Against the Grain

Against the Grain – June 30, 2004

Freedom Under Existentialism. The Matrix film series kept getting mentioned in relation to existentialism. But what is that philosophical movement really about? Hamilton College professor Todd Franklin has been teaching existentialism for years; his research also emphasizes the resonances between Nietzschean and African American thought.


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – June 29, 2004

Anarchism and the Left. According to historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Lucy Parsons, born in the mid-19th century, was one of the outstanding U.S. anarchists. Roy San Fillipo was part of the anarchist collective Love and Rage; now he’s helped form a new group, Bring the Ruckus, that incorporates (and rejects) certain features of anarchist thinking and … Continued


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – June 28, 2004

Human Rights and Wrongs. Today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Guantanamo detainees raises a larger question: Can human rights withstand the so-called war on terror? Amnesty International is in a position to know. AI’s Dennis Palmieri talks about the group’s 2004 Annual Report, and Gerald Gray, who treats torture survivors in San Jose, discusses the … Continued


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – June 23, 2004

Gloria Anzaldúa: Cultural theorist, activist, poet and award-winning writer Gloria Anzaldúa passed away in Santa Cruz last month. Author of Borderlands, named one of the 100 best books of the century, Anzaldúa advanced ideas for inclusionary movements for social justice. AnaLouise Keating and Ines Hernandez-Avila were longtime friends and collaborators of Anzaldúa.



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