Hard-working orchestral folk punk band East Cameron Folkcore is releasing a lot of material in September. There is an all-new LP  Better Off coming out in September (in Germany on Grand Hotel van Cleef) as is Fossils, an all-acoustic, live EP of older, truly stunning material. The EP is streaming on soundcloud now, and available for streaming and pre-order on bandcamp. The songs are as politically raw and emotionally complex as usual. The EP is “dedicated to the work and to those who do it.” so it’s also great to listen too while reading Dave Zirin’s commentary on the Olympics or writing the 95th job application without diminishing hope for a response, or, you know, working.

Men who talk a good game about revolution but continue to be invested in the perceived gains of patriarchy, sexism and misogyny not only do a disservice to the movements they part of but also, more importantly, the people for whom they claim to be fighting.

—Mychal Denzel Smith: There Is Still Misogyny in Progressive Movements. (Read more)

Also, do read the piece by Professor Brittney Cooper over at Crunk Feminist Collective (“On Black Men Showing Up for Black Women at the Scene of the Crime”) Smith refers to in the article linked above.

Or, on the other hand, it is better to work out consciously and critically one’s own conception of the world and thus, in connection with the labours of one’s own brain, choose one’s sphere in activity, take an active part in the creation of the history of the world, be one’s own guide, refusing to accept passively and supinely from the outside the moulding of one’s personality?

Antonio Gramsci. Selections from the Prison Notebooks. New York: International (2010) 323-4.

First: actually, everyone is talking about gender and race and class, even if they do not choose to mention it explicitly. If you do not include any aspect of the latter into your work, you are making a conscious decision and chose a very specific positioning in terms of race and class, namely that of male white privilege. You are talking about race and gender: you are talking about white men. Surprise! They have a “race” and a gender too, despite being marketed as universal, and you chose to put the focus on them yet again.

Cut The Crap. « stop! talking.

Good, challenging text on (the lack of) intersectionality, especially in academics and activism. Do read it in full, it’s well worth it. 


When he said “everywhere,” apparently he meant “everywhere else.”

Sad thing is, alapoet is right. Plus, Obama’s silence on this matter is going to alienate his progressive base further, probably leading to them not going to vote for him in 2012. And that can be a real problem, too.