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Rightwing Alliance Plots Assault to 'Defund and Defang' America's Unions

Teachers in California protest against a Wisconsin law affecting public-sector collective bargaining. Union membership among public-sector workers is about 35%. Photograph: Robert Durell/AP

  • It ain't about negotiating union collective bargaining agreements and resolving grievances any more (Actually, militant unions never were about such goals!)!
  • Conservative campaign aims to strike ‘mortal blow’ on government unions.
  • This is ‘A once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse the failed policies of the American left’.

Ed Pilkington, The Guardian (US) 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Labor%20Getting%20Its%20Fair%20Share%20of%20the%20Pie.jpg August 30, 2017 | Rightwing activists across the US have launched a nationwide campaign to undermine progressive politicians by depriving them of a major source of support and funding – public sector unions.

A network of conservative thinktanks with outposts in all 50 states has embarked on a “breakthrough” campaign designed to strike a “mortal blow” against the American left. The aim is to “defund and defang” unions representing government employees as the first step towards ensuring the permanent collapse of progressive politics.

Ed Pilkington is the chief reporter for The Guardian (US). He is a former national and foreign editor of the paper, and author of Beyond the Mother Country

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Everyone claims to be for an open internet. So why are Trump and Pai Planning to Destroy It?

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  • Part 1: Everyone claims to be for an open internet. So what’s the latest net neutrality fight really about?
    • The new chair of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is moving to reverse previous action to strengthen net neutrality in law; in the process, he has unleashed a torrent of grassroots fury from open internet advocates. 
  • Part 2: It's Official: Trump and Pai Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality
  • Tell Chairman Pai, the Trump administration and Congress to Leave Net Neutrality Alone.

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Part 1: Everyone claims to be for an open internet. So what’s the latest net neutrality fight really about?

Sam Brodey, Minn Post

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07/17/17 | To hear some tell it — Mark Zuckerberg, John Oliver, Sen. Al Franken — you might believe the internet as we know it is on the brink of total collapse.

An impending rule change from Donald Trump’s administration could give big telecommunications companies the green light to change the way the internet operates by allowing them to enact their boldest ideas to wring as much money as they can out of the web, at the expense of the consumers and companies that depend on it.

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Part 2: It's Official: Trump and Pai Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality

  • Tell Chairman Pai, the Trump administration and Congress to Leave Net Neutrality Alone. 
  • We'll be sure to file your petition signatures and comments in FCC docket 17-108.

 

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has unveiled his plan to dismantle Net Neutrality.

Here it is in a nutshell: Abolish Net Neutrality. Cross our fingers that the phone and cable companies promise to be good. Yeah, right.

Free Press Action Fund: We are nonpartisan organizations advocating for universal and affordable Internet access, diverse media ownership, vibrant public media and quality journalism.

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Mike Luckovich | McConnell on a Pedestal* / www.tampabay.com

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*An old rancher is talking about politics with a young man from the city. He compares a politician to a "post turtle". The young man doesn't understand and asks him what a post turtle is.

The old man says, "When you're driving down a country road and you see a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle. You know he didn't get up there by himself. He doesn't belong there; you wonder who put him there; he can't get anything done while he's up there; and you just want to help the poor, dumb thing down."

By the end of his life, Martin Luther King realized the validity of violence.

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking to war protestors at UN Plaza in New York, April 15, 1967. (AP)

  • The riots of 1967 changed how the great man saw the struggle.
  • By 1967 King had resigned himself to the riot as necessary action. 
  • Related: Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Timeline

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Jun 15, 2017 | the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. was less than a year away from his death. It’s impossible to say if he knew this, but he must have felt something on the horizon. To be so black and so visible and so dangerous to the status quo for so long meant that the bullet was already on its way toward him. By then he had somewhat resigned himself to the idea of the riot as a necessary form of action.

Just a year earlier, in a tense 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace, he insisted that the vast majority of black people in America still honored nonviolent resistance as the best way forward, but acknowledged that a rising group in the black community was now advocating for violent resistance. This interview is where his famous “a riot is the language of the unheard” quote originated, citing the newfound urgency facing black people. Just a few sentences later, often left out of our retelling of the quote, King warned of violence in the coming summers while also holding fast to his hope for nonviolence. “I would say that every summer we’re going to have this kind of vigorous protest,” he told Wallace. “My hope is that it will be nonviolent. I would hope that we can avoid riots because riots are self-defeating and socially destructive. I would hope that we can avoid riots, but that we would be as militant and as determined next summer and through the winter as we have been this summer.”

