Revisiting where my activism began, and finding a history lesson

Recently, during a brief visit to my hometown — Westmont, NJ — I checked out the site of the old local office of the McCarthy for President campaign. I volunteered for this campaign in 1968 at the age of 16. It was where I got started in activism.

Although the stop by the old campaign office was short, time enough only for a couple of photos, I’ve been thinking about the 1968 campaign itself. Not the small town New Jersey campaign, which was a great experience, but the bigger picture. And I’ve come to the conclusion that it may hold a lesson for us in this presidential campaign season.

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Emperor Donald: Hereby Ordered

“Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China … Also, I am ordering all carriers, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS and the Post Office …” Tweet-Decree from Emperor Donald, August 23, 2019

Here’s an idea. Let’s declare Donald Trump Emperor of the United States, his august personage to be known forthwith as Donald I. There’s precedent for this.

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It’s Trump vs Obama. And Obama’s Winning. (And so is CA!)

Of all the manifestations of the Madness of King Donald, perhaps the most obvious one is his continuing obsession with his predecessor, Barack Obama. And, as in the past, his fevered, imaginary competition with America’s first African American president finds King Donald coming up short.

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Happy anniversary, dear. Look, I got us handcuffs!

Tomorrow is Hiroshima Day, a time to remember the dreadful destructiveness of nuclear weapons. A time to remember that our country is the only country ever to have used these inhuman weapons — twice. And it is a time to rededicate ourselves to the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. There are today still nearly 15,000 nuclear warheads in the hands of nine countries. 

I’ll be hosting a special edition of Other Voices TV about the current state of nuclear weapons and the continuing abolition movement. I’m looking forward to my conversation with Jackie Cabasso, a nuclear abolition activist for over 30 years, and Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action. Here are the details. I hope you’ll join me for this forum.

But for this post, I wanted to briefly relate the story of one particular anti-nuclear weapons protest that I participated in because it was particularly memorable.

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