Our mission is to stand up for peace and diplomacy internationally, and for democracy and human rights at home. To these ends, we are dedicated to fostering education on campuses and in communities, encouraging activism, and facilitating networking with organizations working for peace and justice.
Over the next five weeks, Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) is encouraging members and supporters around the country to organize virtual talks or panels – delivered via Zoom or Skype—on key issues in this election regarding both domestic and foreign policy.
We have created a speakers list of more than thirty prominent historians and activists, who are willing to participate without honoraria in these virtual events—we call these Issues Forums. The speakers list is below with the name and affiliation of each speaker, links to information about each speaker, topics and areas on which each is willing to present, and a contact email address.
Because time is so short, we are asking you, as a prospective Issues Forum organizer, to contact speakers on the list directly by email to discuss the event you have in mind, its date and time, and its logistics. We (the H-PAD Steering Committee) would, though, appreciate a note when an Issue Forum is set up, and a brief sum-up after one occurs.
Times are difficult now, and the struggle is intense. Please consider scheduling an Issues Forum in your locale! Or–an additional idea–set up a speaker as part of a regular distance or hybrid class, and then invite others to join the class presentation.
H-PAD Steering Committee Newsletter #6, September 15, 2020. Special Issue! Mobilize Now to Defeat Trumpism at the Polls and through Collective Action! (also available as a pdf for downloading and/or printing)
Statement of the Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) on the Current Struggle
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- Iran/Iraq Crisis Message #5 (January 29, 2020)
- Iran/Iraq Crisis Message #4 (January 21, 2020)
- Congressional Update (January 16, 2020)
- Iran/Iraq Crisis Emergency Message #3 ( )
- Iran/Iraq Emergency #2 (January 8, 2020)
- Iran/Iraq Emergency Message #1 ( )
We have created five new Working Groups:
“Liberating History” video series
H-PAD is very excited to announce a series of short videos, titled Liberating History. New episodes will be posted on this page when they’re ready.
Episode 1: “Trump Administration Policy in the Middle East: A Cruel Continuity.” Watch historian Irene Gendzier explain the historical roots of Trump’s policies toward Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel/Palestine, and the rest of the region.
Episode 2: “The Structure of Punishment: Crack and the Rise of Mass Incarceration.” Historian Donna Murch traces the historical origins of the U.S. “war on drugs” and the system of mass incarceration that accompanies it, focusing on the racist and hypocritical policing of Black crack cocaine users.
Other H-PAD activities
H-PAD is developing a Public History Campaign, finding ways to agitate for peace and justice with useful, accessible, accurate materials. Our Public History campaign has three components:
- Investing in a much larger social media presence, including webinars, videos, and podcasts;
- Producing many more “Broadsides for the Trump Era” and distributing them widely, via web ads;
- Building partnerships with progressive and left organizations and publications to distribute our public, political, and popular history.