SHAKING THE TREE
The Budget & Ecological Crisis
Edward S. Herman
GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY NOTES
Same-Sex Marriage And AIDS
The Road to Marriage Equality
Violence in Mexico
Beyond the Tea Party
Resisting Resource Colonialism
Housing and Health
Emerging Labor Responses
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Table of Contents - September 2011
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News Items from the Internet by Z Staff
Military Spending Tom Hastings (www.peacevoice.info) sent the article “Ready to rumble for jobs, not war and more weapons?” by Judith Le Blanc in which she says that something ... More / Printer Friendly Version
SHAKING THE TREE: Crash Club by Mike Davis
When my old gang and I were 14 or 15, many centuries ago, we yearned for immortality in the fiery wreck of a ’57 Chevy. Our J.K. Rowling was Henry Felsen, the ex-Marine who wrote the bests... More / Printer Friendly Version
ABSURDITIES: Multi-Billion-Dollar Terrorists and the Disappearing Middle Class by James Petras
The U.S. government (White House and Congress) spends $10 billion dollars a month, or $120 billion a year, to fight an estimated “50-75 Al Qaeda types in Afghanistan,” according to t... More / Printer Friendly Version
ECOLOGY: The Budget Fight & the Ecological Crisis by Chris Williams
In June, the nuclear power plant at Fort Calhoun, Nebraska became a small island. Sandbags were hurriedly deployed to prevent inundation from flood waters as the Missouri river burst its banks, ... More / Printer Friendly Version
FOG WATCH: Context Management and Stripping by Edward S. Herman
A basic technique of news and opinion management and propaganda is the manipulation and stripping of context. This often takes the form of an intensive focus on the terrible plight of worthy vic... More / Printer Friendly Version
GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY NOTES: The Effect of AIDS on Same-Sex Marriage by Michael Bronski
The huge media coverage that the passage of same-sex marriage in New York State has received is not that big a surprise. After all, not only is New York the largest state to legalize same-sex ma... More / Printer Friendly Version
CONSERVATIVE WATCH: Government Orchestrated Terrorist Threats by Bill Berkowitz
Justice focuses on “three high-profile terrorism prosecutions” where “government informants played a critical role in instigating and constructing the plots that were then pros... More / Printer Friendly Version
COURT WATCH: The Road to Marriage Equality in New York by Stephen Bergstein
When the New York State Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage on June 24, 2011, it became the largest state in the country to recognize marriage equality. The vote confirmed that the ... More / Printer Friendly Version
Violence in Mexico by Luis Cardenas
Since the beginning of 2008, the violence in Mexico and especially in Ciudad Juárez has risen to unprecedented levels. The number of dead, mostly civilians, has surpassed 30,000 people, a... More / Printer Friendly Version
PANIC BUTTON: Apocalypse Now by Ben Schreiner
There is something rather disconcerting about someone choosing to reassure calm by declaring, “don’t panic.” It’s akin to saying, “don’t turn around.” T... More / Printer Friendly Version
PARTY POLITICS: Beyond the Tea Party by Paul Street
Elite pundits and other members of the political class love to blame the Tea Party for the ever more insane rightward drift of American politics and policy that has been on terrible display in 2... More / Printer Friendly Version
RESOURCE WARS: Resisting Resource Colonialism in the Lake Superior Region by Al Gedicks
Unjustified technological optimism led to BP’s Gulf Coast oil spill and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Now, proposals to deploy that same unchecked and faulty industrial logic th... More / Printer Friendly Version
HEALTH WATCH: Exploring the Link Between Housing and Health by Martin Donohoe
Despite some efforts made by the U.S. government in response to public pressure to improve housing, many inequities exist. Substandard housing and homelessness are integrally related to poor hea... More / Printer Friendly Version
THE ECONOMY: Emerging Labor Responses to the Economic Crisis by Jack Rasmus
On August 2, the Teapublicans achieved their number one short-term objective, forcing Obama and the Democrats to agree to a nearly $1 trillion immediate cut in the federal deficit and debt in ex... More / Printer Friendly Version
Reviews by Various Reviewers
Book Review People Wasn’t Made to Burn: A True Story of Race and Murder in Chicago By Joe Allen (Chicago, Illinois, Haymarket, May 2011) Revi... More / Printer Friendly Version
Zaps September by Various Contributors
Events ANARCHY FEST - The sixth annual Victoria Anarchist Book fair is scheduled for September 10 and 11, in British Columbia. The book fair seeks to bring together both anarchists and non... 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.