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Five Reasons to Care About the Verizon Strike

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  • Verizon’s position is clear: make money, no matter the cost to our families, our communities and our country. Which makes our position just as clear: we must stand with the working men and women at Verizon who have gone strike to protect not just their own livelihoods, but also family-sustaining jobs for those that follow.
  • Stand with working people at Verizon now!
  • Related: Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One

Mackenzie Baris, Jobs with Justice

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April 11, 2016 | Today, unions of working people at Verizon announced that they will strike on Wednesday morning if their bosses fail to come to the table to negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement. More than 39,000 Verizon employees, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), are ready to take the streets to demand a fair return on their work.

During the last round of contract negotiations in 2011, Verizon came to the table with a long list of demands that would have undone decades of hard-earned progress. Ultimately, after a two-week strike and 16 months of escalating mobilization by working people and allies like Jobs With Justice, working people at Verizon successfully negotiated a sustainable contract and fought back the worst of the corporation’s demands. When Verizon came to the table last year with an eerily similar opening proposal, it was clear that the telecom giant has a long-term agenda to cut jobs that sustain families, decrease its menu of services they offer to many of our communities and offshore and contract out work overseas and to contractors.

Mackenzie Baris, Senior Organizer, Jobs with Justice

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  • WSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • Related: All out for May Day!

 

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Obama's Offshore Drilling Proposal Based on Fossil Fuel Industry "Research"

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  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management used industry-funded reports to tout economic benefits of offshore drilling in Gulf and Arctic
  • Related: From injury to insult

Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | A key component of President Barack Obama's push for offshore oil drilling—an economic analysis touting the benefits of opening up waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic—was based on studies conducted by the fossil fuel industry, a new investigation reveals.

The "apparently impartial" analysis from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) justified the offshore drilling proposal unveiled last month as having potential for "increased wages, additional jobs, increased tax collection, revenue sharing, and proximity of supply and consumers economic," the nonprofit research group Public Accountability Initiative states in its report, Offshore Shilling: An Analysis of the Economic Studies Justifying the Department of Interior's Offshore Drilling Plan.

Yet "buried in the BOEM report's fine print, though, were footnotes shedding light on how the bureau came to its conclusions: it used studies from the same fossil fuel industry that could benefit from the expansion," write reporters David Sirota and Clark Mindock for the International Business Times.

Nadia Prupis, staff writer, Common Dreams

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From injury to insult, Colette Pichon Battle & 350.org

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 7: The Coming Global Food Crisis

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The resources of the earth and the techniques of modern science can support a global population of moderate size in comfort and security; but the optimum size is undoubtedly smaller than the world's present population. This is the seventh story in a nine-part series looking at the need for a new economic system. Previous installments are listed below.

John Scales Avery, Countercurrents.org

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http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31VZKSO24bL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg 17 August, 2015 | Optimum population in the long-term future

What is the optimum population of the world? It is certainly not the maximum number that can be squeezed onto the globe by eradicating every species of plant and animal that cannot be eaten. The optimum global population is one that can be supported in comfort, equality and dignity - and with respect for the environment.

In 1848 (when there were just over one billion people in the world), John Stuart Mill described the optimal global population in the following words: “The density of population necessary to enable mankind to obtain, in the greatest degree, all the advantages of cooperation and social intercourse, has, in the most populous countries, been attained. A population may be too crowded, although all be amply supplied with food and raiment.”

John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an active World peace activist. 

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 6: Adverse Effects Of Globalization

We need instead to reform our economic system and to give it both a social conscience and an ecological conscience. Let us restore democracy! Let us have governments that work for the welfare of all their citizens, rather than for the enormous enrichment of the few!

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 5: The Threats And Costs Of War

Can we not rid ourselves of both nuclear weapons and the institution of war itself? We must act quickly and resolutely before our beautiful world and everything that we love are reduced to radioactive ashes.

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 4: Neocolonialism And Resource Wars

In addition to the enormous suffering, waste, injustice and ecological destruction produced by modern wars, we must recognize that in an era of thermonuclear weapons, war has become prohibitively dangerous. Therefore we need a new economic system.

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 3: Climate Change and the Urgent Need for Renewable Energy 

One of the greatest threats to the survival of the human species and the biosphere is catastrophic climate change. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 2: Entropy and Economics 

We urgently need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy if we are to avoid a tipping point after which human efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth

It is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

 

 

 
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A symbol of our steep decline: Donald Trump has unwittingly exposed America for what it’s become

  • The GOP frontrunner's campaign slogan is equal parts jingoistic and moronic. It also reveals an uncomfortable truth.
  • Related: We let the idiots take the wheel: Donald Trump, Fox News and how we let our democracy rot

Tom Englehardt, TomDispatch / Salon

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http://media.salon.com/2016/04/donald_trump12 http://media.salon.com/2016/04/donald_trump120-620x412.jpg0-620x412.jpg Donald Trump (Credit: AP/Nam Y. Huh) Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 | “Low-energy Jeb.” “Little Marco.” “Lyin’ Ted.” “Crooked Hillary.” Give Donald Trump credit. He has a memorable way with insults. His have a way of etching themselves on the brain. And they’ve garnered media coverage, analysis, and commentary almost beyond imagining.  Memorable as they might be, however, they won’t be what last of Trump’s 2016 election run.  That’s surely reserved for a single slogan that will sum up his candidacy when it’s all over (no matter how it ends). He arrived with it on that Trump Tower escalator in the first moments of his campaign and it now headlines his website, where it’s also emblazoned on an array of products from hats to t-shirts.

