Category Archives: Essays

Henry A. Giroux’s Critical Reads & Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Authoritarianism

By Henry A. Giroux via Seminary Co-Op Bookstore It’s time to think dangerously again. In part, this means learning how to hold power accountable, search for the truth, embrace thoughtfulness, and recognize that no society ever reaches the limits of … Continue reading

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Tears . . . and a Smile

By Mumia Abu-Jamal [col. writ. 11/11/16] ©’16 Mumia Abu-Jamal For many across America, the presidential election has left them distraught, awash with anxiety, fear and even dread. It seems surreal. A candidate caught on tape, saying what he said, who … Continue reading

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Theatre of the Absurd

By Mumia Abu-Jamal   When I was a young Panther, a tiny, bald, blue-eyed Frenchman came to visit the national headquarters in Berkeley, California. David Hilliard, the Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party, greeted him briefly, and then … Continue reading

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Michelle Tea & Rabih Alameddine Remember Justin Chin

City Lights opens its Fall events season this Thursday, September 8 at 7PM with a special tribute to a cherished Bay Area poet. Join us as we celebrate the life and works of Justin Chin and a new book, Justin … Continue reading

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Homage to Bill Berkson

By Garrett Caples With much sadness I note the death of poet, critic, professor, lecturer, and friend to City Lights Bill Berkson (1939-2016), from a heart attack on June 16. Bill was perhaps best known for his association with the … Continue reading

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Grateful Message to Bolinas by Reverend Billy

Reverend Billy Talen of the Church of the Stop Shopping Choir is the author of the newly released handbook for earth activism and anti-corporate cultural revolution The Earth Wants YOU, published by City Lights Publishers. This essay, written by Rev. … Continue reading

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New Online Map Reveals Monsanto’s Carcinogenic Glyphosate in San Francisco Parks and Playgrounds

This week, Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir, in partnership with the San Francisco Forest Alliance, published an online interactive map to warn San Francisco citizens of the dangers of carcinogenic glyphosate in parks and playgrounds. The map data … Continue reading

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Clarence Lusane Responds to A Birthday Cake for George Washington

A Birthday Cake for George Washington, a children’s book by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, was withdrawn from publication by Scholastic in January 2016. The book’s publication was halted over its visual depiction of our first president’s … Continue reading

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The Genius of Huey P. Newton

By Mumia Abu-Jamal © ’15 Mumia Abu-Jamal To those of us who were alive–and sentient, the name Huey P. Newton evokes an era of mass resistance, of Black popular protest and of the rise of revolutionary organizations across the land. To those … Continue reading

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