Queen Arsem-O’Malley focuses on grassroots labor organizing, youth-led social movements, anti-carceral feminism, and critiques of mainstream media.
“Austerity’s Billy Club,” by Andrew Klein. Jacobin, February 5, 2015.
Public transportation has been on my mind lately, from the MBTA’s struggle to provide service through record-breaking snow in Boston (and using the labor of inmates to shovel tracks) to the MTA’s recent shutdown and fare increases. In this timely piece, Andrew Klein explains the history of austerity, racial divisions and violence in the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and connects this history to #BlackLivesMatter protests, crackdowns on homeless populations and the necessity of investing in public infrastructure.
Avi Asher-Schapiro focuses on US foreign policy, politics in the Middle East and South America, and technology issues.
“Detroit’s ‘Walking Man’ Walks On,” by Charlie LeDuff. Vice News, February 17, 2015.
James Robertson works at a factory in Detroit that’s far beyond the reach of public transit, so he must walk twenty miles to and from work everyday. Thanks to some Internet do-gooders, his story went viral and a “GoFundMe” account in his name received over $350,000 in donations. Detroit-based writer Charlie LeDuff’s reporting on the story underlines both the crisis of poverty in Detroit and the capricious impulses of online humanitarians.
Cole Delbyck focuses on LGBT politics, East Asia and representational issues in film and television.
“Fifty Shades of Feminist Socialism,” by Laurie Penny. Penny Red, February 16, 2015.