Robert Shetterly

Robert Shetterly

Robert Shetterly is a writer and artist who lives in Brooksville, Maine and the author of the book, "Americans Who Tell the Truth." Please visit the Americans Who Tell the Truth project's website, where posters of Howard Zinn, Rachel Carson, Edward Snowden, and scores of others are now available. Send Rob an email here.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman, Rule of Law, and the End of Slavery
The Americans Who Tell the Truth project has become all about education. Primarily, though, the education has been my own. Over the past ten years, I have learned a great deal about American history, why our history is the way it is, and some of the people who have guided its positive evolution. Many of the people I’ve painted were totally unknown to me before I began the portrait series.
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Saturday, September 01, 2012
Thank Goodness Labor is its Own Reward!
A couple of nights ago I had dinner with friends I have known for a long time. I think all of them—an inner city teacher, an artist, a retired doctor—would describe themselves as liberals. Without employing a litmus test, I would not describe them as progressive thinkers , but I would recommend them all as decent, generous and trustworthy.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Embedded Art as War Propaganda
Steve Mumford: Embedded : Recent Drawings from Iraq & Afghanistan At the Center For Maine Contemporary Art ( CMCA), Rockport, Maine, May 26 --- July 10, 2011. My mother used to tell me, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. But, I think she would agree that if to say something nice you have to ignore the truth, it might be better to say something.
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Monday, June 06, 2011
The Loneliness and Courage of Thomas Drake: A Whistleblower's Journey
“As a student of history and politics, I firmly believe that we have reached a breaking point in this country, when the government violates and erodes our very privacy and precious freedoms in the name of national security and then hides it behind the convenient label of secrecy.
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Monday, April 04, 2011
Return Our Mural, Restore the Names
Two weeks ago, Republican Governor Paul LePage ordered the removal of a mural depicting the history of organized labor in Maine that was commissioned by the Maine Arts Commission and displayed in the state's Department of Labor building in 2008. He also made clear his intentions to rename several meeting rooms that had been named after historic labor leaders, including Frances Perkins and Cesar Chavez. The following are the prepared remarks to be delivered by Maine art
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
The Stink in the Super Bowl
“Part of the main plan of imperialism… is that we will give you your history, we will write it for you, we will re-order the past…What’s more truly frightening is the defacement, the mutilation, and ultimately the eradication of history…” --- Edward Said
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Thursday, January 06, 2011
The Death of Judy Bonds, and Life
A successful autocracy rests on the universal failure of individual courage. -- Marilynne Robinson What magic occurs to make an invisible person visible, visible and powerful? Well, sometimes it’s spectacular crime or titillating celebrity, but for lasting visibility, for making the shadow life that most of us lead into substance, the necessary magic is courage. Moral courage.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Why I Choose to Risk Arrest December 16, 2010
"If you lessen your anger at the structures of power, you lower your love for the victims of power." -- William Sloane Coffin The old saw about being doomed to repeat your history if you neglect to learn it is a portentous way to advise one to learn from mistakes. Any animal, from a paramecium to a peccary --- even a human occasionally, will learn from mistakes.
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Saturday, July 24, 2010
Portraits of Courage
Robert Shetterly is the painter of Americans Who Tell the Truth, a series of portraits honoring the words and work of courageous Americans throughout history.
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Monday, April 19, 2010
NPR & Trust in Government
I was just sitting down in my kitchen this morning -- Sunday, April 18 th , 2010 -- to a bowl of oatmeal topped with walnuts, some pieces of ginger, and a little brown sugar when I heard the host of NPR's Sunday Weekend Edition program, Liane Hansen, say that the next segment would begin a series of programs focusing on Trust in Government. She said, as we all know, that cynicism about our political leadership has metastasized. The new series would look at how it got this way and how it could be different.
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