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Edward S. Herman
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Fighting for Peace
Lawrence S. Wittner
Occupy the Food Prize
War on Wages
U.S War on Drugs
FIELD NOTES FROM AFGHANISTAN
Books and Music
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Table of Contents - December 2012
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Z MAGAZINE is an independent magazine of critical thinking on political, cultural, social, and economic life in the U.S. It sees the racial, gender, class, and political dimensions of personal l... More / Printer Friendly Version
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ELECTION WRAPUP: Election 2012 v. Issues That Matter by Paul Street
In his November 6 re-election night speech in Chicago, Barack Obama made strong claims about “why [American] elections matter. It’s not small,” the president said, “it&rs... More / Printer Friendly Version
MITIGATING DISASTER: For Sandy's Responders, Saying Thanks Isn't Enough by Ari Paul
As I was huddled in my north Brooklyn apartment on the night Hurricane Sandy made devastating landfall, I kept my police scanner tuned to the Fire Department’s dispatch channel, which broa... More / Printer Friendly Version
FOG WATCH: Majority Versus Elite Priorities by Edward S. Herman
The New York Times had a good front page article on October 28 by Stephen Greenhouse entitled “A Part-Time Life, as Hours Shrink and Shift.” The piece features the increase in part-t... More / Printer Friendly Version
MIDEAST: The Different Faces of Popular Resistance in Palestine by Ramzy Baroud
Apparently, popular resistance has suddenly elevated to become a clash of visions or strategies between the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and its rivals in Gaza, underscoring an existing and... More / Printer Friendly Version
HEALTH CARE: The Scoop on Vouchercare by F. Ivan Goldberg
What is really behind the Republicans’ “fix” of Medicare, which its proponents euphemistically call “premium enhancement” and what is more commonly referred to as a... More / Printer Friendly Version
PART-TIMING: The Abysmal State of Adjunct Pay and Actions to Create Change by Jeff Nall
Most recently, the Chicago teachers’ strike provoked a great deal of thoughtful discussion on the topic of K-12 education and teaching conditions. Important aspects of higher education, ho... More / Printer Friendly Version
ANTI-WAR ORGANIZING: Fighting for Peace at the Local Level by Lawrence S. Wittner
On October 9, 2012, the legislature of Albany County, New York approved a proclamation calling on Congress to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, cut the U.S. military budget, and use the sav... More / Printer Friendly Version
FOOD ACTIVISM: Activist Occupy the World Food Prize by Gloria Williams
Representatives from Monsanto, Cargill, Pioneer, Dow Chemical, Syngenta, and other corporate sponsors met in Des Moines Thursday, October 18 and boasted that the World Food Prize promotes an inc... More / Printer Friendly Version
CLASS WARFARE: The War On Wages by Roger Bybee
Mitt Romney, who helped build his massive fortune by serving as a “pioneer” in offshoring family-sustaining jobs to low-wage sweatshops in China, proclaimed that his campaign was act... More / Printer Friendly Version
COURT WATCH: Federal Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act by Stephen Bergstein
In one of the most important gay rights cases ever decided, a federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled in October 2012 that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. The case is significa... More / Printer Friendly Version
CLIMATE CHANGE: Society, Food Production, and Nature by Chris Williams
More than 50 percent of counties in the United States are now officially designated “disaster” zones. The reason given in 90 percent of cases is due to the continent-wide drought tha... More / Printer Friendly Version
IMPERIAL POLITICS: U.S. War on Communism, Drugs, and Terrorism in Colombia by Jenny O'Connor
On Thursday, September 6, the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, rejected a proposed bilateral ceasefire by FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels aimed at bringing a... More / Printer Friendly Version
FIELD NOTES FROM AFGHANISTAN: Dreaming of Duvets by David Smith-Ferri
I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. &... More / Printer Friendly Version
Books and Music by Various Reviewers
Book Review Revolution at Point Zero Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle By Silvia Federici PM Press, 2012, 208 pp. Review by Seth S... More / Printer Friendly Version
Events, Campaigns, Books, & Films by Various Contributors
Events ENVIRONMENT - On December 1 the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) will visit PNC Banks throughout the West Virginia region, with samples of drinking water taken from a contaminated we... More / Printer Friendly Version
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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; email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.com; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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: email@example.com; http://painlessparkermusic.com/.
COMEDY - Political comedian Lee Camp’s new album Pepper Spray the Tears Away has been released.