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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

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Peralta Trustee Paulina Gonzalez Brito addresses the crowd at Berkeley City College’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event featured a block party along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Milvia Street building. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
‘We’re still rising’: BCC celebrates 50th anniversary
College throws block party and breaks ground on new building
Sam O'Neil, Associate Editor • May 6, 2024
College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.
The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024
PCCDs classified employees pose for a pic at the first-ever professional development day for classified professionals. PCCD Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson reflected on the event in her report to the Board of Trustees. (Source: PCCD)
Peralta’s leadership search, CCC public safety earmark, and “rumors” discussed at 4/9 meeting of PCCD Trustees
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • April 24, 2024
Student Trustee Naomi Vasquez, who was sworn onto the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees on Dec. 12, 2023, sees her role as an opportunity to uplift her fellow students and advocate for the value of a community college education.
Student Trustee Naomi Vasquez aims to lift voices and empower students at PCCD
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • February 28, 2024

    Leave the left behind

    The left in the United States is in crisis. But it’s important to understand that the left is crisis.
     — — —

    What I mean is that it is not only true that the left is dealing with some dire emergencies — the victory of Donald Trump being the most alarming — but we must also face the reality that the left has been defined by emergencies for far too long.

    We know that capitalism causes constant crisis: rampant exploitation, war and imperialism, and the horrors of climate change. But when the left fights an anticapitalist fight, it just ends up fighting on capitalism’s terrain, using capitalism’s vocabulary and its weapons. The left, in its anticapitalism, is crisis as much as capitalism is.

    One manifestation of that: sprinting from fight to fight to fight, from Flint to DAPL to Milo, always out of breath.

    I’m not saying that the fights aren’t worth sprinting towards. But I think there’s value in walking, too: in breathing, and in recognizing that we are not trying to stop capitalism in order to fend off some apocalypse now, but that the apocalypse already happened and the world we inherited thereafter was (is) scorched, radioactive, uninhabitable.

    This would, of course, require an exodus. Not an unstoppable march of progress towards utopia, punching fascists when they pop up, but instead: disappearing completely, sublimating, abandoning the terrain entirely.

    If there’s something telling about Brexit, it’s the victory of the decision to Leave.

    The death of the left is the only real attack that the right can’t sustain.
     — — —

    There is no here here — and we know it. So: let’s leave. And let’s leave the left behind.

    Keep in mind, I’m not talking about moving to Canada; I’m talking about learning from self-sustaining indigneous communities who’ve valiantly formed oases in the desert we sink and suffocate in. Maybe I’m talking about Calexit. Or maybe I’m talking about something we can’t yet imagine.

    But if you don’t ache to leave, then you must still have enough left offered to you by our here to want to stay.

    I look forward to writing an elegy for the left, someday. Its death is the only real attack that the right can’t sustain, rendering the right obsolete, making them merely horsemen aiming at windmills in the distance.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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