Michael Wingfield is a world-class African percussionist with a passion for teaching kids all over Maine to play hand drums and come together in rhythm.
The last rays of an early August sunset seep through the window of the old brick building and illuminate a young woman in a loose-fitting T-shirt finger-picking an acoustic guitar and wandering through lyrics in a sweet, raw voice.
When people in the Portland area tell veteran surfer Joe Conway that they’re interested in learning the sport, he says, “Oh yeah? Go to Higgins Beach.”
Bernardo McLaughlin is a community organizer, worker and general trouble-maker in Hartford, CT. We hung out at his house and talked about the challenges of sustaining meaningful, radical community action at the local level.
Tim Lenoch is a dedicated labor organizer and educator who’s spent much of the last 15 years helping labor unions and community groups build working-class power in Vermont, Wisconsin and California. We met up for breakfast at a diner in rural Vermont and spoke about the experiences he’s had and what the future might look like for organized labor in the United States.
In the summer of 2013, I met up with Ceschi Ramos, the immensely creative and inspiring singer-songwriter-rapper-producer at the center of Fake Four Records. We hung out at an Ecuadorian bakery on the edge of New Haven, CT, his hometown, and talked about the underground rap scene, the potential for music to catalyze bottom-up social change and what it takes to be successful in this world.
Smashy Smashy sits down with Dan, a veteran anarchist community organizer, to talk about the work he’s been doing lately with Anarchist People of Color (APOC) and the Native Resistance Network. Continue reading
Wobblies from Edmonton converged with Earth Firsters from Vermont, radical poets from Maine, militant indigenous rights activists from New York and hundreds of other young radicals at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair last weekend – sharing ideas and dreams for a free society over tables of radical literature and dozens of panel discussions.