Service workers as second-class citizens

Urban Animal

For all its daring, colossal beauty, professor Alexander Coward’s recent widely circulated email made a poor comparison that struck me. The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. Coward wrote a letter to the freshmen in his Math 1A class who were scared about the upcoming strike.
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Occupying for a better Berkeley campus

Urban Animal

Hours after the noontime rally, the police arrived on Sproul Plaza in riot gear. Riot gear, I thought. Were they kidding? The police told us — a few hundred students — to leave. We linked arms around the tent. This was the moment I became an Occupier. They jabbed clubs
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Notes from the Underground

2011 Oakland Underground Film Festival

“You are the underground,” declared the emcee of the 2011 Oakland Underground Film Festival to a small audience of film lovers, performers and a few canine friends intimately huddled in an East Oakland warehouse. In its third year, the festival has become not only a place to celebrate offbeat cinema,
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