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How America May Amend Its Gun Culture

By Michael Orion Powell-Deschamps

During the 1960s and 1970s, the Vietnam war dragged on for over a decade. Opposition to a military draft that required youth to become involved in it, regardless of what they thought of it, led to the burning of draft cards, marches on Washington D.C., and, eventually, the elimination of the military draft in the country, and the end of the war itself.

That didn't mean America suddenly became pacifist. No, that would be naive to find possible. However, America never again tried drafting anyone. Wars proliferated after the Vietnam war, including in neighboring Cambodia, throughout Latin America in the following decade, and in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa after that. War for the U.S. became more and more remote, culminating with Bush's all volunteer occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq and Obama's drone wars. Tours of duty were extended again and again and bombing done from thousands of miles away, with a draft being avoided as m…

How to Write An Engaging Feature Article

Recently, a magazine I work for changed its format - instead of producing quite a few short articles, it raised the pay on the articles it published and started encouraging long form articles of 1200 words. Especially in our digital age, when people often want information fast and concise, writing an extensive piece that really investigates a subject is a change. What questions should be asked? Who should you talk to?
A feature article is a bit like a smaller version of a non-fiction book and is not far away in the creative process from a short documentary. Examples of just those will help you learn how to write an engaging feature article and fulfill your goal of being a professional writer.
5. Understand Why People Will Want to Read This
We all are passionate about things. However, it will seem awkward and weird to just present those topics on their surface simply because we value them. Why should people care about this subject? In journalism, this is called a "hook," as i…

VIEW FROM SAN FRANCISCO: The quandary of religious nonprofits amid the city housing crisis

This was originally published with the San Francisco Western Edition newspaper. Please donate.

The Bay Area is rife with several nonprofits that exemplify a very contradictory social atmosphere in the region’s major cities. On one hand, cities such as San Francisco or Berkeley demonstrate a dynamic, diverse and largely accepting population that allows all sorts of civil society institutions to flourish. However, because of the high desirability of living here, these nonprofits often are challenged financially simply to survive in such an expensive area, let alone to thrive or flourish. 

Sharing Space

San Francisco’s St. John Coltrane Church — the only house of worship in the country dedicated to the legendary jazz phenom — was forced to relocate last year after being faced with an eviction notice. The church was previously renting a facility with the West Bay Conference Center on Fillmore Street, where they paid $1,600 a month to hold regular Sunday services. The Fillmore area also was a…

Curbing Food Waste: Imperfect Produce and Food Not Bombs Save “Ugly” Food from the Trash and Bring it to Those Who Need It

Hello all - I'm working on a Bay Area themed issue of Radical Second Things - this article will be reprinted there. It was initially written for the newsletter of Tilhas Tizi Gesheften collaborator Eva Gnostiquette. 

Please donate so that I continue writing like this.

America is an extremely wasteful society and its decline has only made it more stark. Just as millions of homes stand empty as millions more are homeless, 20% of food produced is wasted, with much of it never leaving the farm. There are organizations that recognize this problem and have taken steps to effectively curbing it and teaching the public that food can be distributed more equitably.
Food Not Bombs was founded by Keith McHenry in 1980 while he was a produce worker and an art student in Boston. The concept occurred when an associate was arrested after a protest and a bake sale had been held in order to help get him released. During the bake sale, one of the participants remarked that “wouldn’t it be a beautiful …

"Proud Boys" and the Alt Right in the Bay Area

Now that NBC News picked up the Proud Boys story, here is something I wrote for a local Bay Area newspaper about them earlier in the fall. The newspaper was hesitant to write about the subject, as seems to happen when I want to write about the Alt Right. I interviewed Paul Bazille, a member of the Proud Boys group and everything. If the headline on the story seems different than this link, that's because I've changed it from what the newspaper wanted to one more appropriate for the story. Writing about this is frustrating - I'm torn between wanting to accurately portray the source, who put trust in me, and not wanting to seem sympathetic to the Alt Right, which I am certainly not. What that frustration turns in to is just not writing about it at all. The picture I took is from an anti-Alt Right protest in Berkeley.

Could a replay of Charlottesville occur here? The Bay Area has many of its own icons of a racist past that may be ripe for removal. UC Berkeley’s Barrows Hall, …

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About Radical Second Things

Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

Mark Cappetta is a practicing Catholic and active LGBT activist. He has been instrumental in keeping Radical Second Things and updates the Facebook account almost daily.

Eva Gnostiquette is an artist, programmer, "future scientist," bi-trans girl and graphic designer. She voluntarily helped to create the first print issue Radical Second Things and designed our beautiful banners. Thanks so much, Eva!

Jordan Denato is a professional artist based out of Iowa. He took the initiative to illustrate both Jennifer Reimer's story and Michael Orion's Oscar Romero work. He has his own art studio, Tar and Feather Studios, and is a critical part of Radical Second Things.

Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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