequel, MORE 90-Minute Quilts: 20+ Quick and Easy Projects With Triangles and Squares was released in April, 2011. Her popular video, How to Stitch a Quilt in 90 Minutes with Meryl Ann Butler can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrShGOQaJQ8
She has been active in a number of international, arts-related projects as a citizen diplomat, and was arts advisor to Baltimore's CIUSSR (Center for Improving US-Soviet Relations), 1987-89. She made two trips to the former USSR in 1987 and 1988 to speak to artists, craftpeople and fashion designers on the topic of utilizing the arts as a tool for global wellbeing. She created the historical "First US-Soviet Children's Peace Quilt Exchange Project" in 1987-88, which was the first time a reciprocal quilt was given to the US from the former USSR.
Her artwork is in collections across the globe.
Meryl Ann is a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and has been building labyrinths since 1992. She publishes an annual article about the topic on OpEdNews on World Labyrinth Day, the first Saturday in May.
Find out more about Meryl Ann's artistic life in "OEN Managing Ed, Meryl Ann Butler, Featured on the Other Side of the Byline" at https://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/OEN-Managing-Ed-Meryl-Ann-in-Life_Arts-Artistic_Artists_Quilt-170917-615.html
On Feb 11, 2017, Senior Editor Joan Brunwasser interviewed Meryl Ann in Pink Power: Sister March, Norfolk, VA at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Pink-Power-Sister-March--by-Joan-Brunwasser-p*ssy-Hats-170212-681.html
"Creativity and Healing: The Work of Meryl Ann Butler" by Burl Hall is at
Burl and Merry Hall interviewed Meryl Ann on their BlogTalk radio show, "Envision This," at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this/2013/04/11/meryl-ann-butler-art-as-a-medicine-for-the-soul
Archived articles www.opednews.com/author/author1820.html
Older archived articles, from before May 2005 are here.
Dem Candidate, Veteran and Mom MJ Hegar, Wins YouTube
Mother, pilot, veteran, purple heart recipient and ass-kicking goddess, Dem, MJ Hegar, says "My whole life has been about opening, pushing, and sometimes kicking through every door in my way. Ready for a Congress that opens doors for Americans instead of slamming them in our faces? Then join our campaign." She is running for US Representative from Texas' 31st congressional district. Series: Blue Wave: Dems Winning Elections (7 Articles, 24106 views), Women in Politics (6 Articles, 8551 views)
Melania Out-Borowitzes Andy
I assumed the story about FLOTUS wearing the jacket emblazoned with "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" on the back, while on a trip to inspect detained refugee children, was a Borowitz or Onion satire. It's not, it's an actual event in the American Satyricon, leaving some scratching their heads and others enraged. And it likely leaves satirists out of a job. But does it mean what we think it does?
The Evolution of Georgia - from my Gramma to Stacey Abrams
Today is my grandmother's birthday...she was born in Atlanta, GA in 1894. She was 26 years old -- married, and a mother -- before she was allowed to vote. And tonight, on her birthday, Progressive gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has won the Democratic Primary in Georgia, and stands a great chance of being elected the first female governor of that state. Series: Women in Politics (6 Articles, 8551 views)
Palestinian Lives Matter
Israeli troops just killed 60 unarmed protesters, and shot 1300 more. It's a massacre -- another installment in 50 years of brutal racist military repression of the Palestinian people. Other states have faced sanctions for far less. Sign a petition:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018(2 comments)
One Step Closer to the ERA in Illinois: How You Can Help Now!
Women have been fighting for equal rights under federal law for over a century. Ratifying the ERA requires only two more states. The Illinois House of Delegates is going to be holding another ERA hearing on Wednesday, May 16 at 8 am. We visited with Kamala Lopez President of Heroica Films and Executive Director of Equal Means Equal to find out more about what this means and how to help.
