Aware of the connection between art and politics, many artists over the years have lent their names to social change. A couple films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival document the ordeals of two world-famous artists sharing many similarities, albeit years apart.
Karl Rove didn’t miss a trick in his schemes to contrive a Bush victory for president. One tactic is ballot initiatives prohibiting gay marriage, with the goal of splitting Democrats and consolidating the right-wing Republican base. Such measures will appear on the ballot in 11 states including the presidential battlegrounds of Ohio, Michigan, Oregon and Arkansas.
GRASSROOTS POWER The League of Conservation Voters has been going door to door for John Kerry in the suburbs near Milwaukee, Wis. The environmental group gave the president an “F,” the first failing grade for a president in the history of LCV’s presidential report card. LCV’s mission is to hold the president and the Congress accountable for their environmental votes and policies.
William (Bill) Gerson, 65, a mathematics professor at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), who wrote for the Daily World, predecessor of the People’s Weekly World, died of cancer Oct. 4 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md.
Poetry The insanity rap Hip Hop! Be Bop! Push Bush out the door, in the year 2004!
Film Review CHICAGO — In the world of ballroom dancing, Tommye Giacchino and Gregory Day have achieved it all, from winning both U.S. and world championships, to being featured on PBS’ “Championship Ballroom Dancing,” ESPN, BBC and Eurosport TV, to even starring in a children’s dance video.
Film Review The following is the third in a series of articles on last month’s Toronto International Film Festival. Salvador Allende Canada Struck by the fact that there are very few artifacts in Chile today of former President Salvador Allende, director Patricio Guzman took his camera back once again to his homeland to pay tribute to the great socialist leader.
Opinion With the presidential debates now behind us, the struggle for the White House will tilt even more toward decentralized media battles for electoral votes. Between now and Election Day, vast resources will go toward spinning local news coverage in swing states while launching carefully targeted commercials on radio and television.
Opinion The assault on Iraq was not rooted in self-defense, but in a totalitarian vision of America as ruler of the world.