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Canvassing And The Why The Left Alienates Everyone

I quit a canvassing job yesterday. I did it pretty abruptly and without explanation. The job was with a pretty well respected left wing think tank based in the South (that should be enough for people to figure it out if they are in the know how). I liked the work they did but I hated the way canvassing works.

The last canvassing group I worked with, CalPIRG, straight up closed their offices in Berkeley very abruptly. A market based economy has pretty simple logic so the larger business must have shut it down because it was not making a profit. I asked a friend who worked for Human Rights Campaign about it and she said that most organizations like that are hurting.

Why is that? Why would they be hurting, in the second term of a progressive, black presidency? Why would they have trouble in Berkeley, California, easily the most liberal city in the United States? My landlord encapsulated it a little too well, "I was homeless for a year and a half in this city and I knew I'd never…

Interview With Poet Beneficient Richard-Yves Sitoski

Hello all! Richard-Yves Sitoski and I have never met but we became friends through mourning of our common lover and friend Jennifer Lauren Reimer. His upcoming poetry project peeked my interest though I will admit this interview took place a couple months ago. It got put off simply because alot of stuff was happening in my life of late. I'm very, sorry, Richard! Enjoy.

Why poetry? What pushed you to this art form instead of art, songwriting or novel 


Truth be known, I do practise all those forms, and for the longest time saw myself primarily as a

fiction writer.  I came to poetry comparatively late in my (artistic) life, in my 30’s.  Oh, I’ve

always read it, but never found a way to access that inherent musicality that is within us all.  The

big push came when I began attending open mics here in Owen Sound.  This is a musical town,

with a musical culture far more significant than what one would expect given its size.  When I

moved here I got the feeling that this might not …

Maiello And Orion Talk Comics, Pot And Conservatives

Orion's Questions For Maiello
A Republican majority! I had trouble getting upset about this. Aside from support of a few social programs, I have seen little difference besides culture wars stuff between the two political parties. Nevertheless, some found Republican victories very disturbing. What do you think?

I'm not too disturbed.  Obama has the power to veto any legislation he doesn't like, after all.  If it comes to that and he fails to use that power, I will certainly be disturbed.  I see plenty of differences between the parties, particularly after the Republicans allowed the Tea Party elements to take over.  Without Democrats to keep them in check I believe that Republicans would have privatized the Social Security system by now and that they'd have repealed Obamacare.  They would have cut public assistance to people right during the worst of the Great Recession.  These elections do matter.

On the other hand, as you say, both parties serve the same masters.  They…

Dia de Los Muerto's, Spirituality and the Uncommon Acknowledgment of Death

I have been a native, with ebb and flow, of the Bay Area most of my life. I have spent well on at least a quarter of my life here. Nevertheless, despite going to Pride, various events at UC Berkeley and Cal State East Bay, it wasn't until this past week that I ever went to the huge Dia de Los Muerto's event in San Francisco.
Dia de Los Muerto's is an unusual event from just a human perspective. Death is something most human beings only tacitly accept. Few ever face it head on. The fear is almost unreal. There is also a level of denial among many about it. A lot of people act as if firearms, hard drugs or other creations that kill human beings are hyped up and not dangerous at all. Many people have long acted as if war is something beyond just an insane orgy of killing and viewed it with romance.
Dia de Los Muerto's faces death face first, however. The name itself has "Dead" at its center and the makeup, which almost all attendees including me, put on is distu…

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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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