Gwen Fischer
Jun 29, 2018

Howard Zinn: Don’t Despair about the Supreme Court

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Howard Zinn wrote (in 2005) in the Progressive: "It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds."

"There is enormous hypocrisy surrounding the pious veneration of the Constitution and "the rule of law." The Constitution, like the Bible, is infinitely flexible and is used to serve the political needs of the moment. When the country was in economic crisis and turmoil in the Thirties and capitalism needed to be saved from the anger of the poor and hungry and unemployed, the Supreme Court was willing to stretch to infinity the constitutional right of Congress to regulate interstate commerce. It decided that the national government, desperate to regulate farm production, could tell a family farmer what to grow on his tiny piece of land." Read the whole article .

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  • Gwen B Fischer
    May 29, 2018

    I'd love to talk with a group of community rights folks about community resilience. Emai me if you're interested and I'll set it up. I'm reading "The Community Resilence Reader." It's available on line for the price of subscribing to the Post Carbon Institute's newletter and providing them with some general information and an email. Here's a quote from the Introduction to the Reader: "Today we face four major crises—environmental, energy, economic, and equity—that threaten to overwhelm the resilience of the systems we care about, particularly at the local level. . . .The charge to build community resilience, however, raises important questions: Resilience of what, exactly? Resilient to what, exactly? Building resilience how , and benefiting whom ? The Community Resilience Reader aims to answer these questions." Anyone want to read it and figure out how we can put this into practice? [Let me know if you're able to get together in person, say at Reed Library, or do a conference call, and when.]
  • Gwen B Fischer
    May 28, 2018

    "Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for revolution" is more a reference book than a book you sit down to read. It's divided into Tactics, Principles, Theories, Case Studies, and Practitioners.