TOPIC: Interview

Longshore, Truckers, ICE, and the Domain Awareness Center: An Interview with Jack Heyman

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07.31.14 - Wanting to know more about the state of various workers struggles at the Port of Oakland, we sat down with Jack Heyman, long time militant and (retired) member of ILWU local 10 here in the bay area. We also wanted to have a conversation with Jack regarding the Domain Awareness Center, (DAC), which is coming to the Port and how it could possibly repress various workers' struggles. While we do not agree with Jack on everything politically, we greatly respect his commitment to struggle and knowledge of labor battles, past and present, in the bay area. Read…

Down and Drought: An Interview with John Zerzan

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02.22.14 - With a state of emergency called for in California due to severe drought, it is clear to many that the rate of climate change is steadily increasing throughout the globe. We caught up with John Zerzan, long-time green anarchist writer and theorist to pick his brain about what's happening with the drought, industrial civilization, Google buses, and possibilities of bringing it all down. Read…

Voices From Santa Rita

Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California, houses more inmates than many of the country's prisons.

12.21.13 - The first Sunday of December, I met with Charlie at a coffee shop to discuss the police of Alameda County and the situation within its Santa Rita County Jail. Charlie (who does not want his real name to be used for fear of retribution) is certainly no stranger to Santa Rita- “I’ve been in the drunk tank over a dozen times,” he said, “and in general population three times.” One of the first papers he shows me is a form instructing him to report for his re-incarceration in a week and a half. Read…

LIBERATE SPACE

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10.09.13 - The RCA and the Hotmess are squats — which is to say they are a set of buildings left to die before being illegally transformed into a living home, a place where weary travelers can rest their heads, and an experiment in developing relationships that challenge the logic of property. About two years ago the project of transforming these adjacent vacant buildings began. The squats are positioned along a vulnerable section of W MacArthur Blvd in West Oakland. Developers call this section of town the “MacArthur Corridor.” Others prefer to call it home. If taken from the squatters, the RCA/Hotmess would have likely been slated for demolition and “developed” into condominiums for Oakland’s “up and coming”. Read…