On #tdih, Dec. 8, 1941, Montana Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin was the only member of Congress to vote against declaring war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She had also voted against WWI and after leaving office continued to campaign for peace, including protesting the Vietnam War. This painting (available for order as a poster) of Rankin is from Americans Who Tell the Truth: http://bit.ly/KwLu82 Here is a lesson called Unsung Heroes, including Rankin, with an essay by Howard Zinn and a lesson by Bill Bigelow from Rethinking Schools: http://bit.ly/1guKnub More on the WWII era: http://bit.ly/19rW8tM Quote inscribed on painting/poster: "Women remind me of the cows on our ranch in Montana. A cow has a calf and after a while a man comes along and takes the calf away. She bawls for a while, then goes on and has another calf. If we had 10,000 women willing to go to prison, that would end the war. We’ve had 10,000 women sit back and let their sons be killed."
"When giants like Nelson Mandela and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are stripped of their revolutionary essence and remade as sentimental stick figures to be gushed over by all and sundry, the atrocities that sparked their fury and led to their commitment can be overlooked, left safely behind, even imagined never to have occurred." Please read, share, and discuss this vital essay, "Bob Herbert on Nelson Mandela," reprinted with permission from the Jacobin Magazine: http://bit.ly/IJEeeY Photo: Nelson Mandela at the defiance campaign trial in 1952.