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January 15: Gaddafi the Jew

Muammar Gaddafi (1942-2011) was proclaimed the leader of Libya on this date in 1970 following a bloodless coup. Gaddafi ruled as a military commander-in-chief, socialist theorist (in 1977 he declared Libya to be Jamahiriya, the “state of the masses”), dictator, pan-Arabist and pan-Africanist who deeply antagonized the United States and Great Britain, as well as […]

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November 8: William Davidon and the FBI Break-In

William Davidon, the Haverford professor who led the March 8, 1971 break-in at the Media, Pennsylvania FBI office, which resulted in public disclosure of COINTELPRO, the agency’s program of targeting the Black Panthers and other radical and anti-war groups for disruption, disinformation, and murder, died at 86 on this date in 2013. According to The […]

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Visiting David Gilbert in Prison

by Leonard Lehrman Discussed in this essay: No Surrender: Writings from an Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoner, by David Gilbert. Abraham Guillen Press and Arm the Spirit, 2004, 282 pages; Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond, by David Gilbert, PM Press, 2012, 336 pages; Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and […]

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July 2: Victor Rabinowitz, Radical Lawyer

Victor Rabinowitz, a founder of the National Lawyers Guild in 1937 and a defender of many left-wing heroes in American courts, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1911. Rabinowitz was a long-time law partner with Leonard Boudin, and among their roster of clients were Paul Robeson, Alger Hiss, Benjamin Spock, Julian Bond, Philip […]

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October 2: Photographing the Sixties

Nat Finkelstein, art director of Harper’s Bazaar and a photographer who captured some of the most iconic images of the 1960s, died on this date in 2009. He was a political radical who helped organize civil rights and anti-war demonstrations in the 1960s, and when his involvement with the Black Panthers led to a warrant […]

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September 4: William Kunstler

Activist attorney William Kunstler, a co-founder of the Center for Constitutional Rights, died on this date in 1995 at the age of 76. Kunstler’s most significant cases included his defense of the Freedom Riders in 1961, of the Chicago Eight (1969-70), and of such radical groups as the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground, the American […]

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A Tradition of Solidarity

Black-Jewish Relations in the Pages of Jewish Currents by Rokhl Kaffrisen I VOTED FOR OBAMA. If you’re reading Jewish Currents, you probably did, too. Throughout the past century, American Jews have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, and in this election, more than three-quarters of American Jews did so. The surprising statistic is that my so-called peers, […]

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