Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; to keeping information available and free; and to not only fighting for personal privacy, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. All these efforts find representation on her blog "ah, Mephistophelis," so named after the last line of Chirstopher Marlowe's in his famous Dr. Faustus, which, as some would have it, successfully flouted the censor for a time. A female Faust, she is a poet, always.

Oakland Police Say It Went Like This:

Of course they always tell the truth......

“On January 14, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. a crowd of approximately 125 persons peacefully assembled at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Oakland Police facilitated a circuitous march through the downtown streets of Oakland between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 11:00p.m.

Although social media sites had indicated that individuals or groups planned to target police personnel, police vehicles, property, and media vans, there were no reports of violence, arson, vandalism, or injury.  A total of two arrests were made – one for an individual observed blocking the roadway with a garbage dumpster, and the other for interfering in that arrest.  Objects, debris, and barricades have been set on fire during past marches.”
— OPD press statement on tonight’s Fuck the Police march #2
from interesting times., by   Susie Cagle, graphic journalist.

Be seeing you.

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