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 TIDBITS - FEBRUARY 1, 2018 - READER COMMENTS: CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS;
TAX CUTS DON'T SPUR GROWTH; NEW CHARGES AGAINST LAC-MÉGANTIC WORKERS;
'TWO-STATE SOLUTION'; YOUNG WORKERS AND UNIONS; FOOTBALL; STUDENTS'
RIGHT TO VOTE; TODAY IN HISTORY - START OF THE S  
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 February 1, 2018
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 _ Reader Comments: Constitutional Crisis - Trump vs. Truth; Tax Cuts
Don't Spur Growth; Need to Drop All New Charges Against Lac-Mégantic
Workers; Immigration - and Norwegians; Hugh Masekela; 'Two-state
Solution'; Young Workers - Largest Union Gain; Football;
Announcements: Jews in American Labor ; Bill Fletcher in Bay Area;
Angela Davis, Patrisse Cullors in New York; Students' Right to Vote;
Today in history - start of the sit-ins; and more.... _ 

 Portside, Tidbits - Reader Comments, Resources and Announcements -
February 1, 2018 

 

Re: Why Does President Trump Fear the Truth? (Victor Villariny)
Healer-in-Chief - cartoon by Lars Kenseth
Re: Congress Just Passed a Terrible Surveillance Law. Now What?
(Dennis Martel)
Re: Republicans Don't Understand: Tax Cuts Don't Spur Economic Growth
(Donald E. Evans; David Green; Jp Kretschmer)
Re: Faced With Abuse Scandal, U.S.O.C. Does Nothing (Leanna Noble)
Need to Drop All Charges - Canadian Jury Acquits Rail Workers in
Lac-Mégantic Exlosion Case (Nick Unger; Fritz Edler)
Re: Being ‘Transracial’ Is Real—But It’s Not What Racist White
People Claim It Is (Terence Cannon)
Re: The Very American Myth of 'Exceptional Immigrants' (John Woodford)
Re: The Norwegian Menace: Should We Build a Wall to Keep Them Out?
(Corinne Sternlieb)
Cartoon by Mike Stanfill (Raging Pencils)
Re: Remembering the First Communist-Led U.S. Textile Strike, 92 Years
On (Jon Bekken; Eric A. Gordon)
Re: Remembering Hugh Masekela, South African Jazz Musician and
Anti-Apartheid Activist (Howie Leveton; Angel L. Matos)
Re: The 'Two-state Solution' Only Ever Meant a Big Israel Ruling Over
a Palestinian Bantustan. Let It Go (John Gehan; Stan Nadel; Josh
Davis)
Stormy - cartoon by Robert Ariail
Re: Allegations Against Aziz Ansari Allow Us to Explore the Ways Women
Are Conditioned Not to Say No (Mark Gallagher)
Re: The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil
Rights Movement (Amparo Ocasio)
Re: The Enigmatic Anarchist (Ilia Pagan Rivera)
Re: Why It Matters That Roseanne and Dan Voted for Trump (Chris
Elliott; Debbie Miller)
Re: Tone-Deaf ‘Three Billboards’ Tries Absolving White People of
Racism. And Oscars Season Loves It (Carl McLuhan; Ariel Ayala Vera)

RESOURCES:

Biggest Gains in Union Membership in 2017 Were for Younger Workers
(Economic Policy Institute)
The Super Bowl Preview - Here's every concussion in the NFL this year
(Josh Begley)

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Book Talk: Bennett Muraskin on Jews in the American Labor Movement:
Past, Present, and Future - New York - February 6
Fighting Back Against Right-Wing Populism: More than Choosing between
the Lesser of Two Evils - A Conversation with Bill Fletcher - Northern
California - February 8
Oliver Stone’s The Untold History of the United States - New York -
February 10
Angela Davis and Patrisse Cullors in New York Times Talk - February 20
Defending Students’ Right to Vote!  A National Conference -
Lancaster (PA) - March 3

TODAY IN HISTORY:

TODAY IN HISTORY - GREENSBORO SIT-IN - FEBRUARY 1, 1960

 

RE: WHY DOES PRESIDENT TRUMP FEAR THE TRUTH?

