McMillen exhibit opens at OMCA

McMillen exhibit opens at OMCA: Found art, large-scale installations join California Art section by Ryan Ariel Simon Michael McMillen is a quintessential California artist. After a childhood in Los Angeles, and contact with Hollywood films, experimentation seems intrinsic to him. He is also a quintessential American artist. Inspired by his travels across the country, McMillen … Continue reading

Youth imagination awakening globally

Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy dubbed the wave of revolt sweeping North Africa and the Middle East an “awakening of the Arab imagination.” I am inclined to agree.
Americans’ imaginations are awakening too.

A ‘Smart’ Decision?

“I can’t talk now,” I said, “I’m trying to get out of the house to go look at smartphones.”
“What’s a smartphone?” said Tessa.
Someone younger than me without a blackberry? I thought I was the only one my age resisting the technology revolution, 24-7 access to our friends and family.

BREAKING NEWS (UPDATE): PRELIMINARY OAKLAND MAYORAL INSTANT RUNOFF RESULTS RELEASED

The Alameda County Registrar released unofficial results of the instant runoff computer program for ranked choice voting at 3:47pm today on their website, revealing Jean Quan in the lead to be the next mayor of Oakland.

Gaza, Oakland. A Primer.

The situation in Oakland is clearly deteriorating. Relations between the police and poor or struggling communities have been tense, and the killing of Oscar grant was clearly the last straw.
Gaza is also a deteriorating situation. Following the 1967 war between Israel and the surrounding Arab countries it was under military occupation. In 2005 the Prime minister of Israel withdrew its settlers and military from the Gaza strip, but maintained control over Gazan borders, airspace, coastline, infrastructure, power, and imports-exports.
Comparing Gaza and Oakland is tempting because things that happen there happen here also. But it is a true false analogy because of the vast differences.

Gaza, Oakland. Not the same shit.

While human rights connect many issues facing the world today, it is altogether inaccurate to directly compare police brutality and the police-community relationship in Oakland, and the Israeli-Palestinian relationship in Gaza.

As journalists die so does free speech

Another innocent has fallen in Mexico’s increasingly brutal drug war, and the chance for free society to flourish is falling along with them…Here in our own backyard Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey was murdered just blocks from Laney while working on several stories investigating corruption in the Oakland Police Department, and shady finances of Your Black Muslim Bakery.

Israeli Navy Clashes with Activist Boat “Flotilla” Headed for Gaza

As reports of tragedy started coming in last night, friends and I debated into the night how this would affect Israel and the Middle East in the following weeks. First we heard that the Israeli Navy opened fire on the boats, then we heard the activists had attacked Israeli troops. In any case, this is not good news for the region. This morning Jeremy Ben-Ami, President of J Street, put out this statement on the J Street Blog:

In Wake of Flotilla Tragedy, J Street Urges Stronger US Leadership to End Conflict Now

Jerusalemite to Bay Area Jews: ‘Your involvement will help bring peace’

For Gershom Gorenberg, author of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977, Israeli settlements across the Green Line threaten the very existence of the State of Israel.
Sporting a substantial, graying beard, and flashing a trademark Jewish sense of self-deprecating, poignant humor, Gorenberg alternated between comedy and solemnity as he spoke Friday, April 23 to an audience of around 100 mostly Jewish, Bay Area residents at the Downtown campus of San Francisco State University.

Run-off election update from BCC

May 10, Berkeley, CA – I caught Berkeley City College Senator William Snell in the ASBCC office this afternoon to ask him a few questions about his candidacy for President of the Associated Students of BCC. Student Trustee Yvonne Thompson answered the same questions in an e-mail response. Answers are edited for clarity.

The run-off election between him and Student Trustee Yvonne Thompson is May 11. In the April 21-22 elections at BCC, where approximately 5,000 both full and part-time students attend, neither candidate received more than the required 51% of the vote. In the first round, Thompson received 92 votes, William Snell 80.