The issue of EastWest includes an interview with Linda Grant about the ongoing takeover of a vacant plot of land and the creation of Afrikatown, mega-developer Phil Tagami's battle against native Bay Area Dante Cano, a local news round-up, and new developments in downtown Oakland gentrification.
To Our Friends, Family and Community,
The time has come announce that the small but mighty Red & Black Collective will be shutting down. This year we would have turned fifteen years old. In those years, using our collective labor, we have served a lot of vegan dragon noodles and sandwiches. We’ve also made decisions together and taught each other so many skills. We’ve met so many travelers from all over this amazing world and made friendships and relationships that will last forever. We’ve created and maintained some of the only and last low-income housing in inner Southeast Portland.
New IAS Grants
The IAS is proud to congratulate our latest round of grantees.
Laura Hall’s background is Mohawk and English-Canadian. Her work explores decolonizing and Indigenist approaches to environmentally sustainable community planning, while gendering the work in order to focus on the issues of Indigenous women as well as two-spirited peoples. She is a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies at York University.
If we – as a movement – take step back I don't think it's actually that difficult to see why so many people come to a few meetings and then never return. As I've gotten a bit older and my time is a bit more precious, I find myself getting more easily frustrated with a lot of aspects of anarchist organisations. I don't have kids, but I imagine if I did, all these things would be all the more pressing.
My sentence to nine months in jail in conjunction with a withheld felony sentence, amounting to 15 years in prison if I “step out of line” in the eyes of the “state,” was a harsh and classist attack on my beliefs and lifestyle. Judge Fox strives to kill my spirit by burying me in a dying urban hole, and desires that I refrain from involvement in the anti-resource extraction struggle; I refuse to be “killed,” and I refuse the idea of coerced complacency.
Check out this new reader that compiles some of the best texts that critique "ally" politics as well as the closely linked, 'non-profit industrial complex.' As the text, 'Accomplices not Allies" writes: "The ally industrial complex has been established by activists whose careers depend on the “issues” they work to address...Ally has also become an identity, disembodied from any real mutual understanding of support.
Freedom of speech is important to intellectual concept driven, common purpose based organizing.
Organizing in nature, in general, is outside-inwardly orchestrated by transforming relational patterns which inform individual and collective experience.
Western authoritarian organizing is, on the other hand, driven and directed by intellectual concepts such as ‘sovereigntism’ [the notional ‘local independent existence’ of a ‘sovereign state’ and its ‘supreme central authority’ operated by its ‘political leadership’].