May Day in Oakland: Immigrant Rights, Occupy Agitation, and a Tank

I wake up to the sound of helicopters. Living in Oakland, the city of beautiful rebellion and tragic violence, I’ve long since learned to recognize the distant buzz of police choppers, but I usually don’t hear it before 8 am. Then I remember: Today is May Day! The revolution is…

Occupy Disrupts Wells Fargo Meeting, Starts Season of “99% Power”

Pushing his way through the crowd outside the Wells Fargo headquarters, Ronald Colbert tried his best to get inside the banking giant’s annual shareholders’ meeting. “Look, I have a proxy vote,” Colbert shouted to the policemen blocking his way, holding up his shareholder invitation. “I have a right to be…

Why Passover is the Greatest Holiday of All Time

  Why Passover is the Greatest Holiday of All Time more than the fourth glass of wine in a family that gets drunk off two more than the smirk you throw at your older brother when you recite the tenth plague, the killing of the first-born more than hiding the…

The Quiet Racism that Killed Trayvon Martin: Reflections from Miami

Before he became the latest and most-Tweeted victim of racial violence in America’s long, dirty history, Trayvon Martin was just another kid growing up in Miami. He was a high school junior, got A’s and B’s in his classes, planned to go to college and become a flight mechanic. His…

Three Good Things that Happened this Weekend

It was a good weekend in terms of sports, activism, and hey, weather. Let’s recap: 1. Duke lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Sorry, Dukies. But my bracket and Maryland loyalties are both very happy. 2. A group of smart, serious Oakland community activists held a powerful…