Because he knows his presidency is not legitimate.

Victor Villariny
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

HEALER-IN-CHIEF - CARTOON BY LARS KENSETH
 

 [https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5a71f5b10c284e301c1ecde7/4:3/w_280,c_limit/DC013118.jpg]

 

“I brought back the auto companies, healed our divides, and, at the
sound of the bell, you may open your eyes.”

Lars Kenseth
January 31, 2018
The New Yorker
[https://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/daily-cartoon/wednesday-january-31st-state-of-the-union-hypnosis]

 

RE: CONGRESS JUST PASSED A TERRIBLE SURVEILLANCE LAW. NOW WHAT?
 

Stand up. Repeat after me, “Zeig Heil”

Dennis Martel
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

RE: REPUBLICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND: TAX CUTS DON'T SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH
 

Don't understand or don't want to understand

Donald E. Evans
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

     =====

Looking at corporate filings and earnings statements, it seems that A
LOT of the corporations who benefit are not likely to ever move jobs
back to the USA. THESE corporations increased their profits by
shedding good paying jobs and moving their manufacturing facilities to
third world countries....they have now "hit a brick wall" on their
drive to increase profits yet more. The next step to increasing their
profits is lower their other costs....and taxes IS a big one!!!

I say that if the Republicans are actually so uneducated as to believe
the lower taxes equals more investment mantra, they should NOT be
allowed to hold office!

David Green
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

     =====

These tax cuts have never been about helping out the economy or
citizens..they just have to say that to get people to agree to fund
them at their own expense. Just take a gander at what folks in Kansas
have had to give up to fund their tax cuts for business and the
wealthy....education, healthcare, infrastructure and so on.

Jp Kretschmer
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

RE: FACED WITH ABUSE SCANDAL, U.S.O.C. DOES NOTHING

Need to make the parents, Olympic leaders AND all those damn corporate
sponsors accountable. What a rotten system!

Leanna Noble
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

NEED TO DROP ALL CHARGES - CANADIAN JURY ACQUITS RAIL WORKERS IN
LAC-MÉGANTIC EXLOSION CASE
 

(posting on Portside Labor
[https://portside.org/2018-01-30/canadian-jury-acquits-rail-workers-lac-megantic-exlosion-case])

This Lac-Mégantic article is WRONG! The train workers were acquitted,
but the Canadian government is bringing them up on new criminal
charges on Feb 5th. Please contact the Harding-Labrie Defense
Committee. They are circulating a petition demanding the government
Drop ALL The Charges. http://hardingdefense.org/sign-the-petition/
[http://hardingdefense.org/sign-the-petition/] In Solidarity Nick
Unger

Nick Unger

     =====

People around the world cheered the acquittal on January 19 of the
Lac-Mégantic rail workers on trial for the wreck they didn't cause.
They knew the wrong people were on trial.

But on Monday, Feb. 5, Tom Harding and Richard Labrie must return to
court to face additional charges, this time federal charges, again
being targeted for the Lac-Megántic disaster. Meanwhile the owners
and top managers and decision makers for the railroad company have
gotten a free pass.  They still run trains and have never been held
accountable for the risky and dangerous operation they ran.

It's time to ramp this up and call Prime Minister Trudeau, the
Canadian Minister of Justice and her prosecutor to demand they drop
ALL charges NOW and start a public inquiry on real rail safety. Click
here now. We'll call you and patch you through.
[http://hardingdefense.org/drop-the-charges-jody-wilson-raybould/]

The not-guilty verdict was sought by many relatives of those who died
as well as environmental and other groups across North America. They
understood that rampant negligent safety practices by the rail company
and lack of enforcement by the government were the real
culprits...putting hundreds of towns at risk of the same disaster
happening again. As a result over the last four years a broad array of
groups have called for a formal inquiry into the real rail safety
causes of the disaster.

Across North America and even in other countries, rail workers,
environmental activists, union members and folks like you, concerned
about safety, expressed their solidarity with protests, concerts, and
petitions.

