Why research graffiti? (Peel Youth Violence Prevention as related to McMurtry/Curling’s Roots of Youth Violence)

July 20th, 2011  

MISSISSAUGAWATCH Investigation Series, Volume 2,
“Peel Youth Violence Prevention as related to McMurtry/Curling’s Roots of Youth Violence” (#1)

The casual reader will certainly be surprised that MISSISSAUGAWATCH goes from taking a behind-the-scenes look at the four individuals behind a Mississauga political website to reporting on the findings from the now defunct Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network.

And it must surely bewilder that we file a 2011 graffiti video-report from the Hawaiian island of Maui to draw comparisons with graffiti in Mississauga and the City of Hamilton. A reminder: MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been researching graffiti since April 2009 for reasons that we now reveal in today’s report.

WHY RESEARCH GRAFFITI? MISSISSAUGAWATCH

As is now our custom, here’s the video, complete with transcript.

Graffiti: Maui, Hawaii (with research comparisons to Hamilton and Mississauga, Ontario) (7:57 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting July 8, 2011 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

It is Friday, July the 8th, 2011 and we’ve returned once again to this study site here, graffiti study site on Maui.

This is the third year that we’ve been documenting this. Uh, and it looks already like even the stuff that we had documented back [to husband] I think we were here in November, right?

Husband

Yeah, I think so.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting July 8, 2011 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

November December, have been erased.

So there’s really an aggressive anti-graffiti programme here on Maui. Very difficult to even find any. And let’s just do a quick shot here. [Note: videotape easily reveals graffiti missed by the eye] and just seems to be no graffiti at all.

But at the same time, when you document, sometimes you really have to document Nothing. And it looks like that’s what we’ve got to do.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[split-screen graffiti comparison same site June 30, 2009 with July 8, 2011]

There’s just absolutely nothing.

We were here in November/December taking a look. It wasn’t dry by the way. We actually had to cross —this was water and we had to get our feet wet as a result. But, you know, clearly the authorities have been here and erased what little had returned since The Big Erase.

And I don’t know when, of course, they went through again with a brush and got rid of it but perhaps it’ll be [in our video record.]

[DIP TO WHITE]

This is mauka [direction towards the mountains]. July the 8th, 2011. [slow, careful pan mauka to makai –direction to the sea.] And there’s nothing going all the way down.

And I will document this.

And there’s nothing here. [slow, careful pan of Wall 2 and then report switches to June 30, 2009]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

There’s always this. You always get the intelligentsia  Looks like that says “HEMPR”. And “FANTASTIC”. What’s that say? “PRIDE KAUAI RULES”, I think.

“RUDY WAS HEA”. And that’s American —writing. Looks to me like “06-8-08″ but actually, well —”RESK”.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Just want to document that my husband has made an observation here. That roughly right there was the “I love Maui”, wasn’t it? [split-screen “MAUI June 30, 2009 for comparison]

Remember that beautiful little “I love Maui” thing?

Husband

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

Okay. Yeah. You can kind of see the remnants right here. Of it. This here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

You have the original white, which I think was the first obliteration. Then there was a beige. Then a gray. And finally another kind of off-white. So somebody has been through here four times.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Husband

I think there’s graffiti out there.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

Okay. My husband has pointed out a culvert right there that he says might have graffiti in it. We’ve never gone down that far before but we will.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

We’ve got some joggers or walkers there. To give you an idea. [wide-angle of site to close-up of graffiti spray can]

If this is used as often as it looks like.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[camera aims makai –direction to the ocean]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii complete with dogs barking.

It is July the 8th, 2011. We finally —we found it to be a tunnel. And as we were going in, we also found it was guarded here by bees. Not to mention the dogs. Not just those. But over there.

So I suspect that there’s good reason that there’s not much in the way of graffiti returning anymore [inside culvert]. You alert the dogs. and also GAWD, I don’t know whether that was wasps or bees. There’s a nest in there somewhere, but we didn’t even go near it.

Do not need that kind of excitement!

WOW!

[to husband] You got a picture though, right?

Husband

Yes.

MAUI GRAFFITI STUDY SITE, KAHALUI, July 8, 2011, We approached this culvert for the first time and bees (perhaps wasps?) erupted from the top left and that was the end of *that* documentation plan! The bees sure provide context to the white graffiti sayin

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

Yeah.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii walking/documenting mauka.

Anyway, I want to document that one of the reasons why I’m researching graffiti is that I believe, or have hypothesized that the nature of the graffiti is reflective of the relationship between youth and law enforcement —and specifically police.

And one of the reasons I say that is, that one of my study sites in addition to Mississauga is the City of Hamilton.

And the City of Hamilton just —SHOCKED me. Absolutely shocked me. First of all in the amount of graffiti that there was. Now they have gone on quite an aggressive erasing campaign since.

But the amount of “FTP”s —which is “Fuck The Police”, or “FTC” —”Fuck The Cops”. And also just in bold writing, “FUCK THE COPS” in full letters. I couldn’t believe.

And there’s really in my experience nothing comparable since.

So it makes me question what’s the relationship between the youth in the community at the City of Hamilton.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Again, from the little that I’ve seen of the graffiti here on Maui is similar to the graffiti at Mississauga slash Brampton.

And the City of Hamilton kind of stands out all by itself.

And it demands that you ask the question [sic], why so many “FTP”s? Why so many “FTC”s?

Why is “FUCK THE POLICE” was [sic] written on the sidewalk at Beasley Park?

GRAFFITI, (ANTI-POLICE) CITY OF HAMILTON PARK, FIRST DOCUMENTATION (May 30, 2009) and comparative May 30, 2010
[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii summing up

What is it? Seinfeld made a show around Nothing, right?

Husband

So they claim.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii summing up

So they claim.

Husband

It will be interesting to compare our visit in November to this one.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii summing up

Absolutely, I agree.

Husband

I don’t think you’re gonna see all this gray-patching and stuff.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii summing up

Yeah.

And have you documented some of the gray patching? Especially over there?

Husband

No.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii summing up

Well, if you could do that, I’d appreciate it.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[Music: Don’t crash the ambulance. Mark Knopfler]
[Concluding remarks: The Lesson Here]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii leaving

Just a final comment before I go.

I’m reminded of a Peel Regional Council meeting where Hazel McCallion asked a pretty memorable question. Asked—

[split-screen Hazel McCallion, Peel Regional Council Hazel McCallion’s voice superimposed over MISSISSAUGAWATCH]

“What happens if Nothing happens?”

And of course the answer is, Even document Nothing.

Document. Document. Document. Document. Document. Document. Document. Document.

Turning camera off.

[LOGO]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

The (I have FOUND the Roots of Youth Violence!) Mississauga Muse.

HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTES, "What happens is nothing happens?" Peel Regional CouncilTHING

"What happens if nothing happens?" —Hazel McCallion

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..all I can say is of all the panels I sit on the first question that is asked is ‘Where are the young people? We are talking about them but they’re not with us.’ Young people are very frustrated because there’s a lot of panels. Oh the reports that are written about all the money we gotta spend!’ And they’re very frustrated with the system right now. That’s why they don’t come to a lot of these things because the truth is because they don’t believe in what’s happening.

And as the Pastor said, we have to engage them. We actually have to win back the confidence of our young people.

—Andrew King, Pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, November 28, 2008

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