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Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance

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Left side: The censored version of the PSL poster from the Democratic Party's tweet 

  • Building the Anti-Trump Resistence
  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Party%20for%20Socialism%20%26%20Liberation%20%28PSL%29%20logo.jpgApril 8, 2017 | The Democratic Party’s shameful and fake posturing as “the resistance” to Trump hit a new low last Friday when their official Twitter account posted an image that included a photoshopped picture of a PSL poster. As we explained in our official statement:

“The official Twitter account of the Democratic Party sent out a Tweet celebrating the defeat of the Republican health plan, including an image of the mass protest movement against Trump. In the bottom of the photo, taken at the Jan. 21 Women’s March in D.C., they flagrantly blacked out the text of a PSL poster that read, “Trump is the Symptom. Capitalism is the Disease. Socialism is the Cure.” The lines about capitalism and socialism were erased but “Trump is the symptom” was left — which allowed people to quickly identify their falsification.”

Gloria La Riva: PSL 2016 Presidential Candidate

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Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement, John Stauber, CounterPunch / Popular Resistance 

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  • The self-labeled "Progressive Movement" that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it.  The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system.  But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

 

A Tough-Love Letter to the Left

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A new book urges activists to avoid insularity and purism--and to focus on winning.

Related: The silence of the pseudo-left on the danger of war

Sam Adler-bell, New Republic / Portside

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https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/hegemony42917.png?itok=a_b44IqR Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap For Radicals by Jonathan Smucker, AK Press, 290 pp., $16.95

April 28, 2017 | In its final months, Hillary Clinton's campaign depicted the election in Manichaean terms: the forces of light against darkness, love against hate, the guardians of a virtuous public against a world-historical bully. In this story, we lost the election not because we did something wrong, but because we did something right in a world that's wrong. We fought the forces of misogyny, xenophobia, and white supremacy, but they were too strong; they overwhelmed us. And how could they not? This is America after all.

The left--especially the activist left--makes this mistake all the time: imagining there is some meaningful consolation in losing righteously. In 1934, Bertolt Brecht wrote, "It takes courage to say that the good were defeated not because they were good, but because they were weak." A lifelong organizer and educator, Jonathan Matthew Smucker has been hearing versions of this story his entire adult life. In his new book, Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals, he writes "I take no solace in the prospect of history listing me among the righteous few who denounced the captain of a ship that sank." Being right about what is wrong in the world is no excuse for allowing wrong to proliferate. Those of us who aspire to a socially just world, says Smucker, must conspire to take the helm.

Sam Adler-bell is a policy associate at The Century Foundation.

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The silence of the pseudo-left on the danger of war, Eric London, World Socialist Web Site

Any connections that the radicalized middle class once had to anti-imperialism or socialism are long gone. The categories of analysis they employ have nothing to do with class or historical materialism. War, social inequality and poverty all take a back seat to what really interests them: race, gender and their own sex lives.

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Hundreds of Thousands Ready to Strike on May Day

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May Day strikes are planned nationwide, from rural communities to major cities. (Design Action Collective)

Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams / Truthdig

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http://images.dailykos.com/i/user/116919/fist.jpg Apr 30, 2017 | Hundreds of thousands of immigrants and allies are expected to strike and protest on Monday, taking part in what organizers are hoping will be the largest national strike since the May Day demonstrations of 2006.

“I definitely think this is going to be one of the biggest May Day marches,” Kent Wong, executive director of the UCLA Labor Center, told The Nation, which noted that “[t]he turbulent Trump era and draconian attacks on immigrant communities all but guarantee a bigger and more passionate turnout than usual this year.”

Deirdre Fulton is a Common Dream staff writer.

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Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 29, 2017

 

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  • Resistance starts with the simple but revolutionary act of refusing to accept what you are told by those with power. Evergreene Digest is extensively covering the people, ideas, and actions driving protest movements globally. Follow along with us.
  • 7 New Items including:
    • So Much for "Draining the Swamp": Wall Street's Power Soars Under Trump
    • Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back
    • What does it take for activists to get your attention?
    • "We Are Going to Shut It Down on May 1": Caravan Against Fear Mobilizes the Masses
    • 'These issues affect all of us': this is what the resistance movement looks like
    • May Day to have immigrant tilt as workers plan to protest against Trump
    • The Resistance Now: Science Gets Its Own March

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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So Much for "Draining the Swamp": Wall Street's Power Soars Under Trump, Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

Today we bring you a conversation with Renata Pumarol, the deputy director of New York Communities for Change.

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Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back, Sasha Abramsky , Equal Voice News

"We can't feel fear, can't feel weakness," she argues, despite her illness and the long nights she works at McDonald's to keep her family afloat. "We can overtake anything that comes our way. We have people power. Everything we want, and we need, we have to fight for it." --Organizer

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What does it take for activists to get your attention? Brian Martin, Waging Nonviolence 

Activists are small players in the struggle for attention, which is controlled largely by advertisers. But there are ways to resist and redirect attentions.

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"We Are Going to Shut It Down on May 1": Caravan Against Fear Mobilizes the Masses, Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Today we bring you a conversation with Alejandra Valles, the secretary treasurer for SEIU United Services Workers West. The union represents janitors, security officers and airport workers across California.

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These issues affect all of us': this is what the resistance movement looks like, Ross Maghielse, The Guardian

We asked readers to show us what the resistance movement looks like. What we got back shows it has taken root in many forms

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May Day to have immigrant tilt as workers plan to protest against Trump, Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

Days after Trump’s 100th day in office, immigration, labor, racial justice, LGBT and gender equality groups will demonstrate against his policies and rhetoric.

 

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The Resistance Now: Science Gets Its Own March, The Guardian

Friday, April 21, 2017 | Expect some hilarious signs and chants at tomorrow’s March for Science, as tens of thousands of proud nerds flood the National Mall in Washington DC in a passionate defense of science. One catchy chant floating on social media: What do we want? Evidence based science/When do we want it?/After peer review.

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Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back

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  • "We can't feel fear, can't feel weakness," she argues, despite her illness and the long nights she works at McDonald's to keep her family afloat. "We can overtake anything that comes our way. We have people power. Everything we want, and we need, we have to fight for it." --Organizer
  • Related: Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 29, 2017

Sasha Abramsky, Equal Voice News

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Money%20Pie.jpg | Friday, April 28, 2017 | As the contours of Donald Trump's presidency over its first 100 days -- and the priorities of the Republican-majority Congress -- take shape, the economic impact on working families of this agenda is becoming clearer.

Trump ran for election on a hard nationalist, economically populist platform, wooing voters in depressed regions of the country, and in declining industries such as coal, by stressing economic protectionism, job creation, and massive infrastructure spending, and by promising to create a "beautiful" health care system for all Americans.

Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist and a part-time lecturer at the University of California at Davis. His work has appeared in the Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, New York magazine, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. 

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Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 29, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Resistance starts with the simple but revolutionary act of refusing to accept what you are told by those with power. Evergreene Digest is extensively covering the people, ideas, and actions driving protest movements globally. Follow along with us.
  • 7 New Items including:
    • So Much for "Draining the Swamp": Wall Street's Power Soars Under Trump
    • Trump's First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled, People Fight Back
    • What does it take for activists to get your attention?
    • "We Are Going to Shut It Down on May 1": Caravan Against Fear Mobilizes the Masses
    • 'These issues affect all of us': this is what the resistance movement looks like
    • May Day to have immigrant tilt as workers plan to protest against Trump
    • The Resistance Now: Science Gets Its Own March

Seattle implemented a $15 minimum wage two years ago. Here's what Minneapolis could learn from that fight.

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Whether a Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance should allow credits for tips earned divided dueling rallies April 17 in front of the Stadium Village Buffalo Wild Wings. Restaurant workers in the background confronted activists who oppose what they term a "tip penalty." MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

  • MinnPost talked to three key figures in Seattle's 2014 $15 minimum wage fight, not only to explore the similarities and differences with the current situation in Minneapolis, but to see what advice they might have for the players looking to craft a new ordinance here. 
  • Related: Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right

Peter Callaghan, MinnPost

04/25/17 | It’s tempting to look back at the first successful fight for a $15 minimum wage and figure it was inevitable: Seattle, 2014. Wealthy city. Booming city. Left-of-center politics. A large base of progressive activists.

But David Rolf, the president of SEIU 775 and one of the leaders of the drive to increase the minimum wage in the city to $15, said it was anything but a sure thing. “To start with, we were the first,” Rolf said last week. “We were in completely uncharted territory.”

Peter Callaghan covers local politics and government Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities region.

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Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right, Guy Standing, Huffington Post 

Without basic economic security, people often behave selfishly and vote irresponsibly.

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