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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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Why Surveillance Is a Big Deal

by Dick Flacks The FBI started tracking me when I was 10 years old. I was a subject of their surveillance for decades after — surveillance that included phone tapping, undercover informants and the collection of all kinds of information about my activities, whereabouts, associations. In 1968, J. Edgar Hoover authorized the sending of a […]

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Ocean Hill-Brownsville Reexamined

When Black Power Collided with the Teachers’ Union by Jane Anna Gordon ON SEPTEMBER 9th, 1968, outside of a junior high school in the northern tip of Manhattan, two lines of students formed, one mostly African-American, the other entirely white. The white students were waiting for escorts to take them to a nearby synagogue where […]

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“The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere”

April Rosenblum’s Progressive Broadside on Leftwing Anti-Semitism by Rokhl Kafrissen Many moons ago, before my current incarnation as the Rootless Cosmopolitan — capitalist corporate lawyer by day, socialist by night and on the weekends — I was a lowly administrative assistant, making coffee for smart people in a newly opened fellowship program headquartered in the […]

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