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What the Obituaries Missed About My Uncle, Dan Berrigan

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Frida Berrigan

This post was originally published by Waging Nonviolence. Father Dan Berrigan's life, legacy and gifts were celebrated at Saint Francis Xavier Church...

May's the Month for Protest. Daniel Berrigan Would Agree.

Michael Winship | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

May is historically a month for protests, and first, I'd like to protest the fact that Rev. Daniel Berrigan died last weekend, just a few days shy of what would have been his 95th birthday on May 9.

Black Lives Matter and The Trinity: Recognizing How Systems Are Connected When Working for Change

Charles Howard | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Charles Howard

To describe this darkest hour in our nation's history as simply being based on a racist hatred of people of African descent is to miss the complexity of the transatlantic slave trade and the work of enslaved Africans in America.

Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The importance of an antiwar movement that refused to stand down can't be emphasized too strongly. Its refusal to shut up brought Vietnam, both literally and figuratively, to America's doorstep. It made a grim war a living (and dying) presence in American lives.

Kent State and the Frisbee Revolution

Michael Winship | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Thinking I'd write a piece on the 45th anniversary of the deaths at Kent State, I realized I'd already written it -- five years ago. There's not a lot I'd change in this, although there's some comfort in the knowledge that unemployment has dropped from the 9.9 percent of 2010

Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War

Danny Postel | Posted 04.02.2015 | World
Danny Postel

The Road to Iraq is a work of tremendous intellectual diligence and moral seriousness.

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Danny Postel | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Danny Postel

Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.

Remembering Tomas Young (1979-2014): Iraq War Veteran Turned Antiwar Activist

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Young was paralyzed in 2004 shortly after arriving in Iraq. He went on to become one of the nation's most prominent antiwar U.S. veterans speaking out against the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

US Government Sanitizes Vietnam War History

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The Pentagon is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by launching a $30 million program to rewrite and sanitize its history. Replete with a fancy interactive website, the effort is aimed at teaching schoolchildren a revisionist history of the war.

The New SDS: What Every Young Person Needs to Know About Its Past

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

In 1965, Carl Oglesby assumed leadership of the student-activist organization SDS. This change reflected what I believe was an ideological shift in America's left wing: from the East Coast intellectual tradition to the New Left emerging from the Midwest.

The Rise and Fall of the Nation's Largest Student Movement: the Students for Democratic Society

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

Today, the student-activist organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is being reactivated on college campuses around the country as the New SDS. Yet, how many of its new members are aware of SDS's complex past and the role of its legendary leader, Carl Oglesby?

Is It Okay to Take Serious Risks as a Parent If It's for the Greater Good?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 06.05.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

I grew up with parents who took risks like those taken by the Raines' and yet I worry that I could be sheltering my own kids too much like the parents described in All Joy and No Fun.

Pete Seeger: Beating Flagpoles Into Ploughshares

Michael Winship | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Not only was it sad to hear the news yesterday morning of Pete Seeger's passing but startling to realize that it was 45 long years ago that we first met. It was in 1969, at Georgetown University, when I was a callow college freshman and he already was a legend among folk music lovers and political activists.

Video: 'It Was Time to Do More Than Protest' -- 1971 Burglars Who Exposed COINTELPRO Reveal Their Identities

Democracy Now! | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Democracy Now!

One of the great mysteries of the Vietnam War era has been solved. On March 8, 1971, a group of activists -- including a cabdriver, a day care direc...

We Beg to Inform (On) You...

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

I had certainly been aware of how many post-9/11 "terror" cases against American Muslims rested on the acts and testimony of government informers. I began to wonder, however, what we didn't know about the low-tech side of America's massive intelligence overreach.

For All Children Everywhere

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We can end war. War is not inevitable, no matter how cluelessly enthusiastic the media may be to promote it, no matter how thoroughly it runs the global economy and dominates almost every government.

The Lever of Social Action

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The time is excruciatingly right, the hell of the current system screams at us in daily headlines, most people want it -- but war is the way things are. Government serves it. The economy serves it. The media serve it.

While Millions Rush to Meet Deadline, Tax Resisters Continue Longstanding Refusal to Fund War

Democracy Now! | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Today is April 15th, Tax Day, when millions of Americans scramble to file their income taxes on time. It's also a day when people across the country a...

Exclusive: Tomas Young Reads in Full His Letter to Bush & Cheney, "A Message From a Dying Veteran"

Democracy Now! | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Paralyzed in a 2004 attack in Sadr City, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young recently announced that he will stop his medicine and nourishment, which comes i...

Music Video Premiere of "Guerra Solo Muertos" by Moisés Gadea

Joshua Berman | Posted 10.25.2012 | Latino Voices
Joshua Berman

Moisés Gadea is a singer-songwriter from Managua who was once declared "Songwriter of the Year" by the Nicaraguan National Assembly. "Guerra Solo Mue...

Radical Catholics: Remembering The Catonsville Nine

Shawn Francis Peters | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Shawn Francis Peters

The Catonsville Nine still are worth remembering. Their protest and trial provided a singularly sweeping and sharp critique of the failings of American society in the 1960s. But it's probably a mistake to remember them merely as one-dimensional religious icons.

Some Anti-war Reflections on Memorial Day

Rick Ayers | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Rick Ayers

Across the country this memorial day, in parks and at parades, before sporting events and at graduation ceremonies, the hypocrisy of men extolling the glories of warfare was on obscene display.

Anti-War Activists Ignored By The Media

Nieman Watchdog | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics

The national news media almost totally ignore homefront protests of the Afghanistan war, killer drones, torture, and more, regardless of their newswor...

Is a Broader Peace Movement Here? One That Can Really Stop U.S. Militarism?

Kevin Zeese | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

A new anti-war movement that can really challenge U.S. militarism is being born. People from across the political spectrum joined together opposing U.S. war and empire.

Manning Marable: In His Own Words

Democracy Now! | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Manning Marable, 60, died on April 1, 2011. He was a professor of public affairs, history and African American Studies at Columbia University and the ...