Posted on August 13, 2012 by dcampbell1
By Bill Fletcher, Jr., Carl Davidson
The 2012 Elections Have Little To Do With Obama’s Record … Which Is Why We Are Voting For Him
August 9, 2012 |
Let’s cut to the chase. The November 2012 elections will be unlike anything that any of us can remember. It is not just that this will be a close election. It is also not just that the direction of Congress hangs in the balance. Rather, this will be one of the most polarized and critical elections in recent history.
Unfortunately what too few leftists and progressives have been prepared to accept is that the polarization is to a great extent centered on a revenge-seeking white supremacy; on race and the racial implications of the moves to the right in the US political system. It is also focused on a re-subjugation of women, harsh burdens on youth and the elderly, increased war dangers, and reaction all along the line for labor and the working class. No one on the left with any good sense should remain indifferent or stand idly by in the critical need to defeat Republicans this year.
U.S. Presidential elections are not what progressives want them to be
A large segment of what we will call the ‘progressive forces’ in US politics approach US elections generally, and Presidential elections in particular, as if: (1) we have more power on the ground than we actually possess, and (2) the elections are about expressing our political outrage at the system. Both get us off on the wrong foot.
The US electoral system is among the most undemocratic on the planet. (more…)
Filed under: Organizing, Politics | Tagged: Carl Davidson, Democratic, George McGovern, Jesse Jackson, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Republican, United States, United States presidential election | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 28, 2012 by dcampbell1
Paul Krugman. NYT. Jan. 26,2012.
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“Mitch Daniels, the former Bush budget director who is now Indiana’s governor, made the Republicans’ reply to President Obama’s State of the Union address. His performance was, well, boring. But he did say something thought-provoking — and I mean that in the worst way…
Clearly, Mr. Daniels doesn’t have much of a future in the humor business. But, more to the point, anyone who reads The New York Times knows that his assertion about job creation was completely false: Apple employs very few people in this country.
A big report in The Times last Sunday laid out the facts. Although Apple is now America’s biggest U.S. corporation as measured by market value, it employs only 43,000 people in the United States, a tenth as many as General Motors employed when it was the largest American firm.
Apple does, however, indirectly employ around 700,000 people in its various suppliers. Unfortunately, almost none of those people are in America.” (more…)
Filed under: Economy, Fair Trade, Global organizing, Politics | Tagged: Apple, Barack Obama, Indiana, Mitch Daniels, New York Times, Paul Krugman, Republican, United States | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 23, 2011 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
The financial crisis is hitting most of the nation’s public schools including those in most states- particularly California, Texas, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida, and others. In California as of 2011, 30,000 teaches have already been laid off as federal stimulus money runs out, and another 15,000 face possible lay offs depending upon what happens in the state budget conflict. More than 4.1 Billion $ has been cut from California school budgets in the last three years as a consequence of the national economic crisis and there will be at least a $2.1B additional cut under the best case scenario.
State revenues for schools are in crisis around the nation. School spending is expected to bottom out over the next two years as states and districts run out of $100 billion in federal stimulus aid for education passed when Democrats controlled the Congress. The stimulus money saved about 368,000 school-related jobs during the 2009-2010 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Most school funding comes from the state and local levels. Only about 11 % come from federal funds (more…)
Filed under: Economy, Politics | Tagged: California, California State University, California Teachers Association, Education reform, National Assessment of Educational Progress, Republican, State of emergency, Teacher | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 12, 2011 by dcampbell1
Washington, DC – On the heels of two months of dismal job growth, a panel of workers, economists and national leaders detailed solutions on how to deal with the jobs crisis at a forum on Monday at the AFL-CIO. Titled “The Jobs Crisis — Moving to Action: A Dialogue Between Workers and Policymakers,” the forum, moderated by Bob Herbert, drew a sharp contrast between the policies that got our country in this economic crisis and are currently being advocated to get it out, and what is needed in order to spark a real economic recovery.
“The most grievous of all of America’s wounds is its chronic, insidious unemployment,” stated Bob Herbert, Distinguished Fellow at Dēmos and moderator of today’s panel. “America as we’ve come to know it – a vibrant, prosperous nation with a vast and growing middle class – cannot survive if the current, tragic levels of joblessness and underemployment become the norm.”
“I want to see decent, safe jobs for all Americans. I don’t want a handout. I just want a fighting chance,” said unemployed Working America member Shonda Sheen, from Yellow Springs, Ohio. (more…)
Filed under: Conferences and Events, Economy, Organizing, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Bob Herbert, Build America Bonds, Bush tax cuts, New York Times, Republican, United States, Washington D.C. | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 13, 2011 by dcampbell1
Sacramento Teacher arrests
CTA Members Refuse to Leave Capitol and Demand Passage of Tax Extensions to Keep Deeper Cuts Away from Schools, Colleges and Essential Public Services
SACRAMENTO – CTA President David A. Sanchez and 25 other educators took a stand for students this evening by refusing to leave the offices of Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway. The educators were peacefully arrested by the California Highway Patrol following a fourth day of actions in the State Capitol. The following statement can be attributed to CTA President David A. Sanchez:
“Today, I took a stand for the millions of California students who are being robbed of their future. I refused to step aside while California’s public schools and colleges go without the vital resources they need. Our schools and colleges have been cut $20 billion in the past three years, and without action by California lawmakers, will endure another $4.1 in cuts next year. Enough is enough. Our students deserve better and our state can do better.
“The Republican’s proposal from today shows they are clearly out of touch with what California students need, and is built of the same gimmicky principals that have plagued California’s budget process for years. While I’m glad they have issued a press release promising to protect public education funding, I’m insulted that they think their plan will do that. It’s a deliberately misleading and tardy scheme designed to trick voters into thinking it’s a real solution. Just look at the numbers: a $14.5 billion deficit can’t be erased by $2.5 billion in unexpected one-time revenue. (more…)
Filed under: Solidarity, Strikes and work action | Tagged: California, California Highway Patrol, California Teachers Association, Connie Conway, Los Angeles, Party leaders of the United States Senate, Republican, Robert Dutton | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 9, 2011 by dcampbell1
For years, America’s political leaders have pursued unsustainable and unacceptable trade deals that decimate American jobs.
For all those years, there has been broad consensus that–at a bare minimum–people who lose their jobs because of unfair trade deals like NAFTA deserve help and training for finding new jobs. After all, it’s the least our country can do for someone who works a lifetime in an industry, only to see his or her job shipped off to China, right?
But the basic bipartisan consensus to help people whose lives have been turned upside down by outsourcing ended yesterday, when the House Republican leadership abruptly refused to schedule a vote to extend help for victims of outsourcing.
The expiring program–called Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)–provides financial help and training for workers who lose their jobs or see their hours or wages reduced due to outsourcing, offshoring or increased imports.
Sign our electronic petition to Speaker Boehner. It says: “It’s inexcusable that our leaders keep promoting policies to encourage outsourcing. Doing nothing for the victims of these policies is totally unacceptable.” Go here:
Filed under: Economy, Fair Trade, Solidarity | Tagged: AFL-CIO, American Jobs, John Boehner, outsourcing, Republican, Speaker (politics), Trade Adjustment Assistance, United States | 2 Comments »