Marcy Winograd: The purpose of the bill is to chill speech by targeting the ever-popular movement to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel for its human rights abuses: Palestinian home demolitions; expanded settlements in the West Bank; water cut-offs; apartheid roads.
Murray Polner: Kaepernick’s act has surprisingly made a serious dent in the NFL-USA monopoly of patriotism, which masks forever our many wars and defeats, quagmires and military provocations in endless search for global hegemony.
Steve Hochstadt: The Paralympics movement has developed a complex system of classifications to insure “fair and equal competition”.
Mark Naison: In the days that followed, the pain got personal. Three coaches I worked with in Brooklyn CYO, one of them the father of one of my son’s best friends, had died trying to save people in the Twin Towers.
John Dear: I think we need a whole new politics of nonviolence. We’ll never get it from our elected officials or party candidates, or their corporate sponsors, media backers or military promoters and generals, but we can find it among ourselves, in a new grassroots movement of active nonviolence.
Bruce Lerro: Colin Kaepernick has violated the taboos that make not only the sports football season so important, but also the nationalistic and religious rituals that stand behind them.
Peter Dreier: Donald Trump’s vision of America clashes sharply with the original intent behind the Pledge of Allegiance, penned during the Gilded Age to promote equity, tolerance, and progressive ideals.
Karen Wolfe: There are still LAUSD schools helping young people “engage in the argument” by restricting the free speech rights of students.
Steve Hochstadt: Both sides argued that history should not be erased, but disagreed about which history ought to be respected: the more recent and still existing Palace of the Republic or the more distant and now only imaginary City Palace.
Laura Finley: Americans want their athletes, especially those on the new plantations that are our football fields, to do as they’re told. Just stay in your place and all will be fine.
Ron Briley: Just as during the Vietnam War, dissenters, such as Kaepernick, are greeted with the simplistic refrain of love it or leave it. There is no room for free speech or debate in a nationalistic environment that unquestionably embraces American exceptionalism.
the end of the war, about 90% of Warsaw’s buildings had been demolished and most of its population murdered, significantly greater destruction than was caused by the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Lila Garrett: Now when he chose to throw down the gauntlet of his revolution…excuse me OUR REVOLUTION… he remained silent on the item that takes more than half of our country’s money and most of its morality.