This Massacre Was a Hate Crime – UCSB, Isla Vista, Feminism and One Alumnus’s Thoughts

An abandoned shoe in Isla Vista in 2008 Friday night there was a stabbing and shooting in my alma mater, UC Santa Barbara. I heard the news via facebook mere minutes after a young man drove through the center of Isla Vista in a black BMW shooting. For those unfamiliar with the community, UC Santa … Continue reading

New York Union Drops Candidate After Sexual Harassment Reports

Earlier today the Executive Board of 32BJ SEIU unanimously voted to rescind their endorsement of Assembly Member Micah Kellner for a City Council seat. It was the first time the union, which has 75,000 members in New York City, has ever rescinded an endorsement. The union’s members include janitors, property maintenance workers, doormen, security officers, … Continue reading

This is what Marriage Equality Looks Like

A View into the Rotunda – SF During Prop 8 and DOMA SCOTUS decision.

You Should Skip School If You Don’t Want to Know About Harvey Milk

If you are a student in California, your teachers might use today to teach you a lesson some parents might not be comfortable with: Some people are gay. One of those gay people, named Harvey Milk, once spoke up about his homosexuality, and still managed to get elected to public office. Eventually he was shot … Continue reading

Aaron Swartz Continues to Make the Internet More Open

Internet Activist Aaron Swart’s project with The New Yorker launched Wednesday. Strongbox lets users share information, messages, and files with writers and editors anonymously. Months after his suicide, Internet activist Aaron Swartz continues to make the world a more open place. Wednesday the New Yorker announced the launch of a project he helped develop with … Continue reading

Google Wallet – E-Commerce Just Got Some New Competition.

Google Wallet Newest Feature Will Have E Commerce Running For Cover Watch out PayPal, Square, VenMo, WePay, and everyone else in the mobile payment market. The 800-pound gorilla of tech is now in the ring. On Wednesday Google announced at Google I/O, their annual developer conference, a new feature named Google Wallet. Google Wallet is … Continue reading

Divisiveness of SF Pride’s Manning Decision is Nothing New for the LGBT Community

The LGBT rights movement is by no means a monolithic group, and the range of opinions was contextualized Wednesday night when famous activists Dan Nicoletta and Anne Kronenberg took the stage for an event discussing the impact of Harvey Milk at the Castro Theater hosted by Facing History and Ourselves. During the Q&A the recent … Continue reading

Microsoft & Apple; Facebook & Yahoo

It strikes me as odd the two biggest stories my friends are sharing online both have two tech giants and involve laws and social norms but in entirely different contexts. I’d applaud Microsoft and Apple for demanding the National Organization for Marriage boycott them for their support of civil unions, and same-sex marriage over the … Continue reading

Scattered thoughts on the Occupy movement.

I seem to fall somewhere between the two main trains of thoughts I see up on facebook walls, peppering my twitter feed, dominating the opinion pages and otherwise publicly being declared. There are those saying the movement is a time waste and naïve – often based on economics, lack of political tactics, haphazard strategy, etc. … Continue reading