All Further Articles for 2009-08-04

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
A Rift In The Community, And Possibly Change
Proving the Jewish tradition of dissent is alive and well except when it comes to Israel, there was an uproar when the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the world's largest such festival, decided to show the documentary "Rachel" about activist Rachel Corrie, killed by an Israeli buldozer while she was protecting Palestinian homes in Gaza. There was even more outrage when her mother Cindy was invited to speak, with support from the American Friends Service and Jewish Voice for Peace. Entirely reasonably, Cindy Corrie advocates "justice, freedom, security and economic viability for both Israelis and Palestinians." Read the backstory here and an account of the showing here
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Marilyn Clement, Civil Rights Leader, RIP
Longtime activist and organizer Marilyn Clement has died at the age of seventy-four after a battle with cancer. She was founder and national coordinator of Healthcare-NOW. Over the past five decades, she worked for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the African National Congress, and The Guardian newspaper.
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Monday, August 3, 2009
Miss Landmine: Everyone Has the Right To Be Beautiful
A controversial beauty pageant for the amputee victims of Cambodia's landmines has been cancelled after the government denounced it as "a mockery" of the victims. The winner of the Miss Landmine contest was to receive a crown and prosthetic limb. The event's organizer, a Norwegian director, said it was aimed at raising awareness of the dangers posed by Cambodia's millions of still-unexploded landmines, and at turning victims into survivors. To see the contestants go here. "Kek Galabru of the local rights group Licadho: "It will not be a beauty contest, it will be a contest of suffering."
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Stand Up and Shout
Appearing in town halls to advocate for health reform, Democrats are running into screaming, catcalling, increasingly hysterical right-wing mobs who insist private, for-profit health care works just fine, thanks. Turns out the so-called tea party patriots are not spontaneous eruptions of populist anger, but political spectacles carefully orchestrated by industry-financed, Swift-Boat-inspired, right-wing groups like Right Principles, which calls itself "Unapologetically American," always a bad sign.
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