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July 28: Fighting the Good Fight in California

Attorney William K. Coblentz, who defended the California Board of Regents from Governor Ronald Reagan’s red-baiting, represented Patty Hearst after her kidnapping-recruitment by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), and served as legal representative for the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane, was born in Santa Maria, California on this date in 1922. Coblentz was a […]

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Huh? Jews Can’t Argue on Campus?

Hillel International Bans Free Speech by Mark Levy SOME THINGS make me quite angry and tend to increase my activism rather than push me away. Take, for example, speaker bans. Hillel chapters on college campuses have, over the past couple of years, had limits placed on them by their parent organization, Hillel International, regarding whom […]

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March 27: Anthony Lewis

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist Anthony Lewis was born in New York on this date in 1927. He was especially known as an expert on the law, and covered both the U.S. Justice Department and the Supreme Court for the New York Times. Lewis’ articles, writes Adam Liptak in Lewis’ 2013 New York Times obituary, […]

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More on “Selma” and Progressive Jews

by Joel Shatzky I RECENTLY SAW the film Selma and read the very comprehensive and moving response to it at the Jewish Currents website by Al Vorspan concerning the absence in the movie of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who was pictured in an iconic 1964 photo marching in the front line with Martin Luther King, […]

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OpEdge: On the Bridge in Selma

by Marc Jampole IT’S EASY TO FORGET that there were three Selma marches in 1965. March 7th commemorates the bloody first march, in which state troopers and a county posse attacked six hundred unarmed marchers when they reached the Edmund Pettis Bridge. The marchers had wanted to walk fifty-odd miles to Montgomery, the Alabama state […]

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Seeing “Selma” in Tel Aviv

by Hillel Schenker THERE IS SOMETHING profoundly moving about seeing Selma in Tel Aviv. Although the events described in the movie took place in Alabama in 1965, they clearly resonate with the Israeli experience of 2015. The catalyst for the events described in the film was the obstacles placed before black voters by rightwing white […]

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Granz & Gillespie – A Duo for Democracy

by Gary Ferdman THIS NOVEMBER MARKS the 50th anniversary of the presidential campaign of a candidate who was an advocate for nuclear arms control and an unwavering and outspoken supporter of civil rights even at the risk of his career. Master politician Lyndon Johnson? Nope. Try master musician John Birks (Dizzy) Gillespie, who would have […]

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