Ahed Tamimi Sentenced

by Noah Kulwin Photo: Haim Schwarczenberg, https://schwarczenberg.com   AHED TAMIMI WILL BE GOING TO JAIL for 8 months, as part of a plea bargain announced by the 17-year-old’s lawyer on Wednesday. According to her lawyer, Tamimi was staring down a three year sentence for 12 charges, stemming from a December viral video in which Tamimi was filmed slapping […]

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Lillian Wald and the Henry Street Settlement

Lillian Wald co-founded what would become the Henry Street Settlement House (its original name was Nurses’ Settlement) on this date in 1893 — which was also her 26th birthday. Wald, the daughter of immigrants from Germany, enjoyed a relatively affluent upbringing and, after training as a nurse, became the greatest champion of public health services in […]

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Arrested in Defense of Treaty Rights

A CONVERSATION WITH MARILYN KIMMERLING OF TACOMA DIRECT ACTION By Stephen Quirke   IN THE EARLY MORNING of May 17, 2017, six people entered a construction site at the Port of Tacoma, Washington, and locked themselves to an auger. Four hours passed before Tacoma police could remove them. One officer told 79- year-old Cynthia Linet that his […]

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The Last Resort: Woke and Sleep

by Albert Vorspan   SOMEHOW, I am always out of step with the spirit of the times. For example, in the 1960s our kids were hip and dressed in ragamuffin clothes, with hair down to their knees. My wife Shirley and I marched with them for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam, but we […]

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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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Why MASA Was Wrong to Cut Our Funding

Photo courtesy of Solidarity of Nations – Achvat Amim by Oriel Eisner   ABOUT A MONTH AGO, extreme right-wing organization Ad Kan, a group notorious for infiltrating left-wing and human rights organizations like B’Tselem and smearing them, published an erroneous and misleading report about a 5-month volunteer program based in Jerusalem called Solidarity of Nations — Achvat […]

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Gevalt, How Did This Happen?

GETTING OLD, STAYING VITAL by Zelda Gamson from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Either you will go through this door or you will not go through. If you go through there is always the risk of remembering your name. Things look at you doubly and you must look back and let them happen. […]

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A Reunion of New Jewish Agenda

by Lawrence Bush NEW JEWISH AGENDA, the transformative, progressive Jewish membership organization of the 1980s and early 1990s, is going to be briefly revived for a weekend reunion during Memorial Day weekend, 2016 — thirty-six years after NJA’s launch in 1980, at a founding conference that was attended by more than 1,000 people. I’ve been […]

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