[sixties-l] Fw: WAR TIMES Launch in San Jose Mercury News

From: George Snedeker (snedeker@concentric.net)
Date: Sun Feb 17 2002 - 17:25:03 EST

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    here is some information about a new anti-war news paper which is being
    published for the first time. free copies are available for distribution.
    see the article for further information. GS> Newspaper works against war
    > By Marilee Enge
    > Mercury News
    > http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/local/2690886.htm
    > A new anti-war newspaper has begun publication in the East Bay, hoping to
    > promote what it bills as a more humane, less jingoistic alternative to the
    > gung-ho militarism of President Bush.Bob Wing, managing editor of War
    > said he was disturbed by the U.S. government's response to the Sept. 11
    > terrorist attacks. Instead of conducting what Wing believed to be a just
    > to avenge the loss of American lives, he said the Bush administration was
    > killing innocent Afghans and trampling on civil liberties at home.While
    > other
    > Americans were mounting flags on their cars, Wing began talking to
    > he knew about a project that could counter what he saw as a warmongering
    > atmosphere taking hold of the nation.The result is War Times, launched by
    > Wing and a small group of writers and activists, which made its debut in a
    > West Oakland warehouse Saturday. After publishing a prospectus of War
    > online, Wing said the public response was overwhelming. A first run of
    > 75,000
    > copies is 10 times the number originally planned by the group.``The thing
    > blew up on us,'' he said. Requests for copies came from every corner of
    > country, and the idea of starting small and targeting only active peace
    > groups ended.The newspaper contains articles in both English and
    > first issue of War Times features an interview with Danny Glover, an actor
    > and activist who shares the view that bombing Afghanistan was wrong. Other
    > articles criticize U.S. military deployment in the Philippines, stepped-up
    > attacks on Palestinians and the cost of the war on terrorism.The lead
    > article, by Jung Hee Choi, a War Times editor, profiles a New Yorker who
    > lost
    > her brother in the World Trade Center and an Afghan-American woman who
    > a
    > large number of family members in U.S. airstrikes on Kandahar. The two
    > met recently, and have used their personal tragedies as a platform for
    > opposing the U.S. war.``The loss is the same,'' said Hee Choi. ``There is
    > common humanity that people share.''While the stories touch on a variety
    > left-wing causes, Wing said the only political agenda of War Times is
    > shining
    > a spotlight on the injustice of war. ``Our viewpoint will be, in general,
    > war
    > hurts a lot of people,'' from Afghan villagers who lost their homes to
    > non-citizen airport employees who are losing their jobs.Wing is a writer
    > editor who honed his activism during the student strikes at University of
    > California-Berkeley in the 1960s. More recently, he edited a magazine
    > published by Applied Research Center, an East Bay-based think tank that
    > focuses on issues of race and education.Launching a newspaper to protest
    > government policy is a venerable American tradition, and one with strong
    > roots in the Bay Area. But Wing points out that the landscape for
    > has changed since the '60s. Now there are free alternative weeklies in
    > coffee shop, and a small anti-war publication has to carve out its own
    > niche.
    > Wing wants to emulate the muckraking work of journalist I.F. Stone and the
    > social commentary of African-American writer W.E.B. du Bois.``We need
    > thousands of people like you to share War Times with other people who
    > question war, racial profiling and the curtailment of civil liberties,''
    > editors write in their first editorial.For now, the staff is all volunteer
    > and there are no permanent offices. The paper is free, and interested
    > readers
    > are being asked to help distribute it.Distribution will be national, and
    > editors hope in particular to reach readers in the middle of the country,
    > where anti-war viewpoints are not as accepted as in the Bay Area.
    > IF YOU'RE INTERESTED For more information, contact War Times at
    > wartimes@attbi.comContact Marilee Enge at menge@sjmercury.com or (415)
    > 394-6895.
    > The full article will be available
    > on the Web for a limited time:
    > http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/local/2690886.htm
    > (c) 2001 bayarea and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.
    > .

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