•June 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

escalating identity

by CROATOAN, April 2012



I. Identity-Based Organizing

II. Institutional Struggles Over the Meaning of Anti-Oppression Politics
a. On the Non-Profit Industrial Complex (NPIC), Again
b. Politicians and Police Who Are “Just Like Us”
c. Anticapitalism and the Material Reproduction of “Race” and “Gender”
d. The Racialization of Rape and the Erasure of Sexual Violence

III. The Limits of Contemporary Anti-Oppression Theory and Practice
a. Identity is not Solidarity
b. Protecting Vulnerable Communities of Color and “Our” Women and Children: The Endangered Species Theory of Minority Populations and Patriarchal White Conservationism
c. On Nonprofit Certified “White Allies” and Privilege Theory

IV. Occupy Oakland as Example
a. Occupy Oakland, “Outside Agitators,” and “White Occupy”
b. The Erasure of People of Color From Occupy Oakland

V. Conclusion: Recuperating Decolonization and National Liberation Struggles; or, Revolution is Radically Unsafe


This pamphlet was written collaboratively by a group of people of color…

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•May 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

L.A. Zine Fest

I really love that poster.

“The Riverside DIY Printfest is gonna be all up in your business with some fantastical zines, readings and radicalness.  This is a FREE, all ages event, so you have no excuse not to join in the shenanigans,” say organizers Angela, Annie, Alicia, and Elliot. 

Presenters like She’s Not A Morning PersonQueer Youth Visibility ProjectOMG Cow: A Comic Diary, HowdiedoodieCutie, No Girls Allowed Records, Powers of Jen, Buyindiecomics.com, Double FurZineworks (representing the queer zine scene), Bitch KingBlood Orange Infoshop Distro, Nik ManikatosMammal Chupie, and Plastic Water are confirmed, with more to come!

There will also be a display of original zines from Raymond Pettibon–Tripping Corpse #2 and #3, Freud’s Universe, Virgin Fears,  Capricious Missives, A New Wave of Violence, My Struggle for Life After Death, Other Christs, Asbestos, Captive Chains.

KUCR will be doing

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Leave Me Alone/Come to Me

•May 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Someone just added my on Facebook and is currently combing through my entire profile and “liking” everything. EVERY THING.  And sharing them all. I get a notification for every single “like.” SIGH.

In the meantime, one of the people I have the hots for is making me waaaaaaiiiiiittttt for some lovin’.  GIMMMEEEEE what I want.  And leave me alone.

•May 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I am so excited about the Riverside DIY Print Fest ❤ Check out this artist!!

ʕノ•ᴥ•ʔノ DIY PRINT!

NAME:  Donna Letterese

COMPANY:  Draw D.V.L. Productions
WHAT IS CREATED:  Illustration, Cardtoon Greeting Cards, Drawing Zines, Comics, Sculpey Toys
INSPIRATION:  Pen and Ink, Pencil, Color, Watercolor, Children’s Books, Graphic Novels, Victorian Illustration, Animals, Puns, Telling Stories.
HOW CAN PEOPLE GET AHOLD OF YOU:  Via email, or various social media sites:

Website: www.drawdvl.com

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•May 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

<rant> I am so over “gay people” (white or assimilated, middle- and upper-class gays and lesbians) who refuse to see their privilege. Just last year, I told someone that I didn’t go to the Menagerie anymore because of the sexist and trans-phobic bathroom situation, and they told me “That seems really radical. We should focus on getting gay marriage and THEN work on that kind of radical stuff.” I was livid. We tried talking but he just wouldn’t understand. It was horrible. The only reason why I didn’t get depressed is bc I had good friends to talk it out with (couldn’t help but get angry). He was just refusing to see my perspective because it called him out on his privilege. Alarm bells! It wasn’t just HETEROSEXUALS I need to avoid if I didn’t want to be triggered, it was HETERONORMATIVE people who refuse to see how they perpetuate oppression (and who want to live in this comfort…lucky them!). I could two fucks about someone’s “sexual orientation” at this point…the way I know if someone’s going to be a good friend is if they are willing to confront their privilege, whatever their sexuality is. </rant>

Media Consolidation and The Illusion of Choice

•May 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment


I just had some…

•May 4, 2012 • 1 Comment

I just had someone cut me off in the parking lot, then park in the middle of the street (not the aisle, mind you, the STREET).  He got pissed when I drove around him, followed me, and called me an “asshole.”  Thanks, dude.  Like I haven’t gotten enough verbal abuse this week, this year, this life from people who think they have the right to judge me, control me, or use me.  He’s lucky I didn’t intentionally ram his car.  I am done playing, motherfucker.

This incident is part of a long string of run-ins I’ve had with people lately.  I can’t say I am not aggressive; I can’t say I don’t challenge people; I can’t say I don’t make people uncomfortable; I also, unfortunately, can’t say that I have never abused someone verbally.  I feel I have to make some kind of qualifier to even complain about oppression I see everyday.  Fuck that (but at least know I am self-aware, and growing).

I find a spot and begin walking to the front door.

A guy signals to me and stops me and asks “Do you drive a Honda Fit?”  I say yes.  He struggles to find words, and I look away and sigh.  Really?  Really?  Me not waiting for you bothered you that much?  REALLY?

Spread misery much?  Spread your anger much?  I keep trying to figure out how to survive in this world that relies on aggression and hierarchy to rule expectations and social relations.

I can’t tell if I am being a jerk, or is he a hot head?  In all of this situations, I think from all angles until in doesn’t even matter.

A big UGH YOU SUCK to the road rage dude who called me an asshole.  Get a life.  I am trying to find the lesson in this, and all I can think is…