Passing the Hat

by zunguzungu

Okay, people, I don’t ask you for much. But here’s two wonderful projects about Occupy Oakland by two wonderful people, and they could use some of that embodied form of socially necessary abstract labor that you’re carrying around in your pockets. To put it bluntly, until we build that post-capitalist utopia of the future, artists and writers will need to eat and go to the doctor and stuff, and they’ll need money to do it. So if you have some money that they could use in their endeavors, I’d be delighted if you’d pass it their way.

First, my new friend Omar just started a kickstarter campaign to do “A Narrative History of Occupy Oakland” and I’m totally stoked to see how he turns his blog posts into something longer, so throw him some currency to make it happen. Omar is a “self-trained documentarian and journalist” who “believes that events and movements are best described by the people who experienced them, and by documentarians willing to spend the time necessary to understand and know them” and he’s been consistently peerless in putting what’s been happening in Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza into perspective over the last two weeks. Journalists tend to just stroll in and take a few pictures — and a lot of people are paying a lot more attention to Oakland after the fireworks show Jean Quan put on for us — but Omar’s been in the camp washing dishes, chopping carrots, and walking night security beats since almost the very beginning.  If you haven’t read his “Solving Problems in a Downtown Microcosm” or “The Last Last Day at Occupy Oakland” then you should do so. Immediately. And then you should help him do more of it by throwing some money his way here.

Second, Susie Cagle and I keep missing each other down at Occupy, but one of these days we’ll manage to make our paths cross. In the meantime, what you need to know is that she’s a graphic journalist who’s been working on a five-part series on Occupy Oakland that looks to be fantastic. From her spot.us pitch:

Could Occupy Oakland be a model for this movement — and how does it work? From the General Assembly to the food lines to the self-policing. Since the camp at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza first coalesced on October 10, it has grown rapidly to fill the plaza; and just as quickly, demonstrators have worked to create an infrastructure that turns this protest into a commune that welcomes a broad range of residents with a functional kitchen, library, media center, childrens space and their own camp security.

You may know Susie from her great graphic piece about faith-based “crisis pregnancy centers” in the Bay Area, or from her relentless tweeting from the Occupy Oakland frontlines, or her Alternet piece writing about the night of much tear gas. She’s good people, doing good work. So fund her project here at spot.us.