News Coverage of My Organizing, Activism & Advocacy Work

I’m very critical of the media precisely because I think journalism matters. Even, and in some cases especially, the journalism of small town newspapers. That’s why it frustrates me to no end when a media outlet doesn’t seem to care enough about its work to maintain an easily-accessible online archive of past material.

Unfortunately, in trying to locate coverage of my past organizing efforts I encountered this situation frequently. One might expect smaller papers like The Athens Messenger or the Ohio University Post to have spotty archiving (in fact, they have none and next to none, respectively), but The Columbus Dispatch and Cleveland Plain Dealer let me down, too.

Thus to obtain what is no longer available online, I had to take several motion sickness-inducing strolls down Microfiche Lane and launch multiple expeditions into my mom’s attic. But, dust allergies be damned, I was determined to excavate some buried journalistic treasure from the library research room and all those cardboard boxes I had hastily stuffed with long-since-yellowed newsprint over the years.

Sure – journalists are expected to do that kind of digging. But everyone would benefit from better online archiving.

Thankfully, my quests were fruitful. After working more than its fair share of overtime, my scanner is finally getting a break. However, the process of extracting the text from hundreds of scanned pages continues. In the meantime, what follows is an incomplete sample — as of March 2013, a little better than half of what I plan to post.

Nearly all of the news articles below cover events and campaigns I organized by myself or in concert with others. The rest – including some letters to the editor and opinion columns – provide additional context for my organizing work.

The following articles are grouped according to topic. Feature interviews with me can be found here.

Student Press Rights

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“Former local activist takes Free Student Press campaign to next level”
Athens News, 7/2/15
“Student press group critiques policies at local schools,” Athens News, 2/2/04
“Workshops offer information on students’ right to free press,” The Post, 2/4/04
“Group seeks to inform high school students of First Amendment rights,” Athens Messenger, 1/28/04
“OU students, profs discuss free speech,” Athens News, 5/21/01
“Local ACLU to honor three Nelsonville-York student journalists,” Athens News, 11/9/00
“Students hand out underground paper off campus after school administrators threaten suspension,” Student Press Law Center, Spring 2000
“First Amendment transgressions cause uproar at Nelsonville-York High School,” The Matrix (Athens High School), April 2000
“Nelsonville administrators deserve detention,” The Post, 2/15/00
“Local high school gets lesson in freedom of the press,” Athens news, 2/10/00
“Lockdown passed out, no one suspended,” Athens News, 2/10/00
“First Amendment right excercised by students,” Logan Daily News, 2/8/00
“Extra, Extra! Lockdown publishes again!” The Post, 2/8/00
“Student-run ‘Lockdown’ publishes again,” Athens Messenger, 2/8/00
“Today’s D-day for paper at NY school,” Athens News, 2/7/00
“Students unlock speech rights,” The Post, 2/3/00
“School district’s censorship contrary to what goal of education should be,” Athens News, 1/27/00
“Free speech or an exit out of school,” Athens News, 1/3/00
“ACLU notable talks about student paper,” Athens News, 11/18/99
“School seen as choking free speech,” Athens Messenger, 11/14/99
“School needs a ‘Lockdown,'” The Post, 11/4/99
“Nelsonville fears school violence,” The Post, 11/3/99
“Nelsonville student paper is not an ‘underground’ paper,” Athens News, 11/1/99
“Students face ‘lock-down’ on publication,” The Post, 10/28/99
“Student paper at center of debate at local school,” Athens News, 10/25/99
“Free Student Press advocates students’ First Amendment rights,” The Matrix (Athens High School), October 1999
“Group urges student liberation,” Athens News, 9/20/99
“New group hopes to enlighten area high school students about their rights,” Athens News, 9/16/99

