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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...

The Culmination

August 22, 2015
Rumsfeld & Saddam

The CIA called the operation TPAJAX. The Brits called it “Operation Boot.” Using the best tools Capitalism has to offer—money, guns and corruption—a coup was organized. With Churchill in London and Eisenhower in the White House, it was like old home week. The old war horses smelling powder, breaking out their soldier uniforms to...

A.J. Muste — American Gandhi

By and
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.

Police State

June 24, 2015
Police State

It was somewhere near the beginning of 1930 when Bonnie Parker first set eyes on Clyde Barrow in a romanticized version of love at first sight. Bonnie was married, but separated from her husband. She was an out-of-work seamstress; Clyde had been born poor and didn’t know any different. He’d first been arrested at...

“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.

A Long Way Home

February 6, 2015
A Long Way Home

I reckon it was a long time ago; so far back most folks around today weren’t even born yet. Well, there was this liberal politician and he had this plan to improve health care in America. The guy had a checkered past, the moniker of “crook” had dogged him for most of his political...

The Forgotten History of American Support for the Shah

March 1, 2014
Azadi (Freedom) Sqare

The week of February 11th marked the 35th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution; the popular uprising that successfully deposed the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The Shah had ruled the country since September 1941, after Britain and the Soviet Union invaded and occupied Iran and forced the abdication of his father, Reza Shah Pahlavi. While...