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The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown

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  • The social cohesion for a general strike supporting federal workers is part of America’s past. How about now?
  • Related: The Return of the Strike

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January 13, 2019 | It is hard to understate the utter disdain and contempt being shown by President Donald Trump toward the 800,000 federal workers whose lives he has upended with the government shutdown.

That 400,000 of them have to continue to work without pay, because they are deemed essential, reduces them to a form of serfdom which  really amounts to a massive abuse of human rights. 

Bob Hennellyhas written and reported for the Village Voice, Pacifica Radio, WNYC, CBS MoneyWatch and other outlets. He is now a reporter for the Chief-Leader, covering public unions and the civil service in New York City.

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The Return of the Strike, Steven Greenhouse, the American Prospect / Portside


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This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?
 

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The Return of the Strike

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This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?

Steven Greenhouse, the American Prospect / Portside

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January6,2019 | For years, many labor experts seemed ready to write the obituary of strikes in America. In 2017, the number of major strikes—those involving more than 1,000 workers—dwindled to just seven in the private sector. Indeed, over the past decade, there were just 13 major strikes a year on average. That’s less than one-sixth the average annual number in the 1980s (83), and less than one-twentieth the yearly average in the 1970s (288).In 1971 alone, 2.5 million private-sector workers went on strike, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—that’s 100 times the number, 25,000, who went on strike in 2017.



Some labor experts say the recent surge of strikes could portend a new wave of labor activism, as more and more workers see that collective action can pay off.



But then came 2018 and a startling surge of strikes in both the private and public sectors. More than 20,000 teachers and other school employees walked out in West Virginia in February, followed by at least 20,000 more in Oklahoma. Probably the biggest educators’ strike came in Arizona, where more than 40,000 walked out. There were smaller, but still large, teacher walkouts in Colorado, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

Steven Greenhouse <> was a reporter at the New York Times for 31 years and was its labor and workplace reporter from 1995 to 2014. He is the author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Time for the American Worker, and his new book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, will be published next year. 

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A Call For An American Mass Uprising

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  • I don’t think the American people are cowards compared to the French. We just haven’t reached the stage where we fight our overlords on a large scale. That stage is close, and the catalyst for it could come as soon as enough people decide they’re ready to take action in this way.
  • Related: A Revolution of Democracy

Rainer Shea,  Ghion Journal

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December 10, 2018 | This is a call for all working-class Americans to move towards a vast protest effort. There are many ways to contribute to this project; a few options are helping civil disobedience organizing groups like the Poor People’s Campaign and Extinction Rebellion, directly organizing sit-ins and traffic blockades, and simply spreading the word about the need for mass revolt. But however people can help, I believe that this kind of mass uprising is our only option for defeating the corporate oligarchy.


We know that we won’t be able to meaningfully affect change by working within the system. The leadership of the new Democratic House majority is essentially just as pro-war and pro-Wall Street as the Republicans are.



They’re going to continue to assist in passing Trump’s policies while blocking progressive change. Democrat Richard Neal, who’s soon to become chair of the Ways and Means Committee, has said that Medicare for All is “not realistic,” with Neal’s donors in the health insurance industry no doubt having a say in his position. Nancy Pelosi also refuses to support single-payer health care and has proposed a plan that would make it almost impossible for the House to pass an increase on the individual income taxes of the bottom 80 percent of taxpayers.

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  • An effort that seeks … a profound re-envisioning in the ways we make every decision in our lives is nothing short of a revolution. We must gird ourselves for the struggle if we ever wish to see government of, by, and for the people, all of us, together.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose

 

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Time is Running Out. Tell Congress: Restore Net Neutrality Now!


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The window on our best chance to restore net neutrality is closing very soon.

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December 8, 2018 | The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the right to overturn the FCC and restore the 2015 Open Internet Order — but they must do it before the end of the year.

Activists like you have already achieved so much in the fight to save the free and open internet. You shocked Big Cable and proved the naysayers wrong when we passed the CRA in the Senate.

