Peter Rothberg is the Nation‘s Associate Publisher, Special Projects. He oversees The Nation‘s StudentNation content as well as the magazine’s activism program, Take Action Now. His previous positions with The Nation include editor of TheNation.com, publicity director, special projects director and intern. Rothberg, a former speech-writer for civil rights leader Julian Bond, is the editor of Lived History: Lives We’ve Lost, 2012-13. A charter member of both the Brooklyn Literary Council and the Oakland Literary Council, and a contributing editor of the Brooklyn Quarterly, Rothberg lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he was born and raised. Follow him on Twitter @peterrothberg.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously came out against the Vietnam War the year before he was assassinated in April, 1968. In a fitting tribute from today's Los Angeles Times, David Garrow, King's Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, asks us to acknowledge what King himself would be doing almost every waking hour, were he still alive today at age 74: organizing mass demonstrations against a US invasion of Iraq.
Regardless of the outcome of weapons inspections, the Bush Administration seems poised to soon launch an invasion of Iraq. Join Tony Kushner, Katha Pollitt , Janeane Garofalo, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Edward Said and many others in endorsing the revitalized Campaign for Peace & Democracy's call for a new, democratic foreign policy that opposes both Saddam Hussein and a US invasion of Iraq. And watch this space for much more about upcoming antiwar plans.
While the death penalty is legal in most of the US, executions are increasingly taking place only in the South, according to the end-of-the-year report from the Death Penalty Information Center. In 2002, 86 percent of the nation's 71 executions took place in the South. Texas led the way as usual with 33 killings, and thereby "accounted for three times as many as the total in the West, Midwest and Northeast states combined, "the group said. See The Nation's Death Penalty Talking Points for numerous ways you can help register your voice against capital punishment in this country, including Death Row Roll Call , which makes it easy to blast off informed letters of protest on behalf of inmates scheduled to be executed each month.
Thousands of mourners braved sub-freezing temperatures in West Baltimore on Monday to say farewell to an infantry lieutenant turned Roman Catholic priest, remembered as a father, peace activist and prisoner of conscience. For a fitting appreciation of the life and legacy of legendary social justice activist Philip Berrigan, check out this moving tribute by James Carroll from yesterday's Boston Globe.