Monthly Archives: January 2012

Korematsu Day (2nd)

Today is the second Korematsu Day.  Reposted below is last year’s entry.  It’s also a time to recognize the passing of Gordon Hirabayashi (this past January), another critically important resister of Japanese internment.  After the war, Hirabayashi invested in his … Continue reading

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Occupy Oakland and the militant wing of a movement

Occupy, like all large and successful social movements, includes people with a broad range of political viewpoints and a very diverse range of action strategies.  While some activists are working to move inside the political system by lobbying or contesting … Continue reading

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Occupy elected office

Is incumbency another word for occupation? Today two self-identified Occupiers announced candidacies for local office in Northern California.  Jeff Kravitz, a lawyer who has represented Occupy Sacramento activists, is running for a county board seat.  So is Gary Blenner, a … Continue reading

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The Tea Party’s disappointment with the Republican field

In seeking both a powerful advocate or a strong candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, the Tea Partiers are likely to get neither. Elections channel and dilute social movements.  This was James Madison’s design, and it works pretty much as … Continue reading

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Roe v. Wade commemorations, 2012

Last year, anti-abortion and abortion rights activists staged demonstrations commemorating (or protesting) the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade.  Below is last year’s post, which ends with the prediction of large demonstrations next year.  That’s today.  And today: both … Continue reading

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Occupy Congress

Sooner or later activists in any American movement confront the possibility of trying to adjust the thermostat, and not just the climate. On Tuesday, January 17, when members of Congress return to Washington, DC, they’ll be met by Occupiers.  There … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King and dead heroes (King Day again)

Martin Luther King died young enough and dramatically enough to be turned into an American hero, but it was neither his youth nor his death that made him heroic. In his rather brief public life, beginning in Montgomery at 26, … Continue reading

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