• Freedom of Expression,  Stateside

    Reinstate Bahia Amawi

    While university speech hi-jinks often receive media attention, it can be easy to forget how free speech is being curtailed by state legislatures in the US. In addition to introducing legislation barring teachers from introducing “controversial topics” in the classroom, states like Texas have made it a dismissible offense to engage in speech not endorsed by the state government. Enter Bahia Amawi:

  • antisemitism,  Stateside

    Protesters Target Jewish Shop Owner in San Francisco

    Manny Yekutiel recently opened up a cafe and public space in the Mission District of San Francisco. In an Op-Ed for the San Francisco Chronical, Manny detailed the shop’s purpose. The kitchen is staffed with formerly homeless individuals and run by the nonprofit Farming Hope. We’ve already given free or low-cost space to more than 25 nonprofits such as Mission Graduates, Indivisible, Citizen’s Climate Lobby and the Instituto Familiar de la Raza, who need to spend their money on programs, not expensive rental fees. Our coffee is $1.75 and you can have a healthy square meal for $6. We’ve had elected officials and advocates in the space, artists and poets…

  • antisemitism,  Stateside

    Solidarity in Pittsburgh

    As chair of the Lexington, Virginia, Democratic Committee, I’ve been very occupied in recent weeks with the upcoming election next Tuesday– working to reelect Senator Tim Kaine (running against a neo-Confederate hatemonger from Minnesota) and elect a progressive farmer’s daughter to Congress from my largely rural and Republican district. The latter race is something of a longshot, but recent events have only increased my determination. I hope I don’t need to explain why. But I want to take time to post this. It means a lot to me. Seen on the steps of Sixth Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh: Posted by Chad Andrew Herring on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  • Stateside

    Tributes to John McCain

    “Cynicism is often the shamefaced product of inexperience.” –A.J. Liebling Here are the eulogies for Senator John McCain by his daughter Meghan and by former President Barack Obama: It’s hard to miss the not-so-oblique references to a certain man who was not invited to the memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington. “We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness,” [Meghan McCain] said, gritting her teeth through the tears. “The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.” When…

  • Obituary,  Stateside

    RIP John McCain

    A brave and patriotic and decent man, dead at 81. For all my political disagreements with McCain, two things stand out for me about him: — His refusal to accept early release from his six-year imprisonment in North Vietnam until all his fellow American POWs were freed. — This moment from his 2008 campaign for President:

  • antisemitism,  Stateside

    Anti-Semitism at the University of Oregon

    Sometimes, “polite” Jew haters in America drop the guise and display their anti-Semitic motives for all to see. A sign belonging to the Jewish campus group Hillel at the University of Oregon was vandalized with pro-Palestinian profanity, the group said on Friday. The sign — located in a parking lot and bearing the greeting “Welcome” in English and Hebrew — was defaced with messages including “Free Palestine you f*cks,” written using a black marker. Prior to the end of the school year, the UO student senate passed a resolution endorsing the BDS movement. Some Jewish students noted the conspiratorial claims made against speakers opposed to the resolution. One student who opposed the resolution, Elysa…

  • Stateside,  Trump

    “When in the Course of human events…”

    Happy Fourth of July. Did the rather dimwitted hosts of Donald Trump’s favorite news source “Fox and Friends” get punked by a Thomas Jefferson impersonator? Everything he read from the Declaration of Independence actually appears in our founding document. But his selection of specific items from the long list of grievances against George III is interesting in light of recent events. See what you think. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

  • Stateside,  Trump

    Another time

    Remember when Howard Dean couldn't be president because he yelled — Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 31, 2018 Yup. This post of mine from way back then seems downright quaint.

  • Israel/Palestine,  Stateside

    Zionists on Campus “a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians”

    Across the Atlantic in California: California State University Chancellor Timothy White said this week he would “explore all appropriate options” in response to a San Francisco State University professor who on Facebook described welcoming Zionists to her campus as “a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims [and] Palestinians.” In a March 26 email, White criticized SFSU associate professor Rabab Abdulhadi (who oversees the university’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas program, or AMED) for a Feb. 23 Facebook post, which she signed using her official university title and address. School administrators, including the university’s president Les Wong, have at least pushed back against this publicly. Wong reaffirmed support for Jewish students, faculty…

  • antisemitism,  Stateside

    It’s Not All Bad News for Jewish Students on American Campuses

    With the endless spats of anti-Semitism within our major political parties and a constant stream of “anti-Zionist” claptrap coming out of universities on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s nice to hear some good news about being Jewish on campus: A recent Brandeis University study of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment on American college campuses finds information completely un-shocking to anyone who’s ever talked to more than three Jewish students: an overwhelming majority do not see their campus as “hostile to Jews.” The author distills the following from the Brandeis study: 1. 95 percent feel safe on campus The majority of Jewish students polled said they hadn’t experienced anti-Semitism on campus and…