Presswatch on 11/03/11
Per Fagereng guest hosts today. He speaks with John Miller, National Coordinator of the East Timor and Indonesia Network or (ETAN) about a Protest to Reject Honoring Henry Kissinger by the New-York Historical Society.
On Monday, November 7, protesters will gather outside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to express their outrage at the honoring or former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger by the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS).
John Miller says “Kissinger’s policies were from the 1% for the 1%, and the 99% suffered the consequences. The survivors of those policies can not forget and neither should we.”
Historians criticized the politicization of the society: "With this honor, the society throws away 200 years of distinction, sacrificing its standing, subverting and junking a major historical institution by politicizing it. While N-YHS has a right to its politics, there's no doubt that in bestowing this honor on Kissinger those politics are vile. The trustees of this once-great Society should resign. We need a new New York Historical Society," wrote Jesse Lemisch, Professor of History Emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York and Staughton Lynd, Independent Historian said in a statement.
Among the organizers of the upcoming demonstration are ETAN, War Resisters League NYC, War Criminals Watch, Code Pink, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, World Can't Wait, Brooklyn For Peace and Veterans for Peace–NYC Chapter 34.