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Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003 at 10:06 AM
Rabbi Michael Lerner has been banned from speaking at the antiwar rally in San Francisco this Sunday, February 16. One of the rally organizers, Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), has stated that it will not allow a "pro-Israel" speaker to take the stage.
Let Anti-War Rabbi Michael Lerner Speak
Rabbi Michael Lerner has been banned from speaking at the antiwar rally in San Francisco this Sunday, February 16. One of the rally organizers, Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), has stated that it will not allow a "pro-Israel" speaker to take the stage -- despite the fact that Rabbi Lerner has been an outspoken critic of Israeli policy in the occupied territories, has endorsed ANSWER's antiwar rallies in the past, has signed the Not in Our Name petition against the war, and is widely known to be among the most progressive of American rabbis. Other coalitions organizing the rally, including Not in Our Name and United for Peace and Justice, have acceded to ANSWER's opposition to Lerner, on the grounds that they had previously accepted as a condition for participation in the demonstration the agreement that if one of the groups vetoed a speaker that all would have to agree.
We, the undersigned, protest ANSWER's refusal to let Rabbi Lerner speak at this Sunday's rally. At a time when the antiwar movement needs as broad a platform and as broad an appeal as possible, ANSWER has chosen instead to put the interests of sectarianism ahead of the interests of all those who oppose this foolish and unnecessary war. We believe this is a serious mistake, and that it exemplifies ANSWER's unfitness to lead mass mobilizations against war in Iraq.
Partial List of Signers:
Greg Goldin, writer
Robert W. McChesney, writer
Jack Newfield, writer
Doug Ireland, writer
Ariel Dorfman, writer
Marc Cooper, writer
Michael Berube, Penn State
Janine Jaquet, Nation Institute
John Powers, writer
Katha Pollitt, writer
Suzi Weissman, professor and author
Eric Alterman, writer
Kateri Butler, writer
Todd Gitlin, writer
Tom Christie, writer
Eyal Press, writer
Jon Wiener, historian UCI
Lee Smith, writer
Michael Balter, writer
Carl Bromley, Editorial Director, Nation Books
Harold Meyerson, writer
Celeste Fremon, writer
Matthew Rothschild, Editor, The Progressive
Irene Theodore Heinstein
Clifford L. Staples
Adam Shatz, writer
Emily Jane Goodman
Sonia Jaffe Robbins
Roy Ulrich, attorney
Naomi Glauberman, writer
Judith Long, The Nation
Maurice Zeitlin, author and professor
Bruce Shapiro, writer
Tad Daley, UCLA
Andrew Gumbel, journalist
Dr. Aryeh Cohen, University of Judaism, Los Angeles
Nalini Lasiewicz, Lasiewicz Foundation
Barbara Osborn, Liberty Hill Foundation
Fr. Chris Ponnet, Co-Chair Pax Christi USA, Los Angeles Chapter
Anita Frankel, former Public Affairs Dir. Pacifica Radio
Roane Carey, The Nation
Reverend Ed Bacon, Rector, All Saints Church, Pasadena CA
Prof. Steve Ross, USC
Dr. Lawrence Littwin, CSUN
Ella Taylor, writer
Daniel Sokatch, Executive Director, Progressive Jewish Alliance
Francisco Letelier, writer
Jules Tygiel, SFSU
Ellen Carol DuBois, UCLA
Mike Davis, UCI
Marla Stone, Occidental College
Peter Dreier, Occidental College
Bobbi Murray, Journalist
Kevin B. Anderson, Purdue University
Robert H. Silk, Attorney
Susan T. Silk. PhD, Biochemist
Frank Smyth, journalist
David Nasaw, CUNY Grad Center
Maggie Helwig, writer
Rabbi Shaya Isenberg, University of Florida
Richard H. Schwartz, College of Staten Island
Howard A. Rodman
Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Nathan Cummings Foundation
Daniel Pope, University of Oregon
Jordan Elgrably, Open Tent Middle East Coalition
Don Bustany, host "Middle East in Focus" KPFK
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||Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003 at 10:16 AM
|Lerner is a warmonger, anti-communist and parasite
||Holocaust Family Member
||Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003 at 7:42 PM
||not a zionist , but...
||Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003 at 8:17 PM
|Ideas... not people, are enemies
||not a zionist, either
||Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003 at 9:11 PM
|ideas are ideas...
||Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003 at 9:19 PM
|What are sectarians thinking?
||Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 at 7:59 PM
||Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 at 8:26 PM
||Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 at 8:51 PM
|Are we to apologize for Israel-bashing?
||Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 at 10:50 PM
|Lerner's a Liar
||Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 at 11:28 PM
|Media Bias Alert!!!
||Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 10:46 AM
|CHILD MURDERS AND RABBI LERNER
||Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 8:34 PM
|Diversity Is Strength
||Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at 7:24 AM
||Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at 9:12 PM
||Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003 at 12:29 AM
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