Giving Notice She asks, did you feel that, or was it Hugo under the bed? Hugo indeed had flattened himself against the floor under the bed, like he does in elevators. I said, I didn’t feel anything. Most significant tremblor in decades it turns out. Tonight there will be fireworks for atrocity children in cages… Continue reading Notice
Not a hunting breed, he nosed the carpet bolt behind the boxes. A lifted edge--a flash of fur-- but Hugo was faster. One brutal shake. and the hedgehog pup was still, suddenly, a shapeless tribute at my feet. I grieve the animal's life. I grieve this hard lesson in attachment, this gift, this mortal meditation… Continue reading In the basement before moving
Transgender asylum seeker Johana Medina, a refugee from El Salvador, died in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody on 1 June, the first day of Pride month. Medina is the 23rd transgender person to die in ICE custody. The horrific deaths of trans persons detained by Immigration and Customs and Enforcement are murders, and blame… Continue reading Trans Migrant Murders and the Importance of Intersectionality
Reading about the tragic murders by city worker DeWayne Craddock last week in the Virginia Beach Municipal Center puts me in mind of a piece I published years ago about Joseph Stack, who flew an aircraft into an IRS office in Austin, TX in 2010. I lay it in again below to see what insights… Continue reading “Going Postal” in Virginia Beach
I put this as a personal question: What kind of organization do I want? rather than the usual question: What kind of organization do we need?, because in the wake of the ISO's disintegration I cannot speak for anyone else. Part of answering that question comes from my having been a member of the ISO… Continue reading On disintegration and renewal part 4: What kind of organization do I want?
At the end of my last post about the disintegration of the International Socialist Organization, I was ruminating on the sense of betrayal I felt when it was revealed that longtime leaders of the organization, and my friends, had covered up--and participated in--sexual abuse and assault. This history deeply fractured the organization. In and of… Continue reading On disintegration and renewal, part 3: From identity politics to mourning
Since I am on the verge of a big cross-country move, I must sell my house and sell or discard many if not most of the objects in it. The home to which I am moving is already furnished. Although my partner and I plan to integrate some of my belongings, including beloved red sofas… Continue reading The investment in our things
A talk I have given since 2017; please go back and read the post Neoliberalism and White Supremacy as newer context for this piece. Thanks! Since a series of high-profile right-wing campaigns of faculty bullying—from Johnny Eric Williams to Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor, George Ceccariello-Maher, and Rochelle Guttierez—the white supremacist blitz has continued against critical and activist… Continue reading The Right, the Neoliberal Academy, and how to Fight Back