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2020.9.24

It must be understood that though we are one country, our experience is anything but unified. We sit in cities and complain about the injustice while we hide behind our screens and seclude to our urban hideouts, seeking out those that feel the same.  You must drive out to the desert and the plains, to…

1-800-RAD-ICAL

Does more income make you more free? Does no income make you not free? Across America, the last six months have been filled with fatigue and frustration in the wake of cataclysmic symptoms of systemic failure. Working Americans’ lives are riddled with injustice as a shoddily managed pandemic rages on and “public servants” brutalize their…

Insurgent Prisoner Mail Project

The Insurgent mails out the newspaper to hundreds of prisoners across the country, and many of those prisoners respond with simple or complex asks, often for their essays to be transcribed, for their art to be uploaded and shared, or for additional newspapers. The Insurgent will need help processing and responding to these requests in…

Hunger Strike at Lane County Jail

Like many incarcerated people in the United States, those in pre-trial detention in Lane County Adult Corrections are suffering for the State’s commitment to incarceration and the lucrative prison industrial complex.  Under the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, jails and prisons function as a death sentence. Detainees know that the deadly virus will spread fast…

Ashes to Masses

Waking up on the morning of September 8th felt like a scene from a movie with my neighborhood blanketed in ash, and news that the Holiday Farm Fire had razed communities along the McKenzie river circulated throughout Lane County. The morning air was miasmic, thick with the acrid smell of smoke; ash rained down the…

Say Her Name

A hand– attachedto a body– holdsa heavy pen.The ink is blood and tears.The words written–are a lament.The words written–are a rage.The words written–are an oath, to never forget, to never give up.The words written are a lullabyefor the One who was slayed down in her sleep–eyes shut, lips puckered, dreaming sweet songs of freedom.

Clarifying Commodity Fetishism

What is commodity fetishism? The common response is to conceive it as a kind of marketing. Yet if we consult the opening passage of Capital Vol 1 Chapter 1 Part 4 The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof, it becomes clear that this understanding is off the mark; “A commodity appears, at first sight,…

UCSC graduate employees go on wildcat strike

Graduate employees at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) voted by a landslide margin for a wildcat grade strike on Dec. 8, 2019. The strikers refuse to submit final grades unless the administration gives them a cost of living adjustment (COLA). UCSC GEs demand a COLA of $1,412 per month so they can afford to…

Community Members Celebrate Win in Fight Against Jordan Cove

Community members and climate activists celebrated a win when the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) voted 2-to-1 to delay their decision on the approval of the Jordan Cove Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) on February 20. Commissioner McNamee stated that FERC needed more time to review permit denials from the State of Oregon, including the State’s…

East-campus Housing Mold

University of Oregon-owned homes in the east campus neighborhood area are still molding years beyond their sell-by date. No, houses don’t have sell-by dates. Instead, they are condemned and fenced up, thus yielding less than rent. Meanwhile, multiple construction projects on campus have built new facilities, amenities and luxuries all over campus during the past…