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Can Climate Movement Break Free From ‘Jobs Vs. Environment’ Debate?

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A growing, green industry born of the United States’ hostile labor climate is unlikely to produce steady and well-paying jobs without a fight — not to mention a cross-movement plan beyond shutting down individual infrastructure projects. Breaking Free from fossil fuels can also mean breaking into a more sustainable economy.

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence / Popular Resistance

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https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/12932784_10154089622017708_1227210616867279612_n-e1462201557263.jpgMay 2nd, 2016 | For two weeks this May, organizers across 12 countries will participate in Break Free 2016, an open-source invitation to encourage “more action to keep fossil fuels in the ground and an acceleration in the just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.” Many of the month’s events — pulled together by 350.org and a slew of groups around the world — are set to take place within ongoing campaigns to shut down energy infrastructure, targeting “some of the most iconic and dangerous fossil fuel projects all over the world” with civil disobedience.

The Break Free site’s opening page invites viewers to “join a global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil and natural gas in the ground.” And that’s where some unions have taken issue.

Kate Aronoff is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, the Communications Coordinator for the New Economy Coalition, and a co-founder of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network. Her writing has appeared in the Nation, the American Prospect, Dissent and the New York Times.

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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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Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpgWSWS 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!

Walter Gilberti, World Socialist Web Site 

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11 May 2009 | On the night of May 4, 1886, a crowd of several thousand workers gathered for a public rally at Haymarket Square in Chicago. Because the crowd was smaller than expected, it was moved to a different location a short distance away, to Desplaines Street and Crane’s Alley behind the Crane Brothers metal products factory.

The rally had been called by the International Workingmen’s Party of America and its two leading organs in Chicago, the Alarm and the German-language Arbeiter-Zeitung.

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All out for May Day! Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Fight Back! News

Stand up, fight back on International Workers Day 2016

 

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

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  • Related: All out for May Day!

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Open your eyes to our North Side nightmare

  • To the rest of Minneapolis: We can see you from here, amid littered streets and tattered homes. Why have you turned your backs on us? 
  • Related: Poverty Is a Business
  • Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

Mickey Cook, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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April 21, 2016 | North Minneapolis is a war zone. We are afraid. We are losing our young people to gun violence. We are hiding in our homes, unable to enjoy our community the same way others do. Why do we not deserve the same as other nearby communities? 

We come and we go to our jobs. We don’t always take that walk we want to take, or that bike ride we crave, because we don’t want to be shot at or assaulted.

Mickey Cook lives in Minneapolis.

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Poverty Is a Business, Films For Action

  • The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. 
  • Related: Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor.
  • Related: Black America is getting screwed.

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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative, Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune 

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  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
  • Related: The Talk
  • Related: American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

Poverty Is a Business

  • The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. 
  • Related: Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor
  • Related: Black America is getting screwed

Films For Action 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Rubics%20Cube%20Global%20Poverty.jpgWed, Nov 19 2014 | The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. Profits are made on the labor of the poor, the consumption of the poor, and the debt of the poor; meanwhile the poor remain-poor.

Films For Action is a community-powered learning library for people who want to change the world.

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Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor, Chris Steele, AlterNet  / Zuccotti Park Press 

December 1, 2013  |  An article that recently came out in Rolling Stone, titled “Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail,” by Matt Taibbi, asserts that the government is afraid to prosecute powerful bankers, such as those running HSBC. Taibbi says that there’s “an arrestable class and an unarrestable class.”  What is your view on the current state of class war in the U.S.?

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Black America is getting screwed, David Dayen, Salon 

  • Shocking new study highlights the depths of economic disparities
  • Black retail workers are twice as likely to live below the poverty line, and twice as likely to be unemployed. Why?
  • 40 Reasons US Jails And Prisons Are Full Of Black And Poor People

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Democrats silent as one million lose food stamp benefits in the US

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  • Sanders has criticized Hillary Clinton repeatedly for giving speeches to Wall Street audiences in return for six-figure fees, as well as raking in campaign contributions from the financial and fossil fuel industries. But he has not sought to make an issue of the cuts in vital social programs, particularly those implemented with the collaboration of the Obama administration or this year’s drastic cutback in food stamp eligibility for childless adults.
  • Related: Socialism, Bernie Sanders and the working class

Patrick Martin,  World Socialist Web Site

4 April 2016 | Tens of thousands of impoverished, unemployed adults were cut off food stamps Friday, the first wave of a social catastrophe that could affect more than one million people this year.

 

https://www.wsws.org/asset/8b5f681e-a78c-436e-95c3-47984421186H/SNAP-cutoff-states.png?rendition=image480 Some 22 states began terminating benefits for “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents,” or ABAWDs, in the jargon of the US Department of Agriculture, which administers the federally funded food stamp program, or Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as it is formally known.

Patrick Martin is a writer for World Socialist Web Site <>

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Socialism, Bernie Sanders and the working class, Dave Schneider, Fight Back! News

We have to be clear: Socialism with real political power for the majority will come from the revolutionary struggle of the working class against capitalism, not reforms and laws passed by politicians.

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