Twenty-First Century Lover’s Lament

Last week, I got to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a group of people I truly love: Oakland youth. Teaching a writing workshop, it was a dozen high school kids and me, talking about love, heartbreak, and how Rihanna could go back and make a song with Chris Brown. (The general…

Coming to Madison this weekend! USAS, First Wave, and Bratwurst.

Yes, my Badger friends, I’m coming back. You better have my cheese curds ready. This weekend is the 15th anniversary United Students against Sweatshops (USAS) National Conference – a big deal in its own right. This year, though, in honor of the Wisconsin labor uprising that began exactly one year ago this…

Rolling a Joint for Grandma

Well, this should create a different kind of buzz. I’ve been writing so much about Occupy, political analysis, strategic actions, and all that good lefty biz, I haven’t done an artistic update in a while. Where’s the comedy at, Healey? Have no fear, dear friends, I’ve been hard at work…

Occupy Oakland at a Crossroads: Rebirth or Self-Destruction?

Over the last few months, I have been an active, critical, yet ultimately proud member of Occupy Oakland. Despite the sometimes-questionable tactics and lack of much diversity in this working-class, multi-racial city, I believed that Occupy Oakland was still a young movement and would mature into a more solid political…

Thousands in San Francisco “Occupy Wall Street West”

Sal Alper sat casually in front of the Wells Fargo headquarters in downtown San Francisco, as if chaining herself to the banking giant’s front doors was a normal thing to do on a Friday morning. As one of the many Occupy San Francisco protests on January 20, Sal had joined…