Saturday, April 14, 2018

Syria War Dead

Choosing Democracy: Syria War Dead: In seven years, the casualties of Syria’s civil war have grown from the first handful of protesters shot by government forces to hundre...

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Republican -Austerity Government Fails- RYAn

Paul Ryan’s world was already crumbling when he announced yesterday that he wouldn’t seek re-election. It wasn’t just that 40 of his Republican colleagues had already declared they weren’t running again. It wasn’t just that pollsters and prognosticators were predicting the GOP would lose the House come November, and Ryan his speakership. It wasn’t even that Ryan, lacking 60 Republican votes in the Senate, wasn’t able to roll back the essential government services he so despised, and that, after November’s election, that prospect would be even more unlikely.
It was also that Ryan’s model of government—low taxes, few and low-quality services—was being rejected even in the most Republican of states. In Kansas, good Republican parents had ousted the Ryan-Brownback tax-and-budget-cutting legislators in GOP primaries, supplanting them with representatives who voted to raise taxes to provide more funding for schools. In West Virginia, a wall-to-wall Republican state government had caved to striking teachers’ demands to do the same. It was happening, too, in Oklahoma, and the prospect of higher taxes and more public funds also loomed over Kentucky, Arizona, and who knows what other supposedly solid Republican states.
Not an Ayn Rand moment, nor a Grover Norquist moment, nor a Paul Ryan moment. Let Mitch McConnell deal with Donald Trump’s messes. The writing was on the wall: It’s time to go. ~ HAROLD MEYERSON

Sunday, April 8, 2018

DSA Joins Poor People's Campaign


The Poor People’s Campaign March And Program - Sacramento
April 16, 2018
                                   Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
                                  2620 Capitol Ave. , Sacramento

6:30 PM- 8: 30 PM

I’m proud to tell you that DSA is joining the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival!The Poor People’s Campaign is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. And you can get involved right now.
The Poor People’s Campaign builds on the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the last year of his life, Dr. King set out to bring poor people together for non-violent direct action for “a radical redistribution of economic and political power.” Fifty years ago today, the day before his assassination, Dr. King spoke in Memphis as part of the Poor People’s Campaign, standing up for striking sanitation workers.
As DSAers, you and I understand the connections between poverty, structural racism, warmongering, and environmental catastrophe. And as part of DSA’s Poor People’s Campaign work, you can help dismantle white supremacy and economic oppression and stand up for a democratic socialist future. Sí, se puede!
In solidarity,
Maria Svart, DSA National Director
 

The Poor People’s Campaign March And Program - Sacramento
April 16, 2018
                                   Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
                                  2620 Capitol Ave. , Sacramento

6:30 PM. - 8 :30 PM
Dear Friend of the Poor People’s Campaign:

In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped launch the Poor People's Campaign to lift all Americans out of poverty and bring an end to the war economy. Today, our situation is even more urgent.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Philadelphia Gets Its Schools Back


After Years of Failed ‘Choice,’ Philadelphia Gets Its After Years of Failed Choice: Philadelphia Gets Its Schools Back

Jeff Bryant
Despite the strong marketing for “school choice” by politicians and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, communities that know firsthand what it’s like to have lots of “options,” like charter schools and vouchers, have found what’s more important is to have a voice in how their schools are governed and operated.
That’s the lesson to draw from Philadelphia, where the school district is about to complete a transition to local control after 16 years of governance by a state-appointed commission that emphasized cutting expenses and staff, closing neighborhood schools, and expanding charters.
https://ourfuture.org/20180327/after-years-of-failed-school-choice-philadelphia-is-getting-back-its-voice?link

Monday, March 26, 2018

Dolores - Must See Film




Live boldly,   KVIE. Channel 6.  March 27,  9 PM, and other public television stations., 


by Duane Campbell
There is an important new film out – Dolores, the story of former DSA Honorary Chair Dolores Huerta and her fight for justice.  She is the woman holding the Huelga sign on the DSA landing page. If you want to be inspired by her struggle for social justice, go see the film. 
Although at times ignored by the Anglo media, and at other times castigated as a red and an “outside agitator,” Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most important feminists of the twentieth century. If you don’t know her story, you should ask yourself why.  She continues the fight on many fronts to this day, at age 87. With unprecedented access to Dolores, the film reveals important parts of the struggle for dignity and justice for farmworkers, as well as the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. 
Dolores, produced by PBS and Independent Lens, serves labor history well by accurately describing the often overlooked role of Filipinos who initiated a strike in Delano in 1965, which the nascent NFWA (National Farm Workers Association) joined to create the great Grape Strike that changed labor history in the Southwest.

Students- March for Our Lives

STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS MARCH TO OPPOSE GUN VIOLENCE IN THE MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
Photos by David Bacon
https://davidbaconrealitycheck.blogspot.com/2018/03/students-teachers-and-parents-march-to.html





















SAN LEANDRO, CA - 24MARCH18 - Students parents and teachers march to oppose gun violence in schools, in the March for Our Lives.  The march started at Washington ELementary School.

Full set of images, click 
here

Sunday, March 25, 2018

A Warmongering War Criminal Takes the Helm of the USS Trump » Organizing Upgrade

A Warmongering War Criminal Takes the Helm of the USS Trump ; Organizing Upgrade




"Let's call Bolton what he is, a War Criminal with Terrorist Ties, not just 'Hawkish'" 

Juan Cole writes: 

"John Bolton helped lie our country into an illegal war of aggression that killed several hundred thousand Iraqis, wounded over a million, and displaced 4 million from their homes, helped deliver Baghdad into the hands of Iran, and helped create ISIL, which blew up Paris. In a just world, Bolton would be on trial at The Hague for war crimes. Instead, he has been promoted into a position to do to Iran what he did to Iraq"...

These war-makers can be stopped: even the bulk of the ruling class and military is somewhere between reluctant and opposed to striking Iran or North Korea. But without a lot of noise and more than noise from the bottom up, the alarms and outcry from all quarters won't be enough. Over the last 15 months opposition to militarism and war has not matched the breadth or militancy of other fronts of the anti-Trump resistance. This has to change, and it has to change now. For action ideas both immediate and long term and resource materials, here's a partial list of groups and actions to connect with:

For the full text of this article, go to:

https://organizingupgrade.com/warmongering-war-criminal-takes-helm-uss-trump/