But the government has thus far declined to pursue a public inquiry.
And this despite the long list of unsafe management policies and
practices revealed in testimony during the trial, with almost no
oversight by the Canadian government agencies charged with rail
safety.

Instead, the Canadian government is still trying to pin the blame on
train workers. We'll never get real rail safety this way.

WILL YOU TAKE ACTION TO MAKE SURE DISASTERS LIKE THIS DON’T HAPPEN
AGAIN? CLICK HERE NOW TO MAKE THE CALL.
[http://hardingdefense.org/drop-the-charges-jody-wilson-raybould/]

In Solidarity,

Fritz Edler
for the Harding - Labrie Defense Committee
[http://hardingdefense.org/]

 

RE: BEING ‘TRANSRACIAL’ IS REAL—BUT IT’S NOT WHAT RACIST WHITE
PEOPLE CLAIM IT IS
 

Brown's article is powerful, clear, definitive and opened my eyes to a
complexity of identity relations of which I was unaware. I would only
add to her commentary that race is a totally invented entity of social
control and has no relation to biology. Only in America do we have a
"color code" that is supposed to  be used to define racial hierarchy.

Terence Cannon

 

RE: THE VERY AMERICAN MYTH OF 'EXCEPTIONAL IMMIGRANTS'
 

You can hear quite a lot of anti-immigrant notions and talk from Black
Americans, too. Singling it out as a "white" phenomenon is silly
factually and tactically.

John Woodford

 

RE: THE NORWEGIAN MENACE: SHOULD WE BUILD A WALL TO KEEP THEM OUT?
 

Gott, yah! Dey arrh eine dancherus bunch.

Corinne Sternlieb
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

CARTOON BY MIKE STANFILL (RAGING PENCILS)
 

http://www.ragingpencils.com/2018/1-26-18-voting-machines.jpg
[http://www.ragingpencils.com/2018/1-26-18-voting-machines.jpg]
 

Mike Stanfill
January 26, 2018
Raging Pencils
[http://www.ragingpencils.com/2018/1-26-18-voting-machines.html]

_[Raging Pencils is a thrice-weekly progressive comic developed and
created by Dallas-area illustrator Mike Stanfill, sometimes known as
"Lefty", sometimes not.]_

 

RE: REMEMBERING THE FIRST COMMUNIST-LED U.S. TEXTILE STRIKE, 92 YEARS
ON

(posting on Portside Labor
[https://portside.org/2018-01-29/remembering-first-communist-led-us-textile-strike-92-years])

There is of course no such organization as the International Workers
of the World, and never was.

Jon Bekken
Associate Professor of Communication
Albright College

     =====

Apparently NO ONE thought to correct the author’s
“International” Workers of the World. It’s Industrial!

All too common a mistake!

Eric A. Gordon

 

RE: REMEMBERING HUGH MASEKELA, SOUTH AFRICAN JAZZ MUSICIAN AND
ANTI-APARTHEID ACTIVIST
 

For a long time I only knew of him from his hit Grassing in the Grass.

But some friends from another great band Osibisa exposed me to more of
his work, and I became a big fan!

Howie Leveton
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

     =====

One of my favorite instrumental renditions of this great Mexican
classic in collaboration with Herb Alpert. I invite you to enjoy the
entire album, in case you haven't already.
 

  [https://youtu.be/37agCEchkVw]
Listen here [https://youtu.be/37agCEchkVw].

Angel L. Matos
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

RE: THE 'TWO-STATE SOLUTION' ONLY EVER MEANT A BIG ISRAEL RULING OVER
A PALESTINIAN BANTUSTAN. LET IT GO
 

The “two-state solution” is no longer viable, if it ever was. It
has served as a cover for continuing and expanding apartheid and
ethnic cleansing by Israel. The wall, the settlements, the roads, the
water and electrical systems, the right of return all make a two-state
system impossible. What is needed now is a one-state solution where a
new nation-state on the footprint of the existing Israel and Palestine
is created. This new nation must be multi-ethnic, multi-religious,
secular, and democratic. This means that Israel as it now exists must
be disarmed and dismantled.

