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The International Jew vs. White Nationalists

GUILTY (AND PROUD) AS CHARGED An Editorial from the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   ON THE DAY after Christmas, 1919, baseball slugger Babe Ruth was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees. The deal was sealed for $100,000 by a theater impresario, Harry Frazee, who had owned the Red Sox […]

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O My America: Being an Agendanik

by Lawrence Bush I JUST SPENT the weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan at a reunion of some ninety veterans of New Jewish Agenda (NJA), the national, chapter-based, multi-issue Jewish organization that was launched in 1980, lasted until 1992 — and transformed my life. I attended the inaugural NJA conference in Washington DC. I was 29, […]

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The Uncivil Servant: For Bernie

by Mitchell Abidor IT IS ONLY NOW, when I’m old enough to receive a pension and Social Security, that I will be actively supporting a Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders. I must have supported Eugene McCarthy for ten minutes in 1968, because among my political memorabilia from the Sixties, in a box with my countless Black […]

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Tuesday’s Progressive Victories: The Tide is Turning

by Peter Dreier On Tuesday, Bill de Blasio won a landslide victory to become the mayor of New York City, voters in New Jersey and Seatac, Washington supported minimum wage hikes, and the Illinois legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage. These are among the progressive victories that swept across the country. Despite a few setbacks, […]

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Frameworks for Post-Election Activism

by Dick Flacks “Marvin, what do we do now?” That famous final line in Robert Redford’s 1972 film The Candidate was meant to sum up the ways that big time electioneering obliterates politicians’ purpose and vision. This is a very important moment to ask the question — understanding that the ‘we’ refers not so much […]

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November 1: Women Strike for Peace

Bella Abzug helped launch Women Strike for Peace on this date in 1961, when some fifty thousand women, mostly middle-class mothers of young children in over sixty communities, demonstrated to demand that President John F. Kennedy “End the Arms Race Not the Human Race.” This was prompted by the Soviet resumption of atmospheric nuclear testing […]

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Will Jews Be Part of the New Progressive Movement?

An Editorial “To be a progressive . . . means being a partisan — at least for now,” writes the champion liberal economist and New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman, in his insightful book, The Conscience of a Liberal (2007). The restoration of an equitable economy and a decent social safety net, the providing of […]

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