Joe Berry 
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Re: “Bicycle Advocates Decry Arrest of Najari “Naj” Smith

Personally, I look forward to attending the court proceedings as a spectator (and demonstrator if there is a picket line outside) and also to see how Walt Riley defends him (Boots' father). As a bicyclist ("white") I now even more understand the reluctance of some Black people to bicycle, especially outside their own neighborhoods.

Posted by Joe Berry on 08/20/2018 at 3:20 PM

Re: “New East Bay Bike Share Program Not Yet Serving the Poor

In Europe and elsewhere these programs are free often and seen as public services in the interest of their environmental and other obvious social benefits. Why not here? We have lots of rich people who are paying way to little taxes right now. There is money, just in the wrong, and very few pockets.

Joe Berry

Posted by Joe Berry on 02/11/2016 at 8:27 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: “Labor's Positive Progress

Good article overall, but missing was a mention of all the labor activity on campuses, from adjunct organizing in private higher ed to big ongoing contract fights (CSU system, UC Lecturers, and CCSF) and resistance to attempts to close CCSF (AFT 2121 there and the Save CCSF Coalition). Other campus workers (grads, service and clericals, etc.) have also had big fights and won some. Labor, in many forms, is alive and well on campuses and needs to be treated like the "real" workers and unions they are.

Posted by Joe Berry on 12/24/2015 at 1:47 AM

Re: “No Place to Go

Also, there is the issue of existing rest-rooms that have been closed, like the one in the Bike Station which then throws bicyclists onto the street looking for a restroom and competing with all the others for same. The reason I was given for the partial closing (now need to request a key from bike shop and only open , therefore, when bike shop is open as opposed to 24/7 before) was that, horrors!, people were using it who were not cyclists parking bikes in the bike station?! We need an integrated policy that prioritizes human needs and coordinates the various agencies to do it (BART, City, County, library, others).

Joe Berry

Posted by Joe Berry on 12/09/2015 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Cops Are Not 'Warriors'

The article is correct in its main points, as is the historical comment made about the origins of urban police forces. We need to separate the issues of the often unnecessary dangers many workers face on the job (and why there is so little attention given to Workers Memorial day every April) from the issue of the what police do in society (mainly protect the state and political economic/racial status quo from disruption by the rest of us). This is why the UAW grad union at UC is petitioning within the labor movement to remove affiliation from police unions nationally.

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Posted by Joe Berry on 08/06/2015 at 6:54 AM

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