Monday, September 15, 2014

People's Climate March

Why We’ll Be Marching in the Largest Climate Change Demonstration in History
At the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, there’s a world to march for.
 On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, an
d one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the march—environmental justice groups, faith groups, laborgroups—which means there’s no one policy ask. Instead, it’s designed to serve as a loud and pointed reminder to our leaders, gathering that week at the United Nations to discuss global warming, that the next great movement of the planet’s citizens centers on our survival and their pathetic inaction.
As a few of the march’s organizers, though, we can give some sense of why we, at least, are marching, words we think represent many of those who will gather at Columbus Circle for the walk through midtown Manhattan.

Monday, September 8, 2014

9/ 11 A peoples history of american imperialism by Howard Zinn

Thirteen years after the 9/11  attacks on the U.S. , we mourn and we remember those who died on that day. Of the  attackers 15 out 19 were from Saudi Arabia; none were from Iraq.  Their terrorism headquarters was in Afghanistan.

Yet, neo-conservative hawks in the U.S. led George  W. Bush to order the invasion of Iraq.  More than  4,480 U.S. soldiers died and more than  32,000 were seriously wounded. More than one  million Iraqis were killed, and the current crisis with ISIS in Iraq and Syria is a direct consequence of the invasion.
The  anniversary of the 9/11 attacks provides an important moment to pause and reflect on where we have come and where we are headed

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Republicans running as Democrats. How strange.

A fascinating development here in the 7th. Congressional District of California, the Republican candidate Doug Ose is running as if he was a Democrat.  He claims to raise issues about special interests- while he serves the special interests.
Meanwhile the TV air waves are full of Karl Rove attack ads, that is Crossroads GPS telling all kinds of false claims about Congressman Bera.  While millions of dollars are poured into TV advertising, the ad Watch issues of the Sacramento Bee point out these ads as misleading and somewhat misleading.
AS of yet,  Republican candidate Doug Ose has said little about his own views, but they are clear.  He was a Congressman for 6 years.  He is on the record as a party line Republican voter.
This strategy is not new.  It is based upon the theory that if you consistently and repeatedly tell a lie, for some it will be perceived as the truth.  The campaign strategy is to organize the Republican base and to lie and distort to create a false impression among low interest voters that Ose is a populist. These voters would normally vote Democratic.

Monday, September 1, 2014

WE are stronger together

Growing up, I knew unions were good. Family members could see that the union had improved their wages and working conditions. I learned that “no one looks out for the little guys, so we need to stick together.” But I didn’t fully grasp the critical role of labor unions until I became a democratic socialist. Now, with experience as a union organizer, a socialist, and a historian, I see even more clearly that the labor movement is the only organized force capable of counterbalancing the power of capital in our economy—and in formal politics. But unions can’t do it alone.
Unions struggle because at their best they challenge capitalism, and capital doesn’t like being challenged. It doesn’t like uppity working-class people who want higher wages or who demand respect in the workplace or who want to make decisions about the work they do. It definitely doesn’t like working people who pressure the state to enact policies that put people before profits.
The steadily declining proportion of workers who are in unions and the increasing attacks on unions—in workplaces, in popular discourse, and in Congress, state capitols, and the Supreme Court—is a crisis for us all. If we are to have a fully democratic society and economy, both the labor movement and the socialist movement must learn from each other and work together.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day and Corporate Power

by Harold Meyerson,
Labor Day — that mocking reminder that this nation once honored workers — is upon us again, posing the nagging question of why the economy ceased to reward work. Was globalization the culprit? Technological change? Anyone seeking a more fundamental answer should pick up the September issue of the Harvard Business Review and check out William Lazonick’s seminal essay on U.S. corporations, “Profits Without Prosperity.”
Like Thomas Piketty, Lazonick, a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, is that rare economist who actually performs empirical research. What he has uncovered is a shift in corporate conduct that transformed the U.S. economy — for the worse. From the end of World War II through the late 1970s, he writes, major U.S. corporations retained most of their earnings and reinvested them in business expansions, new or improved technologies, worker training and pay increases. Beginning in the early ’80s, however, they have devoted a steadily higher share of their profits to shareholders.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I Question America- Fannie Lou Hamer

Peter Dreier

August 25, 2014
Fannie Lou Hamer testifying at the Democratic Party convention in Atlantic City in 1964
Huffington Post
"I question America " -- the famous words spoken by civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer fifty years ago this week at the tumultuous Democratic Party convention in Atlantic City -- is a fitting reflection of the soul-searching that the country is once again going through in the wake of the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri.
To understand both the progress America has made, and the many challenges it now faces, in terms of racial justice, it is useful to remind ourselves of the battle that occurred a half century ago and the life of Ms. Hamer, a sharecropper and activist from the Mississippi Delta who galvanized the country with her stirring words and her remarkable courage.
In her testimony before the credentials committee at the Democratic Party's convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Hamer explained why the committee should recognize the integrated Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party over the state's segregated official party delegation. Her statement made her a national figure and a symbol of the struggle for civil rights.

Groups Protest Pro-Government Policies of Mexican President Peña Nieto- The Bee ignores it

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.
He specifically mentioned a law that allows immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses, a law that has yet to take effect because a final decision has not been made about the appearance of the licenses.
California also allows immigrants here illegally to apply for state-funded college scholarships and aid at public universities. And earlier this month, Brown and the Democratic legislative leaders announced a plan to spend $3 million to provide legal help for the estimated 3,900 unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who are in the state.

Pena Nieto said such actions signaled that California was recognizing human dignity no matter a person's immigration status.

"The progress you have promoted not only benefits Californians because you have sent a very clear message to the U.S. and the entire world," he said during an address in Spanish to a joint session of the Legislature.

His visit followed Brown's trade mission to Mexico earlier this summer. The Democratic governor wants to promote greater cross-border cooperation with the country that is California's largest export market, most notably on alternative energy projects that could help combat climate change.
The Protest against Peña Nieto  organized by the Zapatista Solidarity Committee and others argued that Mexico is undemocratic and  suppresses political dissent.  A recent report ranks Mexico as seventh on the list of countries where journalists are killed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Tell Burger King; pay your fair taxes

Burger King benefits enormously from being an American company and should pay its fair share of taxes here in America. Don't even attempt this whopper tax dodge or we will boycott Burger King.

Monday, August 25, 2014