Volume 21, Number 1
2007 Anti-War Protests
Readers & writers
Left Electoral Campaign
Venezuela Referendum Lessons
Darfur PR Scam?
Homegrown Terrorism Act Factsheet
Center for constitutional rights
Wisconsin books to prisoners
Review: "The Bubble"
Words of Choice
Eleanor J. Bader
We Own The World
Largely About Oil
Trade & Ghana
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.
January 1988 - January 2008
I wish a Happy 20th Birthday to Z and its entire team. This forum has been a great vehicle in apprising people of the recent happenings in the world and what I call the other side of the news, that which is not reported in the mainstream media. Z has meant a lot to me and it has enabled me to analyze the information from a different perspective. The articles have amazing content and are thought provoking. I was introduced to Z by one of my professors and I cannot be more thankful to him. Congrats once again. I hope you continue for many years to come.
- Muhammad Bilal
Don’t trust any magazine over 20—except Z. From its first issue to its most recent, it has maintained a combination of openness to new ideas and voices with an unswerving commitment to participatory democracy that goes beyond easy accommodations with class, race, and gender inequality. May Z never lose its sting.
- Jeremy Brecher
As a teacher I have to frame the world in order to teach about it. Z Magazine was the base I used to frame issues. The analysis put across by the various writers fitted me with new “lenses” to see the world. My responsibilities as a teacher expanded. I became more than an educator, I became an instigator, an agitator, an organizer. Over the years I have felt isolated and misunderstood; Z and particularly Noam Chomsky, has been my beacon and lifejacket. In the darkest times it lights the way. Thanks, Z. You opened a world to me that no other magazine could have. You assumed that I could understand complex ideas and arguments. I benefited from this and my students have benefited also. You have been my “peer tutor.” I can’t believe it’s been 20 years.
- Brock Brown, teacher
Congratulations—twenty years is quite an achievement, but it feels like you’re probably yet to reach your prime. So keep going. What an inspiration Z Magazine, and ZNet, has been to me and to Media Lens. It’s an important resource to anyone who cares about peace, social justice, humanity, compassion, and the state of the planet. As we Scots say, “Lang may yer lum reek.”
- David Cromwell
I first heard Noam Chomsky speak in August 2001 on Cape Cod. At the time, Chomsky’s central concern was so-called missile defense. He mentioned that much of the publicly available evidence he cited was almost never reported in the U.S.—except with rare exceptions like Z Magazine. Aghast with my own ignorance, I hastened to read Z. What I found was an ethic of uncontroversial evidence toward intellectually honest discussion. Z has been the single essential oasis of uninterrupted sanity. As hysteria engulfed nearly every media outlet in America (and up here, in Canada) after 9/11, I continually harken to the Z cover of October 2001. It was all text and it expressed sympathy with and compassion for those affected and then expressed the need for clear-headedness, especially in times of emotional distress. Without exception, Z Magazine has since stood alone as the most important and clear-headed resource of evidence-based, determined, and uncompromising journalism raging against intellectual dishonesty. May its spirit remain strong.
- Darren Gilmour
As one of the proud editors of Z Magazine for the Balkans (a Z Affiliate at www.freedomfight.net), I could say so much about our exciting new adventure. I will limit myself, however, to saying that our part of the Z family is widely read in the countries of former Yugoslavia. It has even been declared “inappropriate” for sensitive Croatian readers. Z Balkans already represents, after only three issues in print, an important part of the Balkan Left. So, in the name of all of us proudly participating in Z politics here in the Balkan countries—happy birthday.
- Andrej Grubacic
Z helped me educate myself. What’s more empowering than that?
- Adam Hammick
I am a theater activist and a regular reader and sharer of the materials of Z. It’s a great place for me to get information, perspectives, and ideas in order to enrich my groups’ activities. I am very grateful for Z.
- S. Jeyasankar
Z Magazine reaches people in places I suspect they never imagined they would, as it is thanks to Z that a young man with a huge heart and an open mind was able to stumble on their pages in the midst of rural Arkansas. Thanks to Z, I have grown into a social crusader. Thanks for everything and for twenty more years of reaching those who did not know your reach was needed.
- Nathan Jones
My gosh, where to begin. Z Magazine helps me stay sane in a world full of insane institutions. More, it presents thoughtful and critical analysis of existing institutional structures, a lively and rich discussion of better alternatives, and diverse strategies to get from here to there. To our movement for a better world, Z Magazine is a beacon of hope. Thanks.
