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Mike Lee, RIP

Mike Lee

Gus "Mike" Lee, an anarchist militant, passed away this week in Berkeley, California at age 64. He spent decades living on the streets and struggling with other homeless people. He was a wingnut and could be extreme, but was also the most fearless radical I've ever met in my life.

How do we deal with a Karen or a Ken?

Amy Cooper calling cops with racist threats

While the U.S. continues to be rocked by protests against white supremacy and police terror, some clueless Karens and Kens continue to use the police against anyone or anything they perceive as a threat. I will detail two interactions I had this week.

Predictive Dialing For Dollars: Phoning at the Cutting Edge of Technology

Anti-Apartheid Demonstration UC Berkeley 1985

In response to the release Boots Riley's film Sorry to Bother You in 2018, I wrote this piece about my own experience working in a call center -- and how it took place against the backdrop of my own political radicalization. I post it today in honor of Juneteenth, where my former union, ILWU, will shut down all 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast as part of protests against racism and police violence.

IWW and radical influences on the San Francisco waterfront

Strike Don't Scab San Francisco Waterfront

For May Day 2017 Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union invoked a contractual "stop-work" privilege and refused to work any Bay Area docks in celebration of International Workers Day for the third consecutive year. This speech, originally delivered at the 75th Anniversary of the 1934 San Francisco General Strike at the Marine Firemen’s Hall in San Francisco, was adapted for the rally preceding the May Day march on May 1, 2017.