Dennis Kucinich's Concession Speech
For those of us who know who Dennis Kucincih really is, the results of the Ohio Gubernatorial Democratic primary was disappointing. He and his running mate, Tara Samples, lost to an opponent with an A+ rating from the NRA. But for those of us who know him, it was not surprising to see him give an rousing and exciting "concession" speech, filled with hope, peppered with audience shouts of "We love you, Dennis," and beginning an Series: Dennis Kucinich (27 Articles, 44365 views)
Thursday, May 3, 2018(6 comments)
Stepping Toward Peace on World Labyrinth Day, May 5th
Here's how you can share in a global walk for peace on the 10th Annual World Labyrinth Day (WLD) on May 5 at 1 pm in local time zones! Labyrinths have been experiencing a public revival in schools, hospitals, libraries and places of worship, as well as in private spaces. Labyrinths are walked for many reasons, including to lower stress, to create ceremony, as prayerful/meditative movement, and to promote deep wellbeing. Series: Labyrinths and WLD #LabyrinthDay (11 Articles, 38423 views)
Dennis Kucinich's Vision of Hope: Spirit and Stardust
Dennis Kucinich's keynote address at Praxis Peace Institute's Dubrovnik Conference on the Alchemy of Peacebuilding entitled, Spirit and Stardust, was given on Sunday, June 9, 2002, but speaks to us, still. He's been on the leading edge, but even the WaPo is saying that people are finally caching up. Be inspired. Series: Dennis Kucinich (27 Articles, 44365 views)
Friday, April 13, 2018(25 comments)
Kucinich, CodePink: Trump Violates Constitution
Former Congressman and Democratic Candidate for Governor of Ohio Dennis Kucinich was quick to issue a statement regarding Trump's ordering a military attack against Syria, saying that Trump's actions violate our Constitution, embolden ISIS, and erode our democracy. Kucinich is well known for carrying a copy of the Constitution in his pocket, which he refers to often. Series: Dennis Kucinich (27 Articles, 44365 views)
Saturday, April 7, 2018(2 comments)
Ahed, You ignited the spark in all our hearts (video)
Uri Avnery's thoughtful OpEd, A Song is Born, in which he writes about "an Arab song, with a soft Arab melody, sung by an Arab girls' choir, accompanied by a flute" honoring Ahed Tamimi, inspired me to search for the video. It is an ethereal and deeply moving piece of music. The soloist, Tania Maria Sakkal is a Syrian Armenian soprano fusion singer with a three-and-a-half octave range. She lives in Amman, Jordan. Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
Heroic Parkland Massacre Survivor Released from Hospital
Immigrant Parkland student Anthony Borges was finally released from the hospital on April 4. A soccer player, he was shot 5 times as he barricaded the classroom door with his body in order to save his fellow students during the massacre on February 14. His grave injuries resulted in 9 surgeries, including the removal of a portion of a lung. His medical costs are estimated to be approximately a million dollars.
Thursday, April 5, 2018(4 comments)
Human Rights Watch Calls Gaza Killings "Unlawful, Calculated"
Human Rights Watch stated on Tuesday, "Senior Israeli officials who unlawfully called for use of live ammunition against Palestinian demonstrations who posed no imminent threat to life bear responsibility for the killings of 14 demonstrators in Gaza and the injuring of hundreds on March 30, 2018." CodePink's petition calls on the Congressional Progressive Caucus, saying they have an obligation to speak out. Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
What Does the Gun Say?
These creative, insightful and deeply powerful videos by The Parody Project show how the power of the arts can begin to change perspectives and situations. By the brilliant film-maker/composer Don Caron, who founded the project in August 2017 "as a means of surviving the current political and social mire by laughing and helping others to do the same." He performs alone with his brothers: two-and-a-half sets of twins.
