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31576Fighting fascism for 25 years and still going strong-celebrate Dec. 7

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  • Michael Novick
    Nov 6, 2013
      In the fall of 1988, Ronald Reagan was still president, hobbled by the Iran-Contra scandal after he circumvented a Congressional ban on aid to the Contras in Nicaragua through illegal dealings with the Khomeini regime. There were about 680,000 people locked down in US jails and prisons, up 90% from the beginning of the decade. Vice-president George H. W. Bush had won election to the presidency, notably through the use of the racist "Willie Horton" attack ad on the Democratic nominee. A new "British invasion" of white-power rock like Skrewdriver was catching on among Nazi boneheads in the U.S. And in Los Angeles, the first issue of "Turning the Tide" appeared, published by People Against Racist Terror (PART), on the occasion of the revived trial of Tom Metzger, head of the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), for a triple cross-burning conducted by WAR and allies from the Nazi party, KKK and Aryan Nations in the San Fernando Valley several years earlier.

      Twenty-five years later, Metzger is retired to Michigan, Reagan is dead, the Sandinistas won election back to the presidency of Nicaragua, and the prison and jail population in the US has more than tripled to over 2.2 million people. In the interim, L.A. blew up in a rebellion, the anti-globalization movement rocked the World Trade Organization, the EZLN rose up in response to the imposition of NAFTA on the indigenous people in Mexico, the whistle was blown on the CIA-crack cocaine connection, the US got involved in ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, unregulated banks blew up a housing bubble that popped, crashing the whole economy, the Occupy Wall Street movement briefly changed the political discourse, and the first Black president of the US has shown that Black faces in high places, and Democrats in the White House, are totally committed to empire, repression, counter-insurgency and surveillance.

      Through it all, Turning the Tide: Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research & Education has continued publishing, providing a unique grassroots medium for the voices of prisoners, liberation movements, anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-colonial strategizing, intelligence about fascist forces operating from above and below and how to fight them, campaigns to free all political prisoners, and more. TTT was one of the first publications to print the commentaries of Mumia Abu-Jamal and to translate the Zapatistas communiques. TTT has been sent free to thousands of prisoners over the years, currently to nearly 1700 every issue. On December 7 at 7 PM, there will be a 25th anniversary celebration for Turning the Tide, in the form of the first annual Anti-Racist Awards presentation and buffet dinner.

      You are invited to participate, at the West Side Peace Center, 3916 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City, CA (adjacent to the 405 Freeway, between Venice Boulevard and Washington Place). KPFK is the media sponsor.

      Join us in marking 25 years of uninterrupted grassroots agitating, organizing and critical analysis, and in helping Turning the Tide: Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research & Education continue going forward as a voice of uncompromising anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-fascism, anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism, and commitment to human liberation and environmental sustainability.

      Admission to the event is $20 in advance [$25 at the door] payable to Anti-Racist Action (or $30 with a one-year subscription to Turning the Tide added). Larger donations of course would be gratefully accepted. You can pay for tickets, subscriptions and advertisements in the commemorative book (see below) online at: https://www.wepay.com/events/turning-the-tide-gala. Or you can call us at 323-636-7388 or email antiracistaction_la@... to get tickets now.

      The program will feature a buffet, spoken word from Matt Sedillo and others, and the initiating presentation of three awards focused on people of European descent who have contributed to anti-racist struggles. The award recipients will be present and have the opportunity to address their work.

      Each award is going to two or more people, because we think anti-racist struggle is collective and multi-generational struggle. The awards are:
       the Adrienne Rich Culture of Resistance and Liberation award, going to Sheila Pinkel, Mary Sutton and Carol Wells of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG).

       the Sarah & Angelina Grimke Anti-Racist Communicators award, going to Ariana Manov and Leslie Radford (both of whom have been involved with KPFK Pacifica radio in Los Angeles).

       the Rose Friedman Working People's Survival award, going to Vanessa Carlisle, Lindsey Cristofani and Charlotte Tonnies Moore, who work together doing outreach to and organizing of sex workers.

      Advertise in the Commemorative Book

      In addition to the awards event, to mark the anniversary we will also publish a commemorative book with ads and good wishes and content from the “best of” 25 years of Turning the Tide since 1988. We are including articles and graphics from every year of publication beginning in 1988, at least one per year, a unique compendium of grassroots anti-racist activism and analysis, which is included with the price of admission to the gala.

      Business-card sized ads are $25; quarter-page (3.5x5 inch) ads are $50, half-pages (7.5x5 or 3.5x10) are $90, and full pages (7.5x10inches) are $175. You can send in the order and payment via the wepay link (https://www.wepay.com/events/turning-the-tide-gala) or mail it right away. Make checks payable to “Anti-Racist Action” and send to ARA-LA/PART, PO Box 1055, Culver City CA 90232. Ad copy and graphics can be sent to antiracistaction_la@... either as camera-ready ‘hard copy’, or with design instructions, or as electronic files (.doc for text, .jpg for graphics).

      Thanks for your continued support of Turning the Tide!

      In solidarity,

      Michael Novick for the TTT editorial collective

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