Posts Tagged ‘Activism’

By Susan Jhirad

I just wrote how inspired I was by the mass movement in Egypt. In addition to bouquets of roses, I might add that we need to start organizing our own mass movement against the budget cuts being proposed both by Republicans (the harshest) and the Obama Adminstration- including such items as aid for home heating oil in one of the worst winters we have known, all in the phony name of “cutting the deficit.” Can we organize a giant, broad-based rally in D.C. under the simple rubric: “End the War in Afghanistan: Support Human Needs at Home” or something at that ilk? We could mobilize students, labor, poor people, parents of children with disabilities etc. to join us. We could use Facebook, Tweet, Twitter, whatever to make it really huge. I am no longer connected with any organized peace groups, and have found most of them too narrow in their outreach and focus. But maybe some of you younger folks out there know how to do it! I will certainly be happy to put my marching shoes on these arthritic feet and join you!

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Amid  the sadness so many feel these days  at news of Howard Zinn‘s death, and within the scores of tributes that most deservedly continue to pour forth, it should never be forgotten that all his life Zinn wedded his erudition and scholarship to his activism, to being in the street as well as in the reading room. From his working-class Jewish background, his labor agitation on the docks of Brooklyn, the brutally honest self-examination of his role as a fighter bomber in the Second World War, his struggle to be educated in the America of  Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, his head-on collision with racism in Atlanta and attendant institutional foot-dragging at his first teaching post, Zinn forged the tools necessary for his life-long project of wedding erudition to direct involvement in the great moral and political battles of his times. (more…)

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