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Ah Toy

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On June 25, 2020
Fascinating and excellent essay about Ah Toy, the Chinese brothel madam in Gold Rush San Francisco, and the anti-Asian racism that impacted her long life in California. An excerpt: In time, however, operating in the San Francisco sex trade became more and more fraught for the pioneering Ah Toy. More Chinese immigrants began arriving in […]
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The 49ers

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On February 2, 2020
Is the Kansas City Chiefs an offensive name? Yes, albeit not quite as horrifying as the Washington Redskins. But is the San Francisco 49ers really much better? No, since the Gold Rush and the following years was a massive exercise in genocide and racial violence: The conditions in the mining camp were rough and crude. […]

California Slaves

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On January 24, 2020

Remember, when we talk about slavery in this nation, we need to center California as a major slave state. San Bernardino’s early success rested on a pair of seemingly incongruous forces: Mormonism a

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Donald Trump sure has shown those neoliberals how a Man of the People governs: For years, the Interior Department resisted proposals to raise the height of its towering Shasta Dam in Northern California. The department’s own scientists and researchers concluded that doing so would endanger rare plants and animals in the area, as well as […]
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On September 9, 1985, the largely Latina workforce in the large frozen food processing facilities in Watsonville, California walked out on strike after employers cut their wages. After a long, brutal nearly two year strike, the workers won, one of the few major labor victories of the 1980s and a sign that the future of […]
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