November 2015
Volume 28
Number 11



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We tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot describe what was inside. There are no words for how terrible it was.

Grace Lee Boggs, the child of Chinese immigrants who spent her life actively supporting causes ranging from civil rights and labor to the Black Power and feminist movements, died October 5, 2015

The American military is the most powerful and most expensive military in the world. And yet Republicans (and many Democrats) want more and more military

When Zionist Haganah militias carried out Operation Yiftach, on May 19, 1948, the aim was to drive out Palestinians in...
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Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, following recent negotiations over the so-called refugee crisis, remarked to reporters: “We have to patrol our borders better.

The data is clear on this issue. Guns are far more likely to be used against victims of sexual assault than by them, escalating harm instead of attenuating it.

In the late 1940s, Morton Biskind, a Westport Connecticut physician, began noticing new ailments and new variations on old ailments in both humans he was treating as well as animals in the area.

In 1916, Congress established the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), which today flourishes in some 3,500 American high schools


As Emmanuel made his way to his mother’s vending stand, he could not have possibly imagined that within two hours, a Montgomery County police officer, Christopher Jordan, would end his life by shooting him in the forehead and the torso.

To listen to the Republican candidates’ debates, one would think that President Obama had slashed the U.S. military budget and left our country defenseless.

During the ten years of aerial chemical warfare in Vietnam, U.S. warplanes sprayed more than 20 million gallons of herbicide defoliants, chief among them Agent Orange.

Obama is revealing himself as one of those rare grandmasters with an ability to play that ruthless global game called geopolitics

In Toledo, isolation is the rule rather than the anomaly. This has not always been the case, however. Toledo has a long and radical history

Psychiatrists and psychologists have been used by the U.S. CIA to facilitate mind control and torture

By embracing collective bargaining through the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935, or Wagner Act, organized labor deprived workers of their capacity to contest private and state power.


Dylan Goes Electric By Elijah Wald Dey Street Books, 2015 Review by Brian Tokar Fifty years ago Bob Dylan sent...
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Diana Johnstone has written an extremely valuable book on Hillary Clinton, which not only examines in detail Clinton’s political history and record, but places them in their evolving political context

While atlases reify the notion that every land mass but Antarctica is defined by statist boundaries and state control, Alexander Reid Ross’ interesting recent anthology, Grabbing Back exposes this illusion.


A new movie, The Black Panthers, has planned showings in 31 cities nationwide this fall. The film does a good job at showing the positive community organizing , but strays into historical revisionism


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ENVIRONMENT/WAR - November 6 is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.

WOMEN'S STUDIES - The National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) will host its annual conference November 12-15, in Milwaukee, WI, under the theme Precarity, with keynote speaker Sara Ahmed.
Contact: NWSA, 11 E Mount Royal Ave., Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-528-0355; [email protected];

BROOKLYN FOR PEACE - Brooklyn For Peace will honor Amy Goodman at the organization’s Pathmakers To Peace event, November 12.
Contact: 41 Schermerhorn Street, PMB 106, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-624-5921; [email protected];

ENVIRONMENT - The Green Festival, a project of Green America and Global Exchange, will take place in in Los Angeles, November 13-15; in Portland, December 11-13.

CUBA/WOMEN - The 2015 Women's Delegation to Cuba & International Women's Conference in Havana will be held November 13-22 under the theme, “Advancing Women’s Human Rights, Racial Justice and Community Development.”

WORKERS - The VermontWorkersCenter will host its Annual General Membership Assembly, November 14, in Barre, VT.
Contact: 294 N Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401; 802-861-4VWC;

DRUGS - The biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference will be held November 18-21, in Washington, DC. The conference brings together people from around the world committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs.

GUANTANAMO - The World Peace Council (WPC) and the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples (MovPaz convoke to the 4th International Seminar for Peace and Abolition of Foreign Military Bases, November 22-25, in Guantanamo, Cuba.
Contact: [email protected];

TRANS/GENDER - November 20 is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The 2015 Transcending Boundaries Conference will be held November 20-22, in Springfield, MA. The annual conference brings together sexuality, relationship and gender minorities for three days of education, activism and community building.
Contact: Transcending Boundaries, Inc., PO Box 30171, Springfield, MA 01103; [email protected];

SCHOOL OF AMERICAS - The annual vigil to protest the School of the Americas is scheduled for November 20-22 at Fort Benning, GA, by School of the Americas (SOA) Watch.
Contact: SOA Watch, PO Box 4566, Washington, DC 20017; 202-234-3440; [email protected];

AFRICAN/SOCIALIST - The African People's Socialist Party USA Plenary will be held January 9-10, in St. Petersburg, FL.
Contact: 1245 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705; 727-821-6620; [email protected];

GUANTANAMO - January 11th, 2016 marks 15 years of torture and indefinite detention at Guantanamo.  Groups including Witness For Torture, CODEPINK, World Can’t Wait will be gathering from January 5th - 13th, 2015 to act for justice and a week of actions.
Contact: [email protected];;;;

DIGITAL BLACKNESS - The Digital Blackness Conference will be held April 22-23, 2016 in New Brunswick, NJ at Rutgers University. and will bring together scholars, students, activists, and artists. Proposals are being accepted through November 15.
Contact: [email protected];

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