Photo by Jean-Freetz.

Photo by Jean-Freetz.

But the kitchen workers didn’t have time to stop and listen, to the singer’s dismay.

These musicians with cool half-string, half-horn instruments barged in on the cooks in the catering tent at Paleo Festival and started playing for them. I guess it was in return for the delicious meal.

The Coup. On that midnight train to Switzerland.

The Coup. On that midnight train to Switzerland.

In the studio tonight. The younger musicians are usually cheaper.

In the studio tonight. The younger musicians are usually cheaper.

Question: “Can (or, more accurately, will) Oakland grow its economy without displacing low-income residents?”

The whole methodology of “growing” a city’s economy through development of industry and/or real estate is not at all about the people who live in that city.

The growth that both liberals and conservatives suggest has to do with bringing tech companies in- who will only come because they are given money in the form of tax breaks and are not forced to hire the people that already live here. This only develops Oakland if you think of Oakland as a geographical territory that is not attached to the people there. So that geographical territory now has more jobs, but those jobs are filled with people who didn’t used to live there.

City administrators knew this way back when they gave $11 Million- when Oakland still had a majority Black population- to build an ice skating rink INSTEAD of a roller skating rink. Not many Black folks in Oakland ice skate, and all the roller skating rinks had been closed down years before because of fears of the Black youth that hung out there. They built an ice skating rink for the new population.

It’s not that people in Oakland aren’t hired because they don’t have the skills. There have been umpteen training programs for IT jobs over the last 25 years. To train for an entry level IT job is a short process, we have had many skilled for those jobs for a while. They don’t get hired. Look at Pandora. Headquartered in Oakland. Oakland is known around the world for it’s Black musicians, and has been known for that for 40 years. I think Pandora has one Black musician there. So- the problem that forces people out is “development of the local economy” itself- that IS the driving force of gentrification.

Is the economy growing if the residents that were there at the beginning of the process still make the same amount or less, but live somewhere else now? No. It hasn’t grown at all in that case.

If you want to actually change the material wealth conditions of the people of Oakland, we’re going to have to make the jobs that they do have- whether it’s service sector, other unskilled labor, or otherwise- pay more. That has to be done though the organizing of a militant labor movement that does so through strikes and work stoppages. This will drive up wages, and if done in a militant enough manner, can drive up wages while negotiating to keep prices down.

Many liberals, progressives, and even radicals get caught up in “bringing in jobs” as the answer to poverty. That never has been the answer, can be proven to historically not work for the people in that area, and is focused on because the left has been ignoring actual class struggle for a while now.

Who does “economic development” actually benefit? Surely not the people of that area.

The fact that folks in Michigan have made a Zumba video to The Coup’s “The Magic Clap” means that we’re big time.

Come check out The Coup’s 2014 European Summer Tour!

July 23: The Coup in Paris at Le Petit Bain
July 24: The Coup in Niort
July 26: The Coup at Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland
July 28: The Coup in Stockholm at Lydmar Hotel
July 29: The Coup in Stockholm at Lydmar Hotel
July 30: The Coup at Antifascistisk Fest In Oslo (Tix @ Aktivisten kafé)
July 31: The Coup at Urkult Festival in Nasaker, Sweden
August 1: The Coup at Storsjoyran Festival in Ostersund
August 2: The Coup at Vanguard Music Festival in Copenhagen

The street light reflects off the piss on the ground
Which reflects off the hamburger sign as it turns round
Which reflects off the chrome of the BMW
Which reflects off the fact that I am broke
Now what the fuck is new?

Boots Riley, The Coup, Fat Cats Bigga Fish, 1994 (via anxietyfarm)
dsandra:

Boots Riley and Chuck D

dsandra:

Boots Riley and Chuck D

Is you a “have” or you a “have not”?/When you run out of bullets, grab rocks

Boots Riley - “Get up” ft. dead prez (via jethroq)
We got them shirts.http://bit.ly/1pCNBgF (price includes shipping and handling)

We got them shirts.

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Does anyone know who took this picture of The Coup’s bass player, JJ Jungle, in Nanterre? We want to use it.

Does anyone know who took this picture of The Coup’s bass player, JJ Jungle, in Nanterre? We want to use it.

Available very soon. #JustCoupIt

Available very soon. #JustCoupIt