Last Veterans Day, I was in a nursing home with a broken ankle, and all us war veterans were invited to a meeting in the day room. We had the usual inspirational patriotic songs and then the hostess introduced some speakers from the VFW and the American Legion, and several other individuals.
Since the vicious and compounded horrors of Sept. 11, U.S. Americans have been forced into a heightened intimacy with “terrorism.” It has come home with a vengeance and in a manner hitherto unimaginable.
The Bush Administration seeks to ride the crest of popular demand for security against terrorism through Congress and the courts with their own agenda.
To be a patriot is to love one's country, people and civilization without hating others, without thinking yourself superior. American revolutionaries were patriots, as were Yugoslav and Chinese Communists, who led their people against Nazi and Japanese invaders. European Communists and socialists who organized resistance movements against the Nazis, their allies, and fascist puppets were patriots.
PORTLAND, Me. – The Portland City Council decided Nov. 19 to add its muscle to a push for universal health care in Maine.
HAVANA, Cuba – The Hemispheric Meeting to Oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas ended its four days of sessions Nov. 16 in the Cuban capital.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Addressing Parliament on Sept. 20, South African Foreign Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said, among other things, that South Africa is opposed to terrorism.
PIMA COUNTY. Ariz. – Bowing to a well-organized campaign and public pressure, the Pima County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 13 approved a Cesar Chavez paid holiday by a vote of 3 to 2.
Concerned that the recently announced budget shortfall will translate into cuts in the program and threaten the $4,000 maximum grant appropriated in spending bills, students and student advocates are mobilizing in support of increased spending in the Pell grant program.
NEW YORK – A young woman stood in the crowd on Church Street one block north of the ruins of the World Trade Center. It was just two months after the Sept. 11 attack and smoke was still rising from the rubble.