Against the Current 79

— The Editors
"In the black of the winter of nineteen-nine,
When we froze and bled on the picket line,
We showed the world that women could fight,
And we rose and won with women's might."
— Steve Bloom
IN OCTOBER, MUMIA Abu-Jamal-Black activist and award-winning journalist who has been on Pennsylvania's death row since 1982-had his appeal for a new trial turned down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (see ATC 78).
— Malik Miah
A CONCERN OF old-line civil rights leaders is how to remain relevant to the vast majority of African Americans. Since the victories won by the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this has been an issue facing the NAACP, Operation PUSH, the SCLC, Urban League and every other group formed in that period and since.
— Medea Benjamin
AFTER THE EXPOSÉS in the early 1990s of horrendous conditions in sweatshops producing clothing and shoes for some of the largest U.S. companies, the fight against sweatshops has come a long way.
Companies that once refused to acknowledge responsibility for factory conditions by alleging they were “only the buyers” now have codes of conduct, undertake more serious internal monitoring of the factories they buy from, and several companies have begun experimenting with different forms...
— Harry Clark interviews Professor Israel Shahak
(continued from last issue)
THE FIRST PART of this interview with the Israeli human rights campaigner Professor Israel Shahak appeared in our previous issue ("The `Peace Process' and the CIA," ATC 78).  It was conducted in June 1998 by Harry Clark, a solidarity activist from Ann Arbor.
The Israeli political situation is clearly in rapid flux with the imminent May 17 election and the emergence of new forces in the "political center" represented by Generals Yitzhak Mordechai and Amnon...
— Guillermo Almeyra
THE SMASHING ELECTORAL triumph of Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chávez, previously imprisoned because of his participation in a failed military coup against the government of Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez provoked diverse reactions and much confusion.
— R.F. Kampfer
— Henry Phillips
WHAT DO YOU call a labor lawyer who has worked on management's side of the table and never made a living as a rank-and-file union member?  In these sorry days, you call him Teamster General President.
— Mike Parker
THE HOFFA VICTORY in the Teamsters may be a bigger defeat, and in the long run potentially more disorienting, for the reform forces in the rest of the U.S. labor movement than in the Teamsters.
— Stephanie Luce interviews Randy Albelda
Randy Albelda teaches economics at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and is active in several welfare rights organizations.  She is co-author of Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women's Work, Women's Poverty (South End Press, 1997) and author of "What Welfare Reform Has Wrought," Dollars and Sense, January/February 1998.  She was interviewed by Stephanie Luce from the ATC editorial board.
— The Editors
HEIDI DOROW IS director of the Urban Justice Center Organizing Project in New York City. In ATC 73 (March-April 1998) she spoke with Dianne Feeley and David Finkel about New York's “Work Experience Program” (WEP), and her organization's campaign to convince non-profit organizations to refuse to participate in this workfare program. We spoke to her again in February, 1999 to learn about developments in the past year.
— Dr. Sherry Baron
Radium Girls: Women and Industrial Health Reform, 1910-1935. by Claudia Clark.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.  289 pp, notes and bibliography.  $17.95 paper.
AT THE BEGINNING of this century a group of young women workers who, while licking their brushes to make a fine point, applied radium-laden paint to the faces of watches and instruments, began to sicken, and in many cases to die.
— Rachel White
UNDERGROUND WOMAN. My Four Years as a New York City Subway Conductor, by Marian Swerdlow. Temple University Press, 1998; $18.95 paper.
— Angela Hubler
Pity is Not Enough by Josephine Herbst, with an introduction by Mary Anne Rasmussen (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998) $16.95 paper.
WHILE JOHN DOS Passos' U.S.A. trilogy has remained in print for the past sixty-some years, Josephine Herbst's nearly contemporary Trexler trilogy has not been so favored.  The first volume, Pity is Not Enough, was published in 1933 by Harcourt Brace.  Although Warner Books republished the trilogy in 1985, it quickly went out of print again.
— Bertha Husband
Surrealist Women: An International Anthology, edited with introductions by Penelope Rosemont. With 45 illustrations. Austin: University of Texas Press. $24.95 paper, $50 cloth.
— Catherine Sameh
DECEMBER 22, 1998 will sadly be recorded in the pages of women's sports history. On that day the American Basketball League, one third of the way into its third season, announced it was suspending operations and would immediately file for bankruptcy.
— Mary C. Malloy and Charlie Post
WHAT HAS ALWAYS distinguished serious economic analysis from mere ideological cheerleading is the effort to understand the general economic laws that govern capitalist societies, and how these laws have manifested themselves through capitalism's historical development.
— Hillel Ticktin
BOB BRENNER HAS written a book that is clearly important and I respect him for tackling the issues and working on them so assiduously.  His work is clear and I have found it very useful in clarifying my ideas but I find it hard to agree with it.
— Barri Boone
JOYCE MAUPIN, A long-time revolutionary activist and writer and a founder of Union WAGE (Women's Alliance to Gain Equality), died last September 14.
Joyce loved to recount the story about “women in line to pee” leading to the formation of Union WAGE, the organization they spent a decade building. Her friend, Jean Maddox (ex-Communist Party) attended a March, 1971 conference on Women's Day at UCB (Berkeley) called by NOW. Standing in line for the bathroom, Jean chatted with Anne...