Anti-War paper Launched

Anti-War paper Launched


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The first issue of War Times featured an interview with Danny Glover, an actor and activist who shares the view that bombing

Afghanistan was wrong. Other articles criticize U.S. military deployment in the Philippines, stepped-up attacks on Palestinians, racial

profiling and attacks on immigrants in the U.S., Bush’s new policies of preemptive military strikes, and the cost of the war on terrorism.




Anti-War Paper Launched

A new, nationwide anti-war newspaper began publication in Oakland, Calif. in February, hoping to promote what it bills as a more humane, less jingoistic alternative to the gung-ho militarism of President Bush. Bob Wing, managing editor of War Times, said he was disturbed by the U.S. government’s response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Instead of conducting a police action to bring the Sept. 11 murderers to justice, Wing said the Bush administration was killing innocent Afghans, threatening more than 60 countries and trampling on civil liberties and civil rights at home. While other Americans were mounting flags on their cars, Wing began talking to everyone he knew about a project that could counter what he saw as a warmongering atmosphere taking hold of the nation. The result is War Times, a bilingual English/Spanish publication launched by Wing and a group of Bay Area writers and activists with the support of nationally known intellectuals and human rights advocates such as Nobel Prize winner Noam Chomsky. After publishing a prospectus of War Times online, Wing said the public response was overwhelming. A first run of 100,000 copies is 10 times the number originally planned by the group. War Times is being published every six weeks and distributed in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. “The thing blew up on us,” he said. Requests for copies came from every corner of the country, and the idea of starting small and targeting only active peace groups ended. War Times is still avidly looking for additional distributors and financial supporters. They can be contacted through their Website at The first issue of War Times featured an interview with Danny Glover, an actor and activist who shares the view that bombing Afghanistan was wrong. Other articles criticize U.S. military deployment in the Philippines, stepped-up attacks on Palestinians, racial profiling and attacks on immigrants in the U.S., Bush’s new policies of preemptive military strikes, and the cost of the war on terrorism. The lead article of the premier edition, by Jung Hee Choi, a War Times editor, profiles a New Yorker who lost her brother in the World Trade Center and an Afghan-American woman who lost a large number of family members in U.S. airstrikes on Kandahar. The two women met recently, and have used their personal tragedies as a platform for opposing the U.S. war. “Our viewpoint will be, in general, war hurts a lot of people,” from Afghan villagers who lost their homes to non-citizen airport employees in the U.S. who are losing their jobs. Wing is a writer and editor who honed his activism during the student strikes at University of California-Berkeley in the 1960s. More recently, he founded and edited ColorLines magazine, which focuses on issues of race and organizing. Launching a newspaper to protest government policy is a venerable American tradition, and one with strong roots in the Bay Area. But Wing points out that the landscape for publishing has changed since the ’60s. Now there are free alternative weeklies in every coffee shop, and a small anti-war publication has to carve out its own niche. Wing wants to emulate the muckraking work of journalist I.F. Stone and the social commentary of African-American writer W.E.B. Du Bois. “We need thousands of people like you to share War Times with other people who question war, racial profiling and the curtailment of civil liberties,” the editors write in their first editorial. The paper is free, and interested readers are being asked to help distribute it. Distribution will be national, and the editors hope in particular to reach readers in the middle of the country, where anti-war viewpoints are not as accepted as in the Bay Area.For more information, contact War Times at

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—


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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama’s political success and Oprah Winfrey’s financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today… than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don’t know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

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By W. E. B. Du Bois

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