Posted on October 23, 2014 by dcampbell1
Honduras Near ‘Failed State’ Status Due to Free Trade Agreement, Says Labor and Latino Leaders
By Michael Oleaga. Latin Post.
Representatives from national Latino and labor organizations described the situation one of the Central American countries as “unbearable,” and natives continue to migrate north into Mexico and the United States.
Communication Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) Executive Director Pablo Alvarado were among a group of individuals visiting Honduras Oct. 12-15 to meet with Honduras on how the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) benefited the country. Alvarado, Cohen and Gebre agreed Honduras has not seen improvements from the agreement, which was implemented 10 years ago.
The CAFTA-DR agreement has been regarded as the first free trade agreement between the U.S. and the smaller developing economies of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the agreement would create “new economic opportunities by eliminating tariffs, opening markets, reducing barriers to services, and promoting transparency.” Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Global organizing, Immigrant Workers, Solidarity | Tagged: Communication Workers of America, Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement, El Salvador, Honduras, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Pablo Alvarado, United State | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 21, 2014 by dcampbell1
Globalization and NAFTA Caused Migration from Mexico
By David Bacon, Political Research Associates
Rufino Domínguez, the former coordinator of the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations, who now heads the Oaxacan Institute for Attention to Migrants, estimates that there are about 500,000 indigenous people from Oaxaca living in the U.S., 300,000 in California alone.1 
In Oaxaca, some towns have become depopulated, or are now made up of only communities of the very old and very young, where most working-age people have left to work in the north. Economic crises provoked by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other economic reforms are now uprooting and displacing these Mexicans in the country’s most remote areas, where people still speak languages (such as Mixteco, Zapoteco and Triqui) that were old  when Columbus arrived from Spain.2  “There are no jobs, and NAFTA forced the price of corn so low that it’s not economically possible to plant a crop anymore,” Dominguez says. “We come to the U.S. to work because we can’t get a price for our product at home. There’s no alternative.” Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Fair Trade, Global organizing, Immigrant Workers, Politics | Tagged: California, George H.W. Bush, Mexico, NAFTA, North American Free Trade Agreement, Oaxaca, Ronald Reagan, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 19, 2014 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
Corporate school “reformers” have raised over $4 million from the very rich during the last week to contribute to the campaign to elect anti union leader Marshall Tuck as Superintendent of Public Instruction in California. According the Sacramento Bee The fund includes $1 million each from Los Angeles businessmen Bill Bloomfield and Eli Broad, a major financier of efforts to overhaul public education. The Gap co-founder Doris Fisher and Laurene Powell Jobs, philanthropist and widow of Steve Jobs, have each contributed $500,000.
Incumbent Tom Torlakson is a former teacher and is supported by both major teacher unions. He supports extension of Prop. 30 taxes passed in 2012 which have restored funding to California schools after the devastation of the national economic crisis when over 30,000 teachers were dismissed in the state. Schools in other states without new taxes currently continue to reel from austerity budget cuts. Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Education Reform, Politics, The enemy | Tagged: California, Eli Broad, John Deasy, Laurene Powell Jobs, Los Angeles, Marshall Tuck, Tom Torlakson, Tuck | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 17, 2014 by dcampbell1
This is an inside story from some registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who have familiarity with what occurred at the hospital following the positive Ebola infection of first the late Thomas Eric Duncan and then a registered nurse who cared for him Nina Pham.
The RNs contacted National Nurses United out of frustration with a lack of training and preparation. They are choosing to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation.
The RNs who have spoken to us from Texas Health Presbyterian are listening in on this call and this is their report based on their experiences and what other nurses are sharing with them. When we have finished with our statement, we will have time for several questions. The nurses will have the opportunity to respond to your questions via email that they will send to us, that we will read to you.
We are not identifying the nurses for their protection, but they work at Texas Health Presbyterian and have knowledge of what occurred at the hospital.
They feel a duty to speak out about the concerns that they say are shared by many in the hospital who are concerned about the protocols that were followed and what they view were confusion and frequently changing policies and protocols that are of concern to them, and to our organization as well. Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care, Organizing, Resources, Solidarity | Tagged: Dallas, Duncan, Ebola, Ebola virus disease, Emergency Department, Infectious Disease, National Nurses United, Texas | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 17, 2014 by dcampbell1
DSA Honorary Chair Cornel West was arrested with protestors in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday, Oct 13. Read the report on the weekend campaign here
Filed under: Organizing, Solidarity, Politics | Tagged: activism, Civil disobedience, Cornel West, Ferguson, Ferguson Missouri, Missouri, Police officer, Protest | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 14, 2014 by dcampbell1
By Leo Casey on October 9, 2014 8:45 AM
Leo Casey of the Albert Shanker Institute replies to Deborah Meier again today.
Deb: To practice genuine democracy in our schools, our unions, and our communities, we need a different understanding of what it means to be political.
When I taught at Bard High School Early College in New York City, one of my favorite questions on my mid-year exam was: What did Aristotle mean when he wrote that “man is a political animal?”
For most Americans, the term “political animal” would invoke the worst of American political culture: the paranoid ranting of talk radio, the political television shows modeled after wrestling entertainment, the election campaigns dominated by negative attack ads, and the gridlock of a Congress where narrow partisan advantage is everything. No wonder so many Americans run in the opposite direction when they hear “political.” Continue reading
Filed under: Education Reform, Politics, Solidarity | Tagged: Albert Shanker Institute, Ancient Greece, Aristotle, Bard High School Early College, Deborah Meier, Greek, New York City, United States | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 13, 2014 by paulgarver
by Paul Garver
Volunteer construction workers rebuilt barricades that had been dismantled by police in Hong Kong.
The workers used a method that uses bamboo stalks similar to those used to erect sturdy scaffolding on construction sites around Asia.
Filed under: Global organizing, Labor and Occupy, Politics, Solidarity | Tagged: bamboo, construction workers, Hong Kong | 1 Comment »