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I was on AJAM news on Friday, regarding the UN review of US failures to investigate and punish unsolved civil rights era racial murders. They gave the subject six minutes, which is pretty good treatment for TV news. (I'm on starting at about 2:30.) More about the UN hearing at the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/19/un-us-racial-murders-civil-rights-era
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Towards the end of his recovery from dysentery in a military hospital in Sasebo, Japan in September 1951, my father writes to my mother of his fears as he prepares to return to combat in Korea.
In this letter, we return to Sasebo, Japan in September of 1951, where my father was recovering from a massive case of dysentery. He is about to be sent back to Korea, possibly again to the front...
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Indeed, +Mark Forman  ... in this one he tries to wrap his head around being camped in the home of a Korean family, evicted for the comfort of his troop: http://benlog.net/post/102998372759/more-interesting-than-the-sergeant-realizes
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Here is the video edited by +Clarence Smith, Jr. (aka Bold Edition) for my article that came out earlier today on +Narratively.
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My latest—about the little known 1964 racial shooting of Richard Joe Butler, who survived to tell the tale. Up on the NPR Code Switch blog. #freedomsummer   #civilrights  
The killings of three civil rights activists in 1964 put pressure on Washington to fight racial terror in the South. But there were countless lesser-known attacks, like the one on Richard Joe Butler.
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The wild ducks of Medford. 
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Haha. I am a terrible naturalist. And now you've found me online. Uh oh. 
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My letter was published in today's NYT.

To the Editor:

The report on lynching is a deeply needed review of the legacy of racial terror in American life. But the truth and reconciliation called for in the Equal Justice Initiative report is also needed for the scores of racially motivated extrajudicial killings and other acts of racial terror during the civil rights period of the 1950s and 1960s. People directly affected by these more recent acts are still living today — largely without recognition and without closure.

A groundbreaking bill sponsored by Representative John Lewis, a civil rights hero, and signed into law in 2008 reopened 113 race-related murder investigations of civil rights workers and ordinary people.

To date, more than 100 of the cases have been closed by the Justice Department without prosecutions — closed quietly, without public notice. Journalists and legal advocates have questioned the Justice Department’s seriousness about identifying cases, resolving them and providing adequate information to victims’ families about what happened to their loved ones.

The United States must grapple not only with the findings reported in The Times but also with a longer legacy of violence.

BEN GREENBERG
Readers discuss an effort by the Equal Justice Initiative to document racially motivated killings in the South.
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In December of 1950, my father, Paul Greenberg, was a Private in basic training at the US Army’s Engineer Replacement Training Center, Fort Belvoir, Va. My mother, Esther Novogrodsky, was a student at Sarah Lawrence College and living with her parents at 160 East 3rd Street in New York City. This blog post is from one of his letters to her at that time, urging her to resist pessimism and to continue struggling for peace.
In December of 1950, my father, Paul Greenberg, was a Private in basic training at the US Army’s Engineer Replacement Training Center, Fort Belvoir, Va. My mother, Esther Novogrodsky, was a student at...
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This is my latest about the premature closing of the Clifton Walker #civilrights cold case. The article distills work from the last seven years. Also honored to have a video for the piece produced by my good friend  +Clarence Smith, Jr. (aka Bold Edition). 
A groundbreaking new law instructed the FBI to investigate more than 100 unsolved murders from the civil rights era. But one reporter’s story, seven years in the making, reveals the government has done shockingly little in the search for justice.
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By my cousin +Avidan Novogrodsky-Godt; this would be impressive if he wasn't still in high school (but he is!). 
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Thanks for sharing my film Ben!
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Three Things About The Donald Sterling Tape

Do racist words matter more than racist actions?
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My latest for The Huffington Post. This primary season, don't be fooled by these far-right tricksters dressed up as Democratic candidates.
Maryland Tea Party activist and State Delegate Don Dwyer (R) is a well-known character who once enacted an Annapolis version of the Boston Tea Party - donning a tricorner hat and Colonial breeches to dump floating boxes labeled "tea" into t...
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Communications, human rights, blogging, journalism, photography.
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  • Freelance
    Writer, 2005 - present
  • Management Sciences for Health
    Online Communications, 2010 - present
  • Physicians for Human Rights
    Online Communications, 2006 - 2010
  • Dollars and Sense Magazine
    Guest Editor, 2005 - 2006
  • Freelance
    Editor/Tutor, 1999 - 2006
  • Boston University
    English Instructor, 1995 - 1999
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Delmar, NY - Eugene, OR - Baltimore, MD - Teaneck, NJ - New York, NY - Eugene, OR
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Online communications and non-profit tech by day, journalist by the seat of my pants.


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Carrying an umbrella so you don't have to.
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  • Boston University
    MA, ABD, English, 1994 - 2003
  • Johns Hopkins University
    MA, Writing Seminars, 1993 - 1994
  • Brandeis University
    BA, English, 1987 - 1991
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