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A Tale of Two Oaklands: The Ghostship Fire, The San Pablo Apartments Fire, and the Fight for Oakland’s Heart and Soul

April 20, 2017


  Dozens of reporters, videographers and photographers thronged around the yellow tape surrounding the block containing the Ghost Ship warehouse the morning after the tragic fire that killed 36 people in the center of Fruitvale. As the hour approached noon, a group of thousands of Latino Catholics began their scheduled annual procession for the Virgen […]

More Scrutiny on the Oakland Warehouse Coalition’s Proposed Ordinance

January 22, 2017


I’ve been reading the Oakland Warehouse Coalition’s housing policy paper a little more closely, and I’m increasingly alarmed at the dangers created by the extremely narrowly focused recommendations. The Oakland Warehouse Coalition has created a policy recommendation paper, which the group plans to–in whole or in part–integrate into a city sponsored ordinance to redefine residential limitations on […]

Will Prayers and Ceremonies Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline?

December 24, 2016


Originally posted on Warrior Publications:
“Hope Springs Eternal–The Ghost Dance,” by Howard Terpning By Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, December 23, 2016 Over the last few months there’s been a lot of noise made about the power of peaceful prayers and ceremonies in resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. According to many participants, it…

The Moment of Clarity

November 10, 2016


People with substance and other types of addictions often have moments of clarity—those points in self-awareness made possible by substantially lower depths and points of perspective than they ever thought possible. The sweetly comforting politics of normalization and apathy, as addictive in some way as any drug or practice, also have such moments. The election […]

1) What the Hell is Oakland Measure II? & 2) The Comanche Trail Pipeline is a Big Bomb Under the Rio Grande and Other Things You May Not Know About Energy Transfer Partners

November 2, 2016


Not a lot of time to write these days, but I did want to visit two issues that I think aren’t getting enough air time in my public sphere in Oakland—one local, one not so much. Measure II is a Gentrification Stealth Bomb Oakland’s root in “direct-democracy” means that either the populace or the city […]

A Scandal by Any Other Name

June 22, 2016


Since evidence first surfaced that Oakland police officers engaged in statutory rape and prostitution with a minor, many police activists have understandably celebrated the daily hail of resignations and the fluid chain of failed replacement and interim police chiefs, as one “scandal” after another fells the pretenders—first Chief Sean Whent, then Fairow, then Figueroa. This is all […]

A Pointless Article About Bernie Sanders

March 27, 2016


I’ll start by admitting this article is pointless. By this stage in the primary season, people who are backing Sanders will back him no matter what emerges about his past, his record, what current awful statements he makes, who he allies himself with.   This all started out innocently enough. People despise Hillary Clinton, and […]