Turning the Castro into a surveillance state will not keep us safe

Many private businesses in the Castro have surveillance cameras, such as this one near Market and Castro streets. Now the Mid-Market Community Benefit District is proposing to install its own larger network. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>“/></figure>

<p><em>Many private businesses in the Castro have surveillance cameras, such as this one near Market and Castro streets. Now the Mid-Market Community Benefit District is proposing to install its own larger network. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</em></p>

  • May. 14, 2021 1:30 p.m. (SFExaminer.com)
  • By Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, Harvey Milk LGBTQ Club and Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club

    Last year, the Mid-Market Community Benefit District – one of San Francisco’s 17 property tax-funded business improvement districts — acknowledged that they had provided surveillance camera footage to the Trump Administration’s racist deportation regime without so much as a warrant. In June 2020, an identical surveillance network of 400 cameras owned by the Union Square business improvement district was accessed by the San Francisco Police Department to target peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Earlier this year, numerous local and national news outlets reported on a wide-ranging security breach of surveillance camera networks installed throughout Bay Area public school districts.

    Despite the repeated and very real risks associated with these complex, centralized surveillance camera networks, the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District (Castro CBD) is barrelling forward with skewed surveys and one-sided messaging to justify the acceptance of a $700,000 “gift” to blanket the Castro neighborhood with cameras, despite opposition from the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club, and a growing chorus of neighborhood residents and community leaders.

    The “gift” — if that’s what you want to call turning a beacon of free expression into a surveillance panopticon — comes from Chris Larsen, a San Francisco-based billionaire tech mogul and co-founder of blockchain payment system company Ripple, who since 2012 has funded a private network of more than 1,000 high-definition cameras put at the disposal of business districts looking to streamline collaboration with police. It is worth noting that the executive director of the Castro CBD admits to never having met their gracious benefactor.

    What little we know of Chris Larsen’s conspicuous benevolence includes recent press hits alongside elected officials handing out nominal grants to beleaguered small business groups. The larger donations — including the $700,000 pending donation to the Castro CBD — come with high-tech strings attached, calling into question Mr. Larsen’s intentions and potential personal emolument. Those intentions are unclear, but in light of public records revealing repeat contributions to Congressional Republicans across the country, they no doubt include undermining the Castro neighborhood’s reputation as a beacon of diversity and progressivism.

    Our skepticism is heightened by the simple fact that scant evidence exists to support the notion that surveillance cameras actually deter crime. In reality, people who are desperate enough to commit property crimes will not be deterred even if they know they are being recorded. The individually-owned security cameras already in the Castro speak to this truth. Instead, we hear stories from small business owners about the reluctance on behalf of police to pursue leads, even when the footage exists. Instead of helping small businesses, we hear repeat stories of surveillance technology being abused to target immigrants, protesters and people experiencing homelessness, while disproportionately misidentifying Black, Brown and non-white people.

    Complex surveillance technologies will not keep San Franciscans safe. Unlike individually-owned cameras, the centralized surveillance network provided by third-party contractor Audio Video Solutions provides a one-stop shop for anyone with intermittent access and an ax to grind to target vulnerable members of our communities, including to undermine San Francisco’s proud Sanctuary City status. The potential for abuse cannot be overstated, though we don’t need to read much history on the topic to be forewarned against repeating it.

    If the actual goal is community safety, we can think of better uses of $700,000. For that amount, the Castro CBD could hire a team of on-demand health professionals to provide assistance to neighbors experiencing mental health crises, expanding on The City’s promising Street Crisis Response Team. They could provide long-term funding to their Public Safety Ambassadors Program, which is only in its pilot stage but already facing a funding cliff. Instead, the Castro CBD would be committing itself to upwards of $70,000 per year in unfunded liabilities for the ongoing maintenance, operations and compliance costs of a surveillance network that promises marginal returns, at best, while creating serious risks.

    One thing is certain: a decision of this magnitude cannot be made by an unaccountable board of unelected property owners and real estate brokers – many of whom don’t even live in San Francisco – while alienating community groups with decades of experience organizing against government inaction on the AIDS pandemic, protesting the displacement of LGBTQ people in the face of tech gentrification, and fighting against the criminalization of poverty in the Castro and across San Francisco.

    The Castro CBD is apparently unaware that we’ve been marginalized in the past — and when our communities are under attack, we stand up and fight back.

    The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District aims to highlight the importance of LGBTQ people to Castro’s history and ensure they have a place in its future. The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Decmoratic Club and Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club are two of the largest and longest-standing Democratic Clubs in San Francisco.

