Weikko Jarvi quiet working class hero

Over 100 people gathered in Superior, Wisc. June 1 to pay respects and celebrate the life of Weikko Jarvi, who was described at the service as “a quiet, working class hero.” He died May 29 after a lengthy illness.

Review roundup

Book review: Capitalist haircut Movie Review: Suppose you knew? Music Review: A clear bold call to the sleeping giant

Looking for truth in all the wrong places

What is true? This is the question troubling Rose, the main character in the Jules Feiffer play, A Bad Friend, which opened June 9 at New York City’s Lincoln Center Theater.

Howard B. Silverberg: Fighter for peace and equality

BALTIMORE, Md. – Howard B. Silverberg was remembered at a memorial here June 1 as a giant of a man with big hands and big feet. But his niece, Ruth Caley, told the crowd, that “biggest of all was his heart,” never so true as when he was standing up for working people, the poor and the oppressed.

Making a movie against all odds

Review The Suppression of Salt of the Earth: How Hollywood, Big Labor, and Politicians Blacklisted a Movie in Cold War America, by James L. Lorence, University of New Mexico Press, 256 pp, $21.95 To many older progressives, activists, union organizers, socialists and communists, the story of how the movie Salt of the Earth came to be, its production and blacklisting, is a cherished something to be told and re-told.

The floating zoo

Review Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Harvest Books, 336 pp., $14 Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a sensational tale of a boy, his religious beliefs and his zoo animals in a lifeboat. It is where Dr. Doolittle meets The Old Man and the Sea.

What the U.S got away with

Review An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, by William F. Pepper, Verso, 320 pp., $25 William Pepper’s book An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King makes us realize that extra-judicial executions such as those carried out by the Colombian military and their proxies, the paramilitaries, are not exclusive to South America.

First Cities: Treasure shown and tragedy known

In 1997, an exhibit was conceived to welcome in the third millennium, by mirroring the time frame. “Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus” opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, May 8.