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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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Economic Protests in Ramallah: The Word on the Street

by Alyssa Goldstein I’m reporting this week from the Jewish Currents Ramallah office (kidding. I’m just here visiting). I happen to be here at a time when the West Bank is rife with economic protests. People are angry at the rising costs of living, Palestinian Authority employees aren’t being paid their salaries, and taxi drivers […]

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Kibitznik's Choice: Occupy Rosh Hashone

by Alyssa Goldstein I’m going to be in Tel Aviv for Rosh Hashone this year, but if I was going to be in New York, I would definitely go to the Occupy Rosh Hashone service in Zucotti Park on September 16th (incidentally, the eve of the Occupy movement’s 1-year anniversary!) Anyone paying attention to Occupy […]

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April 24: Benny Rothman and the “Mass Trespass”

Bernard (Benny) Rothman, a Romanian-born political activist in the United Kingdom, led a “mass trespass” of some five hundred “ramblers” (countryside walkers, mostly unemployed workers) on this date in 1932, to protest the lack of public access to broad swaths of public land in England and Wales. The protesters, mostly from Manchester, sang “The Internationale” […]

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Gilad Atzmon and the Problem of Jerks in your Movement

by Alyssa Goldstein A few days ago, the U.S. Palestinian Community network published a letter signed by a number of prominent Palestinian authors, intellectuals and activists (including Ali Abunimah, Nadia Hijab, and Omar Barghouti) calling for the disavowal of Gilad Atzmon for his anti-semitism. The letter states that Atzmon’s politics rest on one main overriding […]

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February 18: Not Guilty

The Chicago Seven Trial ended on this date in 1970 with acquittals for Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner on charges of conspiracy. Five of them were convicted of crossing state lines with the intent to incite a riot and were each fined $5,000 and sentenced […]

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February 13: Cleaning Up New York

Fran Lee (Lederman), whose consumer advocacy led to New York’s “pooper-scooper” law in 1978, died in Jerusalem at age 99 on this date in 2010. As a radio and television personality from the 1940s to the 1990s (appearing on the Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show, etc. as Mrs. Fix-It, Mrs. Consumer, or Granny Franny), she […]

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December 7: Noam Chomsky

Linguist, philosopher, and political radical Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia on this date in 1928. A professor at MIT for 55 years and the author of more than 100 books, Chomsky opened up a modern understanding of linguistics as a branch of cognitive psychology, with insights about language leading to insights about human nature […]

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