The Pinky Show Interview With Peter Weiss About Crimes Against Humanity


Q: Do you have a mission statement?
Yes we do!

“Our mission is to design and create work that cultivates compassion, fairness, and healing through a deeper understanding of the world.”

Q: What is The Pinky Show?
A: The Pinky Show is an ongoing educational art project of Associated Animals Inc., a 401(c)3 non-profit organization based in the United States of America.

We are the original super lo-tech hand-drawn educational project by cats. We focus on information & ideas that have been misrepresented, suppressed, ignored, or otherwise excluded from mainstream discussion, and do this in a way that is informal and easy-to-understand. Our materials are available for free on the internet:

Q: Where exactly are you guys based?
A: We are in the desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, near Death Valley.

Q: What is the purpose of The Pinky Show?  Class Treason Stories : too busy to think  (2009).
A: The research, studying, discussion, and writing necessary for producing Pinky Show materials allows us the time and space to learn about the things we’re most interested in – that is, those mysterious and complicated relationships that exist between history, structure, ideology, and power. So at one level, I guess you could say the Pinky Show is for our own learning.

Of course, we’re also very careful to make Pinky Show materials that can function like a useful tool, a learning tool for anyone willing to work through very fundamental and difficult questions of injustice and violence. We often focus on marginalized histories and perspectives because it’s a very powerful way for people to challenge themselves to consider realities that lie beyond their own lived experiences and interests. We believe that positive social change becomes real when human beings learn how to critically engage each other with openness, honesty, and compassion.
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Uploaded on 12 Dec 2006

Pinky calls up international law expert Peter Weiss (Center for Constitutional Rights) and asks him “What is a Crime Against Humanity?”. Other points of discussion include how a crime against humanity is different from a war crime; the ‘superior orders’ defense; torture; the International Criminal Court (ICC); the importance of ordinary people taking a stand on matters of international law; more!