Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild is the senior editor of The Progressive magazine (from 1994), which is one of the leading voices for peace and social justice in this country. Rothschild has appeared on Nightline, C-SPAN, The O'Reilly Factor, and NPR, and his newspaper commentaries have run in the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Times, the Miami Herald, and a host of other newspapers. Rothschild is the host of "Progressive Radio," a syndicated half-hour weekly interview program. And he does a two-minute daily radio commentary, entitled "Progressive Point of View," which is also syndicated around the country.
Rothschild is the author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression (New Press, 2007). He also is the editor of Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive, 1909-2009 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009).
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FBI Comes Calling on Activist Software Engineer

FBI Comes Calling on Activist Software Engineer
By Matthew Rothschild

August 20, 2004

Paul Bame is a 45-year-old software engineer in Fort Collins, Colorado. He's also a nonviolent political activist. On the afternoon of July 22, an FBI agent named Ted Faul called Bame's home, he says. "He left a message on my machine saying that he wanted to talk to me about something," Bame recalls. "I was afraid."

Two Gags at the Dem. Convention

Two Gags at the Dem. Convention
By Matthew Rothschild

August 4, 2004

John Kerry, in his acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention, made an inspiring call to defend free speech. "Tonight, we have an important message for those who question the patriotism of Americans who offer a better direction for our country. Before wrapping themselves in the flag and shutting their eyes and ears to the truth, they should remember what America is really about. . . . Our purpose now is to reclaim democracy itself. We are here to affirm that when Americans stand up and speak their minds and say America can do better, that is not a challenge to patriotism; it is the heart and soul of patriotism."

Secret Service Asks About Photographers' Race

Secret Service Asks About Photographers' Race
By Matthew Rothschild

August 4, 2004

On July 30, the day before Dick Cheney appeared in Tucson, a rally organizer for Bush-Cheney asked about the race of several local journalists. The campaign "insisted on knowing the race" of an Arizona Daily Star photographer, Mamta Popat, who was assigned to cover the event, the paper reported.

Man Loses Job After Heckling Bush

Man Loses Job After Heckling Bush
By Matthew Rothschild

August 25, 2004

Glenn Hiller is a graphic designer, and he wanted to convey a message to President Bush. The President was scheduled to speak on August 17 at Hedgesville High School, which is near Hiller's home in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. He says he asked his boss at Octavo Designs in Frederick, Maryland, whether he could take part of that afternoon off to go hear Bush and to try to ask him a question or two.

Protesters Arrested for Aping Abu Ghraib as Bush Motorcade Approached

Protesters Arrested for Aping Abu Ghraib as Bush Motorcade Approached
By Matthew Rothschild

July 23, 2004

When some anti-war activists from Lancaster City, Pennsylvania, heard that President Bush and his motorcade would be coming through nearby Smoketown on the afternoon of July 9, they decided to plan an unusual protest.

County Supervisor Booted from Bush Event for Wearing Hidden Kerry Shirt

County Supervisor Booted from Bush Event for Wearing Hidden Kerry Shirt
By Matthew Rothschild

July 22, 2004

President Bush came to Wisconsin on July 14 and gave a speech in a town called Ashwaubenon, and Jayson Nelson wanted to hear him. Nelson is an elected official. As an Outagamie County supervisor, he says he was notified that there were extra tickets for the event if he wanted one.

Anti-Bush Protesters Cleared in Charleston

Anti-Bush Protesters Cleared in Charleston
By Matthew Rothschild

July 16, 2004

Nicole and Jeff Rank were in Charleston, West Virginia, on July 4 to protest a visit by President Bush to the state capitol. The Ranks, who are from Corpus Christi, Texas, gathered outside the capitol. People near them "wore pro-Bush T-shirts and Bush-Cheney campaign buttons, some of which were sold on the capitol grounds," according to the Charleston Gazette.

PEN, NYCLU, Artists Protest Investigation of Steve Kurtz

PEN, NYCLU, Artists Protest Investigation of Steve Kurtz
By Matthew Rothschild

June 26, 2004

Two civil liberties groups have recently expressed their concern over a grand jury proceeding against an art professor. On May 11, Steve Kurtz, who teaches at the University of Buffalo, was detained. His wife, Hope, had died that morning, and when the police and paramedics came, they saw some petri dishes that Kurtz uses in his artwork. They became suspicious.

Police Raid "Upside Down Flag House"

Police Raid "Upside Down Flag House"
By Matthew Rothschild

June 26, 2004

Last semester, a house in Tucson where several anarchist students from the University of Arizona lived became know as the upside down flag house. And not without reason. "They draped large flags, five or six feet wide, upside down from the roof of the house," says Jeff Davis, who says he is good friends with the people who used to live there. On May 28, the police descended on the house with as many as twenty squad cars and a helicopter, Davis says. They arrested seven people there.

Boston Drops Bogus Bomb Charge Against Protester

Boston Drops Bogus Bomb Charge Against Protester
By Matthew Rothschild

June 12, 2004

On May 26, Joe Previtera decided to publicly protest the torture of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers. The twenty-one-year-old Boston College student and a few members of his anti-war affinity group went down to the military recruitment office on Tremont Street near the Boston Commons. Outside the Armed Forces Career Center, on the sidewalk, he stood on a milk crate. He wore a black shawl and placed a black hood over his head. And he attached stereo wires to his fingers, imitating the now-notorious picture of the Abu Ghraib prisoner.

S.F. Art Gallery Owner Beaten Up for Showing Anti-Torture Painting

S.F. Art Gallery Owner Beaten Up for Showing Anti-Torture Painting
By Matthew Rothschild

June 1, 2004

On May 16, according to AP, she installed a piece of artwork by Guy Colwell entitled "Abuse." The painting (which you can see at www.nobeliefs.com/abuse.htm) is an elaboration of the torture that went on at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. In the foreground of Colwell's painting are two grinning U.S. soldiers, one man and one woman, with American flags on their sleeves. The man is holding a cattle prod, and the woman, a cigarette dangling from her mouth, is holding electrical wires. Those wires are attached to the fingers of three naked male Iraqi detainees, who are standing on cylinder blocks. The prisoners are hooded. In the background, two other American soldiers in sunglasses are leading a shackled and blindfolded woman into the room.

Howard Dean Interview

Howard Dean Interview
By Matthew Rothschild

Howard Dean's campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination stirred the passions of millions of people. It was a progressive, grassroots campaign that was anti-war at its core and anti-establishment in its orientation.The former Vermont governor may not have been as progressive as his followers, but he seemed to move toward them during the run-up to the primaries. And he distinguished himself with his candor.Though his campaign foundered in the cornfields of Iowa (with a push and a shove from the mainstream media), Dean did not give up his hope of establishing an enduring organization to carry forward some of his goals.

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