- Arash Kolahi
Z has meant that the left has a continuing voice. In this dire era it means a lot to maintain such an organ of analysis and hope.
- Saul Landau
Congratulations on two decades of being an important voice on the left.
- Joanne Landy
It’s a great honor to be associated with Z. Its influence is felt on this side of the Atlantic and around the world. It has done a tremendous job in promoting issues that the media corporations have tried to stifle. Here’s to the next 20 years.
- With my best wishes
Z Magazine is a beacon of light across a murky political landscape. It offers a rich and diverse range of investigative journalism and progressive political analysis. With courage and dedication, it goes where few publications dare to tread. Happy Annniversary.
- Michael Parenti
Z Magazine and ZNet have helped me not to feel like a lone-thinker by providing the information and intellectual connectivity among all of us who do not wish to give up the dream for a better world.
- Athan Petridis
Congrats on 20 years. This is what Z means to me: When I get down about the status quo, I look to Z; when I get angry at the status quo, I look to Z; when I try to ignore and accept the status quo, I still look to Z. Most importantly, when I say “Let’s change the status quo,” I look to Z.
- Michael Phoenix
Z is more than a good friend and mentor, more like family, really. If I had to tell someone in one letter how to explain my political affiliation, that letter would be “Z.” For me, navigating political groups, conflicts, and situations in my own local world and trying to build solidarity with struggling people in distant countries, Z is home. Happy birthday.
- Justin Podur
At a gathering of volunteers for Jesse Jackson’s run for the presidency in 1988, someone had a magazine that intrigued me. It was Z. I have read it since. Z began as a movement magazine and it will always remain a movement magazine. Peace.
- Vijay Prashad
The history of the “birth” of Z Magazine was presented to the Greeks in the progressive magazine Anti in its May 31, 2002 issue. I cannot know the number of Greeks that were influenced by the Anti article, but I know that quite a number of serious journalists used the articles in Z to give a foundation of sanity and honesty in their work. My best wishes for all the people of Z.
- Nikos Raptis
Extraordinary—20 years resisting and challenging neoliberalism, 20 years constructing critical thinking and transformation, from the “belly of the beast” around the globe.
- Carola Reintjes
From the bowels of what was New York’s Garment District, in the place known as Gotham (or is it the new Babylon?), and just in time as we at Globalvision also mark our 20th year. We have special respect for those running this marathon with us, surviving to fight another day and staying true to their values and commitment to spreading truth. Congratulations to Z from a comrade in this struggle for a better world. May it come soon.
- Dannny Schechter
Just want to say “thank you” for the first 20 years. Z has always been a place where I have felt that I could get serious consideration for my writing and the opportunity to read and communicate with like-minded others. These 20 years would have been much worse without the hope, inspiration, and challenge presented by each of you and the community that has developed around the magazine and the website.
- Kim Scipes
Happy birthday, Z. Here’s to 20 more years of your relentlessly provocative, unstintingly radical pages.
- Sonia Shah
In this dark age of corporate, co-opted, and commercialized media, Z Magazine stands out as a shining reminder that a considerable number of radically anti-authoritarian journalists, commentators, scholars, editors, and activists refuse to compromise their principles. It remains committed to telling the truth about things that matter to people who care and are determined to create a just, democratic, participatory world.
- Paul Street
In an age of shortening attention spans and sound bite politics, Z has provided a unique forum for extended, thoughtful, radical analysis of the issues and movements of our times. Congratulations on 20 years of cutting-edge publishing.
- Brian Tokar
When I read my first issue of Z Magazine, I felt as if I’d discovered my own Rosetta Stone. I suddenly could see the world with new eyes and there was no turning back. Happy 20th Birthday—from one Z to another.
- Mickey Z
Z Magazine has been a unique and heroic oddity in the corrupt world of American journalism. It has been both topical and theoretical, always bold and independent. I have so often encountered people in various parts of the country whose one lifeline to sensible radical ideas was Z Magazine. Congratulations on battling the odds for 20 years.
- Howard Zinn
Z Magazine Archive
AnnouncementsLABOR - May 1 is May Day. Workers of the world will celebrate the 124th anniversary of International Worker’s Day. Born out of a call for an 8-hour workday in the United States, this day is an opportunity for all workers to show their solidarity with one another, as well as to renew the call for labor rights.