    Pro-Palestinian rally in Paris banned amid rising Israel-Gaza tensions

    A protester holds a Palestiniain flag during clashes with riot police near the Barbes-Rochechouart aerial metro station in Paris on July 19, 2014 in the aftermath of a demonstration, banned by French police, to denounce Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and show their support for the Palestinian people. Israeli air strikes and shelling killed more than 25 people across Gaza on July 19, among them children, raising the toll in 12 days of violence to 337, medics said on July 19. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo by JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP)

    May 15, 2021 France24.com: The Paris police prefecture on Thursday issued an order banning a Palestinian solidarity demonstration planned for Saturday in the French capital as weekend pro-Palestinian rallies were being planned across the world following Israel’s latest deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip.

    Philly D.A. | Episode 1 | Independent Lens | PBS

    PBS Official Website: https://to.pbs.org/3gAGQzV | #PhillyDAonPBS What happens when you try to transform the criminal justice system from the inside out? Civil rights champion Larry Krasner defies precedent with a landslide win to become Philadelphia’s District Attorney. Pledging sweeping reform, the new top prosecutor in America’s most incarcerated city fires 31 resistant attorneys, alienating many he needs on his side to enact change. As the staff reels, his team uncovers a secret the police ranks are desperate to keep hidden from the public. Watch and share episode 1 of Philly D.A. from Independent Lens here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Og0_LIX649k Tune in or stream new episodes Tuesdays at 9/8c on your PBS station and the PBS Video App. Can’t wait? Watch all episodes with PBS Passport. http://pbs.org/getpassport This program is made possible by viewers like you. Support your local PBS station: https://www.pbs.org/donate Subscribe to the PBS channel for more clips: https://www.youtube.com/PBS/​ Enjoy full episodes of your favorite PBS shows anytime, anywhere with the free PBS Video App: https://to.pbs.org/2QbtzhR FOLLOW INDEPENDENT LENS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/independentlens Twitter: https://twitter.com/IndependentLens Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/independent… FOLLOW PBS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pbs​ Twitter: https://twitter.com/pbs​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pbs/​ Shop: https://shop.pbs.org/

    Book: “Stride Toward Freedom”

    Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

    Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

    by Martin Luther King Jr. 

    This book is an account of a few years that changed the life of a Southern community, told from the point of view of one of the participants. Although it attempts to interpret what happened it does not purport to be a detailed survey of the historical and sociological aspects of the Montgomery story. .

    This is not a drama with only one actor. More precisely it is the chronicle of 50,000 Blacks who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth. It is the story of Negro leaders of many faiths and divided allegiances, who came together in the bond of a cause they knew was right. And of the Negro followers, many of them beyond middle age, who walked to work and home again as much as 12 miles a day for over a year rather than submit to the discourtesies and humiliation of segregated buses. .

    There is also another side to the picture: it is the white community of Montgomery, long led or intimidated by a few extremists, that finally turned in disgust on the perpetrators of crime in the name of segregation. The change should not be exaggerated…Yet by the end of the bus struggle it was clear that the vast majority of Montgomery whites preferred peace and law to the excesses performed in its name. And even though the many saw segregation as right because it was the tradition, there were always the courageous few who saw the injustice and fought against it side by side with Blacks.


    Articles (in two groups) ~ Actions / Petitions ~ Events for Friday, May 14 – Monday, May 17 (from Adrienne Fong)

    Periodic posting

    NOTE: Articles are divided in two sections  – there’s a section of articles on Palestine / Israel

    *** ASL interpretation – Let me know if your event needs this service .***

    Please include Accessibility and ASL info in your events! And if your action is ‘child friendly’

    Please post your actions on Indybay: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

     See Indybay  for many other listings of events.

    Site for other Bay Area Events


    A. Papua New Guinea Cracks Downs on Logging Companies – May 13, 2021

    Papua New Guinea Cracks Downs on Logging Companies | The Oakland Institute

    B. Opinion: My father paid his dues but he will be deported next month – May 13, 2021

    Opinion: My father paid his dues but he will be deported next month – East Bay Times

    C. Sierra Leone government moves to abolish death penalty   May 12, 2021

    Sierra Leone government moves to abolish death penalty (msn.com)

    D. A pesticide linked to brain damage in children could finally be banned – May 12, 2021

    A pesticide linked to brain damage in children could finally be banned – NationofChange

    E. Okavango, Oil Drilling, and the Tragedy of Africa  – May 12, 2021

    Opinion | Okavango, Oil Drilling, and the Tragedy of Africa (commondreams.org)

    F. For Yemenis fleeing war, US peace efforts offer only faint hope – May 11, 2021

    For Yemenis fleeing war, US peace efforts offer only faint hope | Reuters


      See Action #  1

      See Events #’s 2, 7 & 11

    A. Israel threatens Gaza with ground attack amid air strikes – May 13, 2021

    Israel threatens Gaza with ground attack amid air strikes: Live | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

    “The latest fatalities bring to 113 the official death toll, including at least 31 children.”