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib: Poet. Writer. | Poetry editor @MuzzleMagazine | Author of The Crown Ain't Worth Much (@buttonpoetry) | Ohio 'Til I Die.

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Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of EvilChris Hedges, Truthdig

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“Intellectual and moral growth is no less indispensable than material improvement,” Hugo writes in an appendix to “Les Misérables.” “Knowledge is a viaticum; thought is a prime necessity; truth is nourishment, like wheat. A reasoning faculty, deprived of knowledge and wisdom, pines away. We should feel the same pity for minds that do not eat as for stomachs. If there be anything sadder than a body perishing for want of bread, it is a mind dying of hunger for lack of light.”

Chris HedgesTruthdigis a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a best-selling author, an activist, a Presbyterian minister, a university teacher and a television host. He has written 12 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco.

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Here's the gist; riddle me this: 

How is a Train like the Internet?

They're both common carriers!  

You buy your ticket and decide where you want to go on the train.

You buy your Internet service provider and decide where you want to go on the Internet. 

But that could end in August.

Big Telecoms like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T don't want to just provide Internet service, they want to control the content too - slowing down, diverting or even shutting down our access to the open internet we know and love. 

Imagine being on a train and all of a sudden, you can't get off at your stop - or it takes you twice as long to get there, and costs twice as much. 

That's why we're asking all of you internet users out there to come together on July 12th to spread the word at your local train or metro stations about the importance of an open and accessible internet - just like an open and accessible public transportation system. 

These actions will coincide with an Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality. 

We need our voices to be heard online and off. 

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We must rise together quickly again to defend the Internet!

Solidarity,

Popular Resistance

Popular Resistance seeks to aid in bringing movements for peace, justice, economic fairness and environmental protection together into an independent, nonviolent and diverse movement that can end the power of concentrated wealth, shift power to the people and put human needs before corporate greed.

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We won this battle before, Ron Wyden, Free Press Action Fund 

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  • Related: Net Neutrality Redux: Why Republicans Shouldn't Mess With the Internet

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The Battles Ahead: Meet the Biggest Opponents of Single-Payer

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A small group of activists rally against the GOP health care plan outside of the Metropolitan Republican Club, in New York City on July 5, 2017.. Republicans in the Senate will resume work on the bill next week when Congress returns to Washington after a holiday recess. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
  • The health industry, not the public, is the constituency not “comfortable” with Medicare for all.
  • Related: Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

Michael Corcoran, Moyers & Company

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July 7, 2017 | It has become fashionable to write premature obituaries of the Senate bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, using hyperbolic and misleading language. The Senate bill, according to varying headlines, is “in peril,” on “life support” and “dead on arrival.” These stories should be of little comfort given that the exact same headlines were published prior to the House passing its version of the repeal. That bill was also reportedly “on the verge of collapse,” “in tatters,” “flailing” and even “dead.”

Such sentiment could give Americans a false sense of complacency. There is still a real danger that this contemptible bill, which according to the Congressional Budget Office would lead to 22 million Americans becoming uninsured, will still become law. Considering this, stopping this legislation — which repeals Medicaid as much as it does the ACA — should remain the top short-term priority for advocates of health care justice.

Michael Corcoran is a journalist based in Boston. He has written for the Boston Globe, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, Extra!, Nacla Report on the Americas and other publications.

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Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.

 

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Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: The quotation comes, not from Jefferson, but Andrew Jackson in his farewell address. Jackson was not referring to the military when he spoke it.

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A new American revolution: Can we find the language — and build a movement — to break out of our nation’s culture of cruelty?

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  • Fighting back against the right's politics of exclusion can be a path toward rebuilding American democracy.
  • Related: Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences

Henry A. Giroux, Salon

Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 | The health care reform bills proposed by Republicans in the House and Senate have generated heated discussions across a vast ideological and political spectrum. On the right, senators such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have endorsed a new level of cruelty – one that has a long history among the radical right — by arguing that the current Senate bill does not cut enough social services and provisions for the poor, children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups and needs to be even more friendly to corporate interests by providing massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Among right-wing pundits, the message is similar. For instance, Fox News commentator Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, in a discussion about the Senate bill, stated without apparent irony that rising public concerns over the suffering, misery and death that would result from this policy bordered on “hysteria” since “we are all going to die anyway.” Montgomery’s ignorance about the relationship between access to health care and lower mortality rates is about more than ignorance. It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University.

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http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_145653429657613.jpg?w=525Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences, Sam Levine, HuffPost 

  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
  • Related: Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate
  • Related: Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge

 

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