Trevor Jones

is a librarian and a writer.

Porkchops for All! The 100th Anniversary of the San Diego Free Speech Fights

Porkchops for All! The 100th Anniversary of the San Diego Free Speech Fights

On Jan­u­ary 8th, 1912, the busi­ness and prop­erty own­ers of the San Diego Com­mon Coun­cil passed Ordi­nance No. 4623. The func­tion of the ordi­nance: to crim­i­nal­ize free speech in a zone cen­tered around the inter­sec­tion of 5th and E streets, pop­u­lated pri­mar­ily by work­ers. By Jan­u­ary 16th, the IWW had responded by form­ing the “Cal­i­for­nia Free Speech League,” with the sup­port of social­ists, churches, and other union locals. The Wob­blies, with the ben­e­fit of sheer num­bers and lit­tle else, sought to test the ordi­nance and its enforce­ment with aggres­sive soap­box­ing and inces­sant speechi­fy­ing in the restricted zone.

All Power to the General Assemblies? Or, the Strange Case of Take Artists Space

All Power to the General Assemblies? Or, the Strange Case of Take Artists Space

After the raid on Zuc­cotti Park early this morn­ing, what remains of Occupy Wall Street? The library was destroyed and thrown in the garbage; the kitchen and com­mune that fed and housed hun­dreds now gone. But what about the gen­eral assem­bly? The police vio­lence demon­strates that the rel­e­vance of Occupy Wall Street as a polit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion is by no means in its attempts, fail­ures and very real suc­cesses at direct democ­racy. It is instead a ques­tion: what is beyond democ­racy in the spirit of Occupy Wall Street?