Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties

Presentation and discussion with author Thomas Grace

In Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties, Thomas M. Grace details how the National Guard killings of antiwar students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, were not a mere tragic anomaly. Rather they were grounded in a tradition of student political activism that extended back to Ohio’s labor battles of the 1950s. The vast expansion of the
university after World War II brought in growing numbers of working-class enrollees from the industrial centers of northeast Ohio, members of the same demographic cohort that eventually made up the core of American combat forces in Vietnam. As the Vietnam War’s rising costs came to be felt acutely in their home communities, Kent’s students joined the growing antiwar movement and clashed with the university administration and the political conservatives who dominated county and state government in Ohio. The battle over the memory and meaning of May 4 has continued to the present day.

THOMAS M. GRACE is adjunct professor of history at Erie Community College. A 1972 graduate of Kent State University, he earned a PhD in history from SUNY Buffalo after many years as a social worker and union representative.

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Challenging Militarism, Climate Change, and Human Nature

Challenging Militarism, Climate Change, and Human Nature: Revolutionary Mothering and A Politics of Responsibility
Judith Deutsch

Our ability to address urgent threats to our existence like climate change and nuclear weapons is hampered and undermined by questionable assumptions about “human nature” that underlie much political thought and action. In the book Revolutionary Mothering an anthology by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, Mai’a Williams, and Loretta J. Ross, women of color start from the interdependence of the child and the mothering person to propose a very different perspective on human experience, and the interface between individuals and institutions. Mothering and revolution are messy – there are no pat formulas or fixed paradigms. They propose a politics of necessity and responsibility, emphasizing needs rather than rights: “There will be no liberation without us knowing how to depend on each other, how to be encumbered with and responsible for each other.”

Judith Deutsch is a columnist for Canadian Dimension Magazine, former president of Science for Peace, and a psychoanalyst by profession. For reading prior to this presentation, please refer to Judith’s March 1 article in The Bullet: http://socialistproject.ca/bullet/1376.php

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Day 3, Session 5—Devils & Dust: Resisting War in New York, the Pacific, & the Middle East

Panel presentation with discussion
Claude Copeland, Laurel Mei-Singh, Yuko Tonohira

Claude, Laurel and Yuko will survey the tremendous resistance to US and other capitalist occupations taking place in the Pacific, the Middle East and speak about the network of resistance that is developing in NYC.

Claude Copeland is active in community organizing in the Bronx and is a long-time member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Laurel Mei-Singh serves as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in American Studies at Princeton University. Her current research develops a genealogy of military fences and their relationship to Hawaiian struggles for national liberation and self-determination in Wai‘anae on the island of O‘ahu in Hawai‘i. She has worked with the Wai‘anae Environmental Justice Working Group, Hawai‘i Peace and Justice, and CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities.

Yuko Tonohira is a member of Sloths Against Nuclear State (SANS). She is a graphic designer and illustrator working in a wide range of fields in healthcare, book publications, music, and across environmental and social justice movements internationally.

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