The issue of civil rights was too much for the establishment to handle. One of the chapters of history that's least studied by historians is the 300 to 500 riots in the U.S. between 1965 and 1970.
The peace and justice movement has to expand and not run away from the plight of gang members.
Most centrist Democrats... try to distance themselves from controversies that recall the 1960s. There are journalistic centrists as well, who avoid hard truths for the sake of acceptance and legitimacy.
Why should American atrocities be merely unsettling, but a trip to Hanoi unconscionable?
I've written a book on gangs, taught a course on gangs at Occidental.
Already this war on gangs in California is taking money from universities to build prisons, and the universities have some clout.
Twice the Republicans in the California legislature tried to block my seating because of my trips to Hanoi.
Fonda was neither wrong nor unconscionable in what she said and did in North Vietnam.
I think people are entitled to march without a permit. When you have a few hundred thousand people on the street you have permission.
The politicians of New York have everything that is necessary to make proper decisions and they will have to live with what happens afterwards. The worst scenario is the politicians covering their eyes and turning it over to the FBI.
I'm not ready to give you a clear answer on whether electoral politics holds any particular hope for progressives. It would mean that nothing I did ever mattered.
If you look at the data, the inner city that was the riot zone lost 55,000 jobs in the ten years from 1992 to 2002, instead of gaining a surplus of 50,000.
I don't think I'll ever fully get over losing the city council seat. I don't know how that happened. But it was less than 1 percent out of 50,000 votes. I'd put in six or seven years into changing L.A.
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