Stories of Activist Victories

WHAT WORKS AND WHY by Jacob L. Perl Discussed in this essay: When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First Century Social Movements and Activists That Are Transforming Our World, by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte, The New Press, 2016, 208 pages. Artwork, above: Maggie Crabapple; below: Melanie Cervantes — from When We Fight, We Win   IN 2012, we were going to […]

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Singing Songs of Resistance

AN INTERVIEW WITH DAN KAUFMAN ON THE NEW ALBUM, FOR THOSE WHO CAME AFTER: SONGS OF RESISTANCE FROM THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR by Jacob L. Perl   JUST BEFORE ROSH HASHANAH in Madison, Wisconsin, someone spray-painted swastikas on a monument to the Wisconsin volunteers of of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. The battalion was one of the international […]

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Writing for Children about the Holocaust

AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHELLE BISSON, AUTHOR OF “HEDY’S JOURNEY” by Jacob L. Perl   “She and I talked about the Holocaust a lot over the years, but I, also for many years, did not understand. I just thought that she was obsessive and talked too much about it. And then when she died … Something […]

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Hacking in the Name of the Commons

“NO TRESPASSING” IN THE INTERNET AGE by Jacob L. Perl from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet, by Justin Peters. Scribner, 2016, 352 pages. SOMETIMES FRIENDS and I pile into a car and head out to Wisconsin’s […]

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A Libertarian Critique of Libertarianism

Building Paths to Community Power, Not Corporate Power by Jacob L. Perle From the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Jewish Currents Out on Willy Street in Madison, Wisconsin, about a decade ago, I sat in the shade behind the grocery co-op building chatting with a Wobbly about some old-timers in the area who wouldn’t pay taxes […]

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Barbez’ “Bella Ciao” — and a Few Words about Lou Reed

by Jacob L. Perl “Bella Ciao,” Barbez’s second release on the radical Jewish Culture Series of John Zorn’s Tzadik label, draws from Roman Jewish religious melodies and centers around the Italian partisan resistance to the fascists. The album features readings in English translation of poems by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alfonso Gatto, poets who spoke […]

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