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Oakland’s City Leaders as Firestarters

August 17, 2017


On July 7, a massive early morning fire tore through a seven story development in the heart of Oakland’s downtown/uptown neighborhood. It was the second fire this year in a similar construction site–a market rate development in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods–and the third in less than a year. Otis R. Taylor, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist, […]

Intersectional Feminism: Wonder Woman, Palestinians, Wakanda and Zionism

June 3, 2017


Though I’m not by any means an expert or anything, I was a historical consultant for one of the better documentaries out there on Wonder Woman, released long before there was even the hint of any hope for a Wonder Woman film—a role I began in 2008 for a film released in 2012. That’s not to […]

Please Stop Using the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Data, Guise.

May 28, 2017


Many people who care what I think will have noticed I have little regard for Antifa. I also don’t subscribe to the prevalent ideological construct of white supremacy growing astronomically in a substrate of the alt-right. I think there may be a slight growth in white supremacist affiliation, and a definite spike in brazen public declarations […]

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 […]