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A link to the press release is here: http://liu.edu/Polk/Articles/2016-Winners
OPD at their finest.
I vote we show Uber the exact same level of respect and consideration that they show their female employees:
Not the kind of business I will ever welcome into my community.
Moonraker, Cellarmaker, Alvarado Street - juice monsters!
Bruce Ferrell: Who ya gonna believe, the New York Times or the Polk Awards website? Who pays their webmasters better? (I don't see it there either...)
Word! Great article but Alchemy Collective in Berkeley next time! Worker-owned by mostly queer/POC folks.
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Great news! How about the fish soup? Delicious.
For real! How is Alchemy Collective not on this list? They've even been a member of EBX's Think Indie Campaign for over a year!
Here are a few reasons why they might deserve to be on this list:
(1) THE SOLIDARITY ECONOMY
Alchemy is 100% worker-owned and 100% democratically run by a squad of predominantly Black, brown, and queer folks.
Alchemy was founded by three low-income baristas who wanted to create dignified careers (and business ownership) for themselves and other working class folks. And that's more impressive than businesses founded by well-meaning well-off investors with predetermined missions who hire members from marginalized groups to execute those missions without giving them real control over the capital they create. Right? Right.
They let community groups host events and fundraisers after hours for FREE. Such groups include Hasta Muerte Coffee, Community Democracy Project (Oakland), Sustainable Economies Law Center, Alipato Project, Justice for My Sister, an art therapy group, an anti-gentrification reading group, and more!
They incubate other worker-owned businesses for free and provide a lot of free emotional labor to houseless folks and other folks in need.
(2) MOVEMENT-ART GALLERY
Months after movement-artist Oree Originol's art show at Alchemy ended, his "Justice for Eric Garner," "Justice for Mike Brown," and "Justice for Sandra Bland" posters remain on Alchemy's windows. They host other local artists every month.
(3) ANTI-GENTRIFICATION AND LOCAL POLITICS
Alchemy is a member of the only business association in Berkeley that fights criminalizing homelessness. Ever aware of the dangerous effects of gentrification, instead of relying on the police, Alchemy established a network of social workers, family members, and neighboring businesses to help de-escalate potentially dangerous conflicts.
(4) NATIONAL POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Alchemy joined the national inaugural strike on January 20th. A portion of the proceeds from Alchemy's Snakebite blend goes to Standing Rock. But their #NODAPL efforts don't stop there. Alchemy inspires folks to be more aware and more accountable: To the left of the Alchemy cash register is a list of banks that fund DAPL. To the right of their cash register is a Standing Rock donation box.
Alchemy sources food from the farmer's market, their beans are organic, their take-out stuff is compostable, and they use solar power. They have hosted events about community-owned renewable energy and fundraisers for environmental justice.
(5) COMMUNITY EDUCATION
They provide access to an expensive curated radical book collection to the public even though someone keeps stealing their James Baldwin books. They help resisters of domestic violence by selling the Radical Feminist Coloring Book and distributing "know-your-rights" brochures.
Where is Derick Almena? This is where the anger and responsibility should be directed. Perhaps it is because people want to go after deeper pockets.
Reporters like BondGraham and Winston are indispensable, especially after the demise of the Oakland Tribune and the absence of beat reporters at City Hall. Democracy becomes impracticable without journalists who can devote time to researching long-form stories like theirs. What I'm wondering is, does this award come with any money?
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How is Alchemy Collective not on this list?
Wow -- congrats to Darwin and Ali for great reporting (and the EBX for great reporters)!
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It's now February 20 at 11am pacific. I just visited the Polk awards web site. I see no announcements for 2017 and they don't seem to appear on the 2016 lists? What's up?
Congrats to Darwin and Ali! Their work this year, on the police story, public land and housing and education has been exemplary!
Now I can gripe a bit by the headline and the first line of this report -- because the reporter wasn't kicked out -- the reporter's first paragraph is contradicted by "I then requested the judge to ask the man again if he'd be OK with me staying on those terms. The man seemed OK with this, but I got up and left the courtroom, anyway." (GRRRR). So this headline and article kinda stinks. Reporters - the truth is not such that the ends justifies the means. Don't trick me, especially with an outright lie.
HOWEVER, this whole "media is the enemy" thing really pisses me off! Trump tweeted about it on the same day that this article was posted -- so one didn't cause the other. But the press are our eyes and ears -- NOT OUR ENEMY. If the public can be there, the press can be there and if someone is made nervous by the press -- that's a sign.
Have you ever sat through a public court proceeding? No? Thank God, because it's dead dull boring. It's like watching paint dry. "Due process" is important but not exciting, and so it's easy for the public to bypass observing such public proceedings because we're comfortable with the assurance that someone else is likely watching and if anything urgent or outrageous happens, we'll be alerted by someone who has more time than we do.
Even though they're open to the public, most court proceedings are not even attended by reporters -- but the fact that they can attend is a check and balance to nefariousness such as shortcuts through our rights, deals that ought not be made, and other bad behavior.
Thank you, reporter, for doing OUR job. We need you. We're on your side. We really appreciate it. This weekend, I counted 5 different ways that I pay money for news. It's valuable to me and I don't get mine for free. But please don't funge up the facts. It doesn't help.
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