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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wednesday, April 3 - We Have Not Been Moved

Tonight at 8 PM on Bibliocracy, on KPFK 90.7 FM:  We Have Not Been Moved. My guest today is, no surprise, an activist, as reflects this show’s commitments, affections and tastes.  But he is also a variety of cultural critic and compiler of commitments by way of education, peace and justice, solidarity and anti-racism work.  So no surprise that Matt Meyer, longtime War Resisters League organizer, and a fellow with a peace and justice CV as long as your arm, is also now an editor, lately of an essential anthology of writing about one of his – and our – favorite topics.  The good folks at PM press along with the War Resisters League, have published a major compilation of essays, speeches, documents, poems and more in We Have Not Been Moved:  Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America.  Co-edited with Betita Martinez and Mandy Carter, with a foreword by Cornel West and contributions from everybody who’s, well, anybody, this reader on war and racism not only charts the struggle but points to strategies for, as the editors put it, “radical transformation through revolutionary nonviolence.” Contributors include the authors of classic historic texts (Audre Lorde, David Dellinger, Dr. King) and more recent thinkers and doers, as Fred Ho, David McReynolds and Starhawk.  Check out this blurb, from a reader and fan whose critique you might esteem:  “When we sang out ‘We Shall Not Be Moved’ in Montgomery and Selma, we were committed to our unshakeable unity against segregation and violence. This important book continues in that struggle—suggesting ways in which we need to do better, and actions we must take against war and continued racism today. If the human race is still here in 2111, the War Resisters League will be one of the reasons why!” —Pete Seeger.

This is a must-read, must-own anthology.  Thanks for listening, on the radio or online, or as a free download from the station’s archives.    

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