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Mickey Dehn

Shit My Friends Say was created by Mickey Dehn during a manic upswing of Spring 2011. The subject matter covers topics such as: teapots, football, politics, and queer culture. Mickey has had no formal artistic training. (If you missed the sarcasm of the last statement, you probably won't get the cartoons either). Enjoy :]

Books for Thought -- Photo By: Joshua Stephens

This story comes in two parts.The first is a presentation (audio format) with activist and writer Joshua Stephens, at The London Action Resource Center. This is one of two talks that Stephens gave this year, while traveling abroad. They focus on the intersections between Buddha's teachings and anarchist politics. The talks are titled: "Self and Determination: An Inward Look at Collection Liberation". In the second part, Stephens is interviewed by Indyreader. The questions are inspired from his recorded presentation.

"Performing Sex: The Making and Unmaking of Women's Erotic Lives" book cover

On May 16th, 2012, feminist, professor, and scholar of Women and Gender Studies, Breanne Fahs, came to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse to discuss her new book Performing Sex: The Making and Unmaking of Women's Erotic Lives. To an engaged packed house, Fahs lively and candidly discussed her research, work, and critique.

On April 6, 2012, at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, a small group gathered for the Baltimore initiation of the Gender EDGE Collective Quarterly events. The events are meant to connect the two cities in radical gender justice organizing in hopes to formulate campaigns together, share resources, and build off of one another.

The question of strategy - how we might win in the near and long term as we struggle against domination, exploitation, and oppression - is pressing. Together, we explore how to build movements in the world as it is - engaging with where and how people are struggling - while cultivating strategies toward the world that we want.

Funeral for Capitalism (Photo: AK Press)

We recently held an important funeral here in Oakland: for capitalism. There weren’t any tears that I could see. Paul Dalton, one of the organizers—and a former AK Press collective member—wrote a moving “dyslegy” (anti-eulogy) for the not-so-dearly departed.  Read it and don’t weep. I’ve also included a short video of the event. You can hear/see Daphne Gottlieb reading Paul’s words toward the end…just before the grave dancing begins.

FORCE (Photo: Shawna Potter)

Rebecca Nagle and Hannah Brancato are organizers, artists, activists and educators working in Baltimore, MD. I had a chance to sit down with them at Rebecca’s art studio, located in Station North Arts District.

In recognition of Black History Month, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), hosted a public debate on the meaning of Black history and Black identity in a “post-racial” moment. The debate was held at the cooperative events venue - 2640, this past Saturday, February 10th.

M. Dehn

Shit My Friends Say was created by Mickey Dehn during a manic upswing of Spring 2011. The subject matter covers topics such as: teapots, football, politics, and queer culture. Mickey has had no formal artistic training. (If you missed the sarcasm of the last statement, you probably won't get the cartoons either). Enjoy :]

(Photo: Casey McKeel)

Wednesday, Jan.18th, 2012, marked the third day of the five-day "pop-up" occupation: Schools Not Jails. This demonstration strives to bring awareness and to protest the city's proposed youth jail. While the organizers' original gameplan had been to occupy the site of the proposed youth jail 'round the clock, from Monday-Saturday, by Wednesday the strategy had dramatically shifted.

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