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Tracy Kronzak

Tracy Kronzak
Tracy Kronzak Tracy, Technology Manager at the Applied Research Center, graduated from Cornell University and New York University with a Masters of Public Administration. She specializes in technology and the nonprofit sector, with a particular emphasis on systems administration, and manages ARC's technology needs and growth.

She has been an activist, volunteer and leader in the Queer communities since 1992, and prior to joining ARC worked with donors at the Tides Foundation doing grantmaking for the LGBT communities, racial justice and economic justice. Tracy has studied pottery and ceramic arts at City College of San Francisco and is presently working at the ceramics studio at Laney College in Oakland.

Emo Vampire Movies Aren’t for Whites Only [VIDEO]

by Tracy Kronzak on February 9 2010, 2:56PM

Dark Moon from Brandon T Jackson Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the movies, the Twilight series has been re-imagined for the rest of us. Why settle for the usual lily-white teen vampire movie…

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Ted Olson, Keep Your Hands Off My Body

by Tracy Kronzak on January 21 2010, 8:00AM

This week’s Newsweek article “The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage” is exactly what’s worried me since the mono-minded drive for same-sex marriage began. Yes, gay marriage has finally been co-opted as a “family value” in the worse connotation of the…

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Citizens-Only Santa Coming to A Charity Near You

by Tracy Kronzak on December 1 2009, 5:51PM

Christmas is the time of year when most people who celebrate this holiday are asked to look into their hearts and do something more to give to family, friends, and the community. Unless, of course, these people aren’t U. S….

Topics: Immigration

Why Is There A War Criminal at My Database Conference?

by Tracy Kronzak on November 19 2009, 2:29PM

Being in charge of a great many things related to technology at the Applied Research Center, I wind up in some fairly geeky places… including, database conferences like Dreamforce 2009. But one thing on the conference agenda caught my eye…

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The TV Show “V”: What’s The Use of Futuristic Sci-Fi That Only Reinforces Tired Stereotypes?

by Tracy Kronzak on November 11 2009, 9:41AM

For starters, I’d like everyone in the room who thinks that ABC’s remake of the early-1980s miniseries, V, is a critique of the Obama Administration to please stand up. Thank you. Now, please walk toward the nearest exit and leave….

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Five Steps to Win Same-Sex Marriage

by Tracy Kronzak on November 4 2009, 3:56PM

I’ve been critical of the failures of the same-sex marriage movement before (see “I Don’t Want Marriage, I Want Equity”) and the single-minded isolationism that it has driven into the contemporary LGBT movement toward (see “Yes Marriage, No Justice”). Now…

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Die Quickly, You Tired, Poor, and Huddled Masses

by Tracy Kronzak on October 2 2009, 6:00AM

Congressman Alan Grayson rocked my little world this week. When I talked about fighting fire with fire last week, this is exactly what I meant. The Republicans want you to die quickly. Insurance companies want you to die quickly….

Topics: Health, Politics

Hey President Obama, I Want What I’ve Earned

by Tracy Kronzak on September 24 2009, 10:26AM

Everyone has lost something this year - a job, income, medical coverage, a raise, a house - and by invoking the specter of the Soviet-style socialism every time the Left talks about healthcare, immigration, education, or the environment, the Right…

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Losing the Healthcare War of Words

by Tracy Kronzak on September 15 2009, 12:41PM

A week out from President Obama’s healthcare speech and I’m still angry. This feels eerily like the first year of the Clinton Presidency, when we were so sick of Reagan and Bush that we willingly embraced dubious change at…

Topics: Health

The Real Lie: We’re All Illegal

by Tracy Kronzak on September 10 2009, 2:41PM

I enjoyed President Obama’s speech last night, and I want to especially thank Representative Joe Wilson for eliminating any possibility of a cogent Republican response. But I’m not satisfied with the new health care plan by any means, and…

Topics: Immigration

Will Kennedy’s Death Be Heathcare Reform’s Life? [VIDEO]

by Tracy Kronzak on August 26 2009, 3:16PM

Senator Ted Kennedy, the “Lion of the Senate” who chose to devote his life to public service instead of running for President after 1980, has had the selflessness to die at what appears to be a most convenient moment…

Topics: Health

Drop Your Gun and Pick Up a Camera for Oscar Grant

by Tracy Kronzak on June 4 2009, 11:59AM

Guns are so 20th Century. I don’t feel safer thinking about carrying one. Nor do I feel safer in a society where everyone is encouraged to carry one to, you know, prevent crime. Why am I saying this? I’ve been…

Topics: Criminal Justice

I Don’t Want Marriage, I Want Equity

by Tracy Kronzak on May 26 2009, 11:55AM

The scene right now in San Francisco.photo credit: Steve Rhodes There is nothing equitable about marriage, same-sex or otherwise. Equal, for sure, but equitable – no way. Sure I’m disappointed about today’s ruling from the CA Supreme Court. Because…

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My Neighborhood Under Seige

by Tracy Kronzak on May 19 2009, 9:03AM

The neighborhood where I live in North Oakland is a slowly-gentrifying historically Black and working class enclave – a former home to the Black Panthers headquarters, and current home to a large, predominantly Black senior center. It also has the…

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If I Don’t Stand to Overturn 8, I Don’t Stand for Justice

by Tracy Kronzak on March 5 2009, 8:01AM

Proposition 8 and the fight for same-sex marriage in California are no longer about the LGBT community. This fight is now a greater litmus test for the rights of all non-majority peoples – and the irony of this is not…

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Oscar Grant Rethought

by Tracy Kronzak on February 5 2009, 11:21AM

Gary King Jr. memorial at 54th and Martin Luther King Jr. in Oakland Oscar Grant was executed for being a Black man in Oakland. This isn’t some sort of paranoid fear of the police or over-hyped conspiracy theory. This…

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In Obama We Trust

by Tracy Kronzak on January 20 2009, 1:43PM

For me, today has been like Christmas, the Fourth of July and my birthday all rolled in to one. I spent most of the morning at the Oakland Coliseum tearfully watching Barack Obama take the oath of office and become…

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Prop 8:The Vote for Discrimination in California

by Tracy Kronzak on November 6 2008, 2:44PM

The United States and the world welcomed an historic moment on Tuesday with the election of Barack Obama. Yet in an election that demonstrated the clear progress people of color in the United States have made, three states, California,…

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The Party Not Everyone Is Invited To

by Tracy Kronzak on November 4 2008, 4:47PM

Most of today’s elections coverage has been focused on the inadequacies of the polling system to handle the actual number of eligible voters who turned out and the various glitches and flaws in mechanical and electronic voting systems. It’s…

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Fight Like Hell Until We Can’t Fight Anymore

by Tracy Kronzak on November 4 2008, 9:12AM

At the time of writing, I’m reviewing the myriad of final polling data that indicates we’re headed toward an Obama presidency. While I don’t agree with all of Barack Obama’s stated positions, I do believe that he is someone who…

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