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Andy Piascik

The Day in 1937 When Casco Workers in Bridgeport Sat Down on the Job

February 8, 2016
US Labor Movement

It was an event that lasted less than a day and involved only 50 people directly. It was organized, led and carried out by everyday workers and thus contradicted the mainstream narrative that only big people make history. Many of the participants were women so their actions were thus further dismissed, even ridiculed. Yet...

Morton Biskind: The Physician Who Warned the World About DDT

September 19, 2015
Tractor Fertilize Field Pesticide And Insecticide

It was in the late 1940’s that a Westport, Connecticut, physician by the name of Morton Biskind began noticing new ailments and new variations on old ailments in both humans he was treating as well as in domestic and wild animals in the area. In 1949, he and Dr. Irving Bieber published “DDT Poisoning...

A.J. Muste — American Gandhi

July 19, 2015

Abraham Johannes Muste was born in the Netherlands. His family emigrated to the United States in 1891 and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was a working-class city in which the major industry was making furniture. Muste worked in furniture factories during summer as a teenager.

Long Distance Running: An Interview With Veteran Peace Activist Doug Allen

June 26, 2015
Peace on Earth

On September 21, 2006, International Day of Peace, eleven of us were arrested at former Senator Olympia Snowe’s office to dramatize how Snowe and Senator Susan Collins supported the US war in Iraq. As part of a carefully prepared and very effective campaign in the Gandhi-King tradition, our affinity group refused to leave Snowe’s...

Save the US Postal Service Before It’s Too Late

June 4, 2015
Postal Service

Perhaps you’ve noticed there are fewer post offices around. In the past decade, the United States Postal Service has closed almost 200 facilities nationwide in an aggressive effort to do away...

“A Shoeleather History of the Wobblies”

April 22, 2015
IWW Charter

Since the groundbreaking work of Jesse Lemisch, Howard Zinn and Staughton Lynd, “history from the bottom up” has become an important part of the radical landscape. Such history informs us that everyday people propel events while underscoring that progress comes from collective action. To paraphrase Zinn, untold numbers of people whose names we will...

Looking Back at the Vietnam War

March 28, 2015
Napalm Bombing Vietnam

This Spring marks 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War. At least that’s what it’s called in the United States, the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, it’s called the American War to distinguish the phase involving the United States from those involving other aggressors and colonizers -- China, France and Japan most notably.

Vietnam: Some Real History

February 12, 2015
B52D Bombing Vietnam

Pinpointing where US aggression in Vietnam began depends on how one determines how a war starts. It’s silly in the extreme, however, to claim it began in 1965, as tens of thousands of Vietnamese were already dead at US hands by that point.

Everywhere is War

June 17, 2014

Summer approaches and the stench of war is all around. Or, as the great Bob Marley put it, “Everywhere is war”. Start with the commemorations over a five-week span of Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day, all presented varyingly as celebrations of our war dead, symbols of our greatness, the freedoms we love...

The Bogus Health Care Debate

December 25, 2013

The biggest secret of politics in the United States is that a majority of the population is to the left of both major parties. This can be amply demonstrated by comparing public opinion