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Judy Tuan - Spot the Octopus opening for DeCadence A...
Spot the Octopus opening for DeCadence A Cappella! Happy 25th birthday DeCadence xD
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16 hours ago
Race Versus Class in the Democratic Coalition | The Nation
"What the survey makes clear is that progressives need a narrative that addresses both race and class inequality together."
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20 hours ago
Kapor Center: #AnitaEllenSpeak - YouTube
Here is the video that played at the beginning of A Historic Conversation with Anita Hill and Ellen Pao w/ the Kapor Center for Social Impact last night.
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2 days ago
Book Bloc: A Collective Development | The Occupied Times
I think about this that like, where Marx argued that commodity objects circulate capital, these disobedient objects can circulate struggle.

R: I hope it has some liveliness to it. I don’t think I would have got involved in as much protest as I did unless I was really enjoying it, in a way. The moment it becomes a chore, about work instead of friendships and love, then it’s over. These objects are all built out of love. They represent the joy of discovering your own autonomy and power. I hope the exhibition can reflect that.
3 days ago
Biblioclasm and the Book Bloc
It is perhaps this same idea that caused Ray Bradbury to say “I felt it [Hitler’s ‘burning of the books’] as keenly, please forgive me, as his killing a human, for in the long sum of history they are one and the same flesh”.  Interestingly the allusion to transubstantiation made by Bradbury corresponds to the transformation of the book-object’s use-value in moments of crises. In the Book Bloc, the symbolic change can be described as teacher-to-warrior, in biblioclasm this trajectory goes from perpetrator-to-victim; regarded with suspicion of being a propagandist of ‘dangerous’ ideas by a regime or social group, the book is set upon and silenced.

The cuts in education and funding are more than measures to alleviate gargantuan deficits. These cuts are also ideological. In these specific cases they are attacking the university institution, sewing the seeds to change it from a forum where knowledge is taught, created and disseminated, to a marketplace where profit rules above all. These cuts are deeply anti-culture.

What I saw in the Book Blocs of Rome and London was indeed a symbolic self-defense of culture. But it was more than that. By marching these cardboard and styrofoam tomes into the violent tumult of the front line, these protesters were, in essence, offering up their carefully selected titles to be destroyed in a ceremonial act of sacrifice. This has the effect of being a kind of reverse biblioclasm, a self-immolation – a literary Jauhar of sorts – and suggests a considered détournement of the poetics of oppressive violence.

Tomas White of the biblioclasm blog, charting the ‘secret history’ of book destruction, or libricide, as a paradoxical practice common to all literate cultures throughout the ages.
3 days ago
Biblioclasm and the Book Bloc
It is perhaps this same idea that caused Ray Bradbury to say “I felt it [Hitler’s ‘burning of the books’] as keenly, please forgive me, as his killing a human, for in the long sum of history they are one and the same flesh”.  Interestingly the allusion to transubstantiation made by Bradbury corresponds to the transformation of the book-object’s use-value in moments of crises. In the Book Bloc, the symbolic change can be described as teacher-to-warrior, in biblioclasm this trajectory goes from perpetrator-to-victim; regarded with suspicion of being a propagandist of ‘dangerous’ ideas by a regime or social group, the book is set upon and silenced.
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3 days ago
The artist who made protesters' mirrored shields says the 'struggle porn' media miss point of Standing Rock - LA Times
defending ourselves

You made a series of mirrored shields that you distributed to people on the front lines. How did that come about?

I was inspired by these activists in the Ukraine. These women — old women and children — and they came out and carried mirrors from their bathrooms and into the street to show these riot policemen what they looked like. From the photos I saw, it seemed profoundly effective. I wanted to bring that same level of recognition to the front lines there.

But Standing Rock is in the middle of nowhere. I didn’t want people to bring mirrors to the front line and get hit with batons and cause more damage than good. So what we needed was a mirrored shield. So I came up with a simple, easy and cheap design to make these mirrored shields using vinyl and Masonite — materials you can find in any hardware store. From one sheet of Masonite, you could make six shields.

I started making them after that Sunday that they were hitting people with hoses. I personally made close to 100 of them. But then another group out of Minneapolis made 500. I have no idea how many are in circulation. But I keep seeing them here and there.
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3 days ago
The Martha Stewart of Marijuana Edibles - The New Yorker
Businesspeople see a future in which cannabis is part of a functional, even aspirational life style.
3 days ago
Judy Tuan - Jodi et al., have y'all seen this...
Jodi et al., have y'all seen this dance/contortion group on bart?
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14 days ago
Patterns of Resilient Leadership – RailsBridge: A Blog
Relevant now more than ever: Sarah Allen on strong leadership from anywhere in an org and the huge potential in a network of like-minded, untapped people. As I'm jumping more and more into organizing for politics instead of code, I'm finding familiar learnings. Thank you, RailsBridge organizers over the years, for teaching us how to become heaters--how to become powerful.
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24 days ago
April Outreach Days for May Day
May Day is coming. Anyone free on any Saturdays in April?
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24 days ago
The Trauma of Facing Deportation - The New Yorker
> During Georgi’s months in bed, he felt as if he were in a glass box with fragile walls, deep in the ocean. If he spoke or moved, he thought, it would cause the glass to shatter. “The water would pour in and kill me,” he said. I have never heard of country-specific illness before. One of the doctors interviewed thinks it happens elsewhere too, but it isn't documented. This is wrenching.
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24 days ago
Bhangra Empire - Shape of You Freestyle - YouTube
via angela posting the bhangra empire warriors halftime show haha
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25 days ago
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Pro tip: divest from your big bank that's funding the dakota access pipeline and go to sf fire credit union because they have no ATM fees and sometimes cupcakes
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5 weeks ago
Railway oriented programming | F# for fun and profit
via sam. "if you want to learn monads but are afraid of the word monad" lol
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5 weeks ago
nyer.cm
> She went on, “I never thought my country would be the one people had to run from.”
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5 weeks ago
The Sculpture of a "Fearless Girl" on Wall Street Is Fake Corporate Feminism
I'm fine with my own projection of joy and scorn at the same object. I'm all cognitive dissonance all the time already, anyway.
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6 weeks ago
Meet Silicon Valley's Secretive Alt-Right Followers | Mother Jones
What if we took their frog memes and put our sjw facts on them?
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6 weeks ago
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They release aggregated data at crisistrends.org.
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7 weeks ago
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