In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 10, October

20 Million Arrests, and Counting
THIS NOVEMBER, MOMENTS before millions of voters flock to the polls to elect America's 44th president, law enforcement officials will make their 20 millionth marijuana arrest.Yet in the days leading up to this appalling milestone, it's unlikely either...
22 to Know
Our Picks for an Obama CabinetIn 2007, the Pew Research Center conducted a poll asking Amerecan if they could identify a man named Robert Gates. As the Iraq War raged, fewer than one in four respondents knew he was the secretary of defense. Is this a...
Back for the Future
Progressives at the Democratic National Convention look to FDR as a model for an Obama presidencyDENVER-IN POLITICS, TIME IS complicated. It's a mix of clinging to the past (often more imagined than real), fulfilling the demands of the present and looking...
Embedded in Pink
IT'S JULY IN AUSTIN, Texas. I'm wearing an electric pink cape screeching to a milling audience of several hundred who await the appearance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). It's uncomfortable for many reasons, but I'm a reporter embedded in the...
High Court May Immunize Big Pharma
STRUCK BY A blinding migraine, Vermont musician Diana Levine went to a clinic where she was injected with the anti-nausea drug Phenergan, produced by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Within weeks, the hand that had fingered her guitar was black with gangrene....
High Gas Hitting City Fleets
IF YOU GET pulled over for speeding in Holly Springs, Ga., you may notice a new addendum to your ticket: a $12 fuel surcharge.In June, the city council mandated this extra fee as a way to offset surging gas costs that, in the first five months of 2008,...
Hip-Hop's Planet Rocker
Afrika Bambaataa is legend in the world of hip-hop: an Afro-Futurist in the tradition of musician Sun Ra; a radical democrat and organizer; a sound-system blaster; a South Bronx DJ; a former leader of the street organization The Black Spades; andfather...
Homeless Court Advantage
OUTSIDE A HIGH school in downtown San Diego-on a concrete handball court that often sees action-is where the country's first homeless court began. No witness stand. No bench for the judge. Just a bare ground with some folding chairs.Started by San Diego...
Hospital Flacks Spread Fake News
WHEN GLEN MABIE'S boss at WEAU-TV-13 told him he would have to start running stories suggested by a local hospital, featuring its staff and services, Mabie quit in protest.The agreement with the hospital would have prevented the Eau Claire, Wis., station...
Letters
Move Everyone LeftDemocrats have not won a majority of the white vote since 1964.About a decade and a half ago, an overwhelming number of white voters in Louisiana voted for former Klansman David Duke to be governor (only a massive outpouring of opposition...
Mapping the Road Less Traveled
Mapping the Road Less TraveledPROGRESSIVES NEED A book that demonstrates to idealistic young people that they can pay the rent and transform society. The book would also nudge older people into activism and address the responsibilities of adulthood.Sadly,...
Marriage Equality in Peril
'Prayer warriors' battle to pass state referendums banning gays and lesbians from marryingIF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT seemed suspiciously quiet recently in the fight against same-sex marriageget ready for a battle royale.Conservative groups like Focus on...
More U.S. Meddling in El Salvador?
AS EL SALVADOR prepares to hold its presidential and parliamentary elections early next year, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) worries the Bush administration might be drumming up fear to sway results.During a June...
Native Radio Building Community
RADIOAS NEW TECHNOLOGIES take hold in the marketplace-and in the minds of consumers-old media are starting to look, well, older. FM radio is no exception. The debut of new cell phones that deliver audio applications spurred predictions of radio's demise.But...
No Jobs Make Mean Streets
As urban economies collapse, gun violence risesWHEN ANTHONY HAYDIN WOKE up on June 30, he did not imagine his street would be the scene of one of Chicago's most deadly shootings. Three people had been shot in an apartment right across the street from...
Punk Manifesto
Punk ManifestoERICK LYLE'S ON the Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of the City (Soft Skull, May) may not have gotten much attention when it came out earlier this year, but that's a shame.This collection of material from the low-budget zines Scam and...
Sleepwalking through Seattle
About halfway through Bottle in Seattle, writer/director Stuart Townsend's cinematic dramatization of the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Seattle, a group of activists are watching a local TV station's coverage of the explosive eventson...
The War We Won't Talk About
THE WAR ON drugs has gotten little traction during this presidential campaign. The last time it was even mentioned was during the Republican debate in September 2007 at Morgan State University in Baltimore, when Republican candidate Rep. Ron Paul (Texas)...
Wastewater Ski Slopes
A battle over sacred lands could be heading to the U.S. Supreme CourtA LEGAL BATTLE OVER THE fate of the San Francisco Peaks, one of the southwest's most ecologically diverse and sacred mountains, could be heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.A coalition...
What Bush Has Stolen from Us
MANY OF US had been waiting for tougher talk from Barack Obama about John McCain and the Bush presidency. At the Democratic convention, Obama began to deliver-but it wasn't stark enough.I recently visited Australia and New Zealand, and it made me realize...
You Can't Be President
The decrepit state of American democracyIN THE LATE SPRING of 2007, I found myself in a Manhattan playground in the midst of what can only be described as a children's riot. Moving to protect my younger daughter from the mob, I wound up surrounded by...