Lynn Koh is a long-time activist in the anti-war movement, and is a labor organizer in the Bay Area.
A society cannibalizing itself: symphony musicians kicked to the curb, school closings hitting Black and brown communities in Philadelphia (23 schools) and Chicago (54 schools), the overthrow of democratic governance in Detroit, attacks on civil servants in nearly every state. I had promised an explanation of why these scenes may be symptoms of imperial decay. Here it is.
Another installment of our ongoing series on militarism and gender. This is a review of the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War. Still in the works: writing on Three Guineas, What Kind of Liberation, Sexual Decoys. Let me know what else I should be covering.
Music for the 1 percent?
A look at the recent wave of strikes and lockouts hitting symphony orchestras across the U.S., prompted by a friend’s comment that the striking workers made music mainly for the 1 percent. Written by a long-time lover of classical music, with some complicated feelings about it all.
Snapshots of a decade of war, through the lives of refugees, immigrants, service workers, survivors. Followed by a piece of mine first published by War Times in 2006.
This will be my last Militarism and Gender post for a while. My next couple pieces will be about organizing in China and Hong Kong, and then I'll come back to this, hopefully with a review of 'What Kind of Liberation' and 'Sexual Decoys'.
Review of Revolution at Point Zero by Silvia Federici
Who could avoid feeling warm this holiday season when hundreds of workers at Wal-Mart stores across the country went on strike during Black Friday? And today, workers at New York City fast food outlets walked off the jobs, to demand $15 per hour wages and the right to organize.
I don't have time to write a lot about the Chicago Teachers' Strike. It is hugely significant; one friend said it's the most important strike since the Teamsters' strike of 1997.
This is a book review of Cynthia Enloe's Maneuvers. It's the first in a series of posts I hope to do about Militarism and Gender. If there are other books or films you think should get discussed, let me know.
We all remember that night in 2008. In Oakland, as in cities across the U.S., strangers hugged each other and filled the downtown streets. Stephen Colbert broke character and got teary-eyed. Many wondered, was the US charting a different path into the future? This year, an Obama victory will likely produce a very different reaction – celebration by the faithful, of course, but on the larger left perhaps a simple, vast sigh of relief at a catastrophe avoided.