But we still have to pass the CRA resolution in the House. We need a huge push on members of Congress to restore net neutrality during the lame duck session. If we can’t get enough representatives to sign on, we will have to start all over again in the new Congress.

Tell the House of Representatives: Time is running out. Restore net neutrality today.

Net neutrality is vital to free speech, small business, and communities that might not otherwise have a voice in the mainstream media. The only ones who benefit from the repeal of net neutrality are Big Cable executives and the lobbyists they employ. There’s NO EXCUSE – every lawmaker, both Republican or Democrat, must support net neutrality.

Polls show 86% of Americans support the free and open internet. And they showed that support by voting out dozens of net neutrality opponents in the midterm elections. The only place where this is a controversial partisan issue is inside the beltway.

As of today, the resolution has the support of 177 representatives in the House. We’re so close, but we still need 41 members to sign.

There’s no excuse for inaction and no more time to waste – we must demand the remaining members of Congress support the resolution to restore net neutrality.

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109 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Start Doing Today

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Zara Patel, Popsugar

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December 3, 2018 | We can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we often forget to think of others. But a small gesture of kindness can not only make someone else's entire day, but it can also make you feel good. So why not spread the love and try a random act of kindness today? Here are 109 ideas to get you started.   

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Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting. They're paying a steep price for neglect.

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  • Voting reforms should be top priority for all Democrats, now in states and later in Washington. What good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?
  • Related: Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

Jill LawrenceUSA Today

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Yes, Republicans are missing from that sentence. Democrats need to help themselves, not engage in another futile effort to get Republicans on board with what ought to be a no-brainer. The urgency of this cannot be overstated: It should be the top priority for every Democrat in America. Because what good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?

Jill Lawrence is commentary editor and a columnist at USA Today. A former columnist for U.S. News and World Report and Creators Syndicate, she is the author of the 2017 book "The Art of the Political Deal: How Congress Beat the Odds and Broke Through Gridlock" and a contributor to "The Surge: 2014's Big GOP Win and What It Means for the Next Presidential Race."

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Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning. Sam Levine, HuffPost

  • By characterizing basic safeguards as illegitimate, Rick Scott and President Trump are undermining democracy.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose

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Overcoming Voter Suppression, The Progress Report, Center for American Progress

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  • Check out this page from the ACLU for resources around knowing your rights and responding to voter intimidation.
  • Related: Five Truths About Voter Suppression


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Our Fights are Connected; Our Resistance Must Be Intersectional

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But we must do much, much more than vote. We have to think and act differently about the traumas we are all facing.

African American Policy Forum / Portside

November2,2018 | We at AAPF are anguished as we know are many of you at the successive acts of inhumanity that have rocked the country over the past two weeks. Between last Wednesday’s racially motivated murders of Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky, and Saturday’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, racist terror has claimed 13 lives.  If the explosives that MAGA fanatic Cesar Sayoc allegedly mailed to prominent political and media figures (and frequent Trump targets) had not been intercepted, that already sobering figure might be even higher. And this political mobilization of hate is likely the tip of the iceberg.

The violence of last week and its white supremacist markings confirm fears that many of us have expressed repeatedly about how Donald Trump’s presidency has unleashed and emboldened the forces of hate. The drumbeat leading to this awful moment has been a steady one, including Trump’s insistence on an equivalency between violent white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA and those who peacefully protested against them, his denigration of African nations as "shithole countries," his reference to Mexican immigrants as "criminals and rapists," and his effort to ban those from Muslim-dominant countries from entering the US. It includes his suggestion that a Black protester at one of his rallies "should have been roughed up," his coded references to a "corrupt, globalist ruling class," and the daily digital demagoguery that spreads fear and outright lies to his most fervent supporters. It includes his decision to send troops to the border to threaten Central Americans lawfully seeking asylum, demonstrating an alarming willingness to use military force to insulate his political power.  

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