Sunday, March 25, 2018(2 comments)
March for Our Lives: Selected Tweets
The March for Our Lives event took place on March 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C., with over 800 sibling events throughout the United States and around the world. A selection of tweets:
Saturday, March 24, 2018(3 comments)
A Quilted Art Gallery: Prizewinners in Lancaster
Quilts have evolved a long way from their original utilitarian purposes, today's quilts are stunning works of art. According to the 2017 Quilting in America - Survey, quilting is a $3.7 billion in dustry in the US, with 7-10 million quilters. Here are some prizewinning works of art. Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts (13 Articles, 31794 views)
Saturday, March 24, 2018(2 comments)
March for Our Lives, Lancaster PA: A Photo Essay
The March For Our Lives event in Lancaster, PA, on Saturday, March 24, drew an estimated 2,000 participants. The event started at noon at Clipper Magazine Stadium, and participants marched to Binn Park where the rally was held. A photo essay follows:
Saturday, March 17, 2018(6 comments)
Official UN Int'l Day of Happiness: March 20
The International Day of Happiness on March 20th is an official UN day that "recognizes the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal and the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples." Find out which countries made the Top Ten: Series: Happiness (3 Articles, 12036 views), Health & Wellbeing (13 Articles, 72910 views)
Wednesday, March 14, 2018(2 comments)
March for Our Lives - Sat. March 24, in DC and near you
One month ago today, 17 students and educators were shot and killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Surviving students didn't waste a moment to respond, insisting that elected officials do more than offer "thoughts and prayers." Now, nearly 700 "March for Our Lives" events are scheduled across the US for Sat., March 24, with the main march on Pennsylvania Ave. in Wash., DC.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Ahed Tamimi Updates and Tweets
Ahed Tamimi's hearing was scheduled for March 11, but there has been little news about whether it happened or, likely was postponed. The military judge ordered that the trial be held behind closed doors, in contrast to what Ahed, her family and her lawyer wanted. Meanwhile the world tweets about her. Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
Monday, March 12, 2018
Bassem Tamimi Interview: His Hope for Peace
Rock Newman of the Rock Newman Show interviewed Palestinian the father of teen activist, Ahed Tamimi, Bassem Tamimi, via Skype. Bassem is a principal organizer of the Palestinian resistance. Referencing Ahed's detainment and rumored abuse in Israeli military prisons, Rock asks, "As a father who is responsible for the wellbeing and the care and the support and the protection of a daughter, how does this make you feel?"
Monday, March 12, 2018(2 comments)
Bassem Tamimi Interview: Ahed's Father's Hope for Peace
Rock Newman of the Rock Newman Show interviewed Palestinian the father of teen activist, Ahed Tamimi, Bassem Tamimi, via Skype. Bassem is a principal organizer of the Palestinian resistance. Referencing Ahed's detainment and rumored abuse in Israeli military prisons, Rock asks, "As a father who is responsible for the wellbeing and the care and the support and the protection of a daughter, how does this make you feel?" Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
Monday, March 12, 2018(2 comments)
The Orange Julius Redux, Delectably Upcycled for Health
The delicious Orange Julius is a treat that tastes like a liquid creamsicle. We would always get them when we went into Manhattan or Coney Island, from one of the little kiosks filled with fresh oranges. The brand is nearly a century old, and was the official drink of the 1964 New York State World's Fair. Nowadays it's owned by Dairy Queen. Here's my smarter, healthier vegan version: Series: Plant-Centered Diet (10 Articles, 20389 views)
Saturday, March 10, 2018(1 comments)
Ahed & Bassem Tamimi interviewed by Empire Files' Abby Martin
Empire Files' Abby Martin with updates on the Palestinian resistance in a visit to Nabi Selah, home to the Tamimi family. It includes parts of a previously taped interview with Ahed Tamimi, and a current interview with Ahed's father, Bassem Tamimi, a principal organizer of the Palestinian resistance. He has been arrested 9 times for organizing peaceful demonstrations, and in one case nearly died from violent torture. Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
Friday, March 9, 2018(3 comments)
Croatian MP: Get Ahed Tamimi out of prison and put Netanyahu in
Ivan Pernar, a Croatian member of Parliament, delivered this excellent speech, which clearly and concisely explained the immorality of Ahed al-Tamimi's imprisonment in under four minutes. Pernar points out that the removal of witnesses to her trial is in order to "hide the truth of what is happening in Occupied Palestine... Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
Friday, March 9, 2018(3 comments)
Why Ahed Tamimi needs to be freed (video)
Ahed Tamimi was placed in an Israeli military prison at age 16 for slapping an Israeli soldier who was trespassing on her property. But she did not know freedom even before her incarceration. See why Ahed Tamimi needs to be freed--not only from prison, but also from the illegal occupation of her country--in under 2 minutes. Once you understand the background, it is not surprising that much of the world is horrified at Israel. Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
Friday, March 9, 2018(11 comments)
How Israel Renders a 50-Year Illegal Occupation Invisible