John Gehan
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

     =====

Jeff Halper says 

"There is no reason to believe this would lead to "endless and bloody
civil war", as Yoffie claims. Israeli Jews would have the right to
live anywhere including the settlements; Palestinian refugees can come
home; a common civil society would emerge; economically, the country
would flourish, supported by two parallel affluent and educated
Diasporas, Jewish and Palestinian." In a better world Halper would be
absolutely right. In the real world of really existing
Israel/Palestine Yoffie is right and there is every reason to believe
this would lead to "endless and bloody civil war." 

The Palestinian Arabs tried to drive out the Jews before 1948 with
pogroms and then civil war.  Since then there have been numerous
atrocities from both sides and the hatred engendered thereby has
created hard core factions in both polities who can be counted on to
engage in further atrocities in a united Israel/Palestine, tit for tat
atrocities guaranteed to lead to civil war and ethnic cleansing (if
not genocide) by one or both sides. There was a time when leftists
prided themselves on hard headed analyses and disparaged pie in the
sky utopianism.  These days it looks like the utopians are back in
the saddle.

Stan Nadel

     =====

IMO the solution is for people to stop killing each other over the
Holy Land just because they have the same God, and thus the same holy
sites.

But hey a man can dream

Josh Davis
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

STORMY - CARTOON BY ROBERT ARIAIL
 

 [http://robertariail.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/aria180126_cmyk.jpg]
 

Robert Ariail
January 25, 2018
The State (Columbia, SC)
[http://www.thestate.com/opinion/editorial-cartoons/robert-ariail/article196664464.html]

_[Robert Ariail is the editorial cartoonist for The State newspaper in
Columbia, South Carolina. His work is published in over 600 newspapers
through United Features/Universal Uclick syndicate.]_

 

RE: ALLEGATIONS AGAINST AZIZ ANSARI ALLOW US TO EXPLORE THE WAYS WOMEN
ARE CONDITIONED NOT TO SAY NO
 

This conversation should be bigger than Aziz Ansari.

Mark Gallagher
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

RE: THE FEARLESS COOK WHO SECRETLY FED — AND FUNDED — THE CIVIL
RIGHTS MOVEMENT
 

(posting on Portside Culture)
https://portside.org/2018-01-22/fearless-cook-who-secretly-fed-and-fund…
[https://portside.org/2018-01-22/fearless-cook-who-secretly-fed-and-funded-civil-rights-movement]

An unsung hero

Amparo Ocasio
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

RE: THE ENIGMATIC ANARCHIST
 

Historical situations may change as well as protagonists, movements
and names given to the o called enemies. However, the fact is, in my
view, that attributing evil deeds to those who dissent and try to open
new routes remains as the main way to paralyze any movement.

Ilia Pagan Rivera
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

RE: WHY IT MATTERS THAT ROSEANNE AND DAN VOTED FOR TRUMP
 

They became millionaires when they won the lottery, thus rich pigs who
would support DT.

Chris Elliott
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

     =====

If they live in Illinois, there would be no pay out. The State is
broke.

Debbie Miller
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

RE: TONE-DEAF ‘THREE BILLBOARDS’ TRIES ABSOLVING WHITE PEOPLE OF
RACISM. AND OSCARS SEASON LOVES IT
 

Wow! That’s quite the review.

Carl McLuhan
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

     =====

Not the first time, Hollywood, work hand in hand with hidden USA
agendas, to glorified pathetic criminals as heroes, examples: Rambo,
Sniper, among many others....

Ariel Ayala Vera
Posted on Portside's Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/Portside.PortsideLabor]

 

BIGGEST GAINS IN UNION MEMBERSHIP IN 2017 WERE FOR YOUNGER WORKERS

By John Schmitt

January 25, 2018
Economic Snapshot
[http://www.epi.org/publication/biggest-gains-in-union-membership-in-2017-were-for-younger-workers/]
Economic Policy Institute
 

credit - Economic Policy Institute

Historically, younger workers have been less likely than older workers
to be a member of union. In 2017 about 7.7 percent of workers 16–34
were members of a union, compared with 12.6 percent of workers age 35
and older.

