BEHIND THE SCENES
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Losing in Afghanistan
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Tea Party Tale
Drones Over America
Paper of Power?
Politics of Genocide
Anatomy of Epidemic
FDR & New Deal
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FDR And The New Deal For Beginners
Paul Buhle, after writing and/or editing a wealth of texts, has turned his attention to progressive comic art histories. He sees this trend as a powerful means to reach young people—even as an extension of the left's cultural institutions of days past, particularly those of the activist artists of the 1930s.
Authoring the latest release of the "For Beginners" series, Buhle's collaboration with underground comic artist Sabrina Jones brings the New Deal's politics and radicalism to life with the back story to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's rise, his ideological awakening, the incalculable importance of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and the revolutionary struggles which helped to forge the New Deal. While choice passages are liberally illustrated, the pair mainly worked individually, with Buhle writing extended passages of text and Jones creating other sections.
FDR And The New Deal for Beginners delves into the nuances that allowed the New Deal to shine well beyond its period of success (relatively short) while also focusing on FDR's personal challenges, peccadilloes, and heroic stature to a decimated nation. Furthering this call to arms are vintage political cartoons, such as those of William Gropper from the pages of the New Masses. Samplings of Bits Hayden's illustrations and those of Fred Ellis, Jacob Burck, Gus Peck, John Heiker, and others blend with Jones's own work—like film noir invaded by grainy newsreel footage.
FDR And The New Deal For Beginners lays out the era chronologically in sections, including Roosevelt's early Hudson Valley life, his initial attempts in the political world, his governorship of New York, his struggle with disability, and his immersion into the fabric of the people. We see how the CCC led into the WPA and the Federal Arts Project.
Buhle and Jones portray working class struggle and wealthy patronage, the AFL and the CIO, the roles of labor and populism, war and peace, racism and internationalism, the social service of Harry Hopkins, the Allies' fight against fascist domination, the unreachable Second Bill of Rights, the lost promise of Henry Wallace, and the frosty winds of the coming Cold War. Seeing all of this in perspective offers a radiant sense of hope and excitement about what a current New Deal would mean to the contemporary U.S. As Harvey Pekar writes in his Afterword, this book "offers a novel approach…both as history and as a lesson for today's world."
Agitated by the radical visions of generations past and the urgent needs of right now, FDR And The New Deal For Beginners' graphic history format is warmly familiar and startlingly relevant.
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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.
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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; 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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