Rebecca Solnit is the author of fourteen books, including A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disasters, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas and the recently published Men Explain Things to Me. She is, from kindergarten to graduate school, a product of the California public education system now being decimated.
Those claiming Occupy has failed already forget what other social justice sucesses have taught us: change is slow.
Facts still don’t get in their way.
America sells pain to our southern neighbor and buys numbness in return.
Sending debt peonage, poverty and freaky weather into the arena.
As Occupy heads into the spring, the movement’s initial honeymoon phase is coming to a close.
Notes on 2011’s preoccupied hearts and minds.
Occupy Wall Street has exposed a system that regards people as disposable, but not usually so literally.
A letter of thanks to Mohammed Bouazizi, the young man whose death set off a year of revolutions.
Finding hope, small victories and larger opportunities in a world no one should write off as lost.
Her name was Global South. His name was Washington Consensus. But his winning streak was running out and her star was rising.