After looking at all the underhanded crap Bush has pulled in his soon to be completed task of taking total control of us and our America It is high time someone tries to do something to put a stop to this as the democratic Senate appears to be complicit with Bush as he rapes the Constitution, passes law after law giving him more power,and prepares to take control of us, our America, and our foreseeable future. Something has to be done but we do not know how to organize or how to get ourselves heard or get our peace or any other kind of activism off the ground.
Well yesterday was our lucky day! I am pretty excited! I had been contacted a while back by someone who somehow found his way to a story I wrote and was compelled to contact me. We have been in contact ever since.
Well! I kept corresponding with this person but thought his outlook was a bit behind and outdated. I finally confronted him about it and what a surprise! Yesterday I got a return and now I'm excited. I won't send you a long report but I was amazed to find out the guy I have been writing to is a 90 year old grass roots political and peace activist that has been active since 1950 and is behind just about everything liberal that has occurred since.
His web site is http://relentlessliberal.blogspot.com/ I recommend if you have time to go there and under Jerome Grossman click on learn more about about the Relentless Liberal. You will be amazed I was! Anyway I am going to listen to him and converse with him and his son who is the one I have actually been conversing with as Jerome is getting a bit feeble. I am going to one of his lectures January 3rd here in Wellesley, Massachusetts and look forward to telling you all about it. He is a long time personal friend of Kennedy and many others. This is our chance to learn, make a difference, and get heard.
let me give you a bit about him and I hope you click on the link and learn more about this Political Liberal Legend and please pass this on. I will get his Nation wide lecture schedule if he may be in your area or you are interested. Anyway!
LEXINGTON ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS, INC. Jerome Grossman, Interviewed 12/3/1996, Page 1
December 3, 1996
INT: Tell us a little bit about yourself, your background, and the family values that shaped you growing up?
JG: My name is Jerome Grossman. I suppose by profession I can best be described as a manager. I worked in the family business for thirty-five years, sold my interest in that, and then as a result of my participation in the peace movement I accepted a position as the president and national executive director of Council for a Livable world. I was the director of that for twelve years. Then I became the chairman of the organization. The difference is that instead of working at it twenty-four hours a day, I work at it twelve hours a day.
In addition, I have become a teacher since I retired from business. I have taught political science at Tufts University. I’m currently teaching Business Management at Tufts University. In addition to that, I do a lot of speaking, and formally I teach at Palm Beach Community College in January, February, and March. In the fall semester I teach here at an RSVP program, which is essentially a lifetime learning institution. Believe it or not, in each of these places I have between two hundred and three hundred students every week. I find that quite gratifying. I find that it’s a way of educating myself more than the students. In other words, the voluminous research that I do in preparation I feel greatly adds to my understanding of the issues as well as adding to the store of facts that I have. I think that's why people come to listen to me because it's all preparation. I don’t think that I have anything unique to say. But I work at putting it together for them.
INT: In terms of your connection with the peace movement, were there family values that led you to your very active involvement in the peace movement?
JG: My father was active politically. As I say in my book where I really draw a contrast between my father and myself, he––as the son of immigrants and somebody working their way up from a very poor background––used politics as a vehicle for upward mobility, primarily. I didn’t have to do that because by the time I came along we were fairly comfortable. Not rich, but comfortable. I somehow began reading The Nation magazine when I was fourteen years old. I’ve always been an avid reader.
They had to throw me out of the library. I got beaten for reading excessively. “It’ll burn out your eyes.” When I had to go to bed at nine or ten o’clock, if I was in the middle of a story or reading a book, I took a flashlight and put my head under the covers until I was discovered. And then, that’s when I got beaten. There was no history of political activism in the sense that I’m active in my family. However, I made a turn in the family in that my younger sister––I had one brother and a sister, and she was born sixteen years after I was born––and her politics are very close to mine; her children’s politics are very close to mine. So I made a departure in my family. How I got that way, I don’t know. I like to think that I didn't like to see other kids pushed around. I remember getting in fights to protect other kids. But maybe that's a mixed memory.
INT: Tell us about the Vietnam moratorium movement of 1969. What precipitated it, and what was your role in that?
JG: You have to go back to the Eugene McCarthy campaign. I had been working in the peace movement for many years. My motivation was the knowledge of the power of atomic weapons. Anything that might precipitate a war between the countries that had nuclear weapons might wipe out humanity. When I learned about that in the middle 1950's it was the kind of knowledge that spurred me into action. Actually... Read more of this amazing history of activism on his site at "Learn more about the Relentless Liberal" on the top left!
I am looking forward to meeting him and his son Danny and learning. I am just perplexed because I know that the fear of mutual destruction is no longer a deterrent for nuclear war as Bush for one thinks he works for God and seems to be working towards the Bibles End Of Days scenario. At the very least he and others are willing to use nuclear weapons and take their chances while making the world unlivable at the same time.WTF?