Peter Rothberg

Peter Rothberg writes the ActNow column for the The Nation. ActNow aims to put readers in touch with creative ways to register informed dissent. Whether it's a grassroots political campaign, a progressive film festival, an antiwar candidate, a street march, a Congressional bill needing popular support or a global petition, ActNow will highlight the outpouring of cultural, political and anti-corporate activism sweeping the planet.

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High-stakes test prep leaves less time for projects like the one above, created by students at PS 29. (PS 29 Brooklyn/Facebook) Views
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 3:15pm
Brooklyn Teachers Push Back Against High-Stakes Testing
This post requires full disclosure: I could hardly be more involved in what I'm writing about here. Not only do my two children attend PS 29, one of the main teachers involved in the story teaches my son's class, I've personally worked with the teachers and parents trying to organize resistance to...
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 9:40am
Greek Factory Under Workers Control
The workers of Vio.Me ., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its bankrupt owners, have been unpaid since May of 2011. This week, after a series of general assemblies the workers convened, they’ve started occupying the factory and operating it under direct democratic workers’ control. The culmination of a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, the occupiers are trying to kick-start production and prove themselves a viable new model.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 12:27pm
The Five Most Under-Reported Stories of the Summer
I find back-to-school signs in mid-August jarring and unwanted, but it’s undeniable that summer is quickly fading into another electoral autumn. Before yielding to the insatiable demands of fall though, I solicited thoughts on the summer’s most neglected stories. The competition is tough, as the London Olympics, the presidential campaign and the tragic Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson break-up have sucked up most of the media oxygen in recent months. But these five issues especially demand far more attention than they’ve received this summer.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 3:12pm
How to Help Troy Davis
This is the fifth time I've blogged since 2007 about what I consider Troy Davis' wrongful imprisonment. Davis has been on death row in Georgia for more than 19 years for the murder of a police officer he maintains he did not commit.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 8:11am
Tell President Obama: Jobs, Not Cuts
This Thursday, September 8th, President Obama will give a speech laying out his plan to combat stagnant job growth and create new economic opportunities for millions of hurting Americans. He is also expected to ask the Congressional Super Committee to sign on to his plan to reduce the deficit by four trillion dollar.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 1:45pm
End the 'War on Drugs'
Tomorrow's 40th anniversary of President Nixon's declaration of the War on Drugs comes amid growing recognition that the policy, and all that it wrought, is a complete disaster.
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Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 10:27am
Remembering Gil Scott-Heron
I first saw Gil Scott-Heron perform in 1985 at the Brazilian club SOB's [1] in Manhattan, which during that period functioned as his home-base. His unique musical fusion of jazz, blues, rap, funk, and soul was captivating and his radical political vision was transformative, not just for me, but for a generation of musicians and activists especially in the hip-hop community.
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Friday, May 13, 2011 - 11:23am
Immigrants for Sale
Today, our friends at Brave New Foundation launched the 'Immigrants for Sale' campaign with a powerful animated video exposing the way private prisons profit off the passage of anti-immigrant legislation, and what that means for the democratic process.
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Friday, May 6, 2011 - 11:46am
Help Defeat The 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act'
Extremists in the House of Representatives won a vote to approve an anti-choice bill yesterday that would effectively end all insurance coverage of abortion-related services, and even "redefine rape." The final vote was 251 to 175 with seventeen Democrats joining the entire Republican caucus.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 1:31pm
Top Ten Anti-Nuclear Songs
The continuing fear of atomic safety in Japan after the March 11 earthquake brings added weight to today's 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history -- the meltdown in Chernobyl , Ukraine that has caused tens of thousands of cancer deaths, and showed just how far-reaching the ramifications of a serious nuclear accident could be.
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