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There are other forms in Alameda too, including some interesting paper pieces, some of which encourage the viewer to take a piece.
wonder if it's the same person who put the gnomes all around oakland utility poles a few years back (and they are still there!)?
Link, what house? I live in Lower Bottoms.
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.
It's spelled "wail" not "whale".
"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.
Do you mean "grisly"? Grizzly refers to bears or gray-haired-ness, neither of which seem to pertain here.
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.
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This is really a great show, and every one, even the uncomfortable ones, are always entertaining and informative. I love it.
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Beautifully rendered tribute Lincoln. I raise my glass high. xo MJP
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!"
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