Nick DeRenzi

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On the complex relationship between political ignorance and democracy

<i>Political ignorance is one of the most important features of the British – or any other – public. As the general election approaches, we may be moved</i> …

Book Review: The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis

Somehow I picked up a copy of The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story, which is a Michael Lewis bestseller published back in 1999 about the …

Silicon Valley

Book Review: Marching to the Freedom Dream

Book Review Marching to the Freedom Dream By Dan Budnik Reviewed by Blake Andrews Social unrest. Demonstrations, marches, rallies. Racially charged …

Black History

Relatives of the 43 Disappeared Mexican Students On Tour Through the U.S.

Last night, about 40 people from several community organizations and students from City College, KPOO and unions gathered at the 261 Laborer Union’s …

On St. Patrick’s Day, Mexico remembers the Irishmen who fought for Mexico against the US

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world — even in Mexico.<p>“Every St Patrick’s Day, the first toast that I make is in honor of the San Patricios,” says Martin Paredes, a Mexican blogger based in the US. “A group of Irishmen came to the defense of Mexico, and many of them died in defense of …

MexicoLeaks -- the latest way Mexicans are saying "basta ya" to corruption

Mexico is currently the 10th most dangerous country for journalists, after places like Syria, Ukraine and Somalia that are torn by civil war and terrorist insurgencies. But it has had particularly bloody years in the recent past, when drug cartels assassinated journalists with regularity and …

Farmworkers in Baja California protest low pay, poor conditions

Farmworkers protesting working conditions at Mexican export farms in Baja California blocked a major highway and occupied several government buildings as officials scrambled to quell a widening strike that threatens one of Mexico's most valuable harvests.<p>Wednesday morning authorities said they had …

UN panel to consider US 'failure' to clear up racial murders of civil rights era

A 2008 law ordered the Department of Justice to investigate pre-1970 unsolved cases but campaigners will tell the Human Rights Council it has not done enough<p>The US justice department will be accused in front of the United Nations on Thursday of failing to account for hundreds of African Americans …

Rights & Freedoms

Common, Pharrell, and ‘The New Black’: An Ignorant Mentality That Undermines the Black Experience

The rapper Common made waves during a recent appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart when he offered his take on race in America. It isn’t …

Ted Cruz, champion of local control, tries to overturn D.C. laws on gay rights and contraception

Texas senator conveniently jettisons his principles to push social conservative agenda<p>In his short time in the U.S. Senate, Ted Cruz has sought to position himself as the chamber's foremost defender of states' rights. Last year, the Tea Party rabble-rouser and likely GOP presidential hopeful …

Obama Administration

Behind Bars: Bay Area Jazz Veteran Marcus Shelby on the Failures of the U.S. Prison System — and Why We All Should Care

You don't need to be plugged into the Bay Area music scene for long to know the name Marcus Shelby.<p>A seemingly tireless and always in-demand bassist, …

Watch: Fantastic Negrito's Tiny Desk Concert

click to enlarge<p>This is pretty gratifying to see: Oakland's Fantastic Negrito, who beat out nearly 7,000 bands from around the country with his …

Entertainment

Here's Your First Anti-Gentrification Anthem of 2015: "Mission, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down"

click to enlarge<p>Well, this was probably inevitable.<p>Joining the ranks of POW!'s "Hi-Tech Boom" and Persia's "Google Google Apps Apps" is this …

Inside the mind of an undocumented kid

Melissa Garcia Velez hadn’t really considered her immigration status until she started looking at colleges. Her high school counselor told her she …

Immigration

Female Cop Abuses 70-yr-old Air Force Veteran, Literally Arrests Him for Walking With a Cane

And why are we not surprised?<p>It turns out that this miserable old hag had a thing against “n*ggers,” according to an ex-partner of hers.<p>In an …

We Talked to Actress Caitlin Stasey About Female Masturbation and Hollywood's Sexist Bullshit

Her new website is a radical examination of the female psyche through naked photos of women and frank discussions of puberty, religion, and abortion.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>Rachel from <i>Neighbours</i> is the only one of my teenage crushes who has stood the test of time. Aaron Carter is a …

Feminism

Wrongfully Arrested Musician Suing NYPD, Vows to Give Any Money Won Back to Community

New York, NY– In the early morning of October 18th, musician Andrew Kalleen was assaulted and arrested by the NYPD for simply playing a song, even …

UFC Fighter Attacked by Police, Tased for Asking Them to Identify Themselves

2015/01/22<p>DEKALB — Police are required by law to show their identification, but the officers in the raw video that you’re about to see refused to …

Innocent Child Mauled by Police Attack Dog, Citizen Intervenes and Saves Child's Life

TRACY — A heroic action was taken by an American citizen after a 13-yr-old child was almost killed.<p>“He’s hurt, you know? He probably won’t ever walk …

Boys in the Woods

A Saturday night in White Earth with the Native Disciples<p>A Saturday night in White Earth with the Native Disciples<p>About this project<p>This is the fifth story in a five-part series on Native American gangs.<p>Photos by Tomo for Al Jazeera America<p><i>Senister, above and to the right, is a leader of the Native</i> …

Crime

These Porn Stars Fisted for Charity

Mercedes Carrera is a porn star with a heart of gold. She's using her talents to raise money for tech and science scholarships.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>One of the greatest things about the internet is its uncanny ability to connect seemingly random things in joyous cacophony. If …

Self Determination

Photos: The Last of the Old School Mississippi Bluesmen

Extraordinary portraits from down in the Delta.<p><b>Between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers,</b> there's the Mississippi Delta. The region was once rich with cotton production but also extreme poverty, with land predominantly held by white plantation owners and worked (under brutal conditions) by black …

Guitar

Kenny Smith's open letter to Charles Barkley about Ferguson

<i>Editor’s Note: NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley’s comments about recent events in Ferguson, Mo. have prompted a strong reaction from many, including Kenny Smith, his friend and fellow analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.”</i><p><i>Smith addressed Barkley’s remarks in an open letter submitted exclusively to For</i> …

Denver Police Union Says Students Cheered After Local Officers Were Hit By Car

The Denver Police Protective Association is claiming that at a student walkout in Denver to protest a grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, students cheered when four police officers were injured.<p>On Wednesday, hundreds of students from East High School in Denver walked out of class, …

15 Years, 179 Police-Involved Deaths, and Just One Convicted Officer

A new investigation by the New York <i>Daily News</i> identified 179 possible-related deaths over the past 15 years. Only 3 of those 179 cases lead to charges, and only one officer was convicted. The sole convicted officer, Bryan Conroy, never served any jail time for shooting and killing West African …

What I Did After Police Killed My Son

Ten years later, we in Wisconsin passed the nation’s first law calling for outside reviews.<p>After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: …

The Great Police Violence Cover-Up

It’s a federal law, but most departments refuse to divulge data on cop shootings.<p>“I <i>have a 20-year-old son, and I have a 12-year-old son, and I’m so afraid for them. … This is about a war machine. It is us against the [expletive] machine!”</i><p>—Rapper Killer Mike<p>Perhaps the saddest thing is: We don’t …

Moms Of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric, Garner and Tamir Rice Talk To CNN’s Anderson Cooper

The mothers of <b>Trayvon Martin</b>, <b>Michael Brown</b>, <b>Eric Garner</b> and <b>Tamir Rice</b> came together for the first time on Dec. 12 to sit for a joint interview with …