Tag Archives: student activism

Betsy DeVos v. Dwayne Wade

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which shut down in the immediate aftermath of last month’s mass shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead, recently reopened. And, today, there was news that the students had received two distinguished guests, one of whom talked with them at length about their experiences, and the other, who, refusing […]

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Motivated by student pressure, Trump agrees to make good on his promise to ban “bump stocks”

Well, round one appears to have gone to the kids of Parkland… The White House announced this afternoon that, at long last, Donald Trump would be making good on his promise to ban so-called “bump stocks” and other devices used to convert semiautomatic firearms into fully automatic ones. This, as you’ll recall, was something that […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: D’Real Graham

A few weeks ago, longtime Ypsilanti resident D’Real Graham left town for Washington, DC, where he’ll soon be restarting his college career. Before leaving, D’Real and I had the occasion to exchange a few emails about his memories of growing up here, how he’d seen the city change over his lifetime, and his plans for […]

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Tom Hayden talks with me about Ann Arbor in the late 1950s, his time at the Michigan Daily, the concept of participatory democracy, and the circumstances which gave rise to the Port Huron Statement

Earlier this evening, I had the occasion to speak with activist and author Tom Hayden about his role in the drafting of the Port Huron Statement, the circumstances which gave rise to this widely influential manifesto of the New Left, and his evolution from student journalist to impassioned activist. Hayden, who is often credited with […]

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Alan Haber on the origins of SDS, similarities to the Occupy movement, Ann Arbor at the height of McCarthyism, and why he never built that second bomb

I spent yesterday morning with my friend Jeff, at the home of Alan Haber, the first president of Students for Democratic Society (SDS). We talked about Ann Arbor at the height of McCarthyism, the circumstances which gave rise to SDS, the drafting of the Port Huron Statement 50 years ago, and the opportunity that may […]

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