Feminist & LGBT Issues

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“Student senator resigns in protest, citing poor leadership,” Athens News, 11/7/02
“Planned new student union likely to include women’s center,” Athens News, 10/10/02
“Performer incarnates host of characters in one-woman show,” Athens News, 5/16/02
“OU turns over graffiti wall vandalism suspects to Judiciaries,” Athens News, 5/9/02
“Letter decrying LGBT community had several serious problems,” Athens News, 4/25/02
“OU takes hate messages seriously,” Athens News, 4/15/02
“OU: Hate speech gets out of hand,” Athens News, 4/15/02
“Swarm of Dykes back on campus just in time for pride week,” Athens News, 4/11/02
“OU Police Dept. promises to demystify campus crime stats,” Athens News, 4/11/02
“Critic of demands simply doesn’t understand them,” The Post, 4/11/02
“LGBT people and their allies fight for equality, not majority,” The Post, 4/__/02
“Productive education is key to better understanding,” The Post, 4/8/02
“Students discuss next steps in anti-hate crime campaign,” Athens News, 4/8/02
“‘Shame’ is right: this campus should be ashamed of itself,” Athens News, 4/1//02
“Following campus assaults, student walkout, some charge that OU still hasn’t done enough,” Athens News, 4/1/02
“Alleged sexual offense by OU stuent still under investigation,” Athens News, 1/24/04
“OU tourguides shouldn’t be expected to share information on campus violence,” The Post, 2/8/02
“Assault, march peak interest from gay affairs commissioner,” Outlook, 1/31/02 – 2/13/02
“Hate crimes fester in pool of ignorance,” Athens Insider, 2/13/02
“‘Free speech’ a fuzzy notion, even outside OU,” Athens Insider, 2/13/02
“Studenst express concern about speech policies,” The Post, 2/11/02
“Students call for greater freedom of speech on OU campus,” Athens News, 2/11//02
“Students walk out, rally against hate, sex assaults,” Athens News, 2/7/02
“Students taking action: 3 assaults prompt rally, demand for change,” Athens Messenger, 2/5/02
“Groups plan class walkout to protest OU response to recent attacks,” Athens News, 1/31/02
“100-plus women march for empowerment, against sexual assault,” Athens News, 5/15/00

Anti-War, Anti-Bush

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“Local activists share in settlement from Kent anti-war protest lawsuit,” Athens News, 9/6/07
“Kent ordered to pay $130,000 for arrests; lawsuit stems from detained protesters in May 4, 2003 demonstration,” Record-Courier, 8/29/07
“Recruiters face mixed response from civilians,” The Post, 1/26/07
“Recruiting for anti-recruitment forces goes national,” Pittsburgh City Paper, 3/30/06
“Name of OU freshman shows up on federal surveillance list,” Athens News, 1/12/06
“InterAct voted Best Student Group in Athens,” Athens News, 1/2006
“Anti-war movement takes new direction,” The InterActivist, 11/05
“Protesters should be applauded for stepping up to their responsibility,” Athens News, 11/10/05
“Misguided student walkout won’t help stop the war,” Athens News, 11/3/05
“Standoff with the military: Demonstrators vow to shut down recruitment,” Athens News, 11/3/05
“Anti-Bush activists stage walk-out,” The Post, 11/3/05
“Students walk, speak out: Rally questions war, administration, recruiting,” Athens Nessenger, 11/3/05
“Yes it can” Protest group all rhetoric, no plan,” The Post, 11/1/05
“World Can’t Wait’s message irrational,” The Post, 11/1/05
“Don’t blame recruiters,” Athens Messenger, 11/1/05
“Planned anti-Bush class walkout Wednesday spurs varied faculty, student reactions,” Athens News, 10/31/05
“Anti-war group meets to discuss planned class walkout,” Athens News, 10/27/05
“Counter-recruitment recruiting out of state,” Pittsburgh City Paper, 10/20/05
“Anti-war group advocates counter-recruitment,” The Post, 10/29/05
Walkout to aim at recruiters,” The Post, __/__/05
“Protesters rally to oust recruiters,” The Post, 9/28/05
“May 4, 2003 events spur federal suit: City of Kent, KSU named in action,” Record-Courier, 5/4/05
“Students, locals plan to symbolically kick the bucket for peace,” Athens News, 4/4/05
“Attending inauguration as part of the Bush opposition an inspiring experience,” Athens News (commentary by campus reporter Chris Golhke), 1/24/05
“Things go smoothly as local anti-Bush group joins Inauguration protests,” Athens News, 1/24/05
“Progressives’ rally uses President Bush as a pinata,” Athens News, 6/1/04
“Two campus speakers give opposite views of American policy in Iraq,” Athens News, 1/26/04 (See also: “Here’s four good questions for Saddam Hussein — and the United States,” Athens News, 12/24/03; “New York Times’ mea cupla about lead-up to Iraq war doesn’t quite cut it,” Athens News, 6/6/04)
“Speakers at campus rally call President Bush on the carpet,” Athens News, 9/29/03
“Peace protest ends in arrest,” Pitt News, 8/24/03
“Iraq war debate proved that this issue can be discussed civilly,” Athens News, 6/12/03
“Both sides of war debate should be willing to exchange their views on it,” Athens News, 5/22/03
“13 plead not guilty in protest,” Record-Courier, 5/9/03
Anti-war, pro-war student groups plan separate activities,” Athens News, 4/23/03
“Student anti-war group challenges Republicans to debate,” Athens News, 4/10/03
“Uptown rally turns into war debate,” Athens News, 4/7/03
“Candlelight vigil calm, reflective,” The Post, 3/20/03
“Non-natives feel fear, uneasiness,” The Post, 3/20/02
“Protesters make case for peace,” The Post, 3/20/03
“Campus activists block intersection,” The Post, 3/20/03
“Students voice opinions, ‘give a damn,'” The Post, 3/20/03
“OU students choose between studying for finals or protesting against war,” Athens News, 3/20/03
“Uptown protesters get jump on Iraq war,” Athens News, 3/20/03
“Students prep for disobedience,” The Post, 3/20/03
“D.C. streets boast diverse protesters,” The Post, 3/20/03
“Students to debate war on public access show Tuesday,” Athens News, 3/17/03
“OU campus gears up for Iraq war,” Athens News, 3/10/03
“Local hawks, doves wrangle over Iraq at rally,” Athens News, 10/21/02 (See also my column on the rally, “Faith and war: In Bush we trust?” The Post, 10/21/02, and the following letters to the Athens News: “Conservatives’ pro-war expressions at rally embarrassing, inexusable,” Athens News, 10/21/02; “Rally coverage too simplistic,” Athens News, 10/28/02; “Republicans’ behavior at rally an insult to American way of life,” Athens News, 10/28/02; “Critics of protesters have no idea what freedom means,” Athens News, 11/4/02; “Lord please get rid of all these deadbeat anti-war protesters,” 11/4/02)
“Protesters reject response attack,” The Post, 10/9/01
“Community united in sorrow for Sept. 11, but divisions are arising over proper response,” Athens News, 9/24/01

