Category Archives: CIA

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

“The U.S. vs. John Lennon is a 2006 documentary film about English musician John Lennon‘s transformation from a member of the Beatles to a rallying anti-war activist striving for world peace during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film … Continue reading

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The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History

“Fred Hampton was the 21-year-old chief of staff and national spokesperson for the Black Panther Party when, on the morning of Dec. 4, 1969, Chicago police broke into his apartment and murdered him. Hampton was considered a charismatic danger by … Continue reading

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John Sinclair: ‘We wanted to kick ass – and raise consciousness’

“I meet John Sinclair in a canalside coffeeshop in Amsterdam, where the vibes are mellow, the air perfumed, and the soundtrack a stream of vintage rock songs of the more laidback kind. Compared to slightly self-conscious young pot tourists skinning … Continue reading

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Vietnam War Photos That Made a Difference

“A group of people are huddled together in a jungle clearing, some with arms reaching toward a light from above. At first glance, perhaps an allegorical painting from the age of da Vinci. But on closer examination, it’s a black … Continue reading

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All Printing Is Political: Fredy Perlman and the Detroit Printing Co-op

Fredy Perlman, The Incoherence of the Intellectual, C. Wright Mills’ Struggle to Unite Knowledge and Action, Black & Red Press, Detroit, 1970 “Fredy Perlman (August 20, 1934 – July 26, 1985) was an American author, publisher, professor, and activist. His most popular work, … Continue reading

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The Revolutionary Humanism of Frantz Fanon

“The renewed protests against racism and police brutality over the last year have supplied a fresh impetus for thinking about the nature of capitalism, its relationship to racism, and the construction of alternatives to both. Few thinkers speak more directly … Continue reading

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The Campaign Against The Underground Press*

Kaleidoscope, April 26-May 9, 1969 “In the 1960s, investigative journalists, poets, novelists, political activists, community organizers, and artists formed an unprecedented alliance for change in the vigorous underground press movement that flourished in the United States. This network of counterculture, … Continue reading

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The Secret War That Transformed the CIA

American helicopters land at Khe Sanh base, on the Laos border on February 1, 1971. “If you work at it, you can make a case that Americans fought on the right side in Vietnam. There is an argument — not … Continue reading

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Pushing Buttons: In Our Divided America, Political Pinbacks Give Anyone a Voice

Top: A group of Americana pinbacks from Aisthorpe’s collection. Above: Several of Aisthorpe’s antiwar buttons, circa 1967-1971. “In this modern age of political polarization, we Americans increasingly surround ourselves with friends, neighbors, and news sources that reinforce our worldviews rather … Continue reading

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Remembering the Black Panther Party

Charles Bursey hands a plate of food to a child as part of the Black Panther Party’s free breakfast program. “2016 marked the fiftieth anniversary of both Stokely Carmichael’s coining of the phrase ‘Black Power’ and the formation of the … Continue reading

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