       More than 600 people have been wounded

      “ At least six Israelis and one Indian national have also been killed…”

    B. Palestinian Solidarity Demonstrations Erupt Worldwide as Israeli Violence Intensifies – May 13, 2021

    Palestinian Solidarity Demonstrations Erupt Worldwide as Israeli Violence Intensifies | Common Dreams News

    C. Statement in Solidarity with the People of Palestine in their Struggle Against the Settler Colonial State of Israel – May 13, 2021

       Statement from National Lawyers Guild

    D. In Pictures: Ruins and devastation as Israeli attacks pummel Gaza – May 13, 2021  

    In Pictures: Ruins and devastation as Israeli attacks pummel Gaza | Gallery News | Al Jazeera

    E. Al-Aqsa attacks: How the media gives Israel a free pass  – May 12, 2021

    Al-Aqsa attacks: How the media gives Israel a free pass | Middle East Eye

    F. Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s statement RE: Israel / Palestine – May 11, 2021



    1. Tell Congress: End U.S. complicity in Israel’s abuses of Palestinians

      SIGN: Tell Congress: End U.S. complicity in Israel’s abuses of Palestinians (everyaction.com)

    It is long past time to call for sanctions on Israel. The least we can do is demand Congress take action now and revoke the $3.8 billion in annual military funding for Israel.

    This petition is to Congresssupport HR 2590. Other petitions have been to President Biden 

    2. Bring Sundiata Home

      SIGN: Bring Sundiata Home | OrganizeFor

    3. Senate: Pass the Violence Against Women Act immediately

      SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-and-send-the-petition-to-the-us-senate-pass-the-violence-against-women-act-immediately?source=2021VAWA_DKPACs&redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fsecure.actblue.com%2Fdonate%2Fsexualviolence2021%3Frefcode%3D20210427SWVAWA&link_id=1&refcodeEmailReferrer=email_1174243&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_1174243&email_subject=sign-the-petition-to-the-us-senate-pass-the-violence-against-women-act-immediately

    4. Farm Workers Deserve Overtime

      SIGN: Tell your US Representative farm workers deserve overtime (seiu.org)


    Friday, May 14 – Monday May 17

    Some events for Friday & Saturday have be updated

    Friday, May 14

    1. Friday, 8:30am (PT); 11:30 (ET), Live From the Ground: Gaza Under Attack (NEW)

    Online – anyone on/off facebook

    RSVP for Zoom link: Live From the Ground: Gaza Under Attack – CODEPINK – Women for Peace

    Join CODEPINK for an urgent webinar on the horrific ongoing assault of Gaza. We will be joined by Asmaa Tayeh and Aziz Abuzayed, reporting live from Gaza. Aziz is a contributor to and Asmaa is the operations manager of We Are Not Numbers, an organization that empowers Palestinians to tell their own stories in their own words. They will illuminate for us what life is like in Gaza today, in the midst of shocking violence and turbulence. History is being made in Palestine right now — don’t miss this timely and important webinar. Please RSVP for the Zoom information

    Info: Live From the Ground: Gaza Under Attack | Facebook

    2. Friday, 9:00am (PT); 12Noon (ET), We Will Not Be Erased: Ongoing Nakba (NEW)

    Register: We Will Not Be Erased: Ongoing Nakba Tickets, Fri, May 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

      $0 – $25

    Join Mohammad El-Kurd, Majd Kayyal, Sandra Tamari, and Sumaya Awad as they unpack and the history and ongoing reality of the Nakba.

    Israel’s founding in 1948 was a result of premeditated ethnic cleansing campaigns across historic Palestine with the goal of displacing and dispossessing the indigenous Palestinian population of their land. The violence of the 1948 Nakba didn’t stop. In fact, successive Israeli governments, with the financial and political backing of the US, have given Israel the green light to expand and entrench its colonial project.

