campus protests

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The Graduate Employee Organization steps up action to gain a fair contract. Some 150 of us gathered at various constructions entries this past Thursday morning, and many construction workers did decline to cross our picket line. A few folks I know were there: Noah.JPG.jpg
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Our spirit was stellar:

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Concurrently, a protest against the war in Iraq has occupied the campus green … Read more...

Going to Iran…

some day remains on my mind. I was authorized to receive a Visa this past June. I really should follow-up with the proper authorities, to see if I can use the same visa permission in the next year or two, since I could not swing the conference I hoped to attend this past summer on such short notice.
In the … Read more...

anti-honoraria

My stance vis-a-vis the UMass Amherst administration’s decision to grant an honorary degree to President Bush’s ex-chief-of-staff, Andrew Card, was pre-established before the event was known. I was hired to interpret the graduate commencement ceremony at least a month before the decision about Card was announced.
I witnessed the swell of protest activity from a distance, observing. I did sign … Read more...

about The Jacket

What would you do if your reality was suddenly altered? Would you have the presence of mind to stay calm, to assess the situation, to act strategically while facing pain and the knowledge of your own upcoming death? The Jacket presents a model in the character of Jack Starks, who also manages to act kindly even as he pursues his … Read more...

comedy or tragedy?

“This is not the kind of publicity we would ever seek,” said Phil Kent (no relation) about the Cartoon Network’s publicity stunt in Boston yesterday that inspired the headline story: Froth, Fear, and Fury in the Boston Globe.
I wasn’t there, so I cannot attest to the felt experience of the people who were frightened by the advertising or the … Read more...

building a peace train to Iran

I received many of these photos of daily life in Tehran in an email last fall.
Whatever our political-economic competition, I resist the path to war. Religious difference is an excuse, a justification, mere rationalization cloaked in moral self-righteousness. To alter the apparent inevitability of another war, we – as “a people” – must begin to create new bases for … Read more...

treachery and tragedy

This short video (sent by Steve, thanks) details some of the facts of Saddam Hussein’s official association with the US federal government as a CIA operative.
I view it for the first time having recently seen The Good Shepherd, a movie about the origins of the Central Intelligence Agency that is as depressing as one can imagine. Forget honor … Read more...

“It’s not happening here…”

…but it is happening somewhere. Look carefully at the poster.
What is “it“?
To see more images, go to http://www.walker.ag, pick your language, then “work”, then Amnesty International. There are posters in China, Iraq, Liberia, Myanmar, and Sudan.
Shared via email from David, thanks.Read more...

Shovrim Shtika” (DUO)

Breaking the Silence: Fighters tell about Hebron” is an effort by former Israeli soldiers to describe the dehumanization they experienced through mandatory military service in Gaza, Hebron, Bethlehem and other places, where they manned checkpoints, participated in patrols, and otherwise took part in the war.
(Paraphrased from Yehuda Shaul and Dotan Greenvald in the conference program booklet, Dialogue Under … Read more...

100 years of nonviolent resistance

The media’s emphasis on the five year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon blatantly reveals our cultural penchant for the short-term. I am not speaking of the grief of those who lost family members because that pain is of a different order than the rest of us who look on and talk about the event … Read more...