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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 […]

Engagement not Displacement: a story about Public Places

January 30, 2016


The standing room-only crowd at a recent community meeting to discuss the fate of St. Andrews Plaza on San Pablo Avenue, in Oakland, waited patiently as City Council Person Lynette Gibson Mcilheny and her accomplices outlined an unusual redevelopment plan. St. Andrews is a small parklet, literally a concrete container for a few trees on a […]

There Can be Only One: Sharp Elbows in Creed and Jessica Jones

December 13, 2015


  Halfway through Creed, the film’s protagonist, Donny, has his last significant exchange with another Black man. Fraught from the start with emasculating antagonism emanating from local rap star Tone Trump, the verbal exchange quickly escalates to violence. The interaction is notable only because Creed’s antagonist gets more lines and screen time than most of […]

A Calculus for Grief Equity

November 15, 2015


Last year, around this time, the 2014 death toll in South Sudan’s civil war hit, by some estimates, 10,000. Though Sudan had been in the news for decades when the US evinced very little interest in colonial enterprises in Africa, the name disappeared off the world’s radar once the US and Western nations, against the […]