On the occasion of the Rail's 10th full-format issue, the editor reflects.
Emily Genao attends East Side Community High School, and is a member of Youth Researchers, a group of students from seven schools investigating funding discrepancies between urban and suburban public schools across New York state.
After September 11th, there has been something uneasy in the relationship between the antic world of pop music and a compulsion to memorialize that now seems as much a reflex as an accumulated need.
It is a chilly 2:00 a.m. in Manastur, a monotonous, gray neighborhood on the eastern edge of Cluj-Napoca, Romanias fourth largest city. The cityscape is classic eastern block: ten-story tower block apartments stretching on, row upon row. At street level the walls are a chaotic mess of posters advertising everything from local concerts to language classes to Coca-Cola.
As the carnage of the 20th century begins to fade from memory and crystallize into written history, it is instructive to note which events get forgotten. For example, you probably havent heard a lot about the United States governments radiation experiments on live, uninformed, human subjects who were usually poor African-Americans.
Brooklyn native Howard Zinn is the author of more than 20 works of American history, including A Peoples History of the United States and, most recently, Terrorism and War (Seven Stories) and Emma (South End), a play about the anarchist Emma Goldman.