You already know which line I mean: “Make America Great Again!” With that exclamation point ensuring that you won’t miss the hyperbolic, Trumpian nature of its promise to return the country to its former glory days. In it lies the essence of his campaign, of what he’s promising his followers and Americans generally — and yet, strangely enough, of all his lines, it’s the one most taken for granted, the one that’s been given the least thought and analysis. And that’s a shame, because it represents something new in our American age. The problem, I suspect, is that what first catches the eye is the phrase “Make America Great” and then, of course, the exclamation point, while the single most important word in the slogan, historically speaking, is barely noted: “again.”

Tom Englehardt created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author of a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his Tomdispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished. Each spring he is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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We let the idiots take the wheel: Donald Trump, Fox News and how we let our democracy rot, David Masciotra, Salon / AlterNet

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  • Disgraceful state of politics is tied to collapse of education. Philistines are marching, swarming Trump rallies.
  • Related: Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politic

 

All out for May Day!

  • Stand up, fight back on International Workers Day 2016
  • Related: Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One

Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Fight Back! News

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpg April 24, 2016 | May Day is our day. It is International Workers Day. It is a day that is all about us, working and oppressed people, and our fight for a better life. The wealthy, the powerful billionaire class that rules this country, wallow in luxury 365 days a year. On May Day, we say, “Enough!” We are tired of being held down, pushed around and sold out. We cannot accept things the way they are.

In every region of the globe, from the streets of Europe to the countryside of Latin America, from the Philippines to Palestine and in the U.S., working people will come together on May 1. We urge everyone to help organize and participate in the many events marking May Day across the country.


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Freedom Road Socialist Organization  (FRSO) was formed in 1985 as many of the Maoist-oriented groups formed in the United States New Communist Movement of the 1970s were shrinking or collapsing. The FRSO tried to solidify some of these groups into a single organization that would have some longevity.

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Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One, Walter Gilberti, World Socialist Web Site

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpg WSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • Related: All out for May Day!

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Rhode Island Voters ‘Caught Off Guard’ By Poll Closures And Voter ID Law

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Problems like these could be solved, John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island said, if Rhode Island invested more money into the election process. That way, the state could have better trained poll workers, more open polling sites, and clear public information about when, how, and where to vote.

Emily Atkin, Think Progress / Fair Elections Legal Network

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Apr 22, 2016 | Sixty-six percent of Rhode Island’s normal polling places will be closed on the state’s fast-approaching presidential primary, leaving at least one advocate worried that voters will experience confusion and frustration while trying to cast ballots.

 

John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, told ThinkProgress that voters have been “caught off guard” by the fact that only 144 of the state’s 419 polling places will be open on Tuesday. Though Rhode Island has consolidated precinct locations before, he said that abnormally high voter interest — combined with the state’s relatively new voter ID law — has him concerned that problems will arise.

Emily Atkin is a political reporter for ThinkProgress. Previously, she was a deputy editor for Climate Progress, and a reporter for the legal newswire Law360. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Daily Beast, The New York Observer, and on WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

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  • Would removing cash (ie, defeating Citizens United) automatically bring some voting power back to the public? Perhaps to an extent. But it also ignores the will of the establishment to ensure its rulers always win — in other words, where there’s a will there’s a way. 
  • Related: US Elections Ranked Worst Among Western Democracies

The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer

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  • We either challenge the system and our long held perceptions of the people it harms or do nothing, and thus, contribute to the collapse.
  • Related: Ending Human Violence is a Task for Each of Us
  • Related: Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Odysseus Ward, The Angry Humanist

3 Dec 2014 | This is an exercise in dismantling whiteness, white supremacy racism, race and the ideologies that create the socioeconomic disparities we see between people of color and their European counterparts. For this to work, you must read a lot, not just my whimsical ramblings but the many articles and studies I’ve linked throughout this document. Many of my perspectives come from the content of those works, but there is also a fair of amount of insight to be gained simply by existing within a nation that never really feels like home.

I have put great effort into coupling my opinions with historical references and other sound affirming data, but I am human; so there may be some mistakes here and there. I simply ask that you not dismiss the entirety of what is said for having read something perceived as wrong on your part or said in error on mine. I will, at times use sarcasm, humor, and dialogue to clarify a point, but I do these things not because this topic is in any way something to take lightly. They are tools to soften the blow for you, the reader, and me the bareknuckle writer. I am neither trying to draw blood or break my hand in the process of dropping some rather heavy accusations, facts, and opinions on some sleeping heads.

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Ending Human Violence is a Task for Each of Us, RJ Burrowes, Special to Evergreene Digest

  • The simple reality is that violence will only end when each one of us is committed to ending it. Are you? 
  • Related: War- The great unmentionable in the 2016 US elections

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Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Yessenia Funes, Yes! Magazine

  • South Africa used truth and reconciliation to address its racist history. Now these organizers think it's time for the United States to do the same.
  • Until recently, Davis says, most white Americans didn’t realize how big a problem racism was.
  • Related: The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

 

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