Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday Reading



Making Sure Berkeley’s “Riff Raff” Can’t Afford to Live Here Anymore: Thoughts on Being Without a Home in 5 Days
by Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper
Let’s face it. Over the last five years, the Berkeley area has become ridiculously over-priced. Same with Oakland, Albany, and Kesington. Alameda and El Cerrito seem to be going that same direction. It’s nearly impossible to find something for working class to lower-middle class people that doesn’t put one into barely making ends meet. Those who locked in a place to rent, years ago, are not moving, in fear that the same type of housing would be 1.5 – 2x more expensive than what they are paying for now. Thankfully, Berkeley has rent control and excellent renter’s rights policies. We were in the same boat (low rent from years ago) until our landlords announced that they would be moving back to live in the house. Our place was a great find and we had planned to never leave.
Read More at The Sistah Vegan Project


Film Review - Grantham & Rose
by Trudy Hamilton
Grantham & Rose is an enjoyable film that I seriously did not understand until the very end. It is one of my Netflix picks this month that I mentioned in 3 New To Netflix Selections - August 2015. In the film, Rose (portrayed by veteran actress Marla Gibbs, of classic television shows such as The Jeffersons and 227) takes Grantham (portrayed by Jake T. Austin) on a road trip that is more than he bargains for. They meet via a program for “at-risk” boys that Rose volunteers at; Grantham is there because he acts out in response to the pain of years without his father (who passed away) and dealing with his mother who is sick with addiction. Grantham gets into a fight while at the program and can’t connect with his caseworker Erik (portrayed by Ryan Spahn); Rose steps in to help him.
Read More at Cinemacked


Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism
by Chimene Suleyman
There is a painting in my parent’s house that my mother made. It is a self portrait; green eyes looking back between the black cloth of the headscarf painted around her face. It is a beautiful painting, carnal even. The assigned image on my phone for my father is a photograph taken from the same time as my mother’s painting. He sits straight, regal, the red chequered keffiyeh draped around his head. It was the 80s and we were living in Saudi Arabia. Their stories of this period in our life are as wild as they are affecting. My mother speaks of having to pretend to be my father’s “foreign” wife, denying her Turkish nationality so she would not be forced to fully comply with the strict rules assigned for Muslim women.
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Shishihokodan: The Destructive Female Gaze of YA Supernatural Action Romantic Comedy
By Brigit McCone 
YA Supernatural Action Romantic Comedy (SARCom) was created in 1987 by the manga artist Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma 1/2. Her mixture of kung-fu demon-of-the-week fights, romance and comedy, with a supernaturally strong heroine, dual shapeshifting supernaturally strong love interests and sarcastically quipping sidekicks, was then a completely unique format and rapidly became popular in the West and Japan. Takahashi’s creative control as visual and story artist (particularly after the success of the slapstick Urusei Yatsura) meant that the aesthetics of SARCom were shaped by the female gaze from the outset. Among its innovations, Ranma 1/2 introduces an Ice Prince/Wolf love rivalry between the hero Ranma and his rival Ryoga, a trope Takahashi would develop in her next SARCom Inuyasha. Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer popularized the SARCom in mainstream Western culture, developing its own Ice Prince/Wolf rivalry with the characters Angel and Spike. The Ice Prince/Wolf dynamic now dominates teen girl cinema, after Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight set a new record for commercially successful female directors.
Read More at Bitch Flicks


More Atheist Leaders Who Aren’t Dawkins or Harris: Lauren Lane
by Greta Christina
I am the co-founder and current Executive Director of Skepticon, the universe’s largest skeptic convention located annually in Springfield, MO. It is the mission of Skepticon to support, promote, and develop free-thought skeptic, and scientific communities through inclusive educational programming… which is just a fancy way of saying we all get together to share ideas, knowledge, and high fives. Skepticon is a non-profit organization that is run entirely by volunteer organizers — all the money we raise goes directly to funding the conference.
Read more at Greta Christina's Blog


Charlie Mom
by Jeremiah Moss
Charlie Mom Chinese restaurant has been in the Village since 1983. This coming Wednesday, August 26, will be its last day. 
Read More at Jeremiah's Vanishing New York


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Reading



What Were You All Waiting For?
by Maggie McNeill
For years I have held the position that the cause of sex worker rights, as part of the whole fabric of recognition of the individual’s right to be unmolested by the state due to private sexual behavior, must inevitably succeed. 
Read More at The Honest Courtesan


Mind your business, Ohio legislature
by EG
I just went through a pregnancy for a much-wanted child. I endured morning sickness that lasted throughout the entire pregnancy. I became so short of breath that I had to stop and rest partway up the stairs in my own home. I dislocated a rib. My heartburn was so bad that I had to take two or three separate medications each day. I had a major placental abruption with a level of blood loss that the doctors termed “impressive,” and placental abruption carries risk to both mother and fetus. And if I want to go through that, that is my decision. And if I decide not to go through with that ever again, no matter what my reason is, that is also my decision.
Read More at Feministe


The Canadian Connection
by Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali
Huey P. Newton was murdered 26 years ago in Oakland, California during the month of August. Because Black freedom fighters like George and Jonathan Jackson, Khatari Gaulden and others lost their lives during this month, revolutionaries inside the California prison system have deemed it Black August.
Read More at Black Bird Press News


"Anchor Babies" and The GOP’s Plantation Politics
By Sikivu Hutchinson
For the thousands of white folk who packed the stadium in Mobile, Alabama to hear Donald Trump this past Friday it must have seemed like old times. No PC dogwhistle limpness or vacillation, no pandering to “the minorities”; just straight talk, the kind of unvarnished alpha male nativism, Christian evangelicalism and white supremacy that rocketed the Tea Party into the mainstream in 2009.  Trump’s tirades on anchor babies and repealing the 14th amendment’s birthright citizenship clause have the GOP presidential campaign clown car in overdrive. As the rest of the field scrambles to double down on its racist appeal to red meat Middle America all people of color are targeted by this rhetoric of criminalization.
Read More at Black Fem Lens


"The Ritual": White America Does Not Forgive, Why Should Black People Always Be Expected To?
by Chauncey DeVega
On the one-year anniversary of the death of a 18-year-old black teenager named Michael Brown by a (now confessed racist) white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, was asked if she forgave Darren Wilson for his cruel and wanton act of legal murder. She told Al Jazeera that she will “never forgive” Darren Wilson and that “he’s evil, his acts were devilish.”
Read More at Indomitable


Desireé Dallagiacomo - "Shave Me" (NPS 2015)



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