I have a review of the 2020 Blue Lives Matter horror film Body Cam, up now on Hard Crackers. Be sure to check it out. The review, that is. Can't say I recommend the film.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Sunday, January 31, 2021
I have a new piece on Ill Will Editions exploring the NYPD's response to the George Floyd Rebellion and what it teaches us about the divide between state agents promoting a soft counterinsurgency strategy and those who favor a hard one – namely, the cops.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Zhana and I paid a visit to our pals at the Antifada podcast for a lively discussion of the George Floyd Rebellion, the Capitol insurrection, and the Hard Crackers project. Check out the episode here, and consider becoming a subscriber!
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Monday, January 4, 2021
Happy 2021! I am honored to learn that my appearance on the Labor Wave podcast, to discuss the life and legacy of the late Noel Ignatiev, was voted their top episode of 2020.
I also landed a spot alongside some great comrades and friends on the Hard Crackers Top 20 of 2020 list.
Here's to causing trouble in 2021!
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Friday, October 2, 2020
My friends Ray Noll, Ryan Fazio, and I just published a piece with Perilous
about a recent Black Lives Matter protest inside Michigan's Chippewa
Correctional Facility, where protest activity of any kind is banned and
treated as "incitement to riot." Read it here, and never miss a story from Perilous!
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Zhana and I sat down with our comrades at Ill Will Editions for a lively discussion of our article "Prelude to a Hot American Summer" and the present dynamics at play in the George Floyd Rebellion. Check out the interview here, and check out the other great articles they have run about the rebellion so far.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Zhana and I recently sat down with Kite Line Radio to discuss our recent article "Prelude to a Hot American Summer." Our interview was split into two episodes.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
I have a lengthy review of the new AngryWorkers book, Class Power on Zero-Hours, in the June issue of the Brooklyn Rail. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone trying to orient their praxis right now. AW are one of the hardest grinding groups out there, and their website is constantly updated with news and analysis. I'm not sure when they sleep!
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
The Gotham Center for New York City History has put together a handy compendium of historical articles around police violence and resistance in NYC, and I am honored to be included.
Needless to say the unfolding rebellion in the USA has my unqualified support. Some of us write historical articles; this movement is writing history. Hope to see you all in the streets.
Friday, May 1, 2020
Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot and I have a piece in City Limits examining NYC's emergency budget, which replicates the "law and order" priorities that have made so many people vulnerable to COVID in the first place.
Monday, April 27, 2020
I am honored to present on academic labor organizing at the Columbia University Rent Strike / Work Strike Teach-In, 4pm on Wednesday April 29th. My talk, presented via Zoom, will focus on lessons from five years organizing inside and outside a massive business union at City University of New York, and my participation in CUNY Struggle and the 7K or Strike campaign. Check out my talk and the rest of this exciting event. And support Columbia University on strike!
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Monday, April 6, 2020
An MTA workers discusses the chaos of running the NYC subway amid the crisis.
An Amazon warehouse worker calls out the unsafe and hyper-exploitative practices which put Amazon workers and the general public at risk.
Tanzeem Ajmiri on Coronavirus conspiracy theories and what they tell us about American society.
Fast food worker Luis Brennan from the Burgerville Workers Union on the present horizons for workplace organizing and what could come next.
An Emergency nurse on supply shortages, bureaucratic hospital management, and the absurdity of capitalist medicine.
An ICU nurse speaks out on shortages, deteriorating standards of care, and retaliation against a whistleblower.
An editorial roundtable on the social significance of the crisis for American society.
Boyda Johnstone on the challenges of online teaching as students grapple with hardships in their daily lives.
Editor Mike Morgan on the potential for resistance in the military amid COVID, and his own experiences organizing against the Apartheid-era South African military.
CJ Leblanc on the impact of COVID on incarcerated people at Angola, and the potential for rebellion.
Last but not least, a discussion of America's #1 quarantine obsession: Netflix's Tiger King.
We are looking for testimonials from everyday people about workplace safety, unemployment and housing issues, struggles with paying bills and taking care of their loved ones, as well as any acts of solidarity and collective action in these very difficult times. We want to hear from you! If you have a story that you want to share with us, please email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Update 4/6: A full video of this event is now available online. Thanks to the Rail and everyone who made this a big success!
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Friday, March 13, 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Monday, November 18, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
|saying goodbye, the last time I saw Noel|
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
There's an old saying in politics: if a headline ends with a question mark, the answer is "no."
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
|behind the scenes at "True Crime" on WGN|
My research figured prominently into a story by Chelsea Sanchez for City Lab entitled "Rikers Was Planned As NYC's Kinder, Gentler Jail. What Happened?" in which I am also quoted.
I was also extensively interviewed alongside some excellent activists for Anakwa Dwamena's impressive New York Review of Books piece "Closing Rikers: Competing Visions For the Future of New York City's Jails."
Following the City Council vote I was interviewed and quoted by Teo Armus in a Washington Post article entitled "'A Stain on New York City: As lawmakers vote to close Rikers Island (sic) some see history repeating itself."
On that accursed day I also had the privilege of contributing to a powerful statement by No New Jails entitled "Nothing has changed. Together we will win."
In the lead-up to the vote, No New Jails circulated a short statement I wrote to each member of the City Council, for which I did not receive any personal responses. My favorite robo-response began with "Dear [name]."
Finally, I was invited on WGN radio's "True Crime" program for a freewheeling discussion with Kelly Pope and Bill "Professor Fraud" Kresse about Rikers History, invest/divest, the Rikers Island art heist, and building a world without police and prisons.
It's a real honor to find a tiny little spot for my work in the unfolding of such consequential events. I will continue to use my scholarship to serve the movement however possible. Otherwise, what's the point?
Thursday, October 17, 2019
I have a new piece in Hard Crackers contextualizing the 2003 Rikers Island Art Heist, undertaken by four exceptionally brazen – and apparently, inept – high-ranking jail guards. The story has since been recounted as a tragicomedy of "stupid crooks," and surely the shoe fits. But I argue it offers a more fundamental lesson about the nature of truth in carceral facilities, and its relationship to the violence that structures daily life for incarcerated people.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Friday, September 27, 2019
I had the honor of co-editing a The File, a DIY publication by and for rank-and-file academic workers, along with my great comrades (pictured left) Sonam Singh and Danielle Carr!
The File features in-depth coverage of dissident labor organizing at CUNY, Rutgers, Barnard, Columbia, and more, including an extensive interview I conducted with AAUP baddies Alexandra Adams and Lauren Barbato of the Rutgers Rank and File Caucus.
Check out our site, or click here to read the first issue online. We also printed a good amount of paper copies! If you'd like some, or would like to participate in a (hypothetical) second issue, contact me or follow the contact link on our site.