Next Left Notes (NLN) is an independent Left publication that has its roots in the New Left movement of the Sixties. Like the magazine that inspired NLN — New Left Notes, the voice of SDS — our political persuasion is simple: Let The People Decide. Because we believe that the Corporate Press can not and will not cover the struggle for peace and progress in an unbiased or comprehensive way, it is our mission to cover the Movement. We are writing our own history: the politics, the professors and the pupils; the writers, dancers and scholars; the teachers, actors and heroes; Quakers and veterans; poets and peaceniks; pacifists, pranksters and political prisoners; LGBT, civil rights, labor movement and health care activists; members of Congress, members of the City Council(s); seniors, students — and YOU. We’ll see you in the streets.
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Thomas Good is the original and current editor of Next Left Notes. A lifelong New Leftist, he helped re-member Students for a Democratic Society. Along with Alan Haber, Pat Korte, Jessica Rapchik and Paul Buhle, Good began that endeavor on Martin Luther King Jr. day in 2006. Since then, NLN has paid close attention to the work of SDS and student activism while covering the Movement in general. Good is a member of Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS) and the Industrial Workers of the World. He is also a proud member of the National Writers Union — Local 1981 of the United Auto Workers — and the International Federation of Journalists.
In October, 2009, Good was recognized by Peace Action for his work as a photojournalist who covers labor, civil rights and the peace movement.
Good also contributes photographs to the Wikimedia Commons project.
Paul Buhle, longtime editor of Radical America and a member of MDS, works on several MDS projects including the Radical Education Project. Paul is a senior lecturer in American Civilization at Brown University in Providence, RI. He feels that Madison, Wisconsin, is the center of the universe. Clearly he has never spent time in Ann Arbor. PB is a senior contributing editor at NLN.
Brandon Banks, a new contributor to NLN, was recruited on the streets of D.C. at the 5th anniversary war protest, and is affiliated with the Louisville chapter of SDS. When not active in politics Brandon lives in Academia, and has contributed freelance writing and photography to various newspapers for years. His work has also appeared in The Heartland Review, a college journal in which he still serves as a student editor.
Labor Reporter Stephanie Basile
Stephanie Basile is the editor of Wobbly City and NLN’s labor reporter. She is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World and is active in the NYC Branch. Stephanie is also involved in Brandworkers International, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of retail and food employees.
Elaine Brower – in the streets (Photo: Thomas Good / Next Left Notes)
Elaine Brower is an organizer with the Staten Island chapter of MDS, Peace Action Staten Island, Military Families Speak Out, The Military Project and The World Can’t Wait. She is the mother of a US Marine who did one tour in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq. Elaine quips that her biography will be simply: “middle class civil servant mom goes wild…” A committed activist, Elaine records more video footage for NLN than all other contributors combined.
Thorne Dreyer and Theodore (Photo: Carlos Lowry)
Thorne Dreyer, now an Austin writer, bookseller and MDS activist, is a vet of the sixties New Left. He was active in SDS in Austin and nationally. Dreyer was founding “funnel” of The Rag in Austin, a member of the editorial collective of Liberation News Service in New York and a founding editor of Space City in Houston. He was general manager of KPFT-FM, the Pacifica radio station in Houston, where he hosted a popular talk show, and worked as an actor, a public relations executive, a political consultant, a freelance writer, an event producer and as manager of a jazz club. Dreyer’s coverage of the movement appeared in dozens of publications around the country and his writing has been cited or excerpted in numerous books about the era.
Nat Good holds up his copy of the AP Stylebook (Photo: Thomas Good / Next Left Notes)
Nathaniel Good is a member of the Staten Island chapter of MDS and has been an activist since age 9. Nathaniel is an intern at NLN and regularly contributes his photographs. Now 14 years old, Nat has a cover photograph to his credit – one of his images adorns the cover of the March 2008 issue of PeaceWork.
David Hernandez (Photo: Thomas Good / Next Left Notes)
David Hernandez is an organizer / activist based in Staten Island. David works with NLN film crews, doing stand up interviews for NLN YouTube.
Bud and Fran Korotzer (Photo: Thomas Good / Next Left Notes)
Bud Korotzer is a New York City based photographer and an NLN contributor. Fran Korotzer is an independent journalist and regular NLN contributor.
Diane Krauthamer (Photo: Thomas Good / Next Left Notes)
Diane Krauthamer is the co-editor of Industrial Worker, a videographer / journalist and an NLN contributor.
Devra Morice is an organizer with the Staten Island chapter of MDS and a street activist. A contributor to NLN, Devra remains dedicated to the cause of helping to build MDS into a national movement worthy of SDS. Devra is often found on assignment, in remote locales, camera in hand.
Bill Templer Bill Templer is a refugee from Chicago and wanderer activist. He worked many years with the Bedouin Rights Association in southern Israel/Palestine and in the Roma/Gypsy civil rights movement in eastern Bulgaria. He has taught on peripheries in Ohio, Eire, Palestine, Iran, Nepal, Bulgaria, Laos, Thailand and Deutschland. Bill is on the advisory board of www.jceps.com and active in the IWW Education Workers IU 620 & its international network www.ewiu-international.org. Bill gives NLN an international reach which fits in nicely with our internationalist perspective.
The chief instrument by which the NO tried to maintain contact with the growing number of chapters was New Left Notes, a (more or less) weekly newspaper which made its first appearance (with a box on the front-page reading, “SURPRISE!”) on January 21, 1966. It was a flimsy, four-page (later occasionally eight- and twelve-) tabloid, pasted up in the back rooms of the NO, never looking the same from one week to another, and regularly in the hands of well-meaning but inexperienced editors; but it had a kind of style to it, a snappiness, an enthusiasm, that made up for its obvious amateurishness. The front-page slogan — as it was to be for the next three years — was the NCUPers “Let the People Decide,” and in terms of the paper itself that is exactly how it was edited. Almost any scrap of news, any letter, any essay or comment that came into the paper found its way into print: Hayden on his trip to North Vietnam, Cesar Chavez on the grape strike, Oglesby working out a theory of American “imperialism,” Flacks worrying about “Whatever Became of the New Left?,” and a variety of anonymous chapter people sending in reports on their latest actions, complaints about how meetings were run, paeans to the eye-opening quality of the New Left, and proposals for this or that future action. For SDS, and a movement that had very few other means of communication — Liberation magazine, a monthly, the National Guardian, a weekly but with other concerns as well, a few newsletters — New Left Notes was, for all its formlessness, sort of a weekly SDS convention, an invaluable and unduplicatable forum. Aside from those who complained about always getting it three weeks late, the only criticism making the rounds in those early days was that the name sounded like another rock group.
– sds, Kirkpatrick Sale, p. 181.