December 2011

Year in Review 2011- Part Two
PART TWO As 2011 draws to a close, we look back in a two-part series at some of the movements, organizations, and moments that made up the year.

The following Poem was written by Ella Baker Center Books Not Bars organizer and parent Lourdes Duarte.  This heartfelt piece was written by Lourdes in dedication to  her son who spent several years in California's abusive Youth Prison System.   If I had the power of the entire universe, I would cut the jail cell bars in this dark night without moon

TAGS: In California
How Safe is Pepper Spray?
When police officers pepper sprayed non-violent student protestors on the campus of University of California, Davis, the whole country reacted. Many of us were outraged, and some were in support of the action. However, few of us can truly understand the physical effects of police-grade pepper spray. On the Scoville scale, pepper spray is ranked at 5.3 million Scoville Units, whereas your every day jalapeno is a mere 5,000 Scoville Units. Take that into account if you ever accidentally touch your eyes after eating a jalapeno.

TAGS: Occupy Wall Street
Use Your Money – Planting Justice
Planting Justice is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland dedicated to food justice, economic justice, and sustainable local food systems. Planting Justice brings people together to transform empty lots, paved backyards, and grass lawns into productive organic gardens. Through edible gardening, the organization empowers and uplifts those most oppressed by the economic and prison industrial system.

TAGS: Use Your Money
Use Your Money-State of the Arts
I’m a Bay Area native. I’ve lived and/ or worked in Frisco, Berkeley and Oakland pretty much my entire life. I’m also a hip-hop head-artist-rapper-fighter-preserver of culture with a super critical lens for all music coming from the Bay.

TAGS: #Useyourmoney
I was a Poor Black Kid
Gene Marks, author of the recent “If I were a Poor Black Kid” article in Forbes, seems to think that all that poor Black kids need to do differently to succeed is “be smart enough to go for it.” But if the only answer for poor youth is to be the exception to the rule, why aren't we then looking at the rules themselves?

TAGS: Economic Justice