When there is collusion of the media with military as well as the political forces, it's easy to "Wag the Dog", creating a solid appearing narrative on a foundation of sand. This video explains how the Israeli media's smoke and mirrors has done this regarding Ahed Tamimi, her family, and Palestine. Once you understand this background, it is not surprising that so much of the world is horrified at Israel's behavior. Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
Ahed Tamimi Billboards Posted on Interstate-95
The Palestine Advocacy Project is raising awareness about Israel's mistreatment of Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi with two billboards on I-95 in CT in Bridgeport and Stratford. I-95 has daily traffic volumes of 120,000 to over 150,000 between 120,000 to over 150,000 between the NY state line and the junction with I-91 in New Haven, CT Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
Thursday, March 8, 2018(1 comments)
CodePink calls for Open Courtroom in Ahed Tamimi Trial: Sign Petition
Palestinian teen activist was imprisoned by Israel at age 16, turned 17 in jail, and is now enduring a hidden trial. Ahed, her family and her lawyer have called for an open courtroom, but Israel says it must close her trial to the public for her "protection." The courtroom has barred media, diplomats, and human rights observers. CodePink calls for an open courtroom. Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
Healing Music for the Wearied Soul (VIDEO)
Neo-classic soul artist India . Arie offers just the kind of inspirational soul-healing music that refreshes folks who are feeling bullied and wounded by current events and by our government. She is a multi-Grammy award winning singer/songwriter who performed with Stevie Wonder during the Songs in the Key of Life tour. Drink in the deliciousness of this empowering offering, "I am Light." Series: Positive Music (12 Articles, 26811 views)
Parkland Massacre Survivors "Shine" in Stunning Musical Performance
A week after the massacre at The Stoneman Douglas High school which left 17 dead, the school's drama club performed "Shine," a song they wrote in the wake of the shooting.
In 1 week, these students have changed our world. Pay attention to what the next week will bring from this incredible group of mature, poised and talented teens. Enjoy this stunning performance:
Monday, February 26, 2018
Akron OH Ripe to Pass City Assault Weapons Ban Tonight, Live on Youtube
The Akron, OH, City Council is expected to be the first in the state to pass a measure for assault weapons ban at their meeting tonight, which will be live-streamed on Youtube. Ohio gubernatorial candidates, former Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, and his running mate, Tara Samples, are "spearheading a statewide effort." Series: Dennis Kucinich (27 Articles, 44365 views)
Sunday, February 25, 2018(2 comments)
How to Restrict Assault Rifle Sales Without an Act of Congress
Money talks, and the Courage Campaign is offering a clever way to get it to stop talking "assault rifle." The campaign notes, "The shortest path to reduce gun violence and limit the sale of assault weapons won't run through Congress -- it runs through the banking and financial services industry. With a simple change to their terms of service, credit card companies can stop accepting sales of weapons of mass murder.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018(4 comments)
Teen Survivors Dominate Gun Control Conversation, Plan March on DC
In less than a week after a gunman massacred 17 at their school, teen survivors from Florida's Parkland High School have emerged as the gun control activists of our time, inspiring widespread support. Five of the teens began planning the "March for Our Lives" rally, to take place in Washington DC on March 24, and put up a website, and already have $2 in donations from 4 celebrity sources.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018(4 comments)
Kucinich Leads the Way in Assault Weapons Ban
Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich and running mate Tara Samples held a rally to ban assault weapons in Cleveland on Saturday. The team is not waiting until they are elected to start making changes -- the campaign is providing a sample council resolution for any activists to download and share with their local city council members Series: Dennis Kucinich (27 Articles, 44365 views)
Monday, February 19, 2018(8 comments)
Teen Massacre Survivor Blasts Trump, NRA (video)
Emma Gonzalez, survivor of the Feb. 14th massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School addressed a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, just a couple of days after 17 people were killed at her school. She passionately blasted Trump and the NRA.
Free the Tamimis Global Day of Action Feb. 18: Selected Tweets
Ahed Tamimi's father, Bassem Tamimi, and the Free the Tamimis Campaign are calling on allies and supporters around the world to protest the ongoing incarceration and systematic targeting of members of the Tamimi family and the village of Nabi Saleh today. More info at "Free the Tamimis" Global Day of Action Sun. Feb.18. You can join global rallies, or select an individual method of support. Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018(1 comments)
"Free the Tamimis" Global Day of Action Sun. Feb.18
Bassem Tamimi and the Free the Tamimis Campaign are calling on allies and supporters around the world to protest the ongoing incarceration and systematic targeting of members of the Tamimi family and the village of Nabi Saleh. The global day of action is Sunday Feb. 18, 2018. Series: Ahed Tamimi (25 Articles, 46195 views)