November 2012, Week 2


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Tidbits - Reader Comments & Announcements - November 12, 2012
* Historians against the War Call for Proposals
* Re: The Worst Didn't Happen; Now another Solution Lurks
  (Martin Gittelman, Jean Damu)
* Re: It's Appalling That Gerrymandering Is Legal(Paul Lauter)
* Re: Contaminated Food Makes 48 Million Americans Sick Every
  Year (Cynthia Phinney)
* An Anti-War Installation Worth Checking Out: The Abraham
  Lincoln War Veteran Projection - New York City
* "Labor and the Political Process" - A Panel Discussion
  Featuring Members of the Labor Community - Dec. 4 - New York

5-7 APRIL 2013
“THE NEW FACES OF WAR” A Conference for Historians and

Historians Against the War invites proposals for
papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops for our
upcoming national conference at Towson University,
Baltimore, Maryland, April 5-7, 2013, co-sponsored by
the Towson U. College of Liberal Arts.

The theme, “The New Faces of War,” will examine the
many ways that war-making has changed in these early
21st century. Possible topics might include:   
 the emergence of protracted US wars that stay below
the radar of public debate
 the concentration of war powers in the office of the
 drone warfare and the human toll in foreign countries
 the outsourcing of military functions to private
 the legalization of torture
 the proliferation of spying on US citizens
 the defense budget and its connection to the current
economic crisis
 appropriate strategies for opposing war and
militarism in their new forms
 the role of antiwar movements past and present. 
Proposals are due by 15 December 2012. Please include a
title and a short (200-300 words) description of your
proposal, a short bio for each contributor or
participant, and complete contact information. For
group proposals please make every effort to put
together a balanced and diverse group of  participants.
Submit your proposal electronically
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* Re: The Worst Didn't Happen; Now another Solution Lurks

The easy way to cut the budget--Stop the War(s)

Martin Gittelman


I have no [way] of knowing, but it's been reported all the
Blue Dog Democrats are gone. If this is true how will that
effect the debt crisis debate in Congress?

Jean Damu


* Re: It's Appalling That Gerrymandering Is Legal

Emily Bazelon's article on Gerrymandering and the House of
Representatives is right on the money, except for one thing.
She writes, at the end, " If Democrats ever want to win back
the House, they have to get their people to the polls in the
off years."  Yes, but that is not a one- or two-year
proposition.  Republican success in 2010 came from a much
longer-term plan, which included the operations of
organizations like ALEC (American Legislative Exchange
Council) and the concentration of large amounts of money in
key state and local races.

The House is much more related to state and local politics,
unlike the Senate, which is now significantly tied to national
issues and personalities.  Democrats or others who oppose the
right-wing agenda that has produced today's House will have to
develop a long-range strategy and means of supporting a
progressive program that is as forceful and well-financed as
ALEC has been.  And they will have to contest in a much more
systematic way those state and local contests that have led to
the ability of Republicans to Gerrymander districts and to
select candidates already committed to and knowledgeable about
the  right-wing agenda.  It's not just that mid-term elections
have national consequences; it's rather than local politics
have effects far outside the towns and states in which they
are contested.

Paul Lauter
Allan K. & Gwendolyn Miles
   Smith Professor of Literature
Trinity College (Hartford)


* Re: Contaminated Food Makes 48 Million Americans Sick Every

The thing to be very careful about in this debate is that we
not end up enacting legislation that makes it too expensive
for small producers to enter and survive in the market. The
problem is systemic, and it would be easy to enact legislation
and regulations that would put band aids on that system and
stymie the efforts of those trying to create or use
alternatives to the industrial food model.

Cynthia Phinney


* An Anti-War Installation Worth Checking Out: The Abraham
Lincoln War Veteran Projection

While this isn't consciously billed or publicized as an anti-
war piece, it is. It is quite creative and poignant, and
clever in its use of Union Square's statue of Abraham Lincoln
as the surface where filmed images of Vietnam, Iraq and
Afghanistan veterans are projected. As such, Abraham Lincoln
becomes alive and fluid; the veterans speak through him while
at the same time they become him, and he becomes them. All the
veterans speak in their own voices.

The piece was conceived and realized by Krzysztof Wodiczko and
it will be on view every night, from 6:00 to 10:00, through
December 9. The projection is a continuous loop feed, running
about twenty-three minutes. Find it at Union Square Park, at
the Lincoln statue, along the 16 Street pedestrian walkway.

More info at http://www.moreart.org

[thanks to Bill Koehnlein and David McReynolds for sending
this to Portside.]


* "Labor and the Political Process" - A Panel Discussion
Featuring Members of the Labor Community

December 4, 2012
4:30 - 7:30 pm

Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies
325 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013

Join us on December 4, 2012 for an exchange of ideas and
opinions following the 2012 General Elections. Featured
panelists are current students of the "Empire State College
Executive Bachelor's Program for Labor Leaders" who represent
various unions and the general labor movement. The audience
will include students and alumnus of Empire State College and
the general community.

Featured panelists include:
* Stephen Lerner - former S.E.I.U. Executive Board Member and
organizer of the historic "Justice for Janitors" campaign
* Barbara Young - National Organizer for the National Domestic
Workers Alliance
* Sandy Pope - President, Teamsters Local 805 and member of
Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU)
* Additional panelists will be announced.

* Barry Lipton - former President, The Newspaper Guild of New

"Labor and the Political Proces", a formal academic course
offering for the November 2012 term, featured as curriculum of
the "Executive Bachelor's Degree Program for Labor Leaders"
will feature this exciting panel discussion by students of the
program who represent the current local, national, and
international labor movement community. The panel will focus
on the role unions and organized labor can play in the coming
four years following the outcome of the 2012 General
Elections. Each panelist will share ideas of the election,
union impact of the outcome, and possible strategies for the

For more information, contact Thomas Kerr at 646-230-1209.
RSVP required



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