Re: Nation forum, etc.

Wed, 30 Apr 1997 10:19:47 EDT

Hi Sixties people.

(1) In case you haven't seen it in the Nation, the Nation Institute is holding
a forum on "Unfinished Business: Reflections on the 1960s" with Bella Abzug,
Kathleen Cleaver, Barbara Ehrenreich, Daniel Ellsberg, Juan Gonzalez, Paul
Krassner, Robert Moses, and Daniel Singer as panelists.
Date: This Thursday, May 1, at 8 p.m.
Place: Town Hall at 123 West 43rd Street, New York.
Tickets are $15 available through (212) 242-8400, ext 228. Further info at
(212) 840-2824.

I was hoping to attend, but am not sure I can get away for a mid-week evening
in NYC at this time of year (the 2nd worst). If anyone else is going, I'd be
interested in hearing, and maybe you/we could report to the list.

(2) Andrew Beh asked about the hippie tours "dictionary." I'm afraid I don't
know how to put my hands on hard copy. But it is featured prominently in the
film "It was Twenty-Years Ago Today." Might be able to track it through that
(3) Re. NSA-CIA. One person who might be worth contacting about NSA papers is
Ed Schwarts, president of NSA in I think 1965-66. He's in Philadelphia and
can probably be reached through the Institute for the Study of Social Values."

(4) Anyone else out there have the kind of nauseated response to the
"President's Summit" that I did? Not to put down volunteerism because (a) it
IS an importance facet of community, and (b) it contains the seeds of
potential political action (and this "summit" MIGHT have some of this impact),
but what revolting media hype over ex- and sitting- and future- presidents
helping to srub off the graffiti on inner-city walls in Philly. What imagery!
the rich and powerful getting their hands dirty helping the poor and
powerless. What contradictions: the very people who've been screwing the poor
& powerless with their policy decisions, budget cuts, and rhetoric! A media
event almost comparable to the Gulf War in its propaganda characteristics.
There was, apparently, a people's summit, and WHYY (NPR,Phil.) did have a
1-hour talk show with Marty Moss-Koane with 3 progressive activists that
confronted the contradictions and called for political action.
But, what do you think? Will/do people REALLY fall for this?
I noticed a school teacher participant was quoted in the Phila. Inquirer on
Monday that this was "a new 60s." (!)
Ted Morgan