Against the Current, No. 8, March/
Letter from the Editors
— The Editors
"Hell on Wheels": A Rank-and-File Chronicle
— Steve Downs
- Los Angeles: Stop the Deportations!
Israel & the Palestinians: Empire at Close Range
— Witold Jedlicki
Information Center Closed as Repression Escalates in Israel
— David Finkel
- A Petition for Mordecai Vanunu
Random Shots: Ollie North, Amerika's Hero?
— R.F. Kampfer
The Fall of the House of Reagan
— Bill Resnick
Speculators, Lumpen-Intellectuals, & the End of U.S. Hegemony
— James Petras
Marxism and Utopian Vision
— Michael Löwy
Chicana Literary Motifs
— Alvina E. Quintana
- Feminist Poets Speak Out
Philadelphia, Spring 1985
— Sonia Sanchez; graphic by Allison Burkee
Osage Avenue, Philadelphia, May 13, 1985
— Aneb Kgositsile; graphic by Allison Burkee
— Margaret Randall
Response to Alex Callinicos: Preparing for the Upturn
— David Finkel
The Need for Post-Leninism
— Tim Wohlforth
Comment on Leninism
— Wayne Price
Another Comment on Leninism
— C.J. Arthur
The Production of Desire
— David N. Smith
The Origins of Women's Oppression
— Karen Brodkin Sacks
— Samuel Farber
About 150 signatures have been collected under the Hebrew version of the following petition, on behalf of Vanunu, the jailed Israeli nuclear technician. Some observers see the police raid on the Alternative Information Center as in part a reprisal for its role in the circulation of this petition.
We, the undersigned, wish to disassociate ourselves from the lynch campaign which has accompanied the arrest of Mordecai Vanunu and from the general consent in the country to the whitewash of the anti-democratic methods employed by the government in its handling of the case.
The abduction of a person, his secret confinement and his trial in camera, the deliberate use of prevarication and censorship in order to publicly condemn a person and incite the public against him before he has stood trial, are characteristic of lawless dictatorships. Whoever cherishes human freedom cannot condone these practices in any manner whatsoever.
In our view, there is no “Vanunu Affair,” but rather the affair of a desperate attempt to incite the Israeli public [and thereby prevent it] from coming to grips with the basic question of the existence of tens of nuclear warheads-without any local or international supervision-in the hands of a government whose sense of responsibility for the lives of the people living in this region, including Jews, has never been one of its strong points.
Without condoning the acts attributed to Vanunu, we wish to state that lifting the veil of secrecy from the issue of Israeli nuclear armament would be very beneficial to the safety and security of the residents of this country and the region at large.
We call on the peace forces in Israel to disassociate themselves from the incitement against Vanunu, to condemn the totalitarian practices of the Israeli government, and above all else, to mobilize against nuclear weapons in the country and the region as a whole-a situation which will bring a holocaust upon us all.
March-April 1987, ATC 8