In These Times

Magazine focusing on movements for social, economic, and environmental justice.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 9, September

A Dream Deferred
Only sustained community activism will reverse the Supreme Court's most recent betrayal of Brown v. Board of Education.ON JUNE 28, THREE years after the soth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court subverted Browns meaning...
A Freegan World
LET'S IMAGINE THE WORLD as a bizarre neighborhood. On the sunny side of the street some individuals are so rich they can afford to live in castles or mansions, 'lhey can travel around the globe in hours instead oi weeks, and they throw away enough food...
Appall-O-Meter
1.5 What Would Emily Post Do?What is it about dinner guests and their annoying determination to be helpful? They insist on clearing the table, then on doing the dishes-which is to say, forcing you to do the dishes right away, as opposed to leaving you...
Blogs Up, Hacks Down
OH, WHAT A difference a year makes. At the second annual YearlyKos conference in Chicago in early August, now-confident progressive bloggers played nice with journalists and political candidates, transcending the defensive attacks that marked last year's...
Climate Change Refugees
IT HAS ALREADY started. The first ripples from rising seas are inundating low-lying areas, threatening coasts and islands. Climate refugees around the world are fleeing regions beset by violent storms, extreme temperatures, melting glaciers, spreading...
Creating the 21st Century Library
When you enter the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, the first thing you notice is "rock star" librarian Nancy Pearl-in action figure form. It's the first hint that you've stepped inside an unconventional library. Megan and Rick Prelinger's vision...
Extending Tours, Stressing Troops
JUSTIN THOMPSON, 23, PROPOSED to Erin underneath the Eiffel Tower last February. The photos of the two on her MySpace page have the hallmarks of a young couple in love. Thompson can't wait to get back to Lacey, Wash., to get married, and go to college....
Farming the Concrete Jungle
In cities across the country urban farmers are growing communities, greening the landscape and revolutionizing food politicsAt 9 a.m. on a cool, bright Saturday in mid-June, Robert Burns and Diana Baldelomar set up a farm stand outside the YMCA in Boston's...
Gitmo's Last Honest Man
IN LATE JUNE, a brave whistleblower submitted a devastating affidavit to the Supreme Court, which prompted the court to reverse itself and hear the latest Guantánamo cases challenging the Military Commissions Act. Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham's affidavit...
How Does Laura Bush Sleep at Night?
WITH THE PASSING of Lady Bird Johnson, we are reminded that First Ladies used to stand for something. She was not as beautiful as Jackie Kennedy, and in the mid-1960s with the war in Vietnam escalating, beautifying America's highways may have seemed...
In Condemnation of Opting In
Within a few days of the announcement that Punk Planet magazine (which I co-edited for three years) was shutting down, our compadre in Chicago music journalism, Pitchforkmedia.com, dropped the sad news that the underground (and indie-supporting) stalwart...
Labor Takes a Seat in the Classroom
Educators are taking steps to bring union history into American schoolsA WORKER APPROACHES THE THREE-PERSON National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) panel after filing a union grievance that her boss dismissed on unreasonable grounds. The board consults...
Letters
Cheney: an insult to weaselsI want to apologize. Even as a subscriber, I guess I haven't really appreciated In These Times as a unique, progressive voice until I read the Susan J. Douglas' column "Is Cheney Evil or Just a Weasel?" (August).As an animal...
No Match? No Más!
ON THE HEELS of Congress' failure to pass an immigration reform bill, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is releasing a get-tough regulation that would force employers to either fire workers whose names and Social Security numbers don't match...
Palestinians in Iraq Face a Second Exile
WITHIN THE NARROW STRIP of no man's land separating Iraq and Syria, nearly 400 Palestinian refugees have been forced into an impossible existence at the al-Tanf refugee camp. Aid organizations periodically deliver water, pre-cooked meals and meager supplies...
Restoring Classroom Justice
WHEN THE CHICAGO School Board passed a Student Code of Conduct on June 27 that made "restorative justice" a central approach to school discipline, a coalition of Chicago students, parents and educators celebrated a step forward in a four-year-long organizing...
Scorned on the Bayou
Louisianans fear a new plan to restore costal wetlands could destroy their way of lifeGEORGE BARISICH HAS BEEN shrimping and oystering in the Louisiana bayous-"everywhere I can float," he says-for 40 of his 50 years. He harvests oysters in brackish water...
The Counterproductive War on Gangs
WHEN IT COMES to America's criminal justice policy, the cure is often worse than the crime. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than in the war on drugs, which has inflicted more social damage than drugs themselves. So too with the war on gangs, according...
The Crafting of Obama
TO MY ESTEEMED colleague, In These Times Senior Editor Salim Muwakkil:I love your work, but I have to call you out on your missive in the August issue, "The Squandering of Obama."You suggest that America's first serious black presidential candidate is...
The Kids Aren't Alright
The Kids Aren't AlrightTOWARD THE END of his must-read article about race and the U.S. incarceration epidemic in the July/August 2007 Boston Review, Brown University economics professor Glenn C. Loury argues that, when it comes to understanding criminals,...
The Promise of Low Power FM
THE MOVEMENT TO develop alternatives to mainstream corporate-owned radio got a boost recently with a bi-partisan congressional bill to expand low-power FM (LPFM), a class of frequencies devoted to non-commercial community groups. Though LPFM stations...
The Secret Lives of Plutocrats
The Secret Lives of PlutocratsED BAZINET LIVES in Richistan. He moved there after pocketing more than $100 million from the sale of his company, which peddled miniature ceramic houses made in Taiwan to enthusiastic collectors whose interest Bazinet never...
The Trial (and Errors) of Hugo Chávez
CARACAS-IN APRIL 2006, AFTER a failed attempt to demolish the structurally unsafe bridge on the highway connecting Caracas with the Port of La Guaira, the Chávez opposition expressed outrage at government incompetence. Manuel Rosales, the opposition...
Universal Health Care for Wisconsin?
WITH HEALTH CARE ranking near the top of voters' concerns nationally, state politicians around the country have been taking action to provide better health insurance coverage. Some states have expanded existing plans, such as Medicaid and the State Children's...
Unveiling Muslim Feminsim
Unveiling Muslim FeminsimTHE COVER OF the July 21 Economist touted an article about Iran's push to develop nuclear weapons. But the accompanying photo, filling the cover along with the article's title, "The Riddle of Iran," presented a sea of figures...