They are mostly in their 70s now, those quixotic college students who drafted the Port Huron Statement at a ramshackle A.F.L.-C.I.O. education retreat northeast of Detroit in 1962. Today, their “agenda for a generation” survives most famously as a punch line from the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski” in which the stoner protagonist proclaims himself an author of “the original Port Huron Statement, not the compromised second draft.” Purists like Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski might dissent, but last month the historian Michael Kazin pronounced the final draft “the most ambitious, the most specific and the most eloquent manifesto in the history of the American left.”
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Readers may remember campus police battling, beating and arresting students protesting fee hikes at a CSU trustees meeting last November 16, 2011, and seeing television coverage of a door breaking. The original felony charges against one of the student protestors, Seth Newmeyer of UCLA, were dropped. But then the charges of “misdemeanor vandalism” and “failure to disperse” were reinstated – along with a required $32,000 restitution for the door he didn’t break! $32,000 for a door? Here’s the story and video account. To follow up, please sign Newmeyer's petition below:
Thousands of American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are the legacy of a continuing Christian crusade promoted by Franklin Graham, who now is claiming in television interviews that President Obama is a born Muslim and a questionable convert to Christianity.
US troops going to Jerusalem sounds like a step toward Armagedon. Yet according to one typically reliable source it is happening,* It is happening at a time of escalating threats to Iran based upon a document that shows no evidence of Iranian efforts to build a bomb. However, an Iran strike should also be looked upon as the concealed weapon of the 1% and as an argument by the nuclear weapons complex that the huge budget for new weapons development is related to real world military concerns,
After years of protests from anti-sweatshop and human rights activists, Apple has consented to divulge the names of its hundreds of suppliers in China employing workers in secret and oppressive conditions. Apple contractors employ 700,000 Chinese workers assembling iPhones and iPads used by millions of Americans. The Chinese plants produce for Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, and Toshiba.
The US bears responsibility for the latest of several fires causing mass deaths in a Honduran prison this week. Before the fire which killed over 350 inmates, most of them victims of “mano dura” street sweeps and preventive detention policies, Hondura’s president Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo announced the US military personnel would be deployed in Honduras to “battle violent crime” and “contribute to the tranquility of the Honduran people.”
As the Afghanistan crisis deepens, “there is evidence of a continued divide between the White House and the military over the pace of withdrawal.” This dispute between civilian and military leadership is expected to worsen if President Obama accelerates the withdrawals past the 33,000 mark later this year, and as American troops are shifted out of combat roles by next year.
With Adbusters inviting 50,000 “culture jammers” to attend the NATO-G8 Chicago summit May 18-20, as part of an “International Spring Offensive” beginning on May 12, the Occupy movement will experience new growth – and new tests – this spring.
Allied Afghan soldiers are stepping up the killing of American troops, according to a recently declassified US military report covering the period through May 2011. “The sense of hatred is growing rapidly,” according to an Afghan officer who said the Americans are “rude, arrogant bullies who use foul language.” The report concludes that “lethal altercations are clearly not rare or isolated, they reflect a rapidly growing systemic homicide threat...unprecedented between ‘allies’ in modern military history.”