Cindy Milstein

Solidarity, as weapon and practice, versus killer cops and white supremacy

Cindy Milstein blogs about the wave of protests against police killings in the Bay Area, in the wake of the killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner.

"From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson, the state is our enemy"

So much could be said of yesterday's large, boisterous, self-organized ‪#‎ShutItDownForMikeBrown‬ disruption of downtown San Francisco during the evening hours of Black Friday.

Increasingly, if you want to stay, home in San Francisco = resistance

There is a noticeable and necessary sea change in “solidarity not charity” eviction defense in San Francisco, as evidenced by the November 18, 2014, rally outside yet another endangered home, this time in Hayes Valley at 194 Gough Street. That shift isn’t accidental; it’s due, in particular, to the tenants themselves, who carefully curated their own “Save Our Homes” public plea.

The Giants won and capitalism is the loss

Cindy Milstein on the celebratory rioting which followed the San Francisco Giants winning the world series, and its background.

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.