Monday, January 22, 2018

First Minute of a New Day....

On January 25, 1975 Gil Scott Heron and the Midnight Band released the album First Minute of a New Day.  This link is to the song "Winter in America," which appeared on the previous album in a slightly different version....
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Senator George McGovern Announces Antiwar Run for President

On January 18, 1971 George McGovern announced his candidacy for president.  His campaign was probably the most left-leaning campaign under the flag of one of the two main parties ever (until Bernie Sanders's 2016 campaign, anyhow.)  McGovern promised to withdraw all US forces from Vietnam within sixty days of his inauguration and give amnesty to all draft resisters. He ultimately won the Democratic nomination, despite the best efforts of the centrist/conservative wing of the party.
Here is the text of his announcement:

Unfortunately, he would lose the election to Richard Nixon in November 1972.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pershing Missiles Deployment Decision

A December 12, 1979 decision by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to station 464 land-based U.S. cruise and Pershing II missiles in Europe prompted a major protest movement across Europe and the United States.  Begun during the Carter administration, the deployment continued under Reagan.  In Britain, where Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, one aspect of the antinuclear movement was an encampment led by women.  "The women’s persistent daily resistance to nuclear arms on English soil. The decision to put a fourth of the weapons at Greenham Common, the women said, had been taken “over our heads and without our knowledge” and over the heads of most elected Members of Parliament."