    Colonialism is alive and well in the 21st century. The Nakba is not a thing of the past, but an ongoing reality.

    About the speakers:

    Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian organizer and the Executive Director of Adalah Justice Project (AJP). Prior to her work with AJP, Sandra worked for 10 years in higher education as a immigration specialist, and before that as a Senior Program Manager for AMIDEAST, the Assistant Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, and a grant writer and researcher for Al-Jana, Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts in Beirut. She is a co-founder of the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee and was co-chair of the Steering Committee for the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights from 2015-2018. She was a lead organizer of the Palestinian contingent to Ferguson October in 2014.

    Mohammed El-Kurd is writer and poet from Jerusalem, occupied Palestine.

    Majd Kayyal is a Palestinian novelist and journalist born in Haifa to a family displaced from al-Barwa. He studied philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The Tragedy of Sayyed Matar (2016), which won the Qattan Foundation Award, and Death in Haifa (2019).

    Sumaya Awad is a Palestinian writer and socialist organizer based in New York City. Her writings focus on Palestine, anti-imperialism, Islamophobia, and immigration, and have been featured in the Feminist Wire, In These Times, Open City, and Jacobin, among others. She is currently Director of Strategy at the Adalah Justice Project. Sumaya is the co-editor of Palestine: A Socialist Introduction.

     co-sponsored by Haymarket BooksAdalah Justice ProjectCenter for Constitutional RightsUS Campaign for Palestinian RightsUprooted and Rising, and Jewish Voice for Peace

    3. Friday, 12Noon, The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882


     the video in the Discussion tab here and on the Videos tab of our page on Friday at 12pm. (Facebook page)

    Signed into law on May 6, 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was one of many discriminatory laws enacted by the U.S. government, and banned immigration from China to the U.S. An emblem of the racist period known as the “Yellow Peril,” the law was supported by many prominent San Francisco business leaders. Levi Strauss later condemned the Act, but its passage had long-lasting impacts on the early Chinese community in the U.S. In this talk, take a deeper look at an often-overlooked story with educator Sharon Lee-Nakayama, who will chart the chronology of the Exclusion Acts, the history behind them, and their effects on the early Chinese community in the United States.

    This talk is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Chinese Historical Society.

    Host: Comtemporary Jewish Museum

    Info: (4) The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 | Facebook

    4. Friday, 12Noon – 5:00pm, Giant Book Sale to Benefit the Revolution Tour (NEW)

    Revolution Books
    2444 Durant Ave

    The Revolution Books 3-Day Used Book Sale for a very special effort: as part of the National Fundraising Week to Raise MAJOR Funds for the National Revolution Tour. Funds will go to the revcoms working night and day to spread and organize a real revolution.

    ► Bring your great used books anytime during our open hours, Friday-Sunday, 1-6pm and ask your friends and colleagues to do the same or arrange by calling 510-848-1196.

    ► Organize, promote and spread the word for folks to come on May 14-16!

    ► Volunteer to sort books and to set up and staff the book sale.

    Call or email us to volunteer: 510-848-1196 revolutionbooksberkeley

     [at] gmail.com

    Info Giant Book Sale to Benefit the Revolution Tour : Indybay


    5.  Friday, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Shut Down the Police Officers Association (NO POA this week)

    SF Police Officers Association
    800 Bryant St. (@ 6th St)

    Wear mask / social distancing

    RESIST with Mothers on the March, Black and Brown for Justice, Peace and Equality, Family’s who loved ones have been killed by SFPD, and Community

       – Demand the San Francisco Police Officers Association be Shut Down!

       – The SF Police Officers Association Be Declared a Non Grata Organization

       – Demand the Police Officers Bill of Rights be Abolished.

       – Jail Killer Cops – we want killer cops to be charged with murder.

       – Abolish the Police

    After the trial of Chauvin in MN it is clear that ABOLISHION of the police with community control is the solution!

    Saturday, May 15

    6. Saturday, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Stop The Attack On Our Community Colleges Panel

    Online register: Meeting Registration – Zoom

    California Community Colleges particularly in urban area face major threats of mass layoffs, destruction of classes and corporate take-overs in California using the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges ACCJC. This panel will discuss the issues facing faculty, students and what needs to be done.

    Our community college system is being decimated in San Francisco and Peralta Community College District and threatened throughout the state despite a state $15 billion surplus. In CCSF, classes and whole departments face liquidation including Ethnic Studies, Music, Vocational training, Nursing and LBGTQ.

