'Fortress Bay Area' is a moniker drawn from a book by historian Roger W. Lotchin titled Fortress California: From Warfare to Welfare. A unifying theme of the 'fortress' opens up a context for local history that most are unaware of. The creation and maintenance of California as a western outpost of the United States required significant use of organized, often indiscriminate violence. The militarized, carceral, and punitive aspects of the state reflect a failure or unwillingness to address social problems through constructive or generative means. The U.S. military's integral role in Alta California's transition to the 31st state of the union begs exploration. History can break hubris and force humility. Our children deserve our best efforts to be better.
Military Installations (Active & Closed)