4. June 2014

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Fullerton Police Chief Addresses Arrest of AJ Redkey in Pasadena

As the three-year anniversary of Kelly Thomas’ beating death by Fullerton police approaches, emotions are still running high. There’s a new Chief in town, but old anger remains. The latest outrage surrounds the Pasadena arrest of inLeague Press livestreamer AJ Redkey last month on a warrant stemming from a failure to disperse charge during a January 18 protest after the Thomas trial verdicts acquitted two ex-cops. In a rare move in local politics, councilman Bruce Whitaker agendized the arrest for frank discussion during Tuesday’s meeting of the city council.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/06/fullerton_police_chief_dan_hughes.php

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4. June 2014

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The Top Five Left-Wing Love Jams!

Does that rabble-rousing agitator arouse flutters of the heart? Don’t have the words to express that special kind of activist amor? Troubadours of discontent sound off on injustice but sometimes troublemakers need a little more. Sure, soul rebels like Bob Marley sang about plain ol’ love with the best of balladeers. What of the bond between political partners though? Left-wing love jams are a rarity but the Weekly assembled the best in baby-making music for militants. Hopefully the songs aren’t too “problematic” or taken as a mixtape for macktivists!

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Heard Mentality Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2014/06/top_left-wing_love_songs.php

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3. June 2014

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Subversive Historian Calendar of Revolt IndieGoGo Campaign Now Live!

Back in the day, people revolted against unbearable conditions just as they continue to do so in the present. The fire next time can burn even brighter if the roots of yesteryear are more widely known. For every day in a calendar, there is a story of rebellion…This is your Subversion Historian Gabriel San Roman.

Along with my immensely talented friend Carla Zarate, we’d like to bring you a brand new project: the 2015 Calendar of Revolt! Combining the radical ‘this day in history’ spirit of slingshot pocket organizers with an artistic aesthetic that a 12-month calendar brings, we highlight the freedom struggles of workers, indigenous natives, women, people of color, radicals and the LGBT community throughout the annuls of time. From the well-known to the obscured, no history is left unturned. Carla has produced 12 amazing images from figures like Sitting Bull to turning point events like the Stonewall Riots. You’ll be reminded of John Brown’s raid, slave rebellions, Greensboro sit-ins, Shirley Chisolm, May Day, the Chicano Moratorium and so much more. Every month comes with an inspirational quote from our ancestors in the movement to liven up our spirits.

Contributions to this campaign will cover printing costs and other related expenses in bringing the Calendar of Revolt to life. To help everything along, Carla and I assembled a number of thank you gifts at different pledge levels. We appreciate all the support we can get. The Calendar of Revolt is for the activist community, the historically curious, the artistically inclined and anyone who sees the past as an essential soil to plant the seed of tree of tomorrow today. So with that, we hope you’ll join us in helping make this project a reality.

And always remember, it’s no mystery why they conceal our people’s history!

Read more, share and contribute to the IndieGoGo campaign at the link below:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/subversive-historian-2015-calendar-of-revolt?show_todos=true

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3. June 2014

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#RapShirtsForWhitePeople Spoofs Hip-Hop Lyrics

What do you get when you mix Stuff White People Like sensibilities with hip-hop? The answer comes in the form of a hilarious new clothing line! Rap Shirts for White People puts a twist on famous lyrics while having fun at the expense of the world of whiteness. Can we all really picture Method Man’s raspy voice declaring “Cats Rule Everything Around Me?” or Biggie saying “It was all a dream, I used to read Highlights magazine?” (Although we’d say the Kelis spoof ‘My Self-Respect Brings All the Boys to the Yard,” is a rap shirt for all women, not just whites).

Proceeds from satirical shirts started by Tim Blount go to related charities. They’ve caught the eye of The Source and HipHopDX. The Whole-Foods Clan shirts are already out of order! But the sampling below are just a few that are still game.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Heard Mentality Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2014/06/rap_shirts_for_white_people_is_hip.php

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30. May 2014

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Twitter Twit Dana Rohrabacher Supports New Egyptian Strongman

The official results of Egypt’s elections aren’t going to be announced until next week, but the winning candidate couldn’t be clearer. Exit polls show former Egyptian military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi taking a Hosni Mubarak-like landslide victory with over 90% of the vote over his sole opponent. The election is under intense scrutiny with a crackdown on dissenters in the lead up and intentionally low turnout. But Orange County’s own congressman Dana Rohrabacher couldn’t be happier.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/05/dana_rohrabacher_el-sisi.php

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