On My Friend’s New Blog

David Rowlands has been a friend since my days at Kent State and the protest against the university’s plan to build an annex to the gymnasium adjacent to the site of the May 4, 1970, shootings. Students were protesting, among other reasons, because the new gym annex would alter the site in a way that could convey an impression the Ohio National Guard has been cornered and fired in self-defense. We were both members of the Young Socialist Alliance (YSA), a youth organization that supported the U.S. Socialist Workers Party (SWP). David and I have maintained contact off & on over the years since. We’re both supporters of the SWP to this day, but not members.

I’ve long looked to David for his political insight and was pleased when he approached me for help in launching a blog. It went live this week — The Union of Workers. The content is all his, but I helped with the technical wizardry and assisted in transferring some of his old writings from Facebook to the blog. I look forward to what he has to say next! I realize that David’s blog will probably only appeal to a small subset of my Facebook friends, but I encourage you to check it out if this sounds at all interesting to you.

It’s important to note that David’s blog has no connection to or affiliation with the SWP. It reflects David’s opinion solely, although often he and the SWP are probably in sync. Those interested in more information officially about the SWP, its political positions and activities, can read The Militant newspaper. It’s published weekly in print and online. Recently all the Militant’s back issues dating to its inception in 1928 have been indexed and are now searchable and available online. You can also check out the almost 800 books and other materials that are produced in 11 languages by volunteers and distributed through the SWP’s publishing house, Pathfinder Press.

All comments are welcome. I only ask that we remain civil and respectful of one another. If you clicked over from Facebook, please comment here rather than back there.

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