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Leftists and the Civil Rights Movement

Communist and Socialist Jews and Blacks by Cheryl Lynn Greenberg ON MANY ISSUES we now identify with modern liberalism, communists and socialists were there first. They opposed war, organized the unorganized, and challenged racial barriers in American life. They demanded fair wages and working conditions, government action to protect labor, and free speech. Virtually all […]

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February 25: A General Strike Against the Nazis

Workers in the Netherlands began a general strike on this date in 1941 to protest the anti-Jewish policies of their Nazi overlords. The strike followed a pogrom in which the Germans seized 425 young Jewish men and sent them to concentration camps; only two would survive the war. The illegal Communist Party of the Netherlands […]

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October 21: Smith Act Convictions

Of the eleven leaders of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) who were sentenced to five years in prison for violating the Smith Act on this date in 1949, at least six were Jewish: Jacob Stachel, John Gates, Gil Green, Gus Hall, Irving Potash, and Carl Winter. So were three of the five attorneys who volunteered […]

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In Memoriam

Abie Nathan April 29, 1927 – August 27, 2008 Abraham Jacob Nathan was a free spirit and a visionary. In 1966, as tensions mounted between Israel and Egypt, he flew a small plane named “Shalom One” to Egypt to discuss peace with Egyptian President Gamel Abdul Nasser. Nathan attempted to repeat the deed in early […]

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A Love Letter to Haifa

by Sue Swartz Consider this a love letter to Haifa — where the prophet Elijah is buried and Israel’s first modern university was built. City built between the mountains and the sea, Haifa of summertime air advisories and surly Russian-speaking super-market clerks, less-favored cousin of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Haifa — the “red,” city of coexistence, […]

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Resisting Authority

A Personal Account of the Milgram Obedience Experiments by Joe Dimow When is it proper to refuse to obey authority figures, even if they have been democratically chosen for their positions? In 1961, I participated in a famous experimental study about obedience and authority — although I and other participants were led to believe it […]

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