When the Verdict Comes…

Here in Oakland, we are anxiously awaiting the verdict in the trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle’s murder of the unarmed Oscar Grant. The murder, which was captured on video by bystanders and seen on Youtube by millions of people, sparked massive protests and militant actions around Oakland…

Top 10 Moments from the US Social Forum

After a crazy, beautiful, and overwhelming (mostly in a good way) week in Detroit at the USSF, I’m back home in Oakland. I was blogging from the Forum for The Progressive magazine, and in my last post, I decided to put in 10 of my favorite/unexpected/hilarious moments of the week….

At the US Social Forum…with 20,000 Friends

I’m here in Detroit, with 20,000 friends, comrades, and crazy beautiful everyday people at the US Social Forum. It’s day 3 here at the Forum, I’m right now sitting in a high-energy, multilingual (with simultaneous translation provided of course!) panel discussion about cross-racial alliance building between black workers and Latino…

Mourning and Celebration

It’s been a hard week for the world. Israel attacked the humanitarian flotilla to Gaza. BP’s oil spill in the Gulf, now the largest spill in US history, threatens entire ecosystems. A town in Arizona (you already know this is gonna be bad) is demanding an elementary school literally “lighten…

New Video: “Why I Write (# 137)”

Friday was one of the busiest, most beautiful days I’ve had in a while. Started off the day at KPFA, 94.1FM, with the amazing, radical Nora Barrows-Friedman working on my new segment “The Art of Resistance” that is gonna be a regular feature on Flashpoints starting this week. (More info…