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Pence Leads GOP's Under-the-Radar Attack on Unions

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Pence leans over an executive order in the Oval Office. Pence leads the assault on workers in the Executive Branch. | AP

  • Part 1: Pence leads under-the-radar attack on unions

Pence working hard on a strategy to make “right to work” national law.

  • Part 2: Things Are About to Get Really Ugly for the Labor Movement

Unions were finally on an upswing. Now, they’re staring down the barrel of the GOP’s gun.

  • Related: Time to Build a Resistance in More Than Name Only 

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Part 1: Pence leads under-the-radar attack on unions

As of today 28 states, a majority of the states in the country, have “right to work” laws on the books. And we have Vice President Pence working hard on a strategy to make “right to work” national law.

John Wojcik, People's World

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Money%20Pie.jpg May 22, 2017 | Since he took office, Vice President Pence has been working with high-level Trump backers to develop a comprehensive strategy to weaken labor unions. The strategy he is developing revolves around so-called “right to work” laws that have already been rammed through numerous state legislative bodies. Among the GOP bright lights attending the closed-door sessions with Pence have been Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Pence’s role as architect of a new federal assault on unions is one of the topics tackled recently in an excellent article* in the March/April issue of The Voice of the ILWU, published by the union’s local 142 in Hawaii. The article, entitled “Trump backs attack on union,” delves into the history of “right to work” and how it has been used to bash