top
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Fri Mar 9 2018 (Updated 03/12/18)
Fortress Bay Area
Everyday Militarisms of Life and Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay
Joshua Shepherd writes: I have a self-inflicted wound. I joined the United States military. I didn't know. I couldn't see. I couldn't hear. I was borne of wounded folk. I became wounded myself. Let us heal.

I am currently using a Twitter account @FortressBayArea to name militarisms past and present. People in our communities who love and are loved, are engaged in work that creates wounds. The easy road would be to condemn. This also creates wounds. I am trying to envision a situation where we neither condemn nor condone. I aspire to a kind of community solidarity where we challenge our neighbors to stop inflicting wounds for their own sake and that of others.

The foundation of the modern Bay Area was laid on conquest. Of land, of people, of spirit. One of UC Berkeley's cornerstones was shifted 5° to align with the Golden Gate and mark the coming conquest of the Pacific. War made this place, it remains to be seen if war can be unmade, in this place.

I'd like to dedicate this project to the Winnemum Wintu peoples whose land my great-grandfather's labor helped submerge behind Shasta Dam, The Yana peoples whose land he later settled and I was raised on. The Suisunes band of the Patwin tribe who were burned alive miles from where I now live, and to the Miwok, Wappo, Ohlone, and all indigenous people who continue to be dispossessed.

Read More
12/11/18 This Is Why It's Hard to Elect Progressives in Fresno Racial Justice | Education & Student Activism | Central Valley | Peninsula | Government & Elections11/30/18 Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Fight to Protect One of Their Few Remaining Sacred Lands Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | South Bay | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/28/18 Mexican Government Demands Investigation After U.S. Fires Tear Gas At Asylum Seekers Front Page | Peninsula | California | U.S. | International | Americas | Immigrant Rights11/25/18 Following Protests, Pelosi Co-Sponsors Bill to End US Support of Saudi-Led War Front Page | Anti-War | San Francisco | International11/23/18 ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Program Targets Muslims in Alameda County Jails Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | Immigrant Rights11/21/18 Judge Orders Moratorium on Offshore Fracking in Federal Waters Off California Coast Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/18/18 Camp Fire Smoke: A Constant Reminder Lives Are On the Line Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | North Coast | California11/18/18 How Many More Homeless People Will Die This Winter? Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Health, Housing & Public Services | Media Activism & Independent Media | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/14/18 Celebrating Veterans Day in the Style of Original Armistice Day Front Page | Anti-War | South Bay | International11/14/18 Investigators Looking into Role Played by PG&E and Southern California Edison in Fires Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing & Public Services | Central Valley | California | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/04/18 California's Prop 10 Marks New Rebellion Against Greedy Landlords, Realtors and Developers Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: California | East Bay | Anti-War | Education & Student Activism | Police State & Prisons | Front Page