By John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney
(This article appeared in the January 25, 2010, edition of The Nation. The Nation is available at www.thenation.com.)
The founders of the American experiment were even by their own measures imperfect democrats. But they understood something about sustaining democracy that their successors seem to have forgotten. Everyone agrees that a free society requires a free press. But a free press without the resources to compensate those who gather and analyze information, and to distribute that information widely and in an easily accessible form, is like a seed without …[Read the details]
By: Kathy Kelly
There is a phrase originating with the peace activism of the American Quaker movement: “Speak Truth to Power.” One can hardly speak more directly to power than addressing the presidential administration of the United States. This past October, students at Islamabad’s Islamic International University had a message for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. One student summed up many of her colleagues’ frustration. “We don’t need America,” she said. “Things were better before they came here.”
Kathy Kelly with Iraqi children.
The students were mourning the loss of life at their university, where …[Read the details]
By: Renee Newlove
If you’ve ever been in the Tower District at the beginning of March, you might have noticed a buzz and a lot of people. That is the Rogue Festival, a nine-day independent performance and arts festival that takes place in the Tower District every year.
Marcel Nunnis, The Godfather and founder of the Rogue Festival.
What is the Rogue? Nine years ago, founder Marcel Nunis and some of his theater buddies came back from the San Francisco Fringe Festival with plans to introduce such an event to Fresno. In 2002, the Rogue …[Read the details]
By: Leonel Flores
In recent years, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants and their families marched and appealed for immigration reform and the chance to realize their dreams, while they build the dreams of this nation. Immigrants continue to faithfully give their labor and their lives with the hope that one day they can emerge from the shadows and the most deplorable jobs and living conditions.
This immigration reform march was held in downtown Fresno on May 1, 2009. Organizing is now underway for the 2010 May Day march in support of immigrant rights.
In …[Read the details]
By Mariasofia Corona and Liset Perez
March 31 marks the birth of labor and civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez. On this day, people across the United States and beyond will be celebrating Chavez’s life work.
On April 23, 1993, Chavez passed way in his sleep in San Luis, Ariz. A funeral service was held in Delano, Calif., where Chavez had planted the first seeds of the United Farm Workers (UFW).
Cesar Chavez Celebration
Chavez is remembered as a crusader for nonviolent social change, a spiritual figure and an environmentalist. In commemoration of his life, …[Read the details]