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Shirley MacLaine remembers Congresswoman Bella Abzug


Was it a coincidence that at the very moment when Shirley MacLaine referred to Bella as a “hu-MAN-ist” the microphone went limp? (Or was it a sign that Bella was listening?)

Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Former VP Candidate Geraldine Ferraro, Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue and Gloria Steinem were among the speakers at a memorial service for the late New York Congresswoman, Bella Abzug. This CSPAN clip is from the 1998 funeral that was held at Riverside Memorial Chapel in NYC.

Bella Abzug was a feminist and civil rights lawyer and later served the state of New York in the United States House of Representatives, from 1971 to 1977.

She was one of the first members of Congress to support gay rights, introducing the first federal gay rights bill, known as the Equality Act of 1974, with fellow congressman Ed Koch, who later became mayor of New York City.

It’s been written that Abzug and several other Democratic members of congress were behind a plot to block Nixon’s nomination of Gerald Ford as Vice President, in the hopes that if Nixon were taken down by the Watergate scandal, the succession of the Presidency would fall to the Democratic Speaker of the House.

Bella Abzug also appeared as herself in many film and television productions, most notably in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” and a 1977 episode of Saturday Night Live.

Further Viewing:

Rosie O’Donnell talks to teenagers at the National Women’s Conference, organized by Bella Abzug’s daughter Liz.…

Further reading:

Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom’s oral history, Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way. (Paperback) Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Video Clip:
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WHISTLEBLOWERS: Ralph Nader on American Fascism (summary)


The Corporate Criminals have OVER-RUN the Government. There is now a National Commission on the Misuse of Intelligence to Justify War. Longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader calls for a new mass movement to challenge the power corporations have in Washington. “It is not too extreme to call our system of government now ‘American fascism.’ It’s the control of government by big business, which Franklin Delano Roosevelt defined in 1938 as fascism.”

Ralph Nader is just out with a new book—it’s his columns—called Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns. It’s an anthology collecting Nader’s weekly opinion pieces. Throughout, Nader tackles the major political issues of our time while offering practical solutions rooted in collective organizing.

RALPH NADER: The corporate criminals have overrun the government. The Justice Department now has expanded Bush’s practice of deferred prosecution. So, Attorney General Holder and President Obama now are basically saying to corporate crooks, “You don’t have to admit. You don’t have to deny culpability. We’ll defer prosecution. Just pay a fine that’s a fraction of the cost of doing business.” Nobody goes to jail. No corporate charters are pulled. It’s basically above the law. So we’ve got a real problem here. It’s not too extreme to call our system of government now “American fascism.” It’s the control of government by big business, which Franklin Delano Roosevelt defined in 1938 as fascism. And they control the government and turn the government to their favor—subsidies, handouts, giveaways, deferred prosecutions, non-prosecutions—and against the American people.

AARON MATÉ: Ralph, what do you think the U.S. government should do—President Obama, the Federal Reserve—to take on high unemployment?

RALPH NADER: If President Obama cannot defeat the worst, cruelest, most vicious, ignorant Republican Party in history and take over the Congress—instead, he loses it in 2010 in the House, and he loses it in 2012 in the House, and he’s going to lose it again in 2014, because he doesn’t know how to take the Republican votes that are so cruel and vicious, that have actually passed the House of Representatives and have been documented by the House Democratic Caucus, and hurl it against them in the coming election. So what’s he going to do the rest of his term, if he’s being run by Boehner and Cantor and McConnell, the Republican minority?

AMY GOODMAN: Ralph Nader, you wrote an open letter to President Obama asking him to explain his—to explain by what authority he’s empowered to imprison prisoners indefinitely at Guantánamo Bay and kill people abroad with drone warfare.

RALPH NADER: Yeah, it’s really quite clear. President Obama is a recidivist violator, systematically, day after day, of Constitution, of our statutes and of our international treaties. We still have torture. We still have indefinite imprisonment. We still have war crimes all over part of Asia and Africa, violating all kinds of laws. These wars have never been declared by Congress. We have indefinite imprisonment. They use the word “detainee.” Don’t you like that word, “detainee”? You know, you’re in Guantánamo for nine years; you’re still a detainee instead of a prisoner. And the press uses their language, too.

So, we sent him a letter, with Bruce Fein, who now has started a group called the National Commission on the Misuse of Intelligence to Justify War—lies, in other words, cover-ups. These are the people who should be on trial, not Bradley Manning. The people who lied in official Washington—Bush and Cheney and Wolfowitz—who lied and caused the death of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of American injuries, those are the people who should be on trial. So, this letter goes right to the core. Every time Obama tries to say he’s doing this and that, he should give the constitutional, statutory or treaty authority. And the press has not been holding his feet to the fire, or his representatives. They should always ask, “By what authority are you doing this, Mr. President? And by what evidence? By what authority, and by what evidence?”

