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Re: “This Year's Oakland Book Festival Will Feature a City-Wide Conversation on Work

Both PEN Oakland, called by the New York Times, "The Blue Collar PEN," and the Oakland-based ,The Before Columbus Foundation, celebrating its 40th anniversary next year, participated in this book fair, yet,except for the San Francisco Examiner, most of the local press coverage featured New York writers.Maybe both organizations should relocate to New York to get coverage in Oakland.

Posted by Ishmael Reed on 05/25/2016 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Robert Reich's Multimedia Bid to Save Capitalism

Reich represents the change in both attitude and action we need for an inclusive economy. Still, the built environment must be reformed as well if change is to be sustainable. For that we need 1) substantial, sustainable incomes, 2) a reinvestment system capturing local wealth, and, 3) rebuilding communities physically thereby eliminating both "developers" and land speculators. The prime format should be the village towns (http://villagetowns.org).

Posted by Didacus Ramos on 05/12/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “An Identity Crisis at Mills College

I don't think that it is right when students experience some kinds of crisis when they study at the college. They should be protected by college officials from crisis they are expected to take part in. They would stop studying if they always feel nervous about something that concerns to them. They would select essay service online and study ordering their home assignmntes from the Internet as they don't want to do them on their own. That's why we should care about them and defend from all kinds of studying crisis.

Posted by Mary Green on 04/17/2016 at 4:59 AM

Re: “A History of Violence

Of course, prior to WW2 Oakland was a very different city from a demographic standpoint. Whites left in droves after the war ended, and when industrial employment left the city, the largely black, blue collar working middle class that had moved West from the South and re-defined Oakland were left behind once again.

Posted by paulkott on 03/25/2016 at 11:49 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

@Amy Mills seeing as the house was destroyed in the 60s, it's way long gone now. Lower Bottoms in that particular section was redeveloped, including, from what I've been told, freeway construction, which was far more popular at the time than any other transportation infrastructure besides commuter rail (BART) both of which supported white flight and suburban sprawl as a planning strategy, leaving the urban centers to rot with no services or support (except violent cops from the 'burbs to beat those too poor and black to flee)....

Posted by paulkott on 03/25/2016 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Gabby Miller as Cross-Cultural Cargo

thanks for the write up see http://nocoalinoakland.info

Posted by Gabby Miller on 03/23/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

Link, what house? I live in Lower Bottoms.

Posted by Amy Mills on 03/09/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

Hey David — I suppose some boxers probably do end up wailing (making long cries of sadness or pain) after their fights, but in the ring they are pretty focused on whaling (to strike or hit vigorously) on each other.

Posted by April Kilcrease on 03/09/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

It's spelled "wail" not "whale".

Posted by David Anderson Kirk on 03/09/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “A History of Violence

"Those who may have a problem with an East Coast writer publishing an opinion on the place after living here for just four years."

Lots of new arrivals in Oakland, as well as Oakland's pols, absolutely love to read East Coast (NY Times) tourism writers on just how trendy Oakland is.
And creative too, if you think fancy cocktails are Art and spendy dining out is Art Appreciation.

But there are at least two Oaklands and never the twain shall meet.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/09/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “A History of Violence

The photo of the Shetman tank is a classic, and is emblematic of the the violence, racism, and inhumanity of 60's urban renewal. The tank is about to tear down a home in my neighborhood of Lower Bottoms. After this and over a hundred others were destroyed, the land at the heart of the neighborhood sat empty for more than a decade.

Posted by Link Boutte on 03/09/2016 at 8:14 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Big Freedia

Renee you are beautiful and an asset to BIG FREEDIA...THE QUEEN DIVA. Freedia, I love you. You are perfect in every way. Also love KATY RED

Posted by Denise Lyons on 02/21/2016 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

Beautifully rendered tribute Lincoln. I raise my glass high. xo MJP

Posted by Mary Jane Perna on 02/13/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

I was so glad to finally become an official ink worker in the early nineties. And it was you, Lincoln, that got me there. Always a pleasure to work with you and share struggles and laughs. haste la Victoria Siempre! Great article.
Deborah Green

Posted by Deborah Green on 02/12/2016 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

I worked at Pedal Express Courier for three years. What many folks don't know is that Inkworks delivered many of their jobs by bicycle! In fact, their shipping forms had a little box that they would check for orders officially delivered by Pedal Express. Clients loved receiving deliveries by bike and it felt wonderful to deliver work for a fellow worker-owned cooperative. I have many memories of picking up jobs of all sizes from their shop - ranging from a small stack of papers, to boxes weighing several hundred pounds. They were a longtime client of ours and we thank them for all the years of support!

Posted by Dominic R Lucchesi on 02/12/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

Thanks Lincoln for the article. As a former Inkworks collective member for the last 8 years I would add this.
The most rewarding aspect of Inkworks for me was our customers. Many were social justice non-profits active on the cutting edge of their various issues and causes. Printing their position papers and reports was very educational. Two of my customers were the ACLU of Northern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation who I was so glad to be able to support their work. I am so grateful to them and our other customers that supported Inkworks for many years. I will miss them.

Posted by Daniel Luna on 02/12/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

I'm proud to have been an Inkworks collective member for 7 years starting in 1995. And to have spent the past 14 years expanding on its mission via Design Action Collective. Thanks Lincoln, for the great recap. The struggle continues!

Posted by Innosanto Nagara on 02/11/2016 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

As another who brought jobs in over the counter and an even older comrade in SDS in Iowa with a founding member, Waukean McLean, I second all the kudos. Inkworks was not just a printshop with all the characteristics described above, but also an organizing node for many movement related tasks (cartooning, design, distribution, etc.) that many of us used and learned from. Most of all, it was a symbol of what is possible.

Joe Berry

Posted by Joe Berry on 02/11/2016 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

Thanks for this article/tribute, Lincoln. It certainly has been an accomplishment to be proud of. One difference with Polly Parks's description of FITS: We actually did survive political in-fighting- ugly and destructive as that was - but there was a self-conscious decision to close the shop because 1) technology was changing and we would need a lot of funds to update our equipment that we didn't have and 2) with the movement in decline after the election of Reagan business had declined. I had left by then - trying to organize the union at Lin Litho, then working at Inkworks and other work - but I was impressed by the very practical reasoning that went into closing the shop and, as a result, the entire San Francisco Printing Coop. One gratifying outcome was that Modern Times Bookstore moved into the space.

Posted by Hilton Obenzinger on 02/11/2016 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

Thank you Lincoln for this piece. It is an honor to have been a collective member for the past 17 years. I joined Inkworks in 1998 as production manager and was a customer sales representative and estimator the past 6 years. I will continue to serve the movements with the support of Community Printers. I started my career in printing when it was letterpress only in Sri Lanka in the early 80's. The print shop was founded by breakaway members of the JVP, upon their release to public life in 1977. ( Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna - People's Liberation Front) a Marxist/Leninist group that staged a failed insurrection to topple the repressive government in 1971 .
We successfully published anti government - prodemocracy work in three languages for many Human Rights and labor advocacy groups, including students unions. The intellectual left movement builders at the time were challenged by draconian laws and party politics that instigated racial and ethnic division. The country was in a state of civil war for 30 years.
I fled the Island in 1989 amidst death threats to myself and family members.
I went to Canada as a political refugee in 1990. I certainly left my heart in San Francisco my port of landing. I was a collective member at Our Times, Canada's only independent Labor magazine for 7 years and met Inkworks and Community Printers through the Progressive Printers Network. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow with local political movements that take on global issues.
"¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre!"

Posted by Ranil Abeysekera on 02/10/2016 at 11:14 PM

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