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Movie Review: Up from Invisibility

Fall 1982

Mitsuye and Nellie, Asian American Poets, Light/Saraf Films, 131 Concord Street, San Francisco, CA 94112. 415-469-0319. Allie Light, a teacher at San Francisco State University, was gathering materials for a film festival on women writers. She ran into a problem: she couldn’t find information on Asian Americans. Asians are invisible, isolated, their oppression negated through… Read more »

Malice Aforethought

Spring 1983

There’s an old wives’ tale that chicken soup is good for what ails you, and it appears to be true. There’s another tale that says criminals always return to the scene of their crime. As applied to Seattle City Light management, currently facing a sex discrimination lawsuit, it’s not so true. They didn’t return to… Read more »

Cuba Revisited

Spring 1983

I went to Cuba this year from January 19 to January 30 on a special political tour organized by the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society, We were the first group of Australians to visit Cuba, at least since the revolution. I had been there once before, in January 1981. As before, I was struck by the friendliness… Read more »

Asian American Women: On the move

Spring 1983

Cornell University, in the mountainous region of Ithaca, New York, provided the setting for a groundbreaking conference on “Asian American Women: Probing the Minority’s Minority” on October 23, 1982. Cornell’s Asian American Coalition sponsored the conference, which 75 students and off-campus visitors attended. The ambitious agenda included speeches, workshops, and cultural presentations. A diverse group… Read more »

Freedom Socialist opinion: Malice Aforethought

Summer 1983

From coast to coast, from border to border, in every cafe, gas station, tavern, and spare corner of retail America, a phenomenal variety of video games can be found winking, beeping, and guzzling the attention and loose change of the populace. Most of these games are excruciatingly simple; get them before they get you. “Them”… Read more »

Plaudits for a publicist

Summer 1983

My very own, my priceless press agent — Fraser Defense Committee Coordinator Mary Ann Curtis — is taking New York City by storm. Madison Avenue, move over; Mary Ann has gone around you, behind you, and through you to spread the word. Against formidable odds, MAC managed to broadcast the news in Manhattan that it… Read more »

Freedom Socialist poetry: As long as there is

Summer 1983

As long as there is one “political” in prison — one who is innocent in prison — as long as there are bars and dark, and as long as there are dogs wagging their tails at the foot of the throne, as long as there is a fat pig, and a beggar starving, write with… Read more »

Voices of Color — Exploring common differences

Summer 1983

I can just hear my mother now. “What do you mean, you’re going to a conference of international women of color? You mean you’re going to speak — and read poetry, too?” Unfortunately, my mother’s gone and doesn’t know I’ve become a poet and socialist feminist activist. If she were here, you can bet our… Read more »

The low estate of higher education

Winter 1983

Exit 13: Oppression and Racism in Academia by Monte Piliawsky. Boston: South End Press, 1982. Paperback, $7.50. Make a right turn at Exit 13 off Interstate 59, and you enter the University of Southern Mississippi — a world of total academic repression and a virulent microcosm of American higher education in general. Ex-USM professor Piliawsky… Read more »

Malice Aforethought

Winter 1983

What a trying time for your reporter! I’ve been dragging my notebook and feather boa allover Washington, D.C. trying to find out what’s been happening with the cold war. But ever since President Reagan went hog-wild for covert activity, this town’s been tight-lip city. Here’s what Reagan, sparkling with the crystal logic he’s noted for,… Read more »