Volume 21, Number 6
Mississippi’s SB 2988
Bruce k. Gagnon
A War on Communities
Z magazine Readers
Sean Bell Verdict
Damming the Flood
Triumph of Lunacy
Dr. Wall Street
Colombia Trade Deal
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Table of Contents - June 2008
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Mississippi’s SB 2988 by David Bacon
On March 17 Mississippi Governor Hayley Barbour signed the farthest-reaching employer sanctions law of any on the books in the U.S. Employer sanctions is shorthand for laws that prohibit employers ... More / Printer Friendly Version
StratCom Conference by Bruce k. Gagnon
Admittedly, "StratCom: The Most Dangerous Place on the Face of the Earth" sounded a bit over the top for the title of a conference. But by the time the participants caught their flights h... More / Printer Friendly Version
War on Communities by Cynthia Peters
This foreclosure crisis isn't just about people losing their homes," said Cheryl Lawrence, tenant organizer for City Life/Vida Urbana in Boston, Massachusetts. "It's about people losi... More / Printer Friendly Version
Letters to the Editor by Z magazine Readers
Tibet The Dalai Lama says he and George W. Bush are like "two old friends." The CIA is also quite friendly with the Dalai Lama. That's why they financed the 1959... More / Printer Friendly Version
If the Left Debated the Campaign Issues by Lydia Sargent
-- ELECTION DISSENSION -- "Election Dissension" is part of a Z Magazine series on all things electoral. We welcome your contributions to t... More / Printer Friendly Version
The Private World of Aircraft Maintenance by Carl Finamore
On April 9 there were 1,100 cancellations by American Airlines and 900 more the following day. Over 250,000 passengers were stranded as the carrier rushed to make adjustments to "wiring bundle... More / Printer Friendly Version
Racial Profiling by Margaret Kwoka
Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a series of decisions mimicking an odd dance. The end result? The first jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff in a post-9/11 airlin... More / Printer Friendly Version
The Sean Bell Verdict by Rosa Clemente
A few hours after three New York City police detectives killed 23-year-old Sean Bell and wounded Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman on November 25, 2006, my husband, a Black man, asked, "If the... More / Printer Friendly Version
Is the Religious Right Wounded or in Transition? by Bill Berkowitz
These days, you can hardly pick up a newspaper, open a news magazine, or log on to the Internet without encountering articles with the theme "Whither the religious right?" Fred Clarkson, ... More / Printer Friendly Version
World Water Crisis by Alex Stonehill
Water is the new oil. While western politicians and consumers fret over the declining economy and increasing oil prices, the news from East Africa is that with a growing majority of the world livin... More / Printer Friendly Version
Damming the Flood by Ben Terrall
By Peter Hallward; Verso, 2008, 488 pp. Of all the illegal and dishonest misadventures that the Bush administration got away with, the least criticized of all might be the 2004 overthrow of Hait... More / Printer Friendly Version
Review: Takeover by Jeffrey Frank
By Charlie Savage; Little, Brown and Co., 2007, 378 pp. Can there be an imperial presidency without an empire? That fundamental question remains unanswered in Charlie Savage's otherwise excellen... More / Printer Friendly Version
Triumph of Lunacy by Edward Herman
The public in the United States doesn't like what is going on and fully 81 percent feel that the country is moving in the wrong direction. But there doesn't seem to be much the public can do about ... More / Printer Friendly Version
Doctor Wall Street by Jeremy Brecher
This article can be viewed as a PDF file, which can be printed and distributed with Z's permission, by clicking here ... More / Printer Friendly Version
Market Madness by A.k. Gupta
-- SPECIAL SERIES ON THE ECONOMY -- Unless you live in a bubble, like George Bush, who expressed total surprise in February when a reporter told him gas was nearing $4... More / Printer Friendly Version
Financial Appropriations by William Tabb
Mainstream finance theory of the sort taught to millions of undergraduates each year features the fairy tale of rational expectations, efficient capital markets, and smooth movement from one equili... More / Printer Friendly Version
Emerging Epic Recession? by Jack Rasmus
There's a specter hovering over the U.S. economy today. Like all specters, its background form may not be readily apparent. But the shadow it casts is nonetheless real. That specter and shadow are ... More / Printer Friendly Version
Colombia "Free Trade" Deal by Roger Bybee
A proposed "free trade" deal with Colombia, where 2,100 unionists have been assassinated since 1991, sheds light on many unsavory facets of U.S. policy. Some of the sordid elements inclu... More / Printer Friendly Version
Zaps - June 2008 by Various submissions
Events WOMEN - The National Council for Research on Women's annual conference is June 5-7, 2008 at the Kimmel Center at NYU. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Kim Gandy, Chandra Mohanty, Ellie Sm... More / Printer Friendly Version
Z Magazine Archive
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.