Biography: 
David Turpin teaches philosophy at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana. His political experience began in the 1960s in Houston, Texas, when he and a group of friends burned their draft cards in the street in front of the Selective Service building. Their anti-war activities soon brought them into confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan. To escape threats of physical reprisals, he went to San Antonio to join the Reies Tijerina’s contingent in the Poor People’s Campaign. Upon arrival in Resurrection City, he stayed in the Oakland Black Panther’s section of the camp. While in Resurrection City he met and engaged in long discussions with the Marxist philosopher George Novak. He subsequently joined the Young Socialists’ Alliance (an organization of the Socialist Workers Party), and moved to Gary, Indiana in 1979 to help organize a branch for the Socialist Workers Party. He resigned from the SWP after a prolonged effort to fight the party leadership's abandonment of key components of the revolutionary program. He has been an activist for many decades, fighting for Civil Rights, Reproductive Rights, against war and for Human Rights. He believes the current period is perhaps the most dangerous in history, with World War III barely a clock tick away. The danger arises from the menace of war between imperialist governments with huge military machines, and also as a result of the retreat from the defense of human rights. At a time when our only weapon is solidarity, it is difficult to get the Left to consider the idea that people have a right not to be bombed out of their homes. Somehow, children facing bombing and starvation sieges, and displaced families, are expected to meet political requirements in order to qualify for political support.