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
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.
Contact: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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; email@example.com; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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: email@example.com; http://yeacamp.org/.