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Trying to Find Light against the Gray


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Playing Games with Others' Lives


This short piece was originally posted on my blog at Outside the Circle, cbmilstein.wordpress.com.
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Gratitude Is


This post originally appeared on Cindy's blog, Outside the Circle, cbmilstein.wordpress.com. Share, enjoy, and repost -- as long as it's free as in "free beer" and "freedom."
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What Silence Might Say


This blog post originally appeared on Cindy's Outside the Circle, cbmilstein.wordpress.com. Share, enjoy, and repost -- as long as it's free as in "free beer" and "freedom."
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A Telling Time


This post originally appeared on Cindy's Outside the Circle blog at cbmilstein.wordpress.com.
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Anarchism


This piece was originally posted on my Outside the Circle blog at cbmilstein.wordpress.com, where you can find additional essays and musings. And if you like this, check out my book, with Erik Ruin, on PM Press: Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism.
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Lighting the Way toward Caring Communities


This piece originally appeared on Cindy's Outside the Circle blog, cbmilstein.wordpress.com. Share, enjoy, and repost — as long as it’s free as in “free beer” and “freedom.”
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Random Not-so-Random Acts of Kindness


This piece originally appeared on my Outside the Circle blog at cbmilstein.wordpress.com, where you can find other essays, musings, and reflections. You can also pick up a copy of my PM book, coauthored with Erik Ruin: Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism.
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The Light of Remembrance


A holiday reflection for anticapitalists, originally posted on my Outside the Circle blog at http://cbmilstein.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/the-light-of-remembrance/
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Things I Hate About San Francisco's Gentrification: A Love Poem


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Below you’ll find, first, a lengthy first-person prologue exploring the loss and grief many of us are experiencing — at accelerated paces — as our communities, cities, and loved ones are stolen from us, sometimes through the inevitability of change and death, yet too frequently these days from systemic “unnatural” disasters. Then you’ll find the heart of this piece: a love poem for a city trampled by the forces of what’s called gentrification, interspersed with photos. For news, analysis, and organizing related to evictions, in particular, in San Francisco, see http://evictionfreesf.org/.

Prologue

For three weeks in August-September 2013, I returned to San Francisco for what was supposed to be an eight-week respite from caretaking my mom, whose rare form of cancer seemed to be relatively under control. My dad had died about three months earlier, on May 16, after nine months on "life" support, the ghastly outcome of a tiny mosquito bite that gave him a rare illness as well: severe West Nile, a by-product in large part of capitalist-generated climate catastrophe. The acceleration and proliferation of cancers and viruses is, in no small measure, another by-product of contemporary capitalism. We should then add in all the ways in which the medical-pharmaceutical complex, a phenomenally profitable growth industry today, manufactures all sorts of extra health woes once one is sick -- so-called side effects. It also "extends life" by producing near-lifeless bodies to warehouse in prison-like institutions even as it pays low, precarious wages to "care worker" bodies to deal, quite literally, with shit.


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