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hayden_horizontal.pdf December 13 2013 Issue 107 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tom Hayden The Peace Exchange Bulletin ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Donate to the PJRC for 2014! December 11, 2013 I turn 74 today, and with your support [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001nKg7caSFPQKcOa3dNxO8D3nASkhbx2FzK8T5NGHTs1djFnBvxLpmA7FafTNlHCI9SrrGYdvqZ94FcVU-r4gZX-rYqdb1ArgFokifrZS0VQ00KsEDztI_54T29ZLTZfY9BHldEZDm3Xo=], feel ready to write my brains out for as long as they last. I am oddly proud that my work is uncompensated in this money-made country. That's right, the hundred or so Peace Exchange Bulletin articles from the past year - unpaid labor. The dozens of The Nation and Huffington Post pieces - also unpaid. An opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times or The Guardian - a couple of hundred bucks towards my kid's education and music classes. Two years' work on a book - maybe a thousand bucks a month, with no money for advertisements and promotion. You get the picture, because many of you are in the same boat or an even leakier one. Before 2013 ends, please make a contribution to the PJRC to pay for my stellar research assistant, Emma Taylor, and our minor administrative expenses. Nothing's free, but we are as free as it gets. If you cannot donate to the PJRC, please pledge to copy, paste and circulate our materials as widely as you can. And send feedback too. One of the nicest messages I've received recently came from Michael Ratner, the human rights attorney who heads the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, which has been litigating against stop-and-frisk. When I wrote [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001nKg7caSFPQLIc_LuU-bcsofBkzr4QrP_eRyc0s9DlL5pfSvPuqssZolHOzttX_iouboz2Aaj-wJEkJuRBL86htCzwztluV5nS-WbksY25zTA7yXPTyp1Zb6KhhyUi-UfhQgJVFQMCNVqD6WwcnqmPsNuSKP1QI6TviKiSIveFt3C_fuHcpXUCls4fqLXNIkV] in The Nation about William Bratton's record in Los Angeles, Michael replied, "Tom, that was a very good and important piece. No one else has said it." Additionally, he tweeted the article to his six thousand followers. This support is invaluable. My own favorite five days this year was lobbying in D.C. against the impending US missile attack on Syria. With my friends in Progressive Democrats of America [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001nKg7caSFPQJxQdyO-l600K9I5YoEnksIO4yyezdWgghJrNE5kDF7iVsVNyFCvk8CWDeE_GW7GFx2pT3pa10xbcp-OCWxHUyp0YAylLVBZZp9UhzSeI7w_cO4bav85vfl] (You should join up!), we published an argument against escalation in the insider paper, Roll Call, visited over one hundred congressional offices, and witnessed the shortest successful peace movement in memory - the escalation was called off after a week! Also dear to my heart are the California prisoners who went on hunger strike to oppose decades of solitary confinement. I wrote for the Los Angeles Times and The Nation about their struggle, lobbied Governor Jerry Brown and key Senators for hearings, and finally, we succeeded in forcing the Legislature to engage with their life-and-death issues. For 2014, I am committed to writing the unknown history of the Cuban Revolution and the New Left, and speaking everywhere I can on behalf of normalization of relations before President Obama leaves office. My intuition and experience tell me that it's doable at last. My new book on Cuba will be out next year, published by Seven Stories Press. I am blessed to watch and witness the seasons of life go by, in awe of the unpredictability of history and with faith that social movements are always being born. Thank you, Tom Hayden Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ An Opening for Progressive Democrats The sight of progressive Democrats shaming and exposing the Wall Street-funded "third way" Democrats this week is a sign of a powerful new opening for progressives on the American political spectrum. The standing of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Bill De Blasio and many others is on the rise. The Clinton Democrats are being challenged from the populist left; the AFL-CIO is supporting a new generation of organizers; the immigrant rights movement is reviving the tradition of the student civil rights movement; the LGBT movement is learning to win. And as long as the economy is failing for the poor, working people, and the middle class, the conditions for a new politics are ripening rapidly. Continue reading... [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001nKg7caSFPQJwu3RrVyqS_ZI3_2RzP-eCkYdQ0KZWY04HTJdwkDfvycS-TpBmOgZWbDyTieBh_KKj9B9Eo_Ub5CL6f4uZdTCvjyOlcjnTBYgFIc6B0fR_wIkGHvxMvNRVPxhlZIBnTIXcvNEoNbIVYJO7_RVnumNMgpDHP5WuJsgOpYq86-FvyQ==] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Is It Time for the U.S. to Shake Cuba's Hand? Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times The handshake between President Obama and Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service would have made the South African leader smile. It was the latest sign of a gradual thawing in relations between Washington and Havana after a frozen half-century. Continue reading... [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001nKg7caSFPQLJmRta5uEKklM39dIoVEvkOTQxbsn1nA-JK8CJemnzL_hW-LraphgQodLpdr66QLXyo6f9qAj28VOKdxQbmPwT9Sj0d71Apcw_LL2jnMmaej1YMbNkSZ1pUyopX1vDbfm9f-hmsaPuAhr3_gvhMZh7XQKQv1z9BJhrniWTl0OkwrdL_W0u8yBU] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Reform the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department: Letter to Attorney General, Eric Holder Dear Attorney General Holder: There is a compelling need for the Department of Justice to intervene against the longstanding and unconstitutional patterns and practices of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. The Justice Department should file a civil action in order to monitor the Sheriff's Department under a consent decree or other federal court order to eliminate the pattern and practice of abuse and corruption. Continue reading.. [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001nKg7caSFPQJ2ECnW0SCSAlGCj0Cm-opIMBABv4lgc973BfxTaVtIghNaZk5adFvBgmIE2JVMWNQm1fcFogdW2rmQWtO-iyGKOLaa88EMfli3zg3KLk7aO4n2fApPoCp7iTvpbE5Fn-MX-dYzgK6Dx4TKVnrP0jN8ShwtSHuJXzCSaiib93MX6-FWrnxrGjsh5smyywC09IA0CwlTP6DAPg==]. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Why Connie Rice is Partly Wrong Connie Rice is a respected civil rights attorney who has decided to join the "dark side", as she jokingly calls it, by becoming a Los Angeles Police Department adviser. Working on the inside of any mainstream institution is a difficult adjustment for an outside advocate to make, but joining the LAPD is especially tricky for a former NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer. Continue reading.. [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001nKg7caSFPQJU5v7586g7rD--BcTYs79E4NOj2Xs2-0CMwibp1cKqc2oxBqUmRX5fBqLvSyePsiM5hkUxEOKu2IzsqwXM2-FbB-bmmj0PtLQyLNov9o48WqO1CXca8sWq_sywurTR5AaAmwe525vgL345TeO9qgQ5WENDRS6MYaU=]. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dismantling the Myth of Bill Bratton's LAPD Originally Published in The Nation The return of William Bratton as New York's top cop raises questions about how far reform of stop-and-frisk laws will go. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has extolled the incoming chief for implementing "constitutional" stop-and-frisk policies during his Los Angeles tenure. Stop right there and frisk Bratton's Los Angeles record. It's not what you might think. Continue reading... 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