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|Why Ivo Welch Fails
Ivo Welch says students who promote divestment from fossil fuels are on the wrong track. Who is he and why is he saying that? And are the lessons he draws from the movement to divest from South ...
|Bradley Manning, Not Pride Committee, Embodies Spirit of Stonewall
In the spring of 2004, I got an email from an acquaintance asking if I wanted to be nominated for LGBT Pride parade grand marshal. I was surprised, because I never thought of myself as grand ...
|Queers Strike Back at Islamophobic Gay-Baiting
Professional Islamophobe Pamela Geller's new campaign was specifically intended to provoke the LGBT community . Well she ought to know that when we're provoked, we get active.
|Grassroots Response to Geller Anti-Muslim Ads in San Francisco
Frustrated by San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority's decision to accept another round of offensive ads from hate-monger Pamela Geller , Bay Area activists have taken matters into their own hands.
|Newtown, Occupy and The Book of Mormon
1. When I first heard about the school shootings in Newtown, I didn’t have a particularly strong reaction. I saw the headlines, I saw the number 20, then it became 26, but I didn’t read the ...
|Gay Marriage: All About Money?
I turned off the TV in disgust on Sunday night. I knew it was going to be a week filled with a subject I can't stand talking about. But you can't fight a rising tide ... I had an interesting ...
|Occupy Dave Weigel
A few days ago, slate.com columnist Dave Weigel was on The Rachel Maddow Show talking about the Tea Party . Rachel suggested that the Tea Party has pretty much fallen off the political map, since ...
|Want to Protect Students from Sexual Violence? Pepper Spray Them!
Last week, the UC Davis “Pepper Spray Incident Task Force,” dubbed the “Reynoso Task Force” for its chair, Law School Professor Emeritus and former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz ...
|The Crimes of Mike Daisey
Two years ago, a friend and I were looking for billboards to modify. We were working on art related to Hewlett Packard and the clothing manufacturer H&M, both of which had big ad campaigns on, but ...
|A Vigil in Fremont: Bringing the Massacre Home
On Saturday a friend and I went to a vigil in Fremont held by the Afghan community, to protest the massacre of sixteen civilians in Kandahar province last Sunday. I was deeply moved by the experience.
|What if they gave a F*** the Police March & No Cops Came
As soon as I walked into work on Monday, everyone wanted to talk to me about Saturday’s events in Oakland, since I’m their only real link to the protesters. One woman told me about her father, a ...
|Whose Rainbow? My Week of Occupying Everything
This was going to be my week off from Occupying, but it didn’t work out that way. Late Sunday/early Monday I got the text message that Occupy Oakland was being evicted.� I rushed down there,
|Occupy SF Eviction - The More Things Change ...
I had my phone on silent last night so I missed the text telling me about the midnight raid (...
|To Preserve the Welfare State, Fighting Racism Is Key
Last week I wrote about changes in Western Europe relating to the mass immigration of darker skinned and Muslim people. Steve Hill, author of Europe’s ...
|Keep your gay marriage, give me my Social Security
I don’t have a partner. Maybe that’s why I’m not excited about President Obama’s endorsement of the Respect for Marriage Act, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Or maybe it’s because I ...
|The uses and abuses of hunger strikes
Hundreds of California prisoners are entering their third week of a hunger strike to win five eminently reasonable demands related to conditions in the Secure Housing Units (SHUs). According ...
|When Will Radical Gender Activists Get Out of Our Own Way?
Oh, no, I just realized the last time I posted, I was complaining about something I heard on listener-sponsored radio KPFA and now I am doing it again? But what can I do? This morning, in ...
|Labor Movement, Get a Clue Before It's Too Late!
Yesterday on KPFA/Pacifica 's "Living Room," I heard someone (I think it was David Madland of ...
|Twice Censored: Underreported Women's and Gender Issues of 2010
I work on a women's weekly radio show on Pacifica/KPFA and I was trying to think of what to do for last Monday, when I ran across the Project Censored List of Top 25 Censored Stories of 2009-2010. ...
|The Bad Sexual Politics of Julian Assange
When I heard that Julian Assange, founder/principal publisher of Wikileaks, was wanted for sexual assault, it was a “where is the nearest hole for me to crawl into” moment. It didn’...
|Become an Iron-Jawed Angel, Don't Vote for One
There’s a letter that made the rounds on email and feminist blogs a few weeks ago. It read in part:
|Whose Giants, Whose City?
I have a confession to make. I’m not a Giants fan. I have nothing against them, mind you. I just don’t watch or follow them. So now that they’re World Series champions, I ...
|Labor Movement: Save the Rest of Us to Save Yourselves
The latest attack ad from Meg Whitman, right-wing businesswoman running for governor of California, targets public sector unionization. “Who can retire at 55?” the narrator asks. "As ...
|The Case for Cheating
Last night I saw “ Race to Nowhere ,” the antidote to “ ...
|The Movement and the Moment - Part III - Creating a Spirit of Joy
Since I sent around the second part of The Movement and the Moment , a number of people have ...
|How Oakland's Leaders Created a Mini-Riot
In April 2001, about six months into the Second Intifada, an Israeli human rights activist named Jeff Halper wrote an article called “How to ...
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