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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: March 12, 2001
Latest update: April 18, 2001

On William Mandel's Saying No to Power

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On Monday, March 12, William Mandel wrote:

Members of the class may be interested in my website, On it they will find actual audio and video of my hearing before Sen. Joe McCarthy ["McCarthyism"], which 35 years later was performed in a long-running play in Los Angeles, and my later hearing before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, excerpted in six documentary films and numerous TV specials. Two chapters of Saying No To Power are up on the site. They contain a good deal of interest to the peace and conflict portion of your course and on women. However, the most valuable material relative to criminology is contained in my lengthy description of the lives (a) of a young Mafioso, three-time loser, I knew in my youth, who became a genuine hero of the Civil War in Spain against fascism before World War II, and then as a seaman on the most dangerous run in most devastating of wars; and (b) of two Black prisoners I visited for years, one a double-lifer who was like Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in the effects of the prison system, the other a Black Panther whom the California prison authorities tried unsuccessfully to frame for allegedly starting a riot. Those are in a chapter not up on the website.

On Monday, March 12, 2001, jeanne responded:

Thank you for your comments. We are delighted to have your input, as our students need such historical insights as you are able to share.

love and peace, jeanne