Paul Jay Interviews Medea Benjamin on The Real News

Subject: social justice, activism, organizing, achievements
Themes: Food & Health Homeless Rights Peace Makers Young Activists Women's Rights Public Officials Economics and Business Civil Rights 21st Century 20th Century Environmental Issues LGBT Rights Journalism and Media Indigenous Rights
Age groups: Middle School High School Homeschooling
Resource type: Websites

Medea Benjamin talks about her childhood, her awakening to injustices, and life as an activist and organizer in a four part interview. The sections are titled, I Was Born a Rebel, An Apology from Fidel, Obama Sucked the Steam Out of the Anti-War Movement, and The Movement Is in Silos.

"I was born in 1952, so that makes me over 60. And I grew up in a very sort of normal suburban Long Island household, Jewish parents. They weren't very political. And when I look back, I couldn't even say if they were Democrat or Republican. I think it didn't really matter very much. They voted, but they weren't involved in politics. And what they wanted from me was that I marry a Jewish doctor. That was the extent of it. And had kids. And then my life changed because the world was changing around me."

[excerpted from an interview by Paul Jay on The Real News Network.]