Baltimore officials thought medical info for protesters was rebellion and a threat – and they aren’t the only ones

It was September 2012, and I was in Manhattan, acting as a street medic at the Occupy Wall Street first anniversary protests. They’d been happening all weekend but the biggest ones were going to happen next morning. Meanwhile, a bunch of protesters were crowding into Zuccotti Park, which was ringed by barricades and NYPD […]

Scattered notes from Baltimore

Hi readers! I’m sorry I have not posted anything here in forever! Life got in the way for a while.

I spent three days last week street medicking in Baltimore. It was an odd time to be there. There was a lull in protest activity, with almost no actions going on. There were, however, plenty […]

That safe-space room was actually well-done, please stop mocking it now

I’m not going to go deeply into the now-famous Shulevitz op-ed in the New York Times about how students are “hiding from scary ideas” and trying to “self-infantilize,” though I have many thoughts on it. I want to pull out a small bit of it and explain why the mockery of what’s described in that […]

No, the Homan Square story is not overblown

The Guardian’s and the Intercept’s coverage (see links at bottom) of Chicago’s Homan Square detention site has been making a splash lately. As you might guess, I am glad to see this story making a big splash. I’ve seen a range of reactions, from appalled to cynical and more.

But while many people have […]

Escapist entertainment isn’t the enemy

The Super Bowl just happened, and with it, that time of year where lots of people who don’t like professional sports make smug comments about “sportsball” (I thought this was funny and clever the first time I heard it, but that was hundreds of “sportsball” comments ago) and complain about people paying too much attention […]

Some notes on the I93 action

By now I’m guessing most of my local readers and some of the others are aware of the I-93 shutdown action on Thursday, during which I was arrested. This isn’t so much an essay as a series of points – and the legal case is ongoing – but I wanted to get something up, especially […]

Little girls and soldiers: A protest in Nabi Saleh

This is part of an occasional series about my experiences with the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights delegation to Palestine in June 2014. You can read all posts in the series here.

After attending a weekly village protest in Bil’in, I was pretty happy to have the chance to go […]

On Oprah and movement structure

Oprah decided to market her “Selma” movie by saying that Ferguson protesters need “some kind of leadership” that makes concrete demands. The actually-existing, prominent, dedicated, respected organizers of Ferguson were not thrilled. Especially since Ferguson Action, a major movement coordination website, has both a long-term vision and shorter-term demands right there on the site. Individual […]

On policing, institutions, and individuals

It was September 2012, and I was in New York City to medic the Occupy anniversary protests. It was dark, and I was walking with my medic buddy to stash their pack. My medic buddy was homeless at the time, this pack had all their posessions. The NYPD and Zuccotti Park security wouldn’t let them […]

A protest in Bil’in, West Bank

This is part of an occasional series about my experiences with the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights delegation to Palestine in June 2014. My previous post in the series is here.

In the middle of the last decade, a network of villages started holding unarmed demonstrations against the Occupation and […]