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Author: THE REAL ROSA PARKS
Mar 14, 2000
We learn much from how we present our heroes. A few years ago, on Martin Luther King. Day, I was interviewed on CNN. So was Rosa Parks, by phone from Los Angeles. "We're very honored to have her," said the host. "Rosa Parks was the woman who wouldn't go t
What if a big restaurant chain announced that it was hiring a chief inspector -- and filled the job with the person who'd been in charge of the company's kitchens? We might roll our eyes if the incoming inspector proclaimed from the outset that the meals
Albert: Participatory Allocation
Mar 12, 2000
An economy needs some procedure for coordinating different workers' activities with one another and with the desires of consumers. The procedure, called economic allocation, determines how much of each input and output is used or produced, and where it wi
Gonsalves: This is not a campaign issue?
Mar 11, 2000
Thanks to the state department and our "adversarial" free press, even those who consider themselves well-informed about foreign policy have tremendous gaps in their knowledge when it comes to our policy in Iraq.
Five of the world's 10 leading causes of disability are psychiatric depression, alcohol abuse, bipolar mood disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. These disorders have genetic determinants and physical correlates. In the past 40 years
Zinn: Sender Garlin
Mar 09, 2000
As the twentieth century came to an end last December, an extraordinary man, whose life spanned the century, died at the age of ninety-seven. His name was Sender Garlin.
Since Feb. 6, the Students of Color Coalition (SCC) has occupied the tower of the University of Michigan Union building to protest ongoing racist practices on a campus that claims to have a longstanding commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. These
Hartmann: A Visit to Los Alamos
Mar 06, 2000
In January I made my first trip to New Mexico. My partner and I visited the ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. Like many tourists before us, we were awed by the beauty of the Frijoles Canyon and the knowledge that an ancient ci
Albert: A Program Seeking Dignified Work
Mar 05, 2000
We want to dignify work so we seek to equalize the empowerment effects of all jobs. But how?
Shalom: Diallo Case
Mar 04, 2000
During the Vietnam War, the court martial trials of Lt. William Calley and other U.S. military personnel who massacred hundreds of unarmed civilians at My Lai was deeply contentious. Conservatives opposed the trials as besmirching the good name of the U.S
Carter: The Grammies: Follow the Money
Mar 03, 2000
Every year when the National Academy Of Recording Arts and Sciences celebrates its Grammy Awards, I gag at the notion that any of this music industry pomp and propaganda honors the best music of the past year. Although all of the big time entertainment aw
Herman: SAUL LANDAU'S LETTER ON "PACIFICA BASHING"
Mar 02, 2000
In mid-February of this year Saul Landau issued an "Appeal to All Progressives: Stop the Pacifica Bashing!" And he got some 40 liberals and leftists to sign on, many associated with The Nation and Institute for Policy Studies.
Peters: Reproduction and Sexuality 101
Mar 01, 2000
I live in a progressive diverse neighborhood where pre-schools stock copies of "Heather Has Two Mommies," but even where this love-makes-a-family consciousness has a strong voice, it does not seem to translate into how we talk to our kids about sexuality
"The Chinese people must speak up to protest the Japanese government for refusing to acknowledge the historical misdeed of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre." These are the words of an unknown hacker who added a new twist to the seven decade old Sino-Japan argument about a brutal war and the remembrance of that war.
Rebick: Feminist Origins
Feb 28, 2000
With memories of the Battle of Seattle still dancing in our heads and thoughts of the World March of Women against poverty and violence beginning to take shape, it might be a good time to think about how social movements actually develop.
Albert: Dignified Work
Feb 27, 2000
The issue of Dignified Work has two primary components: (1) what is a just division of tasks for each person; and (2) what division of tasks do we need to adopt in order to have our work foster self-management?
Wise: "When Anti-Racism Strikes Out"
Feb 26, 2000
When it comes to discussions of racism, or any other kind of "ism" for that matter, sometimes we miss the forest for the trees. Such was the case recently when it was reported that Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker had cut loose with a string of r
Marable: No Rights Whites Must Respect
Feb 25, 2000
In the Dred Scott decision of 1857, the Supreme Court turned down a petition for freedom from an enslaved African American. The author of the court's ruling, Chief Justice Roger B. Tawney, declared that blacks could never be granted equal protection under
Bond: Workers of the world, transcend the wedge!
Feb 24, 2000
Divide-and-conquer is an all too familiar gambit of a ruling elite under stress. Thus Seattle demonstrators, together with a growing international movement struggling in the same spirit in many other sites, have found themselves subject to both real and i
Being a veteran of the war for truth during the Kevorkian era of the assisted suicide debates, it astounds me when I see that some companions battling for social justice are still entangled in the Kevorkian-as-humanist illusion web.