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.
As Robert Sherrill made clear in his award-winning Nation essay of January 8, 2001, the death penalty is a bad deal all around. Not only is it ineffective in deterring crime, it's also considered cruel and unusual punishment in most of the rest of the world, not helping the US image abroad.
To highlight and combat the growing use of capital punishment in America, The Nation recently re-launched Death Row Roll Call with new and improved activist tools.
A monthly calendar compilation of those slated for execution, Death Row Roll Call allows you to email informed letters of protest on behalf of inmates to the appropriate governors and officials presiding over executions nationwide. There are six inmates scheduled for execution in the remainder of November alone.
If everyone out there who's worried about the Bush agenda votes on November 5, we can engage in a little regime change of our own. Download , print, post and distribute MoveOn's free Regime Change Begins at Home poster. MoveOn has also identified numerous Congressional candidates nationwide involved in hotly contested races who by virtue of their antiwar voting record deserve progressive support. The ProgressiveMajority has assembled a similar list .
There are many good ideas for improving the flawed way that US elections are conducted. Chief among these are Instant Runoff Voting proposals, which would increase voter choice and widen the electorate.
It's difficult to tell given what seems to be a mainstream media brownout of the emerging US peace movement, but this past Saturday saw the largest day of antiwar protests in this country since the Vietnam War era.
Hundreds of thousands of people came out nationwide to register their voices against an invasion of Iraq. Approximately 100,000 people turned out in Washington, DC, according to the Washington Post, with organizers putting the estimate closer to 200,000.
The largest protest outside of DC was in San Francisco, where roughly 75,000 folks participated in a march and rally featuring US Rep Barbara Lee, actor Amy Brenneman and folksinger Utah Phillips. Elsewhere around the country, 12,000 marched in St. Paul, Minn., 5,000 in Seattle, WA, 4,000 in Denver, CO, 2,000 in Spokane, WA, 2,000 in Augusta, Maine, 1,500 in both Madison, WI, and Kingston, NY, and 1,000 in Montpelier, Vermont--a town of 8,000--while 2,500 people in Taos, NM joined a march that ended up at the doorsteps of Donald Rumsfeld's summer house. This is in addition to countless smaller events in cities, towns and villages across America.
ActNow is aimed at helping people act on their beliefs. We hope to put readers in touch with projects and campaigns they may want to support as we feature creative ways for people to register informed dissent. Whether it's another rightwing Court appointment, a rush to war by a reckless Administration, a Governor with his finger on the switch, a Congress intent on pushing fast-track legislation, a corporate takeover of a public water concern or the steady erosion of unbranded public space, we'll help you find activists and organizers mobilizing effective opposition.