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Why are there so many prominent Jewish pro-choicers in politics?

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Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown

Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown has become a new heroine of the pro-choice movement, and she achieved this status both by invoking her Judaism and by using the word “vagina” on

Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown: Jewish superhero for abortion

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Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown is a champion. A hero. A "Jewess with Attitude" to the n'th degree. 

Celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month at the White House: Looking toward the future

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President Obama speaking at the White House reception for Jewish American Heritage Month 2012
Gail T. Reimer with Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the 2012 Jewish American Heritage Month White House reception

This year’s White House celebration of Jewish American Heritage month was a simpler affair than in years past. The program was President Obama, and his remarks were brief.

Lily Winner and immigration, then and now

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Ninety-one years ago today, journalist and playwright Lily Winner published an essay in The Nation entitled "American Emigrés.&q

The Real Housewives of the Lower East Side

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"Women Resume Riots Against Meat Shops" New York Times

One hundred and ten years ago today, something surprising happened. Jewish immigrant housewives in New York City—concerned and angry about a sharp rise in the price of kosher meat from 12 cents to 18 cents per pound—launched a kosher meat boycott that lasted nearly a month, spread to several other boroughs of New York, sparked violent riots and arrests, and attracted much media attention before ending with the successful lowering of meat prices.

May Day: Celebrating through protest

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Goldman speaking about the Spanish anarchists at a May Day rally in Hyde Park, London, May 1, 1937. Photo published

Happy May Day! Originally, May Day was a pagan springtime festival, roots of which survive in the traditions of flower-festooned maypoles and the crowning of the “Queen of the May.” Since the late 19th century, it has also been a workers’ holiday. Though in the US it has been officially replaced (and I would argue, coopted) by Labor Day in September, May Day remains an occasion for social protest of many kinds.

Yes Virginia, Holocaust deniers still exist and run for Congress

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The significance of meeting a Holocaust survivor while on my way to visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, is not lost on me – but that’s what happened to me two weeks ago

Susan Rosenberg, An American Radical

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Susan Rosenberg's "An American Radical"

I guess it’s inevitable, when you’re at a book talk by a 1970s radical political activist who was wanted by the FBI, went underground, got arrested, and spent 16 and a half years behind bars, that

Gabrielle Giffords resigns from Congress

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Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Congresswoman

This morning, Gabrielle Giffords offered her official resignation from Congress to Speaker John Boehner.

State of the Union: The Obama we voted for

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been a harsh critic of Obama’s leaders

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