Christopher Fisher

The Hill We Climb – 2021 Inaugural Poem by Amanda Gorman, January 20, 2021 – ‘The Past We Step Into and How We Repair It’

I first listened to Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural Poem via radio broadcast on KPFA, but her gorgeous, unforgettable work is equally wondrous to watch or to read, as you prefer. You may do either or both below. Gorman perfectly captured a moment in the history of our “nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished” and an…

A New, Progressive Petaluma City Council Meets & the Argus-Courier Misinformation Begins

Updated 1/12/21: This piece has been updated to clarify that the $3.2 million referred to below was a reduction in the cost of land to be sold by landowner Lomas to Danco, the Meridian developer. – RR.   If you are unwilling or unable to read beyond the headlines there is a good chance you’re…

Joint Meeting of the Petaluma City Council and Climate Action Commission Today, Monday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 6 pm

Join the community of Petaluma this evening at 6 pm for a joint meeting of the Petaluma City Council and Climate Action Commission. You can find the agenda for this meeting here and also on the City of Petaluma website. All public meetings continue to take place remotely, via Zoom. You can observe and participate via…

War is a Racket by Gen. Smedley D. Butler Published in Book Form, January 1935

In the autumn of 1933, General Smedley M. Butler, a Quaker, and at the time the most decorated Marine Corps officer in U.S. history, launched a lecture series, crossing the country speaking about the inherently unjust nature of warfare and the demands of U.S. capitalist class to profit from it. The lectures proved so popular…

New Petaluma City Council Convenes This Evening – January 4, 2020 at 6:45 pm

A new Petaluma City Council convenes this evening, Monday, January 4, 2020, with the public session scheduled to begin at 6:45 pm. You can view the evening’s agenda here. This meeting will occur remotely, as has been the case since the beginning of the coronavirus in March of 2020 per state and county orders. You…

Jan. 3, 1891: After Wounded Knee Massacre, L. Frank Baum Called for Total Annihilation of Native Americans

It was one hundred thirty years ago today, on January 3, 1891, that L. Frank Baum published an editorial in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre that called for the total annihilation of the Native American population. Baum would, nine years later, write The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Read on for Baum’s editorial in the…

Petaluma City Council Leaves the Fear and Loathing of the 2020 Campaign Trail Behind 

Pair of unanimous votes mark an unusually harmonious end to the divisiveness, instant outrage, and hyperbole of the 2020 campaign The campaign for three seats on the city council over, the current council emphatically approves the Haas house renovation & Petaluma’s Recology contract – a major labor victory   Miller-Kearney era on Petaluma City Council concludes…

Dear White People – Shopping in the Vicinity of People of Color in Petaluma

Petaluma Latinx couple unjustly labeled kidnappers Over eighty activists and supporters (by the Argus-Courier reporter Kathryn Palmer’s count), as well as journalists from several Bay Area media outlets gathered at the Michael’s arts and crafts store in Petaluma on Friday, December 18 for a press conference in support of Sadie and Eddie Martinez and their…

About Those Recommendations from the Community Forum on Racism & Interactions with the Petaluma Police Department

Here are those four recommendations from the July 18-19, 2020 Community Forum on Racism & Interactions with the Petaluma Police Department. These recommendations still await a response from the City of Petaluma and the Petaluma Police Department. The full September 2020 report of the forum can be found in pdf form here. The forum was…