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An Ideal Blueprint: The Original Black Panther Party Model and Why It Should Be Duplicated

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The (Black Panther Party's) BPP's model is needed today. A firm foundation of knowledge, history, internationalism, and political economy is needed. A concerted effort to bond with and assist our working-class communities and disenfranchised sisters and brothers is needed. An infusion of authentic, working-class politics which shifts the focus from 'middle-class erosion' to 'multi-generational disenfranchisement' is needed. The blueprint is there. Let's use it.

Colin Jenkins, The Hampton Institute

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http://www.hamptoninstitution.org/images/BPP.JPG July 10th, 2014 | The rise of the Black Panther Party (BPP) in the late 1960s signified a monumental step toward the development of self-determination in the United States. In a nation that has long suffered a schizophrenic existence, characterized by a grand facade of "freedom, liberty and democracy" hiding what Alexis de Tocqueville once aptly described as "old aristocratic colours breaking through,"[1] the BPP model provided hope to not only Black Americans who had experienced centuries of inhumane treatment, but also to the nation's exploited and oppressed working class majority that had been inherently disregarded by both the founding fathers' framework and the predatory nature of capitalism.

As we grind our way through the tail-end of a neoliberal storm, it has become clear that in an age of extreme inequality, unabated corporate power, and overwhelming government corruption at all levels; we have a war on our hands. Not a war in the traditional international sense, but a domestic class war; one that has decimated our communities, our hopes for a better future, our children's educations, and our collective physical and mental well-being. The aggressors in this war are powerful - so much so that resistance often seems futile, and the opposition insurmountable. Multi-trillion dollar financial institutions and multi-billion dollar corporations pulling the strings of the most powerful politicians - Presidents, Senators, Congress members, and Governors alike - all of whom have at their disposal the abilities to print money at will, control markets through fiscal and monetary policy, deploy powerful militaries anywhere in the world, and unleash militarized police forces to terrorize our neighborhoods.

Colin Jenkins, an interdisciplinary researcher and writeris founder, is editor and Social Economics Department chair at the Hampton Institute. He has been published at Truthout, Common Dreams, Dissident Voice, Black Agenda Report, Popular Resistance, Z Magazine, and New Politics.

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Special Report | War On The Homeless- Day Jobs, Not Tickets

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  • Part 1: War On The Homeless 
  • Cities All Over America Are Passing Laws Making It Illegal To Feed And Shelter Those In Need
  • Part 2: Albuquerque Gives Panhandlers Day Jobs, Not Tickets
  • While other cities try to regulate or ban panhandlers, Albuquerque, N.M., offers them an income and social services for the day.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: War On The Homeless 

Cities All Over America Are Passing Laws Making It Illegal To Feed And Shelter Those In Need

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http://blogfactory.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/unnamed-24.jpg December 07, 2016 | If you want to be a “Good Samaritan” to the homeless in your community, you might want to check and see if it is legal first.  All over the country, cities are passing laws that make it illegal to feed and shelter the homeless.  For example, in this article you will read about a church in Maryland that was just fined $12,000 for simply allowing homeless people to sleep outside the church at night.  This backlash against homeless people comes at a time when homelessness in America is absolutely exploding.  In a previous article, I shared with my readers the fact that the number of homeless people in New York City has just set a brand new all-time high, and the homelessness crisis in California has become so severe that the L.A. City Council has formally asked Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.  Sadly, instead of opening up our hearts to the rapidly growing number of Americans without a home, way too many communities are trying to use the law to force them to go somewhere else.

For nearly two thousand years, churches have been at the forefront of helping the poor and disadvantaged, but now many communities are trying to stop this from happening.  Earlier today, I was absolutely stunned when I came across an article that talked about how a church in Dundalk, Maryland has been fined $12,000 for allowing the homeless to sleep outside the church at night.

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Part 2: Albuquerque Gives Panhandlers Day Jobs, Not Tickets

While other cities try to regulate or ban panhandlers, Albuquerque, N.M., offers them an income and social services for the day.

