What are Liberated Zones?

Oceti

What are Liberated Zones? A tent dwelling in Occupy DC, one of the many anti-capitalist communities of the worldwide Occupy Movement that experimented with collective, cooperative means of organizing daily life as they protested inequality. Standing Rock, North Dakota, “liberated zone” in the struggle of  Indigenous peoples and allies to protect Earth and humanity from […]

What’s Love got to do with Activist Culture?

What exactly do you mean by love?

We need to understand the nature of love in the activist community, to protect it from the constant attacks of the Beast.

Fiction for Protection?

Once upon a time scroll

Stories connecting people with authentic activist s/heros, showing how they live, love and create movements, can make it harder to marginalize and harm real-life activists.

A Day in the Life at Standing Rock

Oceti Sakowin

Standing Rock, ND—Native Water Protectors and allies create encampments to sustain a massive anti-pipeline movement in a cooperative, participatory community.

Fiction for Organizers

Stories of Our People (SOOP)

Fiction featuring activists and activist settings, portrayed authentically and challenging stereotypes, could be a powerful tool for organizing.

Neighborhood Novelists in the Wall’s Shadow

Working hard on Zombie Elementary

Neighborhood Novelists in the Wall’s Shadow US-Mexico Border Collective Novel-Writing Project [More info soon…]

Billy Elliot: Soaring Dancer, Sinking Union

Billy and Strikers

Union organizers and strikers get attacked from many directions. Turns out this also includes fiction.

The Activist Wet Blanket

Wet Blanket

We activists get labeled “wet blankets” for mentioning prickly truths. What if instead the dampening weight of our words inspired relaxed second looks at issues?

Stuff Attachment

In our consumerized culture, those privileged to have things tend to suffer from “stuff attachment.” Mine is an activist, counterculture version of this malady.