But last year, of the 858,000 net new jobs for workers under age 35,
almost one in four (23 percent) was a union job.

In a recent EPI paper
[http://www.epi.org/publication/how-todays-unions-help-working-people-giving-workers-the-power-to-improve-their-jobs-and-unrig-the-economy/],
we explain that one reason younger workers are joining unions is to
address current workforce trends that are increasing work insecurity
from the rise of part-time work and unpaid internships to increased
numbers of contract workers.

 

THE SUPER BOWL PREVIEW - HERE'S EVERY CONCUSSION IN THE NFL THIS YEAR
 

 [https://twitter.com/joshbegley/status/959018523098890240]
 

Watch here [https://twitter.com/joshbegley/status/959018523098890240].

Josh Begley Tweet

 

BOOK TALK: BENNETT MURASKIN ON JEWS IN THE AMERICAN LABOR MOVEMENT:
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE - NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 6
 

 

Bennett Muraskin will discuss the pamphlet Jews in the American Labor
Movement: Past, Present, and Future (2016). A reception with wine and
cheese will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the
Frederic Ewen Center.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6  -  4:30 PM

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012

BENNETT MURASKIN, a union representative for state college faculty in
New Jersey, is the author of _Humanist Readings in Jewish Folklore_
(2001), _Let Justice Well Up Like Water: Progressive Jews from Hillel
to Helen Suzman_ (2004), and _The Association of Jewish Libraries
Guide to Yiddish Short Stories_ (2011). He is also a columnist for
Jewish Currents magazine and a regular contributor to Humanistic
Judaism. He frequently speaks on Jewish topics throughout the New
York/New Jersey area and has been the ceremonial leader of the Jewish
Cultural School and Society.

RSVP: email [log in to unmask] with guest name(s) & event title.

 

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST RIGHT-WING POPULISM: MORE THAN CHOOSING BETWEEN
THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS - A CONVERSATION WITH BILL FLETCHER - NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 8
 

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018 -- 6:30–8:00 PM

Contra Costa College – Fireside Hall Community Room
2600 Mission Bell Drive 
San Pablo, CA

This country is experiencing a rise in right-wing authoritarianism.
Simultaneously, there has been a rise in resistance to the political
right in a variety of forms including greater Black activism and the
Women’s Marches. The tendency to channel much of this energy into
the electoral arena raises the question: Is this the best way to fight
right-wing authoritarianism? Fletcher, a long-time social activist,
will present provocative answers to this question.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to
register, please visit here
[http:// https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-bill-fletcher-tickets-42481977739].

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Steven
Pitts, [log in to unmask]

About the Speaker:

BILL FLETCHER JR has been an activist since his teen years. Upon
graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard,
thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active
in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns.
He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a
senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO.

Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a senior
scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board
member of BlackCommentator.com; and in the leadership of several other
projects. Fletcher is the co-author (with Peter Agard) of “The
Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of
Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941”; the co-author (with Dr.
Fernando Gapasin) of “Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized
labor and a new path toward social justice“; and the author of
“‘They’re Bankrupting Us’ – And Twenty other Myths about
Unions.” Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media
commentator on television, radio and the web.

THIS EVENT IS CO-SPONSORED BY CONTRA COSTA AFL-CIO LABOR COUNCIL, BAY
AREA BLACK WORKER CENTER, CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
CHAPTER - COALITION OF BLACK TRADE UNIONISTS, AND SAFE RETURNS
PROJECT. 

 

OLIVER STONE’S THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES - NEW YORK -
FEBRUARY 10

You are invited to join The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) launch of a
four-session series of Oliver Stone’s multi-part documentary, The
Untold History of the United States. WHAT: Screening of Oliver
Stone’s The Untold History of the United States. Introduced by
Gerald Meyer, co-chair of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, and followed by
open discussion 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018 FROM 2:00 PM TO 4:30 PM 

Community Room at the Mulberry Street Public Library
10 Jersey St. (btw Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.) 
Manhattan

Future sessions take place on March 10th, April 14th, and May 12th;
the same place and time.

