From Suheir Hammad to Public Enemy — The Progressive Video Series so far

Since February, I’ve been doing this project with The Progressive magazine, where we highlight a different spoken word video each week that connects to current political issues. In honor of the late Howard Zinn (who wrote for the magazine), the goal is to showcase artists who boldly tell their own…

My Interview with Invincible in Tikkun Magazine

My interview with Invincible just came out in Tikkun magazine this week! This is one of my favorite emcees out right now, and probably the only one who makes me sound conservative by comparison. (Maybe Boots from the Coup.) I got a chance to ask Invincible about movement-building in Detroit,…

An Update on Divestment at Berkeley: Round Three this Wednesday!

The students at UC Berkeley’s Students for Justice in Palestine sent this notice out today, which I got via Jewish Voice for Peace us to send you the notice below. As my friend at JVP said, “This is a chance for you to show your support and to witness a…

UC Berkeley votes to divest from Israeli War Crimes…almost

“We’re still swimming against the current, but the tide is slowly turning in favor of justice.” That’s my friend Naomi’s take of the ongoing back-and-forth at UC-Berkeley over Israel/Palestine. Last month, the Berkeley student senate voted 16-4 to officially recommend that the UC Regents divest from two American companies (GE…

Of Writers and Warriors

Are we still not allowed to call this a recession? Last week, the giant NUMMI car factory closed down in nearby Fremont (30 minutes south of Oakland). Just like that, the last auto plant in California and only unionized Toyota factory in the country was gone. 5,000 jobs just at…