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…

“Art is my Occupation”: Rethinking the Role of Artists in the Movement

As a member of the self-identified “slash profession” – writer/organizer/educator/whatever pays the rent that month – I have learned how to wear multiple hats. How to move between different worlds and code-switch my headgear to meet a particular place and community. Alright, I got this big event coming up tonight…should…