The United States economy doesn’t look too shabby right now. Job numbers are through the roof, and the stock market is hitting record highs. But the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. One fifth of Oakland residents live below the poverty line. Still, blaming an entire economic system like capitalism can feel vague and ineffective. But there’s one place in Oakland where people are encouraged to imagine an alternative, post-capitalist reality.
The horrific stories and images coming out of Charlottesville have sparked widespread outrage and international media coverage. Last week, we saw white supremacists groups carrying torches, guns, confederate flags, and Nazi paraphernalia.