Every Thursday morning around 10 am at 24th Street and Bartlett, any interested observer can catch a glimpse of what tech money and tech workers mean to the culture of this city.
At the massive granite SF Public Library building, a line of women pushing strollers curls around the corner. They are queuing up for the "Toddler Tales" story telling program, offered in English and Spanish.
It's wonderful that the Library offers this introduction to reading. That's the job of this vital institution.
But I can't help noticing that most of these children appear to be blond and blue-eyed and their caretakers appear mostly Latina. Are the women mostly nannies working for the newcomers, for the two-income affluent families who are the only people who can afford to move in here? It certainly looks that way. Where are the nannies' children? Do they have a chance to attend "Toddler Tales"? The library does its best to provide for all, but I wonder.
My musings on current events, current projects, current anxieties and current delights.
I started this under the Bush regime when any grain of sand thrown into the gears of the over-reaching imperial state seemed worthwhile.
I have worked to elect more and better Democrats -- and to hammer the shit out of them once we get them in office so they do the things their constituents want and need. It's a big job.
I have endured the dashed potential for a more transformational regime under Obama. The man has made himself an accomplice in the imperial crimes of his predecessor as well as committing his own. He has also almost certainly been the most progressive president most of us will live to see. I fear we'll look back on his years in office with mild gratitude for a respite from national leadership that was habitually stupid and vicious, as well as wrong.
Visitors here will find a lot of commentary on books I'm reading. I am very intentionally reading intensively offline these days. When it feels hard to find direction, it's time to learn something new.
I'm a progressive political activist who runs trails and climbs mountains whenever any are available. I've had the privilege to work for justice in Central America (Nicaragua and El Salvador), in South Africa, in the fields of California with the United Farmworkers Union, and in the cities and schools of my own country. I'm a Christian of the Episcopalian flavor; we think and argue a lot. For work, I've done a bit of it all: run an old fashioned switch-board; remodeled buildings and poured concrete; edited and published periodicals, reports and books; and organized for electoral campaigns. I am currently an independent consultant to organizations seeking "help when you have to make a fight."