    This panel will look at the attacks on what is going on, and how we can fight privatization and union busting including the Lumina supported funding formula legislation that punishes working class students and com- munity colleges. This was passed by a Democratic controlled legislature & Democratic governor.

    These attacks are also taking place throughout the country as well and are part and parcel of systemic racism hitting Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and all working class and poor students who deserve the right to go to college.


    Madelein Mueller,  CCSF Music Dep Chair
    John Holmes, History Lecturer & PFT Adjunct Representative
    Rika Yonemura-Fabian, Ph.D. Skyline AFT 1493 Chapter Co-Chair
    Karyn Panitch, PFT Adjunct Rep ESL Instructor Laney
    Rick Baum, CCSF AFT 2121 HEAT
    Carol Lang, CUNY AFT PSC, Adjunct Lecturer

    Sponsored by HEAT Higher Education Action Team CCSF

    Info: Stop The Attack On Our Community Colleges Panel : Indybay 


    7. Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, San Francisco Protest for Palestine


    Gather at Valencia & 16th Street – Rally & March

      (march will be about 4 blocks to mural site on Valencia & Liberty Sts.)

    12Noon –

    Community street art  Valencia & Liberty Sts. (Between 20th & 21st)

    Family friendly…

    Sanitizers and masks will be available, and we will be following CDC guidelines.

    As we approach the anniversary of the Nakba, the colonization of Palestine and forced expulsion of Palestinians continues. This is apparent everywhere in occupied territories, its most clear in the heart of Jerusalem, Palestine’s capital: in a town called Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families are being expelled from their homes by the Israeli regime and its colonial settlers.

    This past week, Palestinians in Jerusalem have experienced some of the worst violence in recent history. On the last Friday of Ramadan, Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque and fired tear gas and live ammunition at the worshipers. And in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem, Palestinians continue to resist violent and illegal attempts to forcibly expel them from their homes. All of this is funded by US tax dollars.

    As we mark 73 years of Nakba, we also celebrate 73 years of resistance and struggle for liberation.

    Note: There are actions happening nationally

    Hosts: Palestine Action Network, AROC & 6 Other groups

    Info: San Francisco Protest for Palestine | Facebook   /   San Francisco Protest for Palestine : Indybay

    8. Saturday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, First Responders Training

    Register: Meeting Registration – Zoom

    We will share materials including our confidentiality agreement, investigation form, flyer, and a training manual.

    Here’s an overview of what this training will cover:

    Host: APTP (Anti Police-Terror Project)

    9. Saturday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Solidarity Action: Justice for Mario Gonzales

    Meet at:

    Corer of Otis Drive & Park St. (Where Mario was killed)

    Mario Gonzalez was murdered by Alameda police in a public park on Monday, April 9th. Please join us in taking action and in solidarity with Mario and his family.

    Host: TeleJaguar and Oakland Brown Berets

    Info: Solidarity Action: Justice for Mario Gonzales : Indybay    or  Solidarity Action: Justice for Mario Gonzales | Facebook

    10. Saturday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Peace n’ Justice Walk

    Meet at:

    Drivers Plaza
    Adeline St. & Stanford Ave.

    Covid 19 Safety Procedures must be followed (Mask Required). Practice physical distancing mindfulness.

    Mask, Sanitizer, snacks and refreshments will be available

    This is a North Oakland Restorative Justice Council and Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth’s Community Invitation.

    Come and join us as we walk for Peace and Justice in Oakland and beyond. We will honor the lives of those who have passed on and transitioned during the pandemic.

    The opening ceremony will begin at Driver’s Plaza (6pm) on Adeline and Stanford Avenue in Oakland.

    Info: Peace n’ Justice Walk | Facebook

    Sunday, May 16

    11. Sunday, 11:00am, Palestine Rising – 73 years of Nakba, 73 years of Resistance


    Watch us live on Facebook:
    or on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN6_Drm3qnH65kNpp2fDsMA

    Join Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, for a incisive webinar with analysis and information on the situation today in Palestine and the historical context of the rising throughout Palestine today, from the river to the sea.

    Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi
    Ziad Abbas
    North America Nakba Tour

    Info: Palestine Rising – 73 years of Nakba, 73 years of Resistance | Facebook

    Monday, May 17

    12. Monday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, U.S. Native History and Building Relationships for Effective Climate Work

    Online register: Buy: U.S. Native History and Building Relationships for Effective Climate Work – Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 6 P.M. PDT (force.com)

    In a special program co-presented with the Climate Reality Project Bay Area Chapter, join us for an up-close and personal talk with Jim Warne of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation about the history of Native Americans and the work of building relationships with native communities to produce effective climate progress. The multitalented Warne is a motivational speaker, president of Warrior Society Development, WSD Productions; the community engagement & diversity director for the USD Center for Disabilities Oyata’ Circle; and creator of the award-winning documentary “7th Generation” and the NFL Social Justice Series’ “Oyate’ un Ito’wapi–Pictures of My People,” which was featured on Fox.

    Host: Commonwealth Club

    Info: U.S. Native History and Building Relationships for Effective Climate Work | Facebook



    This Week from the Big Table Podcast

    By Big Table

    May 10, 2021 (lithub.com)

    Big Table is a half-hour arts program/podcast, an exploration into art and culture as told through interviews with authors and artists, conducted and curated by writer, editor, and publisher J.C. Gabel and a small cast of contributors.

    On this week’s episode, professor and critic Eddie Glaude, Jr. discusses his latest book Begin Again (Crown), an intellectual look at James Baldwin’s most potent political writing from The Fire Next Time to No Name in the Street.

    From the episode:

    Eddie Glaude, Jr. No Name in the Street is the first book written after Martin Luther King’s assassination. He did a few journalistic pieces. He did the conversation with Margaret Mead and with Nikki Giovanni. But this is the book that emerged out of the collapse. So he collapses in ’69 as a result of a failed relationship, as well as the kind of betrayal that King’s murder represented. He tried to find something at the level of form and at the level of content to respond to what he had experienced and what he was seeing. So as I was teaching Baldwin, trying to get my students to see the evolution of his thinking, this emerged that it’s not a declensions story. That’s what the older scholarship was suggesting, right?

    That Baldwin’s work was after 1963, as James Campbell would say, his voice broke, that he became bitter and angry and too polemical and been kind of seduced by black power or the desire to remain the center of literary attention and the like had all compromised his art or its aesthetics. I just saw something very different. What does it mean to write in a moment where the nation has fundamentally turned its back on the promise of the civil rights movement? What does it mean to write in after time of this very compressed period as the nation not only elects Richard Nixon, but eventually elects Ronald Reagan for someone for whom for many activists someone as bad as as as George Wallace.


    A co-production between Hat & Beard, Dublab, and Gold-Diggers in Los Angeles, Big Table is dedicated to the interviewing style and enduring memory of Studs Terkel, the Chicago oral historian, actor, activist, TV pioneer, and long-time radio host and author. You can learn more about Studs’ work here. Big Table is the first digital initiative of Invisible Republic, a nonprofit arts organization working in coordination with Future Roots, Inc.

    Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and author of Democracy in Black.

    Gaza Fights For Freedom (2019) | Full Documentary | Directed by Abby Martin

    Empire Files [For best viewing experience, use headphones, external speakers or TV speakers.] Donations, DVDs, digital download, soundtrack, Arabic/Spanish subtitles & more at https://gazafightsforfreedom.com // SUPPORT our work at https://www.patreon.com/empirefiles This debut feature film by journalist Abby Martin began while reporting in Palestine, where she was denied entry into Gaza by the Israeli government on the accusation she was a “propagandist.” So Abby connected with a team of journalists in Gaza to produce the film through the blockaded border. It is a documentary about the historic Great March Of Return protests, which occurred every week from March 2018 until December 2019, but covers so much more. It tells the story of Gaza past and present, showing rare archival footage that explains the history never acknowledged by mass media. You hear from victims of the ongoing massacre, including journalists, medics and the family of internationally-acclaimed paramedic, Razan al-Najjar. At its core, ‘Gaza Fights For Freedom’ is a thorough indictment of the Israeli military for war crimes with exclusive documentary evidence and a stunning cinematic portrayal of Palestinians’ heroic resistance. * Directed, Written & Narrated by Abby Martin Written & Produced by Mike Prysner Lead Editor: Taylor Gill Original Score: Anahedron (John Prysner) Camera Operators: Asmaa Attia Hamad & Moaz Mousa Field Producers: Abdulkareem Ajjour & Yousef Abd Al-Rahman Ghaben Research Assistant: Tara Stone Motion Graphics: Ali Reza Yazdanian Translations: Nour Elborno, Sara Abusheikh, Omar Abusheikh Sound Editor & Re-Recording Mixer: Ben Huff COPYRIGHT 2019 – NO UNAUTHORIZED USE Media inquiries: theempirefiles@gmail.com