NOV-COV 2014
Volume 27
Number 11

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Memorial
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The noted peace activist Fred Branfman passed away on September 24 after suffering the effects of ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease). In 2002, while researching the history of the Vietnam War, I came across Fred’s Voices from the Plain of Jars, in the Brandeis library and the book had an immediate effect on me.

Commentary
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U.S. policy toward undocumented immigrants damages women in many ways—by separating them from children, by leaving them without support, by making it harder for them to earn for their families

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The logic for intervention that preceded the latest U.S. bombing campaign of IS targets is similar to what took place in Libya over three years ago.

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Given that 78 American colleges and universities are now being investigated by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, it is clear that the same-old strategies that focus on women’s behavior are not effective

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Parker had what some might call a second “come to Jesus” moment, deciding “to give up his fancy career to become an abortion provider”—for the poorest of the poor and the most needy...

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Their employer is the U.S. Postal Service, but a few unlucky Bay Area letter carriers were hired only to find out their job is actually delivering groceries for Amazon...

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Health Affairs study says single-payer reform could save $150 billion annually on hospital overhead....

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With an unprecedented voter turnout of 85 percent and a political mobilization that shook the foundations of the United Kingdom, much was accomplished...

Activism
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The climate action weekend built around the People’s Climate March proved that the climate movement has broad popular support and millions are ready to mobilize.

Philadelphia

On Monday, the SRC voted to cast aside the expired Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) contract and require teachers to begin contributing to the cost of their health insurance premiums on December 15

Revisiting
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On September 28, 1864, the International Working Men’s Association was founded in London. It became the prototype of all organizations of the Labor movement, which both reformists and revolutionaries subsequently took to be their point of reference.

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the people we beat in Berkeley also had a vision for America. It can be roughly summarized as, “More for me: less for you.” In the decades that followed, they learned to pressure regulators, legislatures, and Presidents far more effectively than they pressured our university Administration.

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Upon arrival, the sheer magnitude of gold, which was readily available, set into motion a relentless wave of murder, rape, pillaging, and slavery that would forever alter the course of human history.

Features
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American hysteria is a wondrous thing to behold. Our hysteria is usually obvious in retrospect, whether the freak-out is over witches, labor unions, or communists. Hysteria is not always so easy to perceive as it happens or, in this case, as it is happening right now with ISIS-centric Islamophobia running rampant

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“The corporate/political influence on Bense’s PSAC is blatant and unapologetic,” say members of the FSU Progress Coalition, a bloc of students, faculty, and campus organizations opposed to Thrasher’s candidacy and the current search process

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The United States government routinely tells its subject citizenry and the world of America’s grand commitment to freedom and democracy. Putting aside the inconvenient problem of its own domestic oligarchy and plutocracy, let’s have a look at some of Washington’s “democracy”-loving key allies

Interview
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Taylan Tosun interviews Rasmus about his forthcoming book, Transitions to Global Depression.

Reviews
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The two books under review study the economy within the parameters of social change.

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WWI CENTENARY - Stop the War, No Glory, and a range of peace organizations are organizing meetings, debates, and cultural events to mark the First World War centenary, opposing attempts to use the centenary to “celebrate” a slaughter that killed 15 million people as a “just” and “noble” cause.

Contact: 020-7561-4830; [email protected]; http://stopwar.org.uk.

CORRUPTION - November 1-8 is the March Against Corruption, an international campaign to raise awareness about the corrupting influence of money and special interests in governance and public policy making.

Contact: http://marchagainstcorruption.com/.

EDUCATION - The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) will host its annual conference in Oakland, CA, November 5-9.

Contact: http://nameorg.org.

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

Contact: http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentconflictday/.

MILITARY JUSTICE - The Global Seminar on Military Justice Reform will be held at YaleLawSchool, November 7-8, in New Haven, CT.

Contact: [email protected]; http://www.law.yale.edu/.

CRISIS - The International Society for Ecology and Culture will host Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis on November 8, on our multiple crises and how we can solve them, and will bring together visionary thinkers and activists. Speakers will include Chris Hedges, Laura Flanders, Charles Eisenstein, Helena Norberg-Hodge and more.

Contact: 2017 Mission Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94110; 415-670-9054; info@t heeconomicsofhappiness.org; http://www theeconomicsofhappiness.org.

MEDIA - Media Democracy Days Vancouver will host free public events including a panel and keynote, November 7-8.

Contact: http://mediademocracyproject.ca/.

WORKERS - The VermontWorkersCenter will celebrate its 16th anniversary, November 8, in Barre, VT.

Contact: 294 N Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401; 802-861-4VWC; http://www.workers center.org/.

RACE - The 2014 Facing Race national conference will take place November 13-15, in Dallas, TX. The conference is a national, multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, artists, and activists.

Contact: arc.org/facingrace/.

WOMEN/LAW - The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) will host its Women, Law & Legal Advocacy seminar November 13-15, in Washington, DC.

Contact: 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, #930 Washington, DC 20036; 202-872-1585; [email protected]; www.plen.org.

WOMEN’S STUDIES - The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) will host its annual conference November 13-16, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, under the theme Feminist Trangressions, with keynote speaker bell hooks.

Contact: NWSA, 11 E Mount Royal Ave., Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-528-0355; [email protected]; http://www.nwsa.org/.

BROOKLYN FOR PEACE - Brooklyn For Peace will honor Noam Chomsky at the organization’s 30th Anniversary Celebration: PathMakers To Peace, November 15.

Contact: 41 Schermerhorn Street, PMB 106, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-624-5921; bfp@ brooklynpeace.org; http://www.brooklyn peace.org/.

ARTS - The 77th Annual Conference For Community Arts will take place November 19-22, in Los Angeles. The conference provides development and networking opportunities for staff, faculty, trustees and teaching artists at more than 350 arts education organizations and programs.

Contact: 520 8th Ave., Suite 302, New York, NY 10018; 212- 268-3337; guildinfo@ nationalguildorg; http://communityartsed. nationalguild.org/.

SCHOOL OF AMERICAS - The annual vigil to protest the School of the Americas is scheduled for November 21-23 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]; http://soaw.org.

TEACHERS - The 13th Annual Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair will be held November 22, in Chicago.

Contact: 415-676-7844; [email protected]; http://www.t4sj.org/.

HUMAN RIGHTS - The 10th Biannual Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC X) will be held December 12-14 in Savannah, GA.

Contact: 662-334-1122; rightsms @bellsouth.net; http://www.ushrnetwork.org.

CUBA/WOMEN - Artwoman: The 1st International Festival of Women Artists will be held December 12-14 in Havana, Cuba.

Contact: http://www.womenand cuba.org/.

U.S. SOCIAL FORUM - The United States Social Forum is currently fundraising through 2014 to raise funds for the 2015 U.S. Social Forum.

Contact: USSF 2010, Detroit, MI 48226; [email protected]; http://www.us socialforum.net.

GUANTANAMO - January 11, 2015 marks 13 years of Guantanamo. Protests are planned worldwide.

Contact: http://www.worldcantwait.net/; http://www.closeguantanamo.org/; http://www.amnesty.org/; http://www.codepink4peace.org/; http://witnesstorture.org/. 

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