Covering the Year
CIA & DynCorp
NUGGETS FROM THE NUTHOUSE
Terrorist as Militant
Newsweek X Bomb
Seattle to Pittsburgh
SF Labor Dispute
Israeli Youth Refuse
Underserved & Unprotected
Recession in Midwest
Obama & Immigration
HK Women Workers
New Latin America
Zaps - 12-09
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Covering the Year
Twelve issues ago we "covered" Obama's historic win with his message of hope and change by asking the question: real change or more of the same? Between December 2008 and December 2009, we offered readers 8 articles on U.S. foreign policy; 12 on international issues (mainly the Middle East and Latin America); 14 on the economy (Obamanomics, corporate bailouts, and capitalism in general); 6 on health care (mainly on "guaranteed choice" vs. single payer); 3 on militarism; 2 on psychology; 2 on court cases of note; 12 on the environment; 10 on the gay and lesbian community; 2 on education; 13 on the right wing; 3 on human rights. We published 28 book reviews, most of them on books covering class, race, and gender issues. We also published 8 film reviews, 1 art show review, and 15 interviews. Of the 12 covers, besides the initial one of Obama, 3 focused on the economy, 3 on the environment, 1 on foreign policy, and 3 on activism (in this year's case, all of women).
We end the year with a cover graphic depicting Obama with a spot of blood on his Nobel Peace Prize medal, with articles documenting a trajectory from hope to anger to outrage to loss of hope as the economy has continued its "epic recession." Hopes for a decent health care bill have "changed" to an enrichment plan for insurance companies. Turning back from the abyss regarding climate change has so far resulted in either inaction or policies that will result in further pollution for profit. Finally, the hope that Obama as the "antiwar" candidate would actually end war and drastically cut the military budget has changed into first prize in any doublespeak contest.
In looking back over what we've covered, it hasn't escaped our notice that in this year of hope and change, most progressive media have focused exclusively on how bad things are, including Z. It's hard not to because things are bad. We are, however, pleased to say that in 2009, we published a total of 26 articles on activist efforts to fight back, from the uprising in Greece (and solidarity actions all over the planet) to workers' strikes in the U.S. to direct action protesting corporate globalization to civil disobedience for climate justice to marches against capitalist inequities as manifested in the massive corporate bailouts early this year.
While reporting on this activism is our version of hope, rather than Obama's, our 22-year commitment to bringing readers/activists a wide-ranging discussion of revolutionary social change has fallen short—as only four articles appeared in the magazine this year on alternative visions strategies for change
So in planning our January issue we are going to aggressively focus on our proposals for change with a substantial section on vision and strategy. The opportunity to do so results from the recently created Reimagining Society project (hosted on ZNet) and the Project for a Participatory Society that some Z staff members have been organizing over the years. These two projects have begun to generate publishable material, which we hope to bring to you in Z's pages throughout 2010. We invite you to join us in this project (if you haven't already) through letters and emails with your responses, ideas, and contributions to the discussion—a discussion that's already going on at our website, but which we will now include in print.
Z Magazine Archive
CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate 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; email@example.com; 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.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org 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 the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.globaljustice center.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 in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
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 across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www. peacestockvfp.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.
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.
Contact: email@example.com; http://yeacamp.org/.