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A-Bomb film recognized

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September 14, 2019
A-Bomb film recognized

Codename Project 9 continues to win film festival recognition with an “official selection” at the Vegas Movie Awards Festival in Las Vegas. It didn’t make the final cut at this new “prestigious monthly competition and annual film festival,” but is listed among the selections posted on the festival’s web site. You now can see...
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New Play Features Paul Robeson’s Legacy – An Update

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August 3, 2019
New Play Features Paul Robeson’s Legacy – An Update

African-American singer-actor-activist Paul Robeson continues to inspire and raise awareness of the controversial politics that surrounded the man, as the new play 8 Hotels attests. Early reviews of the play, playing on the London stage August 1-24, 2019, do not indicate that playwright Nicholas Wright’s script includes Robeson’s famed Peace Arch concerts in the...
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Union Hall Named National Historic Site – A Labour History Update

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July 29, 2019
Union Hall Named National Historic Site – A Labour History Update

Parks Canada officially designated the Rossland Miners’ Union Hall as a national historic site on July 20, 2019. The subject of my 2013 documentary film Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout, the 1898 building has been the meeting place for many historic events in the history of the B.C. labour movement. The Parks Canada web...
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Old-Timers Back “Climate Change Kids” in Lawsuit – An Op-Ed Article

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July 15, 2019
Old-Timers Back “Climate Change Kids” in Lawsuit – An Op-Ed Article

The lawsuit now before the Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit calls on the federal government to protect today’s young people and future generations from the effects of climate change. We old people need to support their case and the Green New Deal for the sake of our grandchildren and great grandchildren. The...
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History Backs the Green New Deal – A Response

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May 30, 2019
History Backs the Green New Deal – A Response

Kevin Baker, “Where Our New World Begins: Politics, Power, and the Green New Deal,” Harper’s Magazine, May 2019. Kevin Baker, a journalist and author of award-winning historical novels, supports the Green New Deal. It isn’t blanket support; he sees that changes and compromises will be needed to make it fly. But he argues that...
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How I Became a Socialist – A Memoir

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April 29, 2019
How I Became a Socialist – A Memoir

The Green New Deal has already created a stir in Congress and in the minds of many Americans who have been quick to condemn it as a communist plot. After 10 years of living among them, I have learned that fear largely drives the collective consciousness of Americans: fear of skin color, immigrants, and...
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Codename P9 is official selection in New York

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April 8, 2019
Codename P9 is official selection in New York

Codename Project 9, my short documentary film on the role of the Trail, B.C., smelter in making the atomic bomb, was judged an “official selection” at the Dumbo Film Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y.  From dumbofilmfestival.com: “Dumbo Film Festival (DFF) is a yearly event structured in monthly contests. Every month, each of the categories will be awarded and...
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Mesmerized by Hitler – A Book Review

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March 29, 2019
Mesmerized by Hitler – A Book Review

Karl Koerber, Through the Whirlpool: Swept Up in the Nazi Apocalypse, self-published and available through amazon.ca, 240 pages, $15.85 (CDN), paperback with photographs. Seventy-five years have passed since the end of the Second World War and we continue to be fascinated, even preoccupied, by it. Every year, another batch of new films, novels and...
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The Green New Deal – Living in America Series

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February 22, 2019
The Green New Deal – Living in America Series

I have not seen much hope of Americans embracing socialism as a possibility in reorganizing this increasingly broken society. Early this week, for example, I paid a visit to my barber. He’s ex-military, an ex-baker, an ex-tattoo artist, and a pretty decent haircutter. He was upset about the Green New Deal. “What about my car?...
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White Supremacy Rising – A Book Review

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February 5, 2019
White Supremacy Rising – A Book Review

White Supremacy Rising Eli Saslow, Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist (New York: Doubleday, 2018). I am only beginning to learn about the sadly enduring impact of slavery and the persistent influence of racism in the American political system. Rising Out of Hatred has helped me recognize the death...
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Books