[Marxism] Fwd: University of Michigan Press needs positive pressure regarding Pluto Press and Joel Kovel book, "Overcoming Zionism" - Please write letters

george snedeker snedekerg at verizon.net
Mon Oct 8 19:34:02 MDT 2007


Please write letters


> You may have received this on other lists, but given that the threat to 
> Pluto Press's U.S. distribution is obviously of concern to Marxists, I 
> thought it worth posting here.
> best,
> George

>
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> Subject: [undercurrents] Fwd: University of Michigan Press needs positive 
> pressure regarding Pluto Press and Joel Kovel book, "Overcoming Zionism" - 
> Please write letters
>
> --- forwarded message ---
>
> PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR MAILING LISTS & CONTACTS / FRIENDS
>
> A Message from
> Howard Zinn
> on behalf of the Committee for an Open Discussion of Zionism
>
> Dear Friend:
>
> As you may have heard, in late August of this
> year, The University of Michigan Press, after
> receiving a series of complaining and threatening
>
> emails and letters from an ultra-Zionist group
> called StandWithUs, an offshoot of Campus Watch,
> withdrew from distribution Prof. Joel Kovel's
> book Overcoming Zionism, published by Pluto Press
> in
> London, United Kingdom. Since then, following
> numerous protests by fellow academics and
> scholars, The
> U. of M. Press Executive Board has
> restored the book to its distribution listings.
> But, ominously, the Board has indicated its
> intention to reconsider its contract with Pluto Press in mid October.
>
>
> Overcoming Zionism is a serious, well researched
> work espousing a humanistic resolution. It is a
> valuable addition to the growing debate, in and
> out of American academia, that is re-examining
> long held assumptions about the sources of
>
> conflict in the Middle East. It should be
> discussed - supported or refuted - but not suppressed.
>
> But even more serious is the University's threat
> to cancel its distribution contract with Pluto
> Press. Pluto is a valuable and unique
>
> intellectual resource, publishing progressive
> books of a consistently high quality. It provides
> an alternative viewpoint essential to discussion
> and debate of important social issues, such as
> those concerning Israel/Palestine and the
> Middle
> East. The cancellation of Pluto's contract with
> the University would be a serious blow to the
>
> principles of pluralism, academic freedom and free speech.
>
> We urge you to add your voice to those of the
> many professors and authors that have vigorously
> protested these actions. We ask that you send a
>
> letter or an email to U. of M. Press Executive
> Board Chair Peggy McCracken with copies to
>
> University of Michigan President Mary Sue
> Coleman, Dean Janet A Weiss; and Provost Teresa
> Sullivan, demanding that the University of
>
> Michigan Press continue its contract with Pluto
> Press. Further, we ask that you forward this
> request for support and suggested support letter
> to those on any list that you may maintain or have access to.
>
>
> We have prepared a sample letter together with
> email and postal addressees of University of
> Michigan Press committee members below. Please
> send this immediately, or feel free to compose
> your own. Time is of the essence so please act quickly.
>
>
> Thank you for your kind support.
>
> Sincerely,
> Howard Zinn
> For the Committee for an Open Discussion of Zionism
>
> <http://www.codz.org/>www.CODZ.org
>
>
> Please send your letters and emails to:
>
> Professor Peggy McCracken
> Executive Board Chair
>
> University of Michigan Press
> University of Michigan
> Ann Arbor, MI 48109
> <mailto:
> <mailto:peggymcc at umich.edu>peggymcc at umich.edu><mailto:peggymcc at umich.edu>
> peggymcc at umich.edu
>
> President Susan Coleman
> University of Michigan
> Ann Arbor
> , MI 48109
> <mailto:<mailto:presoff at umich.edu>presoff at umich.edu>
> <mailto:presoff at umich.edu>presoff at umich.edu
>
> Janet A. Weiss
> Dean of the Rackham Graduate School and Vice Provost
>
> University of Michigan
> Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
> <mailto:<mailto:janetw at umich.edu>
> janetw at umich.edu><mailto:janetw at umich.edu>janetw at umich.edu
>
> Teresa A. Sullivan
>
> Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs
> 3074 Fleming Building
> University of Michigan
>
> Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340
> <mailto:<mailto:tsull at umich.edu>tsull at umich.edu
>><mailto:tsull at umich.edu>tsull at umich.edu
>
>
> SAMPLE LETTER:
>
> Dear Professor McCracken:
>
>
> It has come to my attention that The University
> of Michigan Press has recently withdrawn its
> distribution of Prof. Joel Kovel's book,
> Overcoming Zionism and has indicated its
> intention to review, and perhaps cancel, its
>
> distribution contract with the publisher of Prof.
> Kovel's book, Pluto Press. It is my understanding
> that these steps were taken immediately following
> a barrage of complaints from a group called
> StandWithUs Michgan, an offshoot of the notorious
>
> Campus Watch censorship organization. I have
> heard that distribution of Prof. Kovel's book has
> been resumed but that the Pluto Press contract remains under a cloud.
>
> Pluto is a valuable intellectual resource,
>
> publishing critical and progressive books of
> consistently high quality. It is a highly
> respected alternative academic press. Its
> discontinuation by the U.of M. Press would
> directly inhibit people's access to
>
> non-mainstream material and would impede critical
> thought, discussion and debate on important
> issues, especially those concerning Israel/Palestine and the Middle
>  East.
>
> Further, the University's suspension of its
>
> distribution contract with Pluto Press under
> these circumstances would constitute a flagrant
> violation of the principles of academic freedom
> and freedom of speech. I strongly protest against
> any such move. My high regard for the
> University
> of Michigan would be seriously diminished if such
> a suspension took place and it would affect any
>
> future relationship I might have with the University.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> [SIGN YOUR NAME]
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