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These Young Sibs Resisted Hitler and Paid With Their Heads. Literally.

By On June 19, 2017

Exhausted from calling your representatives? Looking for new activist role models? Look no further than Hans and Sophie Scholl, the German teenagers who went from being part of Hitler Youth to leading… Read More

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How It Felt to Be a Holocaust Survivor in Skokie, Illinois

By On February 20, 2017

On June 25, 1978, after a year-long legal battle that had the whole nation debating the limits of free speech, a group of white supremacists were poised to march in the bucolic… Read More

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In 1936, Barcelona Was to Host the Anti-Nazi ‘People’s Olympiad’

By On February 17, 2017

In 1936, with Nazi Germany set to host the Summer Olympics, anti-fascist organizers in Barcelona decided to stage a parallel event: the People’s Olympiad. A hotbed of progressive and left-wing politics, the… Read More

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The Nazi History of This Yiddish Protest Banner

By On January 23, 2017

Among the sea of signs, pink hats, and protesters that flooded the streets of New York City at Saturday’s Women’s March was one standout: A bright red banner with hand-lettered lyrics from… Read More

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Plant a Mini Noam Chomsky on Your Lawn!

By On November 17, 2016

This week, in an interview that’s gone viral, controversial Jewish linguist and historian Noam Chomsky calls the Republican Party “the most dangerous organization in world history” for “racing to the [climate] cliff.”… Read More

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The Ukrainian Jewess Who Organized L.A.’s Mexican Garment Workers

By On October 27, 2016

  In the early 20th century, seamstresses in the U.S. worked long hours for little pay. Anarchist and feminist labor organizer Rose Pesotta helped shake up the industry. At 16, Pesotta (born… Read More

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The Aussie Divorcee Who Wrote Poetry About Lower East Side Jews

By On September 2, 2016

By the time Lola Ridge really got started, most women of her era might have given up: In 1907, as a 33-year-old divorcee, she left Australia, the land of her youth, for… Read More

The Radical Israeli Activists Who Golda Meir Famously Called "Not Nice"
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The Radical Israeli Activists Who Golda Meir Famously Called “Not Nice”

By On June 22, 2016

The Black Lives Matters movement has rich precedents not just in the American Black Panthers movement of the 1960s and 1970s, but in an Israeli activist group of the same name. Back… Read More

How Passover Inspired The Jewish Stop on the Underground Railroad
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How Passover Inspired The Jewish Stop on the Underground Railroad

By On April 19, 2016

“Once we were slaves in Egypt. Now we are free people.” These words from the Haggadah rang in the ears of Jews who fought to end slavery in the United States. One… Read More

This Robot With an iPad Head Is the New Face of Israel Activism
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This Robot With an iPad Head Is the New Face of Israel Activism

By On March 8, 2016

Rumor has it that most of our jobs are at risk of being automated — yes, even the pithy Jewish bloggers among us. But we thought that one bit of human capital… Read More

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Albert Einstein’s Little-Known Civil Rights Activism

By On March 4, 2016

  In 1946, history’s resident genius Albert Einstein was awarded an honorary degree by Lincoln University. After lecturing on physics during his speech, Einstein spoke out against some of the most pressing… Read More

The Radical Jew Behind Hillary Clinton AND Bernie Sanders
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The Radical Jew Behind Hillary Clinton AND Bernie Sanders

By On February 22, 2016

  Saul Alinsky was a true-blue political disruptor. Born in Chicago to Russian Jewish emigres in 1909, Alinsky was so fed up with social injustice, inequality, and racism, that he invented modern… Read More