Marty Jezer

Marty Jezer

Marty Jezer  was a well-known Vermont activist and author. Born Martin Jezer and raised in the Bronx, he earned a history degree from Lafayette College. He was a co-founding member of the Working Group on Electoral Democracy, and co-authored influential model legislation on campaign finance reform that has so far been adopted by Maine and Arizona. He was involved in state and local politics, as a campaign worker for Bernie Sanders, Vermont's Independent Congressional Representative, and as a columnist and Town Representative. Jezer had been an influential figure in progressive politics from the 1960s to the time of his death. He was editor of WIN magazine (Workshop In Nonviolence), from 1962-8, was a writer for Liberation News Service (LNS), and was active in the nuclear freeze movement, and the organic farming movement (he helped found the Natural Organic Farmers' Association). Marty died in 2005.

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Thursday, November 27, 2003
Who to be Thankful For
Thanksgiving was first celebrated in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims who, a year earlier, had carved the Plymouth Colony out of the New England wilderness. Ninety local Indians joined the settlers for the three-day feast and party. The Pilgrims had reason to invite and thank the native people...
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Friday, October 31, 2003
A Matter of Intelligence
It’s become evident that our problems in Iraq are based not only on poor intelligence but deliberately distorted and dishonest intelligence. This is compounded, to make things worse, by the fact that those who are using (or misusing) the intelligence lack the common sense to put that intelligence...
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Friday, October 17, 2003
Vermont Is Hell
The picture on the cover of the October 13th issue of The National Review is of an idyllic Vermont farm scene. Scrawled across the picture in big bold type is the four-letter word, “Hell.” Republicans are supposedly licking their chops at the prospect of Howard Dean winning the Democratic...
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Sunday, September 12, 2004
Out of the Streets, Into the Voting Booths
One year from now the presidential campaign will be in full swing. Absent a political meltdown (which is not inconceivable), the Republicans will have renominated George W. Bush and the Democrats will be uniting behind a candidate of their own which, one hopes, will not be Joe Lieberman. There's...
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Saturday, August 09, 2003
Liberia And American Interventionism
Weeks have past since George W. Bush toured Africa and said he was thinking about sending American peacekeeping forces to help stop the civil war in Liberia. The United Nations has requested peacekeepers, as have many African countries, most especially Liberia's immediate neighbors. Hundreds,...
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Friday, August 01, 2003
Bob Hope: Court Jester
I've always been a sucker for comedy. In my system of values, a bad joke is better than no joke. In my hierarchy of heroes, there is no one braver (at least in the field of non-life-threatening occupations) than a stand-up comedian risking existential death every time he or she tells a joke. In...
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Friday, July 11, 2003
Not A Vietnam-like Quagmire
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference recently in which he attacked media prophets of doom and gloom for suggesting that the administration's war against Iraq is a Vietnam-like "quagmire." "It isn't," Rumsfeld insisted. "It's a different time, it's a different era, it's a...
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Thursday, May 15, 2003
Have Road Map, Need Drivers
The Middle East road map to peace is like a backcountry dirt road in Vermont. You can't get there from here. The United States, along with the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations (the "Quartet," as the grouping is known), has introduced a road map for "a final and comprehensive...
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Friday, April 26, 2002
On Anti-Semitism
Among the many responses I've received for my columns on the Middle East two stand out. A number of non-Jews, in person and by e-mail, have told me, "You write what I believe, but I'm afraid to speak out. I'm afraid to criticize Israel because people will think that I'm anti-Semitic." A second...
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Thursday, February 21, 2002
Glimmer of Hope in the Middle East
Last spring and summer I wrote a series of columns on the Middle East highly critical of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and PLO leader Yasir Arafat. But I was especially harsh on Sharon because Israel, as the dominant power, holds the strategic initiative for a Middle East settlement. In one...
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