Saul Landau, Presente!

Saul Landau, Presente!

Saul Landau, who died September 9, 2013 at age 77, toiled for years to change the national conversation on everything from the Cuban embargo to climate change. Saul also had a knack for turning newfound acquaintances into soulmates that shines through the many...
Chavez: Lest We Forget

Chavez: Lest We Forget

In early December 2001, I was searching through my files looking for a column topic. At the time I was writing on foreign policy for the San Francisco Examiner, one of the town’s two dailies. A back page clip I had filed and forgotten caught my attention: on...
I’ll Miss Hugo

I’ll Miss Hugo

I’ll miss Hugo. When I first was introduced to him in Porto Alegre in 2003, he greeted me, “Mi padre,” and said he learned a lot from me. I was dubious about this and thought he was simply buttering me up, like any two-bit politician. Then he started...
A Global Spotlight on Voter Suppression

A Global Spotlight on Voter Suppression

Just before his death this past Thanksgiving, my friend Lawrence Guyot whispered one last assignment: We must “internationalize” the struggle over the right to vote. Decades ago, our movement to end segregation and extend the full rights of citizenship to...
Paul Wellstone, We Miss You

Paul Wellstone, We Miss You

Ten years ago today, the two of us were an hour into the first big coalition meeting to oppose the impending U.S. war against Iraq, surrounded by dozens of leaders of a wide array of movements: peace, civil rights, women’s rights, environmentalists, labor,...
Remembering George McGovern and Old-School Campaign Tools

Remembering George McGovern and Old-School Campaign Tools

George McGovern changed my life. I was a campus antiwar radical in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I wore blue jeans, a headband, and a thread belt. I had hair halfway down my back. And I’m sure my state’s McGovern for President director wished that he had another...
Letter from the Editor: Kaul’s Colson Column

Letter from the Editor: Kaul’s Colson Column

Donald Kaul’s column on the late Charles Colson generated many letters to the editor published by the Des Moines Register and other newspapers. Some were irate. It “was one of the most despicable things I have ever read,” wrote Alan Hulling of Clive,...
Remembering Charles Colson

Remembering Charles Colson

One of the great villains of Richard Nixon’s villainous administration went to his final reward last month. Charles Colson, Tricky Dick’s master of dirty tricks, died of complications after suffering a brain hemorrhage at the age of 80. For those who...
Remembering Bernard “B.” Rapoport

Remembering Bernard “B.” Rapoport

Memories flood through me as I remember Bernard “B.” Rapoport and his extraordinary life and passion. I first met B. a half century ago at the home of Sam Rubin on 64th Street in Manhattan. Immediately, we were deep in conversation about the need to...
Black Women Make History Too

Black Women Make History Too

We celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in January, and now the country has moved into Black History Month. MLK left an enduring mark on our hearts and souls. But he was part of a team, and the other half of that team — his wife Coretta Scott...

Two Cold War Milestones

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il consolidated communist rule. Czech leader Vaclav fought against corrupt communists. Yet they had some things in common, besides dying a week before Christmas. They both abandoned careers in the arts to become reluctant politicians, and...
Remembering Claudette Munson

Remembering Claudette Munson

A massive US military buildup has created about half of a massive US budget deficit. Deficit-cutting measures are beginning to put the brakes on, and defense-industry workers are beginning to lose their jobs. This is now, of course. But it also describes the late...

A Case Study for Why We Need a Stiff Estate Tax

Great wealth, the philosopher Philip Slater once noted, tends to make wealthy people instinctively suspicious because they can never be quite sure whether others love or admire them for their fortunes or themselves. “If you gain fame, power, or wealth, you...
Remarks at the Len Weinglass Memorial

Remarks at the Len Weinglass Memorial

Below are Phyllis Bennis’ remarks at the Len Weinglass Memorial. Weinglass, one othe U.S. leading political defense lawyers and civil rights activists, passed away on March 23rd, at the age of 77. What an amazing celebration of such an amazing life. Lenny was a...

Celebrating Felice Yeskel

Felice Yeskel, a warrior for economic justice, has left us. After a two-year battle with cancer, Felice died on Tuesday, January 11, surrounded by loving family and friends in Amherst, Massachusetts. Felice was a remarkable trainer and public speaker on issues of...