Light Refreshments / Free Admission 

Vito Marcantonio Forum [http://vitomarcantonioforum.org/]
VMF Blog [http://vitomarcantonioforum.com/blog/]  --  Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/VitoMarcantonioForum/]

 

ANGELA DAVIS AND PATRISSE CULLORS IN NEW YORK TIMES TALK - FEBRUARY 20
 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 AT 7 PM - 8:15 PM

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023 

Hosted by The New York Times - TimesTalks
[https://www.facebook.com/timestalks/]

Join Patrisse Cullors
[https://www.facebook.com/OsopePatrisse/?fref=mentions], artist,
freedom fighter and Co–Founder of Black Lives Matter
[https://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatter/?fref=mentions],
and Angela Davis
[https://www.facebook.com/AngelaDavis26/?fref=mentions],
world–renowned activist, academic, and author, for an important and
timely conversation about survival, strength, and seeking justice for
those victimized by the powerful with Melissa Harris-Perry, professor,
television host, political commentator and contributing writer for The
New York Times. In honor of Black History Month, and the release of
Cullors' latest book "When They Call You a Terrorist, A Black Lives
Matter Memoir," they will discuss the continuing violence and racial
uprisings currently plaguing our country, how we change the culture
that declares innocent black life expendable, and how protest in the
interest of the most vulnerable comes from love.

In collaboration with Kaufman Music Center

Tickets: $40.00 - click here
[https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10243227/].

 

DEFENDING STUDENTS’ RIGHT TO VOTE!  A NATIONAL CONFERENCE -
LANCASTER (PA) - MARCH 3
 

https://voteconference.org [https://voteconference.org]
<https://voteconference.org [https://voteconference.org] 
As educators and activists we should defend students’ right to vote
where they go to school. That right was affirmed by the 1979 Supreme
Court Symm v. United States decision but is under continuous attack
via familiar methods of voter suppression: the requirement to show a
state-approved form of identification.  The special wrinkle here is
state legislatures barring the use of college-issued IDs, even from
their own public universities!

If you want to learn about how to register and turn-out students in
high numbers, come to this national nonpartisan conference
[https://voteconference.org<https://voteconference.org].

The conference is organized by “F&M Votes” at Franklin & Marshall
College in Pennsylvania, which has been turning out students in high
numbers since 2004, using proven grassroots techniques. Many leading
national institutions are co-sponsors, and the cost is only $45 per
person, all-inclusive, with rooms at a local hotel $119 per night for
up to four people.

Please share this information with anyone interested in voting rights,
especially undergraduates who want to register students for the 2018
elections.

Van Gosse
Department of History
Franklin & Marshall College

 

TODAY IN HISTORY - GREENSBORO SIT-IN - FEBRUARY 1, 1960
 

Credit -  Civil Rights Movement Veterans http://www.crmvet.org
[http://www.crmvet.org]
 

February 1st, 1960, Greensboro NC. Four students from North Carolina
A&T sit down at a "whites-only" Woolworth's lunch counter and ask to
be served. This action by David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell
Blair, and Joseph McNeil ignites a wave of student sit-ins and
protests that flash like fire across the South. A fire for justice
that no amount of beatings, jails, or firehoses, can extinguish.
Within days sit-ins are occurring in dozens of Southern towns, and in
the North supporting picket- lines spring up at Woolworth and Kress
stores from New York to San Francisco.

 

Credit -  Civil Rights Movement Veterans http://www.crmvet.org
[http://www.crmvet.org]
[see detailed history of the sit-ins on the Civil Rights Movement
Veterans website. The Sit-Ins — Off Campus and Into Movement
[http://www.crmvet.org/images/imgcoll.htm] and The Greensboro Sit-Ins
(Feb) [http://www.crmvet.org/tim/timhis60.htm#1960greensboro]]

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