Corporate Globalization

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“Local activists plan for IMF confab,” Athens News, 9/13/01
“Activists want to apply Seattle lessons, spirit to issues in Athens,” Athens News, 12/13/99
“Local protesters dissect Seattle experience,” Athens Messenger, 12/12/99
“Some angry residents join in as marches move from downtown,” Los Angeles Times, 12/3/99

Student Power

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“Meeting airs concerns about violence, enrollment, power-sharing,” Athens News, 10/26/06
“Town hall topics turn toward shared governance,” The Post, 10/24/06
“Student senate considers on-line voting to boost participation,” Athens News, 9/30/02
“Students call for greater freedom of speech on OU campus,” Athens News, 2/11/02

Anti-Racism

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[Editor’s note, 11/7/14 — Within the U.S. the term “racism” tends to refer to racism which targets people residing within U.S. borders — so-called “domestic race issues”. However, all of my organizing against post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy and U.S. support for Israel’s ethnic cleansing has been in opposition to extremely racist policies which are only possible because of racist and xenophobic attitudes widespread among Americans. (See, for instance, my arguments in “Ohio University newspaper goes from laughing off genocide to openly advocating it,” Ohio University Post, 9/18/07 and “Blood bucket makes big mess for supporters of Israel’s ethnic cleansing,” Ohio University Post, 9/8/14, and Athens News, 9/11/14.) While the subsections above containcoverage of my organizing around these latter issues, there has been no coverage of my organizing around the former. However, I have written about racism with regard to domestic issues and local organizing efforts, including within the following pieces.]

“Rightwing student group wants to let white people off the hook for racism,” Athens News, 11/13/00
“Hiphop scholar mixes culture, politics of black resistance,” The InterActivist, 9/1/06
“Why should minorities support white student power?” The Athens News and Ohio University Post, 11/2/06
“Latino Group Discusses Conflict with Ohio University newspaper,” The InterActivist, 10/15/07

The InterActivist Magazine

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“Specialty magazines pepper campus online landscape,” Athens News, 4/15/12
“Taking (almost) all of it off for a good cause,” Athens News, 3/17/08

Miscellaneous

“Court opens door for Ohio to tackle pollution; will governor follow through?” Athens News, 4/12/07
“Some OU students wouldn’t mind rules to curb classroom bias,” Athens News, 4/12/07
“OU student groups focus on area poverty, hunger this month,” Athens News, 2/20/06
“Athens native runs for at-large council seat,” The Post, 5/11/05
“Believe it or not, most profs enjoy being challenged in the classroom,” Athens News, 4/21/05
“Speaker: US drug war in Columbia blind, stupid and counterproductive,” Athens News, 5/13/02
“Shushing of bands indicates OU’s priorities not with students,” Athens News, 11/16/00
“Local bike group reaches critical mass,” Athens News, 9/27/99

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