Cindy Milstein

Google Will Never Be a "Good Neighbor"; We Need to Be Our Own Best Hope

Note: This piece was originally published on Fireworks, a Bay Area anarchist newspaper, at http://fireworksbayarea.com/newswire/google-will-never-be-a-good-neighbor-we-need-to-be-our-own-best-hope/)

Organizing social spaces as if social relations matter

This essay was originally published, as a shorter version, in ROAR Magazine, “an online journal of the radical imagination providing grassroots perspectives from the front-lines of the global struggle for real democracy,” at http://roarmag.org/2014/06/milstein-social-spaces-relations/.

The Power to Stay: Magical Realism from SF’s Mission

This post originally appeared on my blog, Outside the Circle, with a bunch of photos; see http://cbmilstein.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/the-power-to-stay-magical-realism-from-sfs-mission/. You can also sign up there to always get my latest posts.

Ghost Stories from SF: Art Mirrors Life

This piece was originally posted on my Outside the Circle blog, at http://cbmilstein.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/ghost-stories-from-sf-art-mirrors-life/, where you can find other writings, too, and sign up to receive my latest posts.

Things I Hate About San Francisco's Gentrification: A Love Poem

This piece -- a tweeter poem of sorts, in 140 lines of 140 words or less -- originally appeared at cbmilstein.wordpress.com, where you'll find a bunch of accompanying photos, too, if you're interested.

Throwing a Wrench in the "Capitalism Works" Piece

I'm not sure quite where to start my rant on this public art project in Times Square by Steve Lambert (http://gothamist.com/2013/09/12/talk_about_capitalism_in_the_heart.php), given that it perturbs me on so many levels. The artist might respond, "That's the point!" And certainly I'd like to respond, "You're right!" Instead, my first disgruntlement with this piece it that it only appears to perturb, and so cleverly.

Red and Black Vienna

I had the good fortune of getting airfare and a lovely flat in Vienna for two weeks, June 16-27, in exchange for doing a talk related to my book Paths toward Utopia (PM Press, 2012) as part of the Unsocial Sociability exhibition at Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, Austria. As usual, getting to know a city is, for me, all about walking for hours without knowing where I'll end up, and in the first of my many strolls, including right outside the front door of my flat, I noticed an unusual amount of anarchist/autonomist/antifa street art. So began my obsession of taking snapshots of a good amount of what I chanced on, though far from all of what I saw.

Organizing as If Social Relations Matter

A commentary about the "Free Education for All" struggle, via a Cooper Union artist-organizer rally in NYC on February 20, 2013. For photos too, see the original post at my Outside the Circle blog, cbmilstein.wordpress.com and/or my "Free Education for All" tumblr at http://free-educ-for-all.tumblr.com/.

The Culture of Capitalism (Pinhole 1): No Place

This is the first in what I hope becomes a series under the heading "The Culture of Capitalism." For the original post and many other pieces of writing, see my Outside the Circle blog at cbmilstein.wordpress.com.

Dispatches from Hurricaned NY: Mutual Aid Is a Social Relationship

(Originally written on November 9, 2012)