Don’t Dis Community Organizers

By: Scott Kurashige

Amid all the hoopla and pressure, Sarah Palin took to the stage of the RNC convention, wowing the GOP delegates and winning over most of the media commentators. Her speech commanded that we stop viewing her as a curiosity, that we take her seriously as a politician and a leader.

And if we are to take the substance of her words seriously, then we need to point out that Palin—echoing an attack on Barack Obama delivered a half-hour prior by Rudy Giuliani—made one of the most idiotic statements of the year.

Palin remarked, “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.”Continue reading

1964, 1968 or 2008

By: Rich Feldman

In 1968, I volunteered for Eugene McCarthy, traveled across the country to campaign against the war in Vietnam, danced in the streets of Wisconsin when LBJ announced that he would not run for a second term and demonstrated in Chicago against the pro-war policies of the Democratic Party Leadership.  This was my initiation into the politics of the 1960s.  I arrived at UM and got involved in the year between the 1967 Detroit Rebellion and the Assassination of MLK.  The assassination of Martin Luther King dominated the hearts and minds of millions of Americans and reminded us that we could not separate the war and foreign policy from the Civil Rights Movement and the need to transform our values and rebuild our cities.
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