Confessions of a Feminist Campaign Finance Reform Activist

For two weeks in January I traversed New Hampshire — the long way — to advocate for campaign finance reform with the New Hampshire Rebellion. It was cold, exhausting, and incredibly successful, but it was yet another reminder that the democracy reform movement has a gender problem. I was one of a relatively small number […]

McCutcheon v. FEC

In case you missed the news this summer, [or aren’t subscribed to Public Campaign’s Daily Clips — which you can fix now, here] the Supreme Court set a date to hear McCutcheon v. FEC, a case that challenges aggregate campaign contribution limits. On October 8, 2013, the folks who opened the floodgates for outside spending […]

A World Without Kindness

I recently met a man in the Tenderloin who made a modest living off tips from people like me, whom he helped find restaurants and bars with good drinks [he’d suggest] or better music [he was a musician]. Mike took the free maps you could get from tourist junctures, marked the best spots with a […]

I found a life buried in another, one day in Oakland.

During World War II a black guard at a Japanese internment camp in Arkansas received a tip. An interned Japanese American told him that in California the camps paid better, and that guards got to live in the homes of evicted citizens. So he moved to Oakland, and 60 years later, he still lives in […]