War Times 2.0!

By Lynn Koh
Oct 23, 2010

I'm very excited to have this blog as part of our new, revitalized War Times/Tiempos de Guerra project.  I first joined War Times 5 years ago, after the collective had stopped producing a print newspaper.  For the next few years, we still sought to bring analysis to the anti-war movement from an anti-imperialist, anti-racist and feminist perspective; however for a small group of volunteers, most of whom were extremely busy with organizing projects and other work, it was sometimes tough going.

With War Times 2.0, our project has some renewed energy.  Not only are the new writers on this project extremely cool with tremendous fashion sense (as you can tell from the bio pics); they are very smart and several are already accomplished writers and editors in their own right.  The political perspectives informing our project are also broader, as the writers bring their roots in diverse political traditions and organizing work. 

My own background is primarily in labor, where I've been active as both a rank-and-filer and staff organizer for the past 7 years; much of my work has been in building community-labor alliances.  Like many folks of my generation, I got involved in organizing after 9/11 and the Bush administration's cynical and destructive response to those events.  It was in the mass marches just before the (second) invasion of Iraq which gave me a sense of being part of a historic social movement, while it was the rapid demoralization anddemobilization of many of those same marchers after the beginning of the war which forced me to reflect on how US foreign policy might change.

This blog will not have any central theme or set of concerns, except that a lot of my blogs will probably be about books I'm reading.  I tend to be somewhat allergic to focus, so my thoughts usually leap from one subject to another.  Sorry!  Hopefully some of my musings will be useful for other organizers in the movement.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the entire War Times project

Lynn Koh is a long-time activist in the anti-war movement, and is a labor organizer in the Bay Area.

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