The Senate’s Symbolic Gift

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s barely likely that any American who’s been paying attention to events surrounding this business in Libya is surprised at the scope creep that is taking place before our eyes. (“Scope creep” describes how a task you’ve agreed to do grows larger once you’re shaken hands and pocketed the check.) First [...]

Days of Outrage

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Will it ever end? Each day seems to bring another outrage. Today I’m fuming over President Obama’s statement in last night’s speech to the nation that he has the prerogative of ordering air and sea action against any country where he thinks a government is dealing harshly with civilians. Humanitarian aid, [...]

Report from the NYC Triangle Shirtwaist Remembrance

Guest Post by Susan Davis, posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson My friend Susan Davis, who lives and writes in New York, sent me this report on this monring’s Remember the Triangle Fire event.  I thought you’d like a firsthand report. Susan is a member of UAW Local 1981, the National Writers Union. Sunny day, but [...]

Remembering Triangle Shirtwaist

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson One hundred years ago today, on March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers, mostly women and mostly Jewish and Italian immigrants, some as young as 14, died in a horrific fire. Most, if not all, of their deaths could have been avoided. In a surprisingly passionate article in Fox Business, which I [...]

I Just Don’t Understand

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I wish someone who approves of what we Americans are doing in Libya will explain to me why it qualifies as a humanitarian act. It seems to me that when you pick up a gun and start shooting people — whether you’re a tyrant or rebelling against a tyrant — you [...]

Fukushima Shows Us What Can Happen

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Vermont Yankee (VY), a nuclear power plant 10.1 miles from where I live, is of the same age and make as those in trouble in Fukushima, Japan. There is a special bond these days that people who live within range of VY — in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as [...]

Revolution: A History Lesson

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson There’s a marvelous essay by Robert Freeman comparing the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt with those that began in Europe in 1848.  It begins In 1848, a series of revolutions convulsed Europe.  From Berlin to Budapest, Venice to Vienna, Paris to Prague, people rose up and overthrew the authoritarian monarchies that [...]

Street Heat Rises

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson While I write this I’m listening to the speakers at a rally at the Lansing, Michigan, state house. It’s a live video feed arranged by Michael Moore, god bless him. I don’t know how long the rally will continue, or when you’ll read this, but if you want to see whether [...]

Out in the Street

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The more of us that show up at rallies and demonstrations, the sooner we’ll get our country back. Libya to the contrary notwithstanding, it may be a little easier to get people out in the streets to overthrow a dictator than to defeat a legislature that promotes union busting, unbridled capitalism, [...]

Let’s Hope the No-fly Zone Won’t Fly

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson A significant number of US officials, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman among them, are pressing President Barack Obama to set up a no-fly zone in the airspace above Libya. A no-fly zone is an area in which aviation is prohibited, sort of a demilitarized zone in [...]