**To Study for Revolt, pt 1: Rotnelli’s Strategies**

Probably everyone has had group learning experiences that failed them or even harmed them in one way or another. Many of us have had enough of these experiences that our assumption is that most collective study will fail and/or harm us and so avoid this sort of thing. Insofar as the general function of education… Continue reading **To Study for Revolt, pt 1: Rotnelli’s Strategies**

A tweet thread on Section 8 anti-discrimination in Oakland

thread here Last month Oakland City Council passed an ordinance to ban landlord discrimination against tenants that receive housing assistance (most of whom receive assistance through Section 8). A similar law is under consideration by the state level, but might not get passed. A THREAD According to the Oakland Housing Authority, which oversees the Section… Continue reading A tweet thread on Section 8 anti-discrimination in Oakland

Pro-active Rent Control Enforcement Won’t Stop the Crisis

This essay originally appeared in the April issue of The Weakly: A Monthly. Monday March 11th, I attended an evening meeting organized by Oakland Tenants Union with Oakland's new Rent Adjustment Program (RAP) manager, Chanee Minor. At the meeting, Minor shared her plan to turn RAP toward "active enforcement." Minor's hiring and her plans for… Continue reading Pro-active Rent Control Enforcement Won’t Stop the Crisis

Investigating Code Complaints and Building Permits: Using the City of Oakland’s Accela Online Permitting Center

Regularly in our work with tenants, we deal with questions of Code Enforcement. What exactly did the code inspector cite the landlord for when they visited a tenants’ unit? Does this unit or building have a history of code violations? Somewhat less frequently, questions concerning permits come up. When the garage a tenant is living… Continue reading Investigating Code Complaints and Building Permits: Using the City of Oakland’s Accela Online Permitting Center

“No bosses, no borders, no whiteness”—a review of Brian Whitener’s Face Down

Brian Whitener’s Face Down opens with a poem in which two characters, M and L, spell-cast a circle of protection, improvising with Gil Scott Heron, Walter Benjamin, and 2 Live Crew: “revolution will not be sexualized, and sex will be politicized and by sex I mean face down, association up.” Turning down that most individuated… Continue reading “No bosses, no borders, no whiteness”—a review of Brian Whitener’s Face Down

Antiracist Writing Ecologies

Since the Movement for Black Lives’ breakthrough into US popular culture, many social institutions have been pressed to consider their structural racism. While a reckoning remains, signs suggest that those who represent these institutions cannot ignore antiracist efforts (even conservative backlash suggests this). Last year, for example, the Conference on College Composition and Composition (CCCC)… Continue reading Antiracist Writing Ecologies

Valentines Speech at Oscar Grant Plaza for Defend Aunti Frances

On February 14th, 2018, a coalition of Oakland community organizations delivered a “People’s Proposal for Public Land” to City Council. On behalf of Defend Aunti Frances, I delivered the following speech (which was workshoped with fellow DAF organizer Sara/Felix Linck)As many of you may already know, Aunti Frances Moore is a black elder and resident… Continue reading Valentines Speech at Oscar Grant Plaza for Defend Aunti Frances