AMY GOODMAN: Ralph Nader, I want to thank you for being with us. His new book, Told You So.

Lost Tribes of Israel: Indian Families Make Aliya


Lost Tribes of Israel: Indian Families Make Aliya

Sephardic History Part 1-6



A 6 part introduction to Medieval Jewish History with JTS Professor Benjamin Gampel.

When the Jews Arrived in the Iberian Peninsula.


25th Anniversary Part 6A Rabbi David Nesenoff


Rabbi Dr. David Nesenoff

Budd Schulberg meets Leni Riefenstahl, part 1


On Jan. 26, 2004. Academy Award winning screenwriter (“On The Waterfront”) Budd Schulberg was interviewed at the Robert H. Jackson Center about his role in serving a warrant on film maker Leni Riefenstahl as a material witness for the upcoming Nuremberg Trial. For further information, see
Copyright. Robert H. Jackson, Inc. 2009.

Budd Schulberg meets Leni Riefenstahl, part 2

1 10 architects -Erich Mendelsohn


life an architecture of Erich Mendelsohn

Geburtstag des Architekten Erich Mendelsohn 21. März 1887


Der Geburtstag des Architekten Erich Mendelsohn 21. März 1887
„Das primäre Element ist die Funktion, aber Funktion ohne sinnlichen Beistrom bleibt Konstruktion”, so der Architekt Erich Mendelsohn.

Schon sein Erstling Anfang der 1920er Jahre — der Einstein-Turm in Potsdam — bescherte ihm ein spektakuläres Debut. Der Baukörper mit seiner revolutionären Formensprache sollte das elastische Potential der neuen Baumaterialien Eisen und Beton ausdrücken. Das Turm-Observatorium auf einer Anhöhe bei Potsdam, dem Nobelpreisträger und Freund Albert Einstein gewidmet, wurde zum Mythos und machte seinen Erbauer mit einem Schlag weltberühmt. Mendelsohn baute Fabriken, Geschäftshäuser und Villen in Deutschland, sein Berliner Büro gehörte schnell zu den bedeutendsten in Europa. Nach seiner Flucht vor den Nationalsozialisten 1933 lebte und arbeitete er in London, Jerusalem und San Francisco.

Erich Mendelsohn teilte seinen Geburtstag am 21. März mit dem von ihm verehrten Komponisten Johann Sebastian Bach. Das Ehepaar Mendelsohn veranstaltete zu diesem Anlass gern Geselligkeiten in seiner Berliner Villa, „Bachanalien”, bei denen auch Albert Einstein als Geiger mitspielte.

Rabbi Yosef Karo and the Code of Jewish Law Jewish History Lecture Dr. Henry Abramson


Jewish History Lecture by Dr. Henry Abramson on Rabbi Yosef Karo, the author of the Code of Jewish Law. Part of the Jewish Biography as History series at

Rabbi Rebbe Yosef Caro, Author of the code of jewish law


Learn about the life of the great author of the code of Jewish law, the shulchan oruch.

Grave (Kever) of Rabbi Yosef Karo in Zfat


The Kever of Rabbi Yosef Karo 1488 – 1575) in Zfat / northern Israel. He was one of the famous Kabbalists as well as the author of the “Shulchan Aruch”.


 This Day in Jewish History / A former US congresswoman and pioneering feminist dies
Bella Abzug was such a lightning rod for her progressive views that Ralph Nader once estimated her sponsorship of a bill could actually cost it 20-30 …



This Day in Jewish History / Sephardi chief rabbi recognizes ‘lost’ tribe of Indian Jews
Members of Bnei Menashe allowed to undergo conversion and be considered eligible for immigration to Israel. By David B. Green | Mar. 30, 2014 …
This Day, March 30, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin
Cleveland Jewish News (blog)
1135: On the secular calendar, birthdate of Maimonides (Moses Ben Maimon) in Cordova, Spain. According to Jewish tradition he was born Erev …

Clara Shavelson Lemlich


A brief overview of Clara Lemlich’s life. All photos are from Google Images; I own nothing.


This Day in Jewish History / A leading Yiddish labor agitator in New York is born

Unrelenting fighter for social justice that she was, Clara Lemlich Shavelson even helped unionize the staff at the old-age home where she spent her

This Day, March 29, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin

Henry denigrated his rival Peter by portraying him as a friend of the Jews; a portrayal that including calling him “King of the Jews.” Henry exploited …

This Day in Jewish History
 / The first Jew to serve on Canada’s top court dies

This Day in Jewish History / The first Jew to serve on Canada’s top court … Idaho, William E. Borah, who was perceived to be a defender of the Jews.


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