Isaac Brosilow

  • History

    The Skokie March That Wasn’t

    November 7, 2018Isaac Brosilow

    How radical activists took on the Jewish establishment, the cops, and the Nazis.

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  • Essay

    'What does Vietnam have to do with Tisha B’Av?'

    July 26, 2018Isaac Brosilow

    Most Jews who observe Tisha B'Av spend it mourning in synagogue. In 1972, this group spent the holiday in the streets—presaging today's era of political ritual.

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  • Essay

    'What does Vietnam have to do with Tisha B’Av?'

    July 26, 2018Isaac Brosilow

    Most Jews who observe Tisha B'Av spend it mourning in synagogue. In 1972, this group spent the holiday in the streets—presaging today's era of political ritual.

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    Blog-Shmog

    Myron Perlman, Z''L, a Founder of the Chutzpah Collective

    December 21, 2017Isaac Brosilow

    by Isaac Brosilow   MYRON PERLMAN, a longtime Chicago organizer and activist, died of a heart attack on December 19th. I met Myron not so long ago, this past May Day, in the cold rain in Chicago's Union Square. My friends and I had made Yiddish signs with labor slogans. He told me he was a founder of a political collective called "Chutzpah" —  I had never heard of it — and that at my age, in his mid-twenties, he had interviewed members of the Jewish Labor Bund. I shook with excitement about t...

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    Writings Grid

    Jewish Anarchists on Solidarity, Tradition, and that Goyishe Thanksgiving

    November 27, 2017Isaac Brosilow

    by Isaac Brosilow A year ago, activists blockaded a railroad in Port of Olympia, Washington, to stop shipments of materials used in the fracking process as they make their way to the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. The action was in solidarity with Standing Rock, and lasted for a week before people were evicted by police. On November 17th of this year, the Keystone XL pipeline burst, spilling more than 200,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. The same day, a new blockade went up in Oly...

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    Writings Grid

    This Year's Forward 50 Was A Gift to Trump Supporters

    November 9, 2017Isaac Brosilow

    by Isaac Brosilow   AS PART OF ITS ANNUAL “Forward 50” list of influential individuals, the Forward – America’s largest Jewish publication – last week featured several far-right political figures destructive to American politics, and particularly minority life in our country. By featuring Islamophobic and racist individuals, the Forward, once a Jewish socialist paper, abandons its critical role in representing American Jewish communal life to the rest of the world. The Forward is navigating a...

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