What Will It Take?
Sale of Z Videos
Criminalization of Dissent
American Civil Liberties
Gaza Boats Seized
Wasting $13 Million
What Happened to Children First?
Bruce E. Levine
The Student Debt Bubble
Nicolas J.S. Davies
The Obama Doctrine
The Power Couple
Laurence h. Shoup
Bread and Roses
The Monopoly of Manipulation
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What Will It Take To No Longer Tolerate the Intolerable?
I am writing this article as we prepare Volume 25 of Z Magazine. I’ve co-edited and co-produced every single issue: that’s 12 issues a year. That means each month, since 1988 I read some 50 submitted articles in order to publish around 20 of them in a 48-page print magazine (although it started out at 112 pages, then was reduced, for financial reasons, to 96, then 64).
Before that, in my ten years at South End Press (1977-1987), I read hundreds of manuscripts in the process of publishing six to ten books a year. Between South End and Z, that means reading about a lot of crimes of injustice against humanity and the planet, crimes so horrible, they should not have been tolerated. Of course, my generation knows something about tolerating horror. We grew up looking at pictures of the Holocaust, as wells as the destruction of
Speaking of tolerating: on October 12, 2011, the Boston Globe reported that: “police arrested 141 Occupy Boston protesters. City officials defended the crackdown as necessary to preserve public order against a restive grassroots movement. Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who has expressed sympathy for the movement’s goals of highlighting economic struggles of the middle-class, flatly stated yesterday that civil disobedience will not be tolerated.”
Really? This is what the mayor of
Menino’s advisors might also have mentioned (although I doubt it) Concord, Massachusetts native Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” (1849), which in the 1940s was read by the Danish resistance, in the 1950s was cherished by those who opposed McCarthyism, in the 1960s was influential in the struggle against South African apartheid, and in the 1970s was discovered by a new generation of anti-war activists.
Perhaps Menino was told about the civil disobedience in the
I wonder if Menino knowa about the 1970 civil disobedience at Boston’s federal building when 5,000 people blocked the doors from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (I was a co-organizer).
What Will It Take?
When I first started work at South End Press, the spirit of the 1960’s protest movements was still in the air. There was an active anti-nuke movement demonstrating and occupying power plants. The women’s and gay and lesbian movements were still alive and active. Later, there was a vibrant movement in support of Central America in its struggles against
Each month, when we start preparing the next issue and I read about things like: “The first evidence of the Special Police commandos’ dirty war in
“In successive weeks, months, and years, tens of thousands of men and boys in
After proofing the Davies article, it’s difficult to listen to a six o’clock national news report detailing the
Then I proofread a Laurence Shoup article for this issue in which he writes: ”In the
You can imagine after that how difficult it is to listen to the Republican presidential debates.
There have been moments through the years of publishing Z, when something seemed to be happening:, the global anti-capitalist movement, the worldwide protests against a U.S. invasion/occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, protests in Wisconsin, and the social forums which asserted that “Another World Was Possible”—to name a few. There’s been lots of activism and we’ve tried to publish as many articles in the magazine and on our website as have been submitted to us. We’ve covered every attempt we could find on alternatives, on worker occupied factories, on participatory society and participatory economic/politics. We started a nine day school to teach radical theory and how to organize a democratic workplace. We exposed the machinations of institutions—political and economic.
Each month as we decide what articles to publish, we wonder how much more people can tolerate. Besides the wars and economic crises, there’s the creeping commercialism turning every thing into an advertisement and every one into a shill for some corporation or other. Particularly, upsetting is when they mess with those glorious Motown songs that we all used to dance to after marching from Boston Common to
Last week our local newscasters reported on how the winner of the “X-Factor” was going to win millions of dollars but, they said with great excitement, better still was that the winner would get to sing the Pepsi commercial at the Super Bowl halftime show. Seriously?
There were so many years where it seemed there would be no end to this mass shutting up. Until now. The global uprisings and the subsequent Occupy Wall Street movement have given many people new hope and created a mindset in which people seem to feel free to no longer tolerate the intolerable.
Hopefully, the actions going on all around us will grow and diversify with activists taking over more and more spaces and democratically trying to function as a more humane version/vision of society, as they did at
A current email from a not particularly radical sight highlights the fact that versions of the Occupy slogan are catching on, even in the mainstream: “We Are the 99.99 percent”: “The one percent of the one percent would only fill up two-thirds of the seats at the Nationals Park, but they contributed 24.3 percent of the total campaign donations from individuals to politicians, parties, PACs, and independent expenditure groups in the 2010 election cycle. According to a new study by the Sunlight Foundation, these 26,783 individuals—71 percent of which are executives, lawyers, or lobbyists—contributed $774 million to federal political campaigns in 2010. That’s $28,913 each—more than the median individual income in
I hope the Occupy movement continues stirring things up, raising the social cost for elites, keeping it militant, but also good natured, with lots of respect and affection among those involved.
We put the quote from Chomsky on the cover, lest you waiver. When needed, it has kept me fired up. Perhaps it will inspire you. Here it is again:
“Any good capitalist democracy needs to keep the rabble in line. To make sure
that they are atoms of consumption, obedient tools of production, isolated
from one another, lacking any concept of a decent human life. They are to be
spectators in a political system run by elites, blaming each other and themselves
for what’s wrong.”
We are not rabble, we won’t be kept in line, let’s Occupy the new year, whatever that means, and move on from there.
Lydia Sargent is co-founder of South End Press and Z Magazine, where she has been a staff member since 1988.
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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.
Contact: email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.com; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://yeacamp.org/.