About John Marciano

John Marciano has been an activist, scholar and teacher in the antiwar/social justice movement since 1965, commencing as a graduate student at SUNY Buffalo where he was a founding member of SDS there. He was a chair of the Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY) human rights commission, where he worked with community groups to confront homophobia, racism, violence against women and war.

Now Professor Emeritus at SUNY, he has published two books, book chapters, numerous articles and dozens of opinion pieces on political and social issues. These include Teaching the Vietnam War (with Willliam L. Griffen), 1979; and Civic Illiteracy and Education: The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of American Youth, 1997. Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn read the Vietnam manuscript and Zinn wrote the preface; Chomsky also commented on Civic Illiteracy and wrote an endorsement; “9/11 and Civic Illiteracy,” in Comparative Education, Terrorism and Human Security, 2003; “Civic Literacy at Its Best: The ‘Democratic Distemper’ of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS),” in Defending Public Schools, 2004; and “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Shifting Meaning of Terrorism,” The Bookpress, Ithaca, New York, October 2003.

From 2004 through 2008, he taught community courses for adults in Santa Monica on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Empire as a Way of Life, based on the work of William Appleman Williams.

It Takes Two Clintons to Destroy a Village

bill and hillary

John Marciano: Amidst the adulation for the Clintons, can admirers imagine the anguish of Afghani, Bosnian, Iraqi, Pakistani, Serbian, Somali, Sudanese and Yemeni parents whose children that have been killed as a result of decisions the Clintons have made as public officials?

The Iraq Invasion and U.S. Clergy


John Marciano: As I walked past a Santa Monica church on Easter Sunday, I wondered if the clergy inside had addressed the war’s anniversary. Had they at any time in the past ten years condemned it in clear and prophetic language? Where have they been during the long nightmare of war in Iraq – and Afghanistan?

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