Take This Hammer


This merits a response

A response to the “Take This Hammer” exhibit
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This merits a response

First: Gentrify my love.

“You haven’t seen it? Wait, you have to see it.” We interrupt our regular Pigeon Palace weekly co-op meeting to break into a “Google Google Apps Apps” viewing party. It’s 2013 and bodacious queens scurry across a screen in my top floor rent-controlled apartment in the Mission to the dance beat of “gringa gringa apps apps” with punctuating bellows of “I just wanna wanna be WHITE!”

Crude Matter

A Poem inspired by the "Take This Hammer!" exhibit

 

A poem inspired by the works in the "Take This Hammer!" exhibit at the Yerba Buena Cultural Center in San Francisco.

 

Crude Matter

 

it begins with

tending to the feeling

below the neck;

the feeling below the neck

is everywhere.

the feeling below the neck

is not everywhere,

Revolution

A song featured in the "Take this Hammer!" exhibit
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"Revolution" evolved while I was a member of the sound committee of Occupy Oakland. After setting up our sound system for rallies and actions, I found myself doing the routine sound checks with songs and verses I had written. I vividly recall how my voice seemed to travel from 14th and Broadway all the way to Jack London Square on the General Strike sound system. We ensured that our speakers, such as Angela Davis, would be heard.

Strike this Hammer!

Bay Area Writers at the Art-Activism Nexus
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The exhibit Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism at the Yerba Buena Cultural Center in San Francisco reveals the intersection of art, activism and culture in a light that is by turns brilliant, bleak and critical. Featuring the work of local artists who put their communities and social movements at the foreground of their work, the exhibit uses a variety of media to express ambivalence and aspiration about the massive cultural evolutions that the Bay has undergone.

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