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Earning the Ticket: An Interview with Tarcilo Caldera, Oakland Port Trucker and POTA activist

November 22, 2013

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Tarcilo Caldera is a thirty year old member of the Port Trucker’s Association [POTA]. He moved to the US from Nicaragua with his family at the age of five—his father has been a Port trucker since 1989 and his mother is a janitor in San Francisco. Trucking is in Tarcilo’s blood. He spent summers with […]

Scraper Bike Heroes and Other Gloriously Chaotic Casualties of the “Outside Agitator” Narrative

July 24, 2013

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Volumes have already been written about the protests in Oakland that exploded after the Zimmerman verdict on Saturday, July 13. I won’t delve deeply into some of the so-called “controversies”, because they are political constructs created by city officials and OPD. Trying to camouflage their own complicity in maintaining the system of police and systemic […]

Racist and Deracinated: Towards a More Inclusive White Supremacy

July 15, 2013

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One of the public sphere alleyways that keeps cropping up around the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman is the issue of the “race” of Zimmerman. The main current holds that Zimmerman is ‘white’, with a pushback from those that counter he is mixed race and/or Latino, because of his Latin American heritage. The […]

Banner Drops Against Adult School Cuts in East Oakland

May 22, 2013

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We went to two former adult schools in East Oakland today to do some support outreach and visibility for tonight’s action at OUSD–The Bond Street Adult School Annex in Fruitvale, and Edward Shands Adult School right next to Eastmont Mall. We set up our materials and painted our banners and did chalk messages on the […]

The Last Cut for Adult Ed in Oakland

May 21, 2013

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A few years ago, OUSD cut 90% of its adult education budget. Annexes and buildings that were once free centers of learning for the families of young adults and children struggling in OUSD’s classrooms, became encaged useless husks. Adult ed teachers lost their jobs and many of them were never able to return to teaching. […]

The Triumph of Activism

May 19, 2013

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 The last several decades have represented an extended period of decline for the idea of “activism”. Protest, which in its golden hey-days of pre-institutional labor, anti-war, and civil rights, was an organic powerhouse, using a flexible diversity of tactics. Movements were not tied to a single form of protest, but it was clear that the […]

DA’s Frivolous Prosecution of Black Activist Comes on the Heels of Back to Back Exonerations of Black Oaklanders

March 20, 2013

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Last year on May Day, a boisterous but mostly peaceful demonstration promoted by Occupy Oakland and other groups, was aggressively attacked by an OPD assault force. There really is no other way to describe the events [I wrote about that day here, and that attack in "Part 2"]. As the march, which had surged around […]

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