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The Wonderful History of May Day

 

“May Day is about affirmation, the love of life, and the start of spring, so it has to be about the beginning of the end of the capitalist system of exploitation, oppression, war, and overall misery, toil, and moil.” So writes celebrated historian Peter Linebaugh in an essential compendium of reflections on the reviled, glorious, and voltaic occasion of May 1st.

It is a day that has made the rich and powerful cower in fear and caused Parliament to ban the Maypole—a magnificent and riotous day of rebirth, renewal, and refusal. These reflections on the Red and the Green—out of which arguably the only hope for the future lies—are populated by the likes of Native American anarcho-communist Lucy Parsons, the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, Karl Marx, José Martí, W.E.B. Du Bois, Rosa Luxemburg, SNCC, and countless others, both sentient and verdant. The book is a forceful reminder of the potentialities of the future, for the coming of a time when the powerful will fall, the commons restored, and a better world born anew.

Check out the May Day Guide to Events Across the US & Canada from It's Going Down
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"... an excellent exploration of the world of pulp publishing..."

 

"All told Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats is an excellent exploration of the world of pulp publishing. It remains readable throughout and the editors have done a fantastic job in keeping a consistent style across the various contributions. It’s fascinating to slip into these worlds full of switchblades, drugs, beatnik and hippy slang, motorbikes and electric guitars, and it’s fascinating also to marvel and shudder at the beatings, the gang warfare and the racism and sexism that the stories exploit and explore." — Paul Abbott, We are Cult

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The Bay Area's economic boom: who's been left behind?

 

On this edition of Your Call, UC Berkeley geography professor emeritus Richard Walker discusses his new book, Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Walker calls San Francisco the “jewel in the crown of capitalism, the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush.” But there is a dark side to success on the Left Coast: extreme inequality, displacement, underpaid workers, and a relentless housing crisis. Why has the tech boom excluded so many people, particularly people of color and immigrants? What will it take to tackle these issues?


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"Setting Sights takes an intersectional approach to community armed self-defense..."


"Setting Sights flips the gun-control debate on its head, citing that even Martin Luther King Jr. had armed guards at times. The book also questions state violence; opens discussions on disarming police; analyzes gun laws, race and how to decentralize power; and diagnoses the macho-patriarchal ideology often associated and romanticized in gun culture.

Setting Sights takes an intersectional approach to community armed self-defense by examining Indigenous resistance in North America; women's suffrage; Black liberation movements; LGBTQIA movements; anti-racist, poor, white movements; and anarchist organizing..." Chris Steele, Truthout


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Interview: scott crow on Truthout
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