Giving thanks for touchdowns In many households, football is as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition as is turkey. Sitting down to watch Thursday’s games gives us the chance to bond with (or in some cases, escape from) our families and to cheer on our favorite team. Here is how the games panned out.
John Donahue, the executive director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, died on Nov. 17. Donahue – known to his many friends as Juancho – was hospitalized at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 64.
Toronto Film Festival 2003 – part 3 As mentioned in my last column, the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival provided a wealth of excellent documentaries for progressive film enthusiasts. While this reviewer was unable to see all the films of significance, and intentionally avoided some of those that will be shown in local theaters, the following highlights offer an amazing visual feast and mind-altering experience.
Opinion Two weeks ago in Miami I got a face full of tear gas or pepper spray in the demonstrations against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The last time I was gassed by police was in October 1967 at “Stop the Draft Week” in Oakland, Calif.
FTAA protesters being released or calling from jail in Miami report excessive brutality, sexual assault and torture going on inside. People of color, queer and transgender prisoners are particularly being targeted.
Review Certainly the richest program for progressives at the Toronto International Film Festival is the Real to Reel collection of documentaries.
Review Philip Guston is considered one of the major figures of 20th century American art. A retrospective of his work has toured through Ft. Worth, Texas, and San Francisco, and is now appearing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It is a look at the artist’s progress through various styles during his lifetime.
Angel Rene Torres, a lifelong fighter for democratic, member-controlled unions, died in September. Torres was a Puerto Rican who born in New York. While only in his teens, Torres shipped out as an able-bodied seaman. He joined the National Maritime Union where he fought for seaman’s unity. He fought against racism on U.S. merchant vessels and for the 40-hour workweek.
Documentaries always provide a rich fertile ground for progressive ideas and those selected for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival’s Real to Reel Program are no exception. Outstanding titles include “The Corporation,” an impressive Canadian examination of the institution that’s taking over the world. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is a “you are there” filming of the actual Venezuelan military coup and the kidnapping of President Hugo Chavez. This nail-biter offers the closest feeling most people will ever get to being part of a major historical event.
Karl Marx observed that “The history of hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” Michael Parenti’s “The Assassination of Julius Caesar” is a unique look at how Marx’s observation played out in ancient Rome during the last century of the Roman Republic.