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Learning from June: New Self-Love and Respect

  By Chris Crass “I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.” – June Jordan 

Football, Violence, and the Language of Male Domination

  By Mark Naison Some of the best times of my youth and well into my 20’s took place on a football field. Like many young men who played the game, I needed an outlet for the violence inside me. An outlet that would bring me respect, camaraderie and the friendship of other men, a friendship that crossed racial and…
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Men Need to Co-Create Feminist Liberation

  By Chris Crass For all of us who have been raised with male entitlement, backed with the threat of socially condoned or ignored (unless video taped) violence, we must take pause in this moment to re-commit ourselves to NOT be abusers, to NOT use violence (physically or emotionally) in our families and communities, and TO help raise boys to…
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Some Thoughts on Police Reform

  By William J. Jackson   1. Re-write the 13th amendment to remove legal slavery from prisons and actually abolish it. 2. Cops have to earn guns.A. A gun is only issued after two promotions and a year minimum is required for each promotion.B. Rubber bullets? (still thinking about that one) 3. When a person kills a citizen while in the…
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How Systems of Oppression Avoid Scrutiny

  By Phoenix Calida   Sex work. Domestic violence. Police brutality. Racism. Misogyny. Every argument has the same basic principle. “But if you, the victim, didn’t do “x”, then “y” wouldn’t have happened”.

The Individuals Who Serve and Protect

  By Mark Naison The United States is a rapidly changing society in ways that complicate the debate over the deaths of Michael Brown and Evan Garner. There are now many whites who are part of multiracial extended families and have partners, children, or grandchildren who are people of color; an experience which may lead them to identify powerfully with…
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Is the Oregon Country Fair Radical?

  By Joseph Orosco A few weeks ago, Anarres Project co-founder Tony Vogt and I were interviewed by a reporter for a local alternative newsweekly.  Toward the end of our conversation, she asked us if there was something about Oregon, or Corvallis in particular, that is hospitable to a project such as Anarres

Let Us Be Tender and Powerful

  By Chris Crass I feel it in my body. I feel it circling, at times weeping, other times screaming, around the beginning and ending of my wandering thoughts. The pain and trauma of the injustice and devastation this Summer has experienced.

Privilege 101

  By Phoenix Calida Privilege is a thing you have. You get it without asking for it or deserving it. You get privilege because you fall into categories that are deemed desirable by society. You get privilege for most closely resembling the people who run our society. In America, this means the more you resemble white, wealthy, Christian, cis, hetero,…
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Plantations to Prisons

  By Phoenix Calida   Yes, the privatized prison system requires inmates for a profit. But prison profit didn’t start with privatization of prison.