Open letter to WW readers from Leslie Feinberg
Published Jan 15, 2011 9:49 AM
The following letter was written on Jan. 6.
The reason readers haven’t seen my byline in Workers World newspaper
for several years is that I am ill and disabled from late-stage, long-untreated
tick-borne infectious diseases.
Since I began working on the newspaper in 1974, I wrote, proofread, edited
and did other labor on Workers World during more than 30-plus years of
undiagnosed cyclical illnesses and disabilities. However, I became acutely ill
and disabled in October 2007, and I have been unable to recover my
I am proud to remain on the masthead of Workers World newspaper as a
Managing Editor; however I must add this fact: I am on protracted medical
I regret that I am so seriously ill now, and so disabled as a result, that
I am no longer able to answer online inquiries to the newspaper about previous
A partial bibliography of articles that I wrote in Workers World from 1974
to 2002 was compiled by M. R. Cook, a working-class undergraduate student.
Cook’s enormous contribution of bibliographic labor can be found at
Bylined articles I wrote between 2002 and 2007 are accessible through
keyword search at workers.org.
As I began to understand how ill I was becoming, I tried to reference
information from my library and online research in the series “Lavender
& Red.” (workers.org)
The books I used are referenced in the series, and other facts can be
found via online web research with keyword phrases.
I regret not having been able to endnote and develop a bibliography for
more of the entire Lavender & Red series. As I was becoming increasingly
ill, however, I was able — with a lot of comradely help — to apply
book-standard referencing to about a quarter of the L&R series — the
articles compiled into the book entitled “Rainbow Solidarity in Defense
of Cuba.” (leftbooks.com)
I believe the following four articles, which I wrote for Workers World, best
flesh out the overall concluding political trajectory of the Lavender & Red
“Struggle over Middle East reaches into world LGBT movements” (July
27, 2006) www.workers.org/2006/world/mideast-lgbt-0803/
“Death of trans immigrant in detention forges united protests”
(Sept. 8, 2007) www.workers.org/2007/us/trans-0913/
“What’s behind anti-gay pogrom in Russia?” (June 2, 2006)
“LGBT liberation: An essential working-class struggle” (June 24,
All my writing has been strengthened by the labor of others, as I have
contributed my labor to the writing of others. The strengths of my written work
— as part of my adult lifetime of political activism — are based on
collective labor and the lessons of collective struggle. The weaknesses and
errors are my own as an individual.
Today, it is very painful, slow and difficult for me to read and write —
and even to speak. But when I read, I make sure to read Workers World
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