by Casey Morell
This is the second in a possibly-occasional series where we provide you with updates on Occupy movements across the country.
A copy of issue #108 of a newspaper-cum-zine called Slingshot came across our desks today from Berkeley, Calif. (see above photo). It caught our eye for a couple of reasons, not least of which being the use of fluorescent green and pink spot coloring throughout its pages.
Published by the Long Haul Infoshop Radical Library, this 16-page self-described "independent radical newspaper" tends to use the term "hella" a lot (California English!) but it also seems to have something of a novel approach for this twentysomething journalist used to growing up in the digital age. This issue focuses exclusively on what's been happening in the Occupy world for the past couple of months, with multiple first-person accounts of Occupy protests in Oakland and elsewhere, illustrations, photos and a submission from protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square. In other words, Slingshot acts less like a newspaper and more like a paper-based Tumblr. Writers describe how their childhood visions of protect-and-serve police officers have been destroyed by the scenes of brutality and excessive force used against Occupy types and write about their jobs as medics helping protesters who have been injured during the mêlées that have manifested themselves during various Occupy events.
We tried to get in touch with the Long Haul folks to ask them more about Slingshot, but our calls went to voicemail. Since it's a West Coast, all-volunteer effort, they don't keep regular office hours. But if you'd like to read for yourself, the issue is up online in its entirety at this link.