J.B. Wogan, Governing

Participants in Albuquerque's "There's a Better Way" initiative working on a city beautification project. All photos provided by the city of Albuquerque, used with permission.

October 13, 2015 | Twice a week, a city van rolls through downtown Albuquerque, N.M., stopping at popular panhandling locations. The driver, Will Cole, asks panhandlers if they want a day job. Work pays $9 an hour, higher than the state's $7.50 minimum wage. The city's public works department can employ up to 10 people a day for beautification projects, such as pulling weeds and picking up litter. The van has been in circulation since September, and while "we get a couple no's here and there," said Cole, he's usually finds 10 people willing to trade panhandling for a day job.

The van initiative is part of a larger effort in Albuquerque to reduce homelessness and panhandling. In May, the city started posting blue and white signs at intersections that list a 311 phone number and a website. Panhandlers can call the number to connect with services. At the same time, motorists can visit the website, managed by the United Way of Central New Mexico, to donate to a local shelter, food bank or an employment fund to pay panhandlers' wages.

J.B. Wogan, Staff Writer, Governing

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You Can Keep Studying White Working Class Voters, But We Know the Answers.

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  • This story has been unravelling for decades.
  • Related: Missing from election debate: Unions key to economy, democracy

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Money%20Pie.jpg Nov 18, 2016 | In the current issue of the magazine incarnation of Tiger Beat On The Potomac can be found yet another anthropological study of People With Whom I Empathize But Do Not Understand. It's a fine piece of reporting and writing because it's by Mike Kruse, who's as good as it gets. However, again, I am baffled by the gaping chasms of cognitive dissonance from the people therein quoted, and I am again overwhelmed with dread over what's going to happen when these people realize they've been so completely played.

This expedition takes us to eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, and it features the kind of people who gave Donald Trump his margin of victory in the electoral college, and many of whom, quite sadly, seem to be resigned already to the fact that he's not going to be able to deliver on many of his more baroque promises. The steel jobs are not coming back. Coal is a dying industry, unless the people making billions on fracking can be convinced to trade us new earthquakes for old respiratory ailments. The opioid drug problem in places like Johnstown isn't going away even if you dig a 100-mile moat between Texas and Mexico and fill it with piranha and burning oil.

Charles P. Pierce has been a working journalist since 1976. He is the author of four books, most recently 'Idiot America.' He lives near Boston with his wife but no longer his three children.

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Missing from election debate: Unions key to economy, democracy, Larry Rubin, People's World 

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Unfortunately, once the election season began, no candidate has stressed how central building union bargaining strength is to the solving of many problems facing America.

Related: What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages

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Reverand Butch Montoya on People Who Are Homeless

  • The dignity of the least of these, as Jesus or Marx said,  is the dignity of all of us.  If we allow our fellow human beings – just people who have found their way into difficult circumstances in a cruel capitalist culture –  increasingly, we, too, will find little.
  • Related: 10 things everyone should know about what it’s really like to live on the streets

John Evans, Democratic Individuality

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Homeless%20Person%20on%20Street%20in%20Cold%20Weather.jpg November 21, 2016 | Those who disregard people who are homeless, who give them no place to rest, organize sweeps, steal their few belongings include Mayor Hancock of Denver and other urban Democratic office holders. Their depredations will be made easier by the new Trump era.

And yet these three letters, in response to my last post (Sweeps of People Who Ae Without Homes, all speak to a humanity and resistance which is widespread among ordinary people. It was, as Paula Bard reminds me, even more widespread during the Great Depression – something similar to now, but where many families would feed people, unemployed, who came to their door.

John Evans is professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and author of Marx's Politics:Communists and Citizens (Rutgers, 1980), Democratic Individuality (Cambridge, 1990), Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy (1999) and Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence (Chicago March, 2012).

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10 things everyone should know about what it’s really like to live on the streets, Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet / Salon 

  • Since the recession, San Francisco's wealth gap has become a yawning chasm. The city's homeless tell their stories. 
  • Related: America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

 

 

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From the Archives | Do You Know Where Your Tomatoes Come From?

