The New Almaden Mine has had a huge impact on both San Jose and the bay area as a whole. This piece looks at how current Silicon Valley labor norms have been taken directly from California’s first chemical industry, the New Almaden mine. Additionally, it explores mercury pollution, environmental racism, and the relationship between extraction and settler colonialism. Continue reading A poison. A metal. A god: Settler Colonialism, Mercury, and the Lethal Legacy of Silicon Valley.
A collective attempt at constructing an electronic time capsule; that is, a cache of artifacts that might assist future beings in understanding our present moment. Rather than “bury” the time capsule, we are presenting these artifacts online so that living beings can access them, now and into the future. Continue reading San Jose Time Capsule (Living Histories Vol. 1)
A short essay on forming relationships with named objects (in this instance, washers, dryers, and Amazon lockers) and the history of laundry in San Jose. Continue reading Dear Doris, Dear Marion, Dear Arugula, Dear Rocio
If you live in San Jose, you likely have passed by a pop-up. A pop-up is a shop, event space, gallery, or immersive experience set up in an empty, “underutilized,” or otherwise in between area. Some local settings include alleys, parking lots, vacant buildings and storefronts, or parks in gentrifying neighborhoods. Continue reading F*ck A Pop-Up
Tell us a story (no more than 200 words in length) about being queer in Santa Clara County. We are interested in stories from living queers (tell your own story! interview your elders!) as well as those queer ancestors who have passed. Continue reading Call for Submissions: Stories of Queer San Jose (Living Histories Vol. 2)
A Q&A with Jay Edgar from the podcast Blockchain Boys. Q&A covers topics such as leftist work in San Jose, challenges to learning about the tech industry, and the importance of worker power and organizing from the bottom. Continue reading Q&A with Jay from Blockchain Boys
The only ancestral story I know about birds is about 60 years old. My grandfather, a cannery worker by day, raised squab, also known as pigeons, for food. He kept them in a hutch in his backyard on East San Antonio and 24th Street. Continue reading On Kinship With San Jose Birds