The Secret History of Palestinian Nonviolence

by Nicholas Jahr This is a revised and updated version of an article that originally appeared in the Spring, 2013 issue of Jewish Currents and was then republished in the Utne Reader. Photographs by the author SLOWLY, THE SMALL GROUP of demonstrators approaches the soldiers. Around seventy-five people had turned out for this week’s protest, […]

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September 11: Rosika Schwimmer, Pacifist and Feminist

A founder of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the pre-World War II Campaign for World Government, Rosika Schwimmer was born in Budapest on this date in 1877. Schwimmer founded the Hungarian Feminist Association in 1897. She also helped to found the Hungarian National Council of Women, among other women’s organizations. When Hungary […]

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East Toledo, 2012

by Mermer Blakeslee Photographs © 2012 by Margot McLean In 2008 Margot McLean and I canvassed for Obama in Ohio, the tugboat state capable of pulling the big ship across. We ended up in Toledo, a place where we both felt very much at home. In 2012 we went back. A lot of it was […]

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JFREJ vs. Stop-and-Frisk

by Ben Lorber On a Monday evening in early March, about forty Jews of various ages, gender identifications, sexual orientations, and shades of leftism crowded into a room at the Workmen’s Circle in New York City for a meeting convened by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ). Passover was fast approaching, and the city […]

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June 20: The Literary Lioness of the Left

Annette T. Rubinstein, author of The Great Tradition in English Literature: From Shakespeare to Shaw and its companion, American Literature Root and Flower: Significant Poets, Novelists, and Dramatists, 1775-1955, died at 97 on this date in 2007. Rubinstein was a long-time educator in progressive learning institutions, most enduringly in the Brecht Forum in New York. […]

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The Homeless Look

by Alyssa Goldstein For the past few days, this video of writer Greg Karber giving Abercrombie & Fitch clothes to the homeless has been going viral on my Facebook newsfeed. Karber started this project in response to A&F CEO Mike Jeffries’ statement that “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then […]

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Strike Debt: Rolling Jubilee

by Alyssa Goldstein So here’s an awesome thing that’s happening: Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee. Strike Debt is an Occupy-affiliated group that views “debt as a global system of domination and exploitation of the 99% by the 1%.” The Rolling Jubilee (which takes its name from the ancient Jewish/Christian tradition of the universal forgiveness of debt […]

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Kibitznik's Choice: Jewish Labor Committee

by Alyssa Goldstein Following the teachers’ strike in Chicago (as well as the various strikes and work stoppages here in Ramallah), I’m in a Labor state of mind this week. So I’m checking out the Jewish Labor Committee, which supports the Chicago teachers and other workers’ struggles across the country — like the aspirations of […]

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