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FATTENING WALL STREET — Mike Whitney reports on the rapid metamorphosis of new Fed Chair Janet Yallin into a lackey for the bankers, bond traders and brokers. The New Religious Wars Over the Environment: Joyce Nelson charts the looming confrontation between the Catholic Church and fundamentalists over climate change, extinction and GMOs; A People’s History of Mexican Constitutions: Andrew Smolski on the 200 year-long struggle of Mexico’s peasants, indigenous people and workers to secure legal rights and liberties; Spying on Black Writers: Ron Jacobs uncovers the FBI’s 50 year-long obsession with black poets, novelists and essayists; O Elephant! JoAnn Wypijewski on the grim history of circus elephants; PLUS: Jeffrey St. Clair on birds and climate change; Chris Floyd on the US as nuclear bully; Seth Sandronsky on Van Jones’s blind spot; Lee Ballinger on musicians and the State Department; and Kim Nicolini on the films of JC Chandor.
A Quick, Almost Limerick

For Stew

by RON JACOBS

The yippie who
the masses knew
but never got the fame
abbie, jerry, krassner too
the women unknown
the wanted few

a brother who
when the times were tough
used his street sense
and played it rough
smuggled weather around the land
insisted the panthers had a plan

it started on one new year’s eve
the plot to stop the war
richard daley and his centurions
they vowed to shut that door
revolution for the hell of it
came out of woodstock nation

emma goldman and her dancing
was one of the inspirations
lsd and reefer madness
could turn around the nation
the yippies in the afterworld
will add to their celebration.

RON JACOBS is author of The Way the Wind Blew: a history of the Weather Underground, which is just republished by Verso. Jacobs’ essay on Big Bill Broonzy is featured in CounterPunch’s new collection on music, art and sex, Serpents in the Garden. He can be reached at: rjacobs3625@charter.net