Photographer Ann Sophie Lindström spent several months documenting  a group of horsemen in North Philadelphia who have been countering crime through their love for horses.  For more riveting photos of the equestrians of North Philly, here’s this week’s Spotlight essay from Emily Anne Epstein.

A stallion named Dusty rears up as Jamil Prattis, 25, leads him to the lot across from the Fletcher Street Stables, October 19, 2013. Jamil became involved with the horses when he was 12 years old, after he saw a group of urban cowboys riding through the streets of North Philadelphia. (Ann Sophie Lindström)

Jamil Prattis sits in front of his house on French Street, May 23, 2014. (Ann Sophie Lindström)

Stephfon Darnell Tolbert, 31, teases a pony named Harlem, making him rear up, October 2, 2013. Harlem is known for being aggressive when someone gets too close. (Ann Sophie Lindström

A horse is tied up in front of a vacant lot on Fletcher Street while horsemen clean the stalls, October 6, 2016. (Ann Sophie Lindström

Stable manager Edward E. Ward cuddles a horse named Maverick, September 29, 2013. (Ann Sophie Lindström

Tymeir Sanders, 17, stops by a friend’s house on West Harold Street while out on a ride with Rosie, June 1, 2014. (Ann Sophie Lindström

Stephfon Darnell Tolbert, 24, prepares feed for the horses, October 16, 2016. The horsemen have tack rooms where they keep supplies, feed, and hay. (Ann Sophie Lindström

Donnell Glenn takes Cash out for an evening walk, October 9, 2013. (Ann Sophie Lindström

Stevie Spann, 50, checks on the horses before closing the stable for the evening, August 22, 2014.  (Ann Sophie Lindström)

Jamil Prattis, Stevie Spann, and Nate Benson sit inside a horse trailer to escape the sun and smoke, May 25, 2014. (Ann Sophie Lindström)

There is no indoor arena at the Fletcher Stable, so the horsemen like use the vacant lot across the street to train their animals, October 6, 2013. (Ann Sophie Lindström

Romere Burch,13, rides bareback on a stallion named Ace N da Whole on Glennwood Avenue, October 3, 2013. (Ann Sophie Lindström


“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare in the Park, 2009

Starring Raúl Esparza, Herb Foster, Anne Hathaway, Jay O. Sanders, Julie White, Hamish Linklater, David Pittu, Audra McDonald, Michael Cumpsty, Charles Borland, Stark Sands & Jon Patrick Walker

“To me, it’s a sign of intellectual weakness,” he said. “if you can’t ask Ann Coulter in a polite way questions which expose the weakness of her arguments, if all you can do is boo, or shut her down, or prevent her from coming, what does that tell the world?”

“What are you afraid of - her ideas? Ask the hard questions.” he concluded. “Confront her intellectually. Booing people down, or intimidating people, or shutting down events, I don’t think that that works in any way.”

Thank you Bernie. You are a true Liberal and never afraid to face the opposition head on with logic and intelligent reason. 

Time for a Tagging Game. Oh Boy.

Rules: Tag 20 people you’d like to know better!

Tagged by @somewhat-grump

Nickname: Kt (shorthand), Kate
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Height: about 5′4″
Last thing you Googled: Anne Bonny ( … also Thomas Sanders)
Favorite music artist: If Thomas Sanders doesn’t count then I don’t.
Song stuck in my head: “Here Comes a Thought” (as sung by Thomas. I’m listening to it right now.)
Last movie you watched: Heathers (probably)
What are you wearing right now: A towel.
Why did you choose your URL: Kate is a diminutive of Katey and Attic is a metaphor for my brain (but people often read it as Kate Sattic rather than Kate’s Attic and I’m cool with that)
Do you have any other blogs: @and-butterfly-kisses is my writing sideblog. I mostly just post excepts of my fiction there. I have others for which I use pseudonyms.
What did your last relationship teach you: Communication is key. (Also replace “last” with “only”)
Religious or Spiritual: Well I’m definitely not religious.
Favorite color: Pink. (I am also partial to purple and grey - but only a single shade of the latter)
Average hours of sleep: 8-10. The amount is not the problem, the time of day is (we are pretty sure I have a sleep disorder)
Lucky number: 7 and 8. Though 6, for better or worse, pops up quite often in my life. (7 is my fave)
Favorite characters: Veronica and JD (film more than musical), all the Sanders Sides because I refuse to pick just one, Deadpool, Magnus and Alec, Fry, Bender, and Rose Quartz
How many blankets do you sleep with: just my duvet in the winter, in the summer just a sheet if anything.
Dream job: Something that allows me to make my own hours (for presumed sleep disorder), work from home, positively impact people’s lives, and be able to entertain/educate/help people love themselves [It sounds like I’m describing Thomas. Apparently my dream job is Thomas Sanders]

I tag (please don’t feel obligated to partake just because I tagged you): @bangelicchocoholic, @agentdelfino, @poltersprite, @use-it-ironically, @fraufarbissina, @jamintardis, @burnalltheships, @intercranialsubspaces, @emotionally-intellectual, @liberalautisticnerd831, @weremisguidedghosts, @were-going-down-swinging, @naenae00love, @koalabear73, @toxicats, @romanass, @justanotherobsesivefangirl, @badwificonnection, @energizerbun-nay, and @fifthconfiguration

Bill Maher is probably the textbook definition of smug Hollywood liberal. Within the last few minutes of his latest show, I must’ve gotten 57 reminders why I don’t watch it typically. He just refuses to acknowledge the tensions symptomatic to capitalism – whereas people like Bernie Sanders and Anne Coulter recognize that problems and tensions exist (albeit in watered down or decontextualized fashion) because they push at the edges of mainstream political discourse on opposite sides, Maher just sits back in his armchair, smugly calling the working class idiots and ignoring all the real concerns that animate this system. The anti-capitalist left is weak these days, and it doesn’t help that what passes for “left” is spineless centrism devoid of any substance. Maher and other ivory tower liberals are part of the reason why fascism festers and grows.

Neoliberalism disempowers the people through top-down privatization and outsourcing. Huge sectors of the working class population feel this disempowerment. Democrats insist that the system works just fine, that they just need to get out there and vote, that surface reforms will fix all the rampant problems associated with capitalism. Democrats continue to maintain neoliberal economy that boosts bosses and crushes workers. Working class people continue to feel disempowered because no amount of shallow liberal rhetoric is going to materially empower them. Republicans come along and say, “yes, you are disempowered, and it’s because of THOSE PEOPLE: the immigrants, the SJWs, the moochers.” The democrat wing of the bourgeoisie must recognize this trend, and understand that greater autonomy for workers and rightful blame at the rich and capitalism itself would solve much of these patterns of proto-fascism, but it’s better to have rampant racism in society than to have workers getting wrongheaded ideas about their station in life. These workers can then be made, through carefully targeted ideology, to fight as footsoldiers for ruling class interests – when other large sectors of the working class start focusing their anger and disenfranchisement at the system as a whole, rather than at other segments of the disempowered, then you’re going to start seeing “footsoldiers for ruling class interests” using intimidation and nationalism to push the landscape towards fascism. Fascism is an ever-present shadow to capitalism, a subterranean kthulu that sits beneath the surface and comes out to reveal class society’s true nature when threatened. Certain sectors of the ruling class will pursue their own laissez-faire interests, while other sectors will then gather the people subsequently ticked off by privatization and outsourcing and redirect their fire towards the feared Other. This is the defensive apparatus of capitalist political economy at work, morphing its shape as necessary.