FARM CONFERENCE - The Farm Conference on Community and Sustainability will be held May 24-26 in Summertown, TN, in partnership with the Fellowship of Intentional Communities. Tour green homes, see sustainable food production, learn about solar installations, alternative education, midwifery, and more.
Contact: Douglas@thefarmcommunity.com; http://www.thefarmcommunity.com/.
PALESTINE - The Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North American will be held June 3-5 in Vancouver. The conference will examine the future of the Palestinian liberation movement.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.palestinianconference.org/.
LABOR - The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association’s 45th annual conference will be held May 3-5, in Portland, OR. This year’s theme is Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future. A call for presentations, workshops and papers is currently underway.
Contact: PNLHA, 27920 68th Ave. East, Graham, WA 98338; 206-406-2604; PNLHA1@aol.com; http://www3.telus.net.
MARIJUANA - On the first Saturday of May marijuana legalization activists will hold informational and educational events, rallies and marches in over 300 cities around the world.
ECONOMICS - The Union For Radical Political Economics will hold its 39th annual conference May 9-11 in New York City.
RECLAIM THE DREAM - The 2013 Poor People’s Campaign & March from Baltimore to Washington D.C. will be May 11. Communities, schools and unions interested in participating are encouraged to contact the Baltimore People’s Assembly.
Contact: 410-500-2168; 410-218-4835; BaltimorePeoplesAssembly@gmail.com; Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Baltimore and the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.
MOTHER’S DAY - The 17th Annual Mother’s Day Walk For Peace will be May 12th, in Dorchester, MA. The walk began in 1996 for families who had lost children to violence. The day has become a way for thousands of people to financially support the work of the Louis Brown Peace Institute.
Contact: http://www.ldbpeaceinstitute.org/; http://mothersdaywalk4peace.org/.
NATO 5 - An International Week of Solidarity with the NATO 5 has been called for May 16-21. Supports call on supporters to raise awareness of the NATO 5 and support funds for the defendants on the one-year anniversary of their preemptive arrests.
Contact: email@example.com; https://nato5support.wordpress.com.
MOUNTAINTOP - The 2013 Mountain Justice Summer Activist Training Camp will be held May 19-27 in Damascus, VA. It will be a week of workshops, field trips to view Mountain Top Removal coal mines, direct actions, and service project.
FEMINIST SCI-FI - The feminist science fiction convention WisCon 37 is scheduled for May 24-27 in Madison, WI.
Contact: WisCon, ? SF3, PO Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.wiscon.info/.
ANARCHY FEST - A month-long Festival of Anarchy is scheduled for May in Montreal. The festival includes The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (May 19-20).
Contact: http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/; http://www.radicalmontreal.com/.
LABOR - The International Labor Rights Forum will present: Down the Supply Chain, Driving Corporate Accountability, on May 22 in Washington, DC. The Labor Rights Awards Ceremony and Reception will honor pioneers in supply chain worker organizing, working solidarity and international labor rights policy.
MULTICULTURE - The 26th annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will take place May 28-June 1, in New Orleans.
Contact: SWCHRS, 3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 290, Norman, OK 73072; 405-325-3694; email@example.com; www.ncore.ou.edu.
MEDIA - The 2013 Alliance for Community Media Annual Conference will be held May 29-31, in San Francisco, CA. Participants will include educators, community leaders, media professionals, journalists, nonprofit leaders, policymakers and students.
RADIO - The 38th Annual Community Radio Conference is schedule for May 29-June 1, in San Francisco, CA, with discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004; 202-756-2268; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.nfcb.org/.
BRADLEY MANNING - On June 1, a rally will be held at Fort Meade in support of Bradley Manning.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides scheduled, music, exhibitors and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; email@example.com; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in New York City.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduated Center, ? Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16, in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops on civil rights, media and other topics.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; email@example.com http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5 day Seminar at University of Havana, plus visits to a cooperative, urban garden, community development project, social research centers, and educational & medical institutions.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.globaljusticecenter.org/.
NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; email@example.com; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process throughout the U.S.
SOCIALISM - The Socialism 2013 Conference is scheduled for June 27-30 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.socialismconference.org.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles under the heading, Intersections: Teaching and Learning Across Media.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from branches across the continent to learn new skills and build One Big Union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13th, the 11th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace, will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; email@example.com; http://www.peacestockvfp.org.
CHILDREN’S DEFENSE - July 15-19, join clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates for children at CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, for five days of spiritual renewal, networking, movement building workshops, and continuing education about the urgent needs of children at the 19th annual Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.childrensdefense.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference in the world.
Contact: email@example.com; http://yeacamp.org/.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
LABOR - The Eastern Conference For Workplace Democracy: Growing Our Cooperatives, Growing Our Communities, will be held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, July 26-28.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://east.usworker.coop/.
WOMEN/LYNNE STEWART- Radical Women is asking for support letters and cards to be sent to Lynne Stewart. Stewart is a civil rights attorney and political prisoner who is currently in jail. She has breast cancer and authorities have denied her request for transfer from her Texas prison to the New York City hospital where she received medical attention during a prior bout of breast cancer. Send messages and cards to: Lynne Stewart 53504-054, Federal Medical Center Carswell, P.O. Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127.
Contact: 747 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109; 415-864-1278; RadicalWomenUS@gmail.com; http://lynnestewart.org/; http://www.radicalwomen.org/.
HAITI/WOMEN - Haiti’s government is considering a legal reform measure that would prohibit and punish all sexual assault, including marital rape. MADRE and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict are launching a petition to raise international support for this push to address violence against women in Haiti.
Contact: 121 West 27th Street, #301, New York, NY 10001; 212-627-0444; email@example.com; http://www.madre.org.
SYRIA/MIDDLE EAST - The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is currently seeking funds to assist more than 200,000 refugees fleeing violence in Syria.
FOLK FESTIVAL - The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be held August 2-4, in the Berkshires, NY.
Contact: http://www.falconridgefolk.com/; firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAR RESISTERS - The War Resisters League will hold its 90th anniversary conference, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Building Bridges Across Generations and Communities, August 1-4, at Georgetown University. The event will focus on the U.S.’ long history of antimilitarism.
Contact: 339 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-228-0450; email@example.com; http://www.warresisters.org.
POPULAR ECONOMICS - The Center for Popular Economics is holding its 2013 Summer Institute August 4-9 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. No background in economics is needed for this intensive training. This year’s theme is, The Care Economy: Building a Just Economy with a Heart.
Contact: Center for Popular Economics, PO Box 785 Amherst, MA 01004; 413-545-0743; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.populareconomics.org.
VETERANS - Veterans for Peace is holding the 28th annual convention August 6-11 in Madison, WI. This year’s theme is, Power To The Peaceful.
DEMOCRACY - The Democracy Convention will take place August 7-11 in Madison, WI. The convention brings together nine conferences including topics such as media, education, defense, race, environment and others.
MEN - The 38th National Conference on Men & Masculinity: Forging Justice: Creating Safe, Equal and Accountable Communities, presented in partnership with HAVEN, will be held in Detroit, MI, August 8-10.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.nomas.org/.
OCCUPY - An Occupy National Gathering will be held in Kalamazoo, MI, August 21-25.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://occupynationalgathering.net/.
COMMUNITIES - The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for co-operative or communal lifestyles, with workshops, events and entertainment; scheduled for August 30-September 2 at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.
LABOR DAY - The 29th annual Bread and Roses Festival, a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, MA, will be held September 2, in honor of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. There will be music, dance, poetry, drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, walking & trolley tours.
Contact: PO Box 1137, Lawrence, MA 01842; 978-794-1655; http://www.breadandrosesheritage.org/.
OCCUPY WALL STREET - September 17 is the two-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Events are planned in New York City and worldwide.
TEACHERS - The 13th Annual Conference, “Teaching for Social Justice: The Politics of Pedagogy,” will be held October 12 in San Francisco, CA. The free event features workshops, resources, and free childcare.
Contact: 415-676-7844; email@example.com; http://www.t4sj.org/.
HAITI - International Action, which brings clean water and chlorinators to Haiti, seeks office space capable of housing up to six people and their office equipment.
Contact: Zach Bremer, Zbrehmer@haitiwater.org; 202-488-0735; http://www.haitiwater.org/.
MEDIA - The Union for Democratic Communications and Project Censored are sponsoring a joint conference on media democracy, media activism and social justice to be held November 1-3 at the University of San Francisco. Proposals for presentations, workshops and panels from activists and critical scholars are invited.