Volume 21, Number 7
Fannie Lou Hamer
Winter Soldier II
Behind the Scenes
Center for constitutional rights -- Ccr
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Pentagon's Toxic Legacy
Jeffrey St. Clair
Vietnam to Dude...
Body of War
Soldiers of Reason
Zinn's American Empire
Vision - Cooling Planet
Chomsky, Pappé Interview
NOTE: Z Magazine subscribers and sustainers have access to all Z Magazine articles here and in the archive. The latest Z Magazine articles available to everyone are listed in the Free Articles box at the top of the table of contents, and are starred in the list below. Questions? e-mail Z Magazine Online.
Behind the Scenes
Z Magazine is in its 21st year, with readership holding steady (through combined online and print). While sales and subscriptions for the print edition are still not growing, we have heard from many of you over the last months arguing for the importance of continuing print publication and we plan to do so. We have done some cost-cutting, which has helped stem financial losses.
Still, once again, we can use the help of our loyal supporters to keep the print operations solvent and will offer some ideas below.
First, some history and our current state of affairs. Work on Z Magazine began in 1987, with a mailing to potential subscribers followed by a first issue in early 1988. With no large donors, grants, or advertising money, Z has stayed in continuous production with the support of its dedicated readers and small staff.
Z Media Institute (ZMI) was founded in 1994, offering an 8-to-10-day school in radical politics and media in June taught by Z's staff and writers. ZNet began soon thereafter, in the earliest days of the web, encouraged and assisted in large part by younger ZMI students knowledgeable about the new technology. In 1998 Z Video Productions began as a way to distribute ZMI courses and lectures, and expanded steadily to a catalog of more than 70 titles today, from many venues, including five new DVDs added just in the past few months.
In 2007 our focus was on a revamped website, with a goal to provide increased exposure of left ideas, alternatives, and activist efforts through additional offerings, especially multimedia. After many delays, our new website went live in early 2008 with improvements ongoing. As we hoped, our online "Sustainer" program increased with the web improvements providing us with a much-needed source of additional income.
(FYI: Z Sustainers create an online account at our website and agree to donate to Z on a monthly or yearly basis, getting increased access to content, including their own Z Space pages, blogs, and Z Store discounts. Free Z Member accounts are also available. The idea is to create an online "community of people committed to social change.")
With expansion well beyond the original print magazine, we have begun identifying ourselves under the name Z Communications. We would like to add other projects under this umbrella, including short Z Books on Vision and Strategy (filling a crucial need) and regular multimedia podcasts (to reach a broader audience).
The first new project, Z School, is being launched this summer with online courses and web-based faculty-student interaction; this will hopefully become an additional revenue source as well. (The popular Z Media Institute will again be held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in June 2009.)
Regularly over the past 20 years, Z has had to resort to emergency fundraisers to keep its operations going. Thankfully, Z's supporters and readers came through every time, allowing for continued operations and even expansion. The primary method in the past of increasing subscriptions was through direct mail appeals to lists of potential supporters and current and past subscribers. This is expensive (even more-so today) and was often preceded by a fundraiser to pay for the significant costs of printing and mailing.
It's been a few years since our last mailing. We're considering this again, but would first like to ask our readers to once again try to expand the magazine's print subscription base, and newsstand reach, through more direct means. We've set up a web page called Help Z (www.zcommunications.org/zmag/helpzmag). For those not connected, we can mail you materials if you would like to help in this effort.
On this help page, you can download Z promotional materials (signs, logos, brochures), special subscription offers, and a form to give to newsstands and bookstores encouraging them to carry Z. We also have a special gift subscription form where subscribers can buy gift subscriptions at a discounted price.
Many of our readers are activists, who organize or participate in antiwar and other outreach efforts throughout the year. At many of these events, organizers have set up tables with Z materials: free magazines, subscription forms, DVD catalogs, etc. This is another way to help us, and you can contact us with a request for such materials.
Along these lines, we have suggestions on the webpage for how you can help get the word out about Z Magazine and the radical transformations of society we're working for, through events such as discussion groups, DVD showings, speakers, etc.
As mentioned, Z Magazine is reader supported, with no large moneyed interest bankrolling our operations and no corporate ads (we instead offer free listings at the back of our magazine for worthy left projects). This has been good for our independence, allowing us to showcase the kind of analysis and advocacy that other media (including most U.S. "progressive" media) downplay or ignore. However, our distribution is limited within an increasingly monopolized corporate system that is, obviously, hostile to our message and facing an across-the-board crisis in print publications, as hard copy readership declines everywhere.
At the moment finances are holding steady. We may yet come back to you with an emergency appeal and follow that with a big mailing. But for now, we're encouraging you to help get Z Magazine out to a lot more people this summer and fall through these other methods. As one example, if half of our readers managed to sign up two new subscribers, our readership would double, Z would be on firm footing, and much more would be possible.
Z Magazine Archive
HUMAN RIGHTS - The U.S. Human Rights Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the Advancing Human Rights 2013 Conference, December 6-8, in Atlanta, GA.
Contact: 250 Georgia Avenue SE, Suite 330, Atlanta, GA 30312; firstname.lastname@example.org; http:// www.ushrnetwork.org/.
AFRICAN/SOCIALIST - The Sixth Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party USA will be held December 7-11, in St. Petersburg, FL.
Contact: 1245 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705; 727- 821-6620; info@aps puhuru.org; http://asiuhuru.org/.
SCHOOLS - The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) will host a workshop on the DSC “Model Code on Education and Dignity: Presenting A Human Rights Framework for Schools” at the Mid-Hudson Region NY State Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnerships, December 11 in White Plains, NY.
Contact: http://www.dignityin schools.org/.
ANARCHIST/BOOKFAIR - The Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair will be held December 14, in Eureka, CA.
Contact: humboldtgrassroots @riseup.net; http://humbold tanarchist bookfair.wordpress. com/.
CLIMATE - The World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities is hosting a follow-up event to the 2012 Rio de Janeiro symposium. The gathering will be held in Qatar on January 28-30, 2014.
Contact: http://environment.tufts. edu/.
LABOR - The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) will host Organizing for Power: A New Labor Movement for the New Working Class in Los Angeles, March 26-29. Proposals are due December 15.
Contact: LAWCHA, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), Box 90719, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0719;lawcha @duke. edu; http://lawcha.org/.
MEDIA FELLOWSHIP - The Media Mobilizing Project is seeking applicants for the first annual Movement Media Fellowship Program. The Fellow will work with MMP to produce the spring season of Media Mobilizing Project TV. MMPTV is a news and talk show that tells the stories of local communities organizing to win human rights and build a movement to end poverty.
Contact: 4233 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-821- 9632; milena@media mobilizing.org; http://www.media mobilizing.org/.
RACE - The 7th Facing Race: A National Conference will be held in Dallas, TX November 13-15, 2014. Organizers, educators, artists, funders and everyone interested in racial equity is invited to exchange best practices and learn about innovative models and successful organizing initiatives. Proposals must be submitted by January 24, 2014.
Contact: Race Forward, 32 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10004; 212-513-7925; media @raceforward.org; http://race forward.org/.
VETERANS - They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars - The Untold Story, by Ann Jones, is about the journey of veterans from the moment of being wounded in rural Afghanistan to their return home.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; http://www.haymarketbooks.org/.
LIBYA - Destroying Libya and World Order: The Three-Decade U.S. Campaign to Terminate the Qaddafi Revolution, by Francis A. Boyle, is a history and critique of American foreign policy from Reagan to Obama.
Contact: Clarity Press, Inc., Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GE 30305; 404-647-6501; email@example.com; http://www. claritypress.com/.
CHILDREN - Fannie and Freddie by Becky Z. Dernbach is about two bumbling villains who gamble away the savings of the people of Homeville.
Contact: fannieandfreddiebook @gmail.com; http://fannieand freddie.org/.
PROTEST/COMIC - Fight the Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among English Speaking Peoples, by Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson is a graphic narrative that explains how people have fought against oppression.
Contact: Seven Stories Press, 140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-226-8760; info@ sevenstories.com; http://www. sevenstories.com.
CHILDREN - Brave Girl by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet is the true story of Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history.
Contact: http://www.harpercollins childrens.com/Kids/.
FESTIVAL - The 2014 Queer Women of Color Film Festival will be held June 13-15 in San Francisco. The festival is currently accepting submissions until December 31.
Contact: QWOCMAP, 59 Cook Street, San Francisco, CA 94118-3310; 415-752-0868; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.qwocmap.org/.
IRAQ/REFUGEES - Ten years after the U.S.-led war in Iraq, thousands of displaced Iraqi refugees are still facing a crisis in the United States. The Lost Dream follows Nazar and Salam who had to flee Iraq in order to avoid threats by Al- Qaeda-affiliated groups and Iraqi insurgents that consider them “traitors” for supporting U.S. forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Contact: Typecast Films, 888- 591-3456; info@type castfilms. com; http://type castfilms.com/.
HUMAN RIGHTS - Lyrical Revolt! III will be held December 4 in Syracuse, NY. The event will feature hip-hop musician Anhel whose album Young, Gifted, and Brown was just released. The event is sponsored by ANSWER Syracuse, Liberation News, and SyracuseHip Hop.com. Performers and artists are encouraged to send submissions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.answercoalition.org/syracuse/.
FOLK - Musician Painless Parker has released his album Music for miscreants, malcontents and misanthropes featuring “Fuck Yeah, the Working Class.”
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://painlessparkermusic.com/.
COMEDY - Political comedian Lee Camp’s new album Pepper Spray the Tears Away has been released.