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  • “Harvesting tomatoes and other produce from the nation’s agricultural fields is arguably the worst job in the country,” journalist Chris Hedges writes in his book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
  • Related: Why Women Who Pick and Process Your Food Face Daily Threats of Rape, Harassment and Wage Theft
  • Related: 1960: "Harvest of Shame"

Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company 

http://billmoyers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/AP060330027743_immokalee.jpgJuly 20, 2012 | For workers in Immokalee, Florida, where nearly all of America’s winter tomatoes are grown, backbreaking labor under the heat of the Florida sun is only part of the drudgery. There’s often also toxic pesticides, sexual harassment, verbal and physical abuse — all for an average income of  less than $12,000 a year.

Nely Rodriguez is a 46-year-old mother of three who’s been working in the Immokalee fields since she came here from Mexico in 2000. But she’s not suffering silently under these unjust conditions. Nely is a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a community organization that has taken on the corporate giants at the top of the food chain — with some remarkable victories.

Lauren Feeney is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist whose work has appeared on air and online at PBS, Al Jazeera English and other outlets. A former producer for Moyers & Company, she was a contributor for PBS' Need to Know and led web teams for Wide Angle and Women, War & Peace. She is a graduate of Bard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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  • We all benefit from a hugely exploitative system, in which our dinner is now directly linked to violence against women.
  • Immokalee's (FL) Tomato Pickers Still Reap 'Harvest of Shame'

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1960: "Harvest of Shame", CBS News

November 24, 2010 | Watch the entire original broadcast of one of the most celebrated documentaries of all time, 1960's "Harvest of Shame," in which Edward R. Murrow exposed the plight of America's farm workers.

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The TPP is Dead: The People Defeat Transnational Corporate Power

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The defeat of the TPP is a tremendous victory that should propel us forward. It shows organized people have power even in the US oligarchy. We need to build on this power, continue our unity as a movement of movements and demand that the people's agenda becomes the political agenda, not the agenda of big business and the wealthy oligarchs. It is time for people power to rule. We still have a lot of work to do, but we should celebrate this great victory and move to set a people's agenda for the United States.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers,  OpEdNews <http://www.opednews.com>


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11/11/2016 | The Obama administration faced reality on Friday when they recognized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would not be ratified by this Congress. The TPP is dead.

How did people power win?

We have worked to stop the TPP and other Obama trade agreements for more than five years. We were part of the 'movement of movements', the largest coalition ever opposing a corporate trade agreement, which stopped it. It included all sorts of activists who work on human rights, worker rights, the environment, climate change, Internet freedom, health care, food safety and more.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance <PopularResistance.org>, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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Missing from election debate: Unions key to economy, democracy

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  • Unfortunately, once the election season began, no candidate has stressed how central building union bargaining strength is to the solving of many problems facing America.
  • Related: What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages

Larry Rubin, People's World

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http://www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/nocontractnopeace960.jpg "Unionists point out that Trump's claim that he will make America great again is hypocritcal; he is refusing to bargain with the union that legally represents his hotel workers in Las Vegas. Decent wages that result from unionization, workers point out, would boost the entire economy. In addition, they note, Trump is ignoring the results of a democratic election. | John Locher/AP

November 3, 2016 |  About a year ago, at the White House Worker Voice Summit, Vice President Biden cited the most powerful engine driving progress in America. “It’s a simple proposition,” he said. “With the ability [of workers’ unions] to sit on the other side of the table with employers and collectively bargain, [working people] have some power. At the end of day, that’s how progress is made.”

Collective bargaining is the only way to insure that employers will balance their need to make profits with the right of the workers who create those profits to have a decent, secure standard of living.

Unfortunately, once the election season began, no candidate has stressed how central building union bargaining strength is to the solving of many problems facing America.

Larry Rubin has been a union organizer, a speechwriter and an editor of union publications. He was a civil rights organizer in the Deep South and is often invited to speak on applying Movement lessons to today's challenges.

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What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages, Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost

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  • For Punch co-owners Soranno and John Puckett, however, the decision to raise pay wasn't political. It was simply a strategy to attract and retain quality workers who would, in turn, create a better experience for customers.
  • Related: Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate

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