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Miami artist Cortada to unveil work opposing marriage amendment

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ARTIST XAVIER CORTADA UNVEILS NEW WORK IN OPPOSITION OF AMENDMENT 2

"Justice is an Action Verb" incorporates names of 1,000 voters that Say No 2

MIAMI, Fla. (October 13, 2008) - Acclaimed Miami artist Xavier Cortada is naming names in his latest work, which he has created in opposition to Amendment 2, the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment on the ballot this November.

On Thursday, October 16, he will unveil "Justice is an Action Verb," a digital painting on canvas which incorporates 1,000 names of voters against the amendment.

"The only way to create justice in Florida is if each one of us works and strives for it," Cortada said. "We have to be proactive and this works honors the people who, with their votes against Amendment 2, create the action that will continue to bring justice."

The unveiling will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 4500 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami and will include the opportunity to receive a print of the work signed by the artist. The event coincides with two weeks of press conferences around the state in which teachers, firefighters, businessmen, seniors and other voters demonstrate the Amendment's potential broad and overreaching effect on their existing rights and Florida's ability to attract new workers and residents.

Written in vague and undefined language, Amendment 2 could have dramatic consequences for Florida's committed adults who form domestic partnerships, including unmarried seniors, eliminating their ability to share important health care and pension benefits.

To create "Justice is an Action Verb," Cortada used the names of the first 1,000 donors to Florida Red & Blue, the bi-partisan, statewide organization running the SayNo2 campaign, which opposes Amendment 2. Florida Red & Blue donor George Lindemann is hosting the artwork unveiling event in Miami.

A visual artist with a law degree, a master's degree in public administration and an undergraduate degree in psychology, Cortada often creates works commenting upon social issues and has collaborated with groups across the world to produce numerous large-scale art projects including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Geneva and South Africa, and eco-art installations on Miami Beach and Antarctica.

Cortada is active in the community as a member of the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Florida Arts Council and the City of Miami Green Commission. He has been commissioned to create art for the White House, the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Governor's Mansion, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall and the World Bank, among others.

For more information on Florida Red & Blue's SayNo2 campaign, please log on to www.SayNo2.com.

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