January 25: Vatican II

On this date in 1959, Pope John XXIII announced that he would be convening an Ecumenical Council — the first in a century — within the Catholic Church. This “Second Vatican Council,” or Vatican II, required three years of preparation and ran from 1962 to 1965. Vatican II led to much modernization and liberalization of […]

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Forty Years — Are We Out of the Wilderness Yet?

A Memoir of Radical Jewish Transformation, Part I by Arthur Waskow The path to Barack Obama was blazed forty years ago, in Washington, D.C. That’s where we decided to nominate the first African American ever put forward for president at a major party convention. The path began in blood and fire, smoke and sorrow, tears […]

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SDS, Reviving

The Jewish Presence among Students for a Democratic Society by Paul Buhle It could have been predicted: The first college activist of the revived Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) volunteering to become a national organizer, one Joshua Russell, is Jewish, a graduate of Brandeis in May, 2006. As also could have been predicted, there […]

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