By Phoenix Calida 1. Robin Williams passing is a tragedy and we should do something about mental illness… unless we’re talking about Amanda Bynes, because mocking her for being “crazy” is hilarious.
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By Alexander N. Riccio The intersections of privilege and oppression have never been starker for me than the years I attempted to infiltrate Atlanta’s underground rock n’ roll scene. On the surface it appeared that the community united under shared connections through drugs, music, sex, and rebellion; but under the sheen of commonality was a matrix of divisions, prejudices,…
By Mark Naison Right now, education policy is being shaped by the presumed needs of employers rather than the aptitudes needs and culture of actual students. The result is classrooms that are stifling and humiliating, where young people’s natural curiosity is being squelched and where teachers are micromanaged to make sure their empathy doesn’t lead them to depart from the…
By William J. Jackson Trayvon Martin’s brother is Jahvaris Fulton. He just graduated from college.
By Mark Naison The assassination of police officers is not only morally reprehensible, it has a history of undermining the legitimacy of non-violent mass protest movements against social injustice.
By William J. Jackson Dear Barack Hussein Obama. Folks locking their doors when you walk by is nothing. Getting mistaking for a parking valet is nothing.
By Tom Motko Maybe it was Jerry Garcia doing “Shady Grove” with David Grisman on the iPod that lifted me into the cloud of nostalgic whimsy; maybe it was just a flashback. No matter. I found myself thinking about how music has threaded its many colors through the fabric of my life.
The Black Buck’s HollaBack at Shoshana Roberts in a fight against Rob’ing us in their ignorant Bliss
By William J. Jackson By now you’ve probably heard that the uppity negro class is not amused with the insidious exploitation of color’d folk in poverty in this strategically edited video for capital gain. Yes… That is my charge. That there was no mistake made and it was all intentional.
By Phoenix Calida Regarding voting- over the last few days I’ve been told I’m everything from “fucking stupid” to ignorant, to uniformed because I vote. I’m none of those things, and people need to stop assuming what I know.
Chris Dixon ends his recent book Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements with a series of questions that are meant to confront and guide the direction of future organizing projects. Some of these questions have to do with electoral politics: How should people dedicated to anti-authoritarian politics relate to this sphere?
By Harsha Walia I’m still waiting on the feminist response to Gomeshi and rape culture and ‘why women don’t report’ that goes beyond the generic feminist (read: white middle class) answer of fear/disbelief/stigma.