Sunday, December 15, 2013

My new book chapter, "Schools for Justice in the United States"

In the history of American education, adult schools for social justice are a little-noticed, but important development that brings into focus ways education can promote social change. Since the early twentieth century, these schools created an alternative pedagogy to help “ordinary” people understand their subordinate place in society, the sources of their oppression, and to think about ways to become empowered in liberation struggles. Attention is focused on schools for immigrants, workers, radicals, civil rights activists, and women. Working-class adults often embraced collectivist traditions, stressing mutual aid. Visions of social transformation based on universalistic values and personal expression are most effective when combined with an approach that privileges solidarity in groups and identifies and confronts power structures.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I submitted an artwork to the National September 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero, NYC

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My new article, "Everyone is a Terrorist Now" in the journal Radical Criminology

Political policing (or state "high policing") usually is defined as activity which is directed, through surveillance and counterinsurgency, to control particular groups and communities. It is not deviant behavior but a core function of government to protect a political regime. In the U.S. context, the practice has deep historical roots and almost always is done secretly because it undermines the intention of the First Amendment, which protects free speech and assembly. Until the mid-1970s, most American political policing was directed against actors identified as "subversive." Afterwards, the category of "terrorism" became the legal basis for most domestic security investigations While this change from subversion to terrorism was intended to reduce government spying, one effect has been stigma and marginalization: the labeling of protest as terrorism undermines the legitimacy of a wide range of political expression. In the era of the "war on terror" against radical Islam, the concept of what constitutes terrorist activity is thoroughly confused. The American state deliberately makes little distinction between fighting violent terrorism with overseas roots and fighting peaceful, legal, domestic political activity. In the FBI's view, terrorists are found everywhere there is disagreement and conflict in society. Indeed, the very act of criticizing the government outside of a protest movement can result in being labeled a terrorist. Even though American radicals rarely commit crimes, the FBI claims they pose a major challenge to peaceful order in society. The terrorist label so broadly has been misapplied that it has lost most significance and meaning.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Charting my Writing (Daily and Weekly)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Charting my writing (daily and weekly)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Working on a New Book Manuscript

For the last year, I have been working on a new book-length manuscript entitled, "Everyone is a Terrorist Now." I have written parts of seven chapters, totalling about 220 manuscript pages so far, and am seeking a book contract.

Friday, March 8, 2013

My art work appears in Harvests of New Millennium journal (2013)


Friday, March 1, 2013

My Forthcoming Publications

------"Justice for Contingent College Teachers: Solidarity and the Need for Independent Labor Unions," New Labor Forum (Winter 2013.)

-----“Spy Dispatch: Oakland, CA,” in Todd Comer and Nathan Crook, eds., From Wall Street to Main Street: The Regional Politics of Occupying (2013).

-----“Why Everyone is Called a Terrorist: Marginalizing Protest in the U.S.,” Radical Criminology (2013).

-----“Schools for Justice in the United States,” in Ira Bogotch and Carolyn Shields, eds., International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (In)Justice (Springer, 2013).

------“A White Man in the Colored Bronx,” in Teresa A. Booker, ed., Race and Urban Communities: An Interdisciplinary Approach (University of Akron Press, 2013).

-----“From Surveillance to Torture: The Evolution of U.S. Practice during the War on Terror”(Security Journal,2014).

-----"Keeking Track Blues" (painting), Studio Visit book (2013).

------"Twisted Strings" and "Why Supress Difference?" (poetry) in book Anthology (Diversion Press, 2013).

Thursday, January 24, 2013

review of my Surveillance book in Choice journal (Jan. 2013)

CHOICE (Jan. 2013) review of Surveillance in America: Critical Analysis of the FBI, 1920 to the Present (Lexington Books, 2012) In this tightly argued and impressively researched monograph, Greenberg, the author of the well-received Dangers of Dissent (2010), extends his earlier analysis of the threat expansive surveillance operations pose to civil liberties. Based on research in FBI records released in response to (his own and other) Freedom of Information Act requests and extensive reading of the relevant secondary literature, this book surveys FBI surveillance operations since 1920. Greenberg recounts in detail how FBI investigations extended beyond legitimate security threats to encompass radical and labor union activists, historians and prominent writers, reporters, and social justice proponents, and, in an interesting chapter, relates FBI Associate Director W. Mark Felt's questionable actions in the Watergate affair. In addition, the author pinpoints the fundamental shift in the conduct of such operations from the secret use of recognizably illegal or extralegal investigative procedures during the post-World War I through the Cold War eras to their legalization through permissive, wide-ranging legislation enacted in the 1990s, 2001, and 2008. Greenberg's sobering account offers a welcome perspective for assessing the current debate over the proper balance between security and liberty interests in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lexington Books History Catalog 2013

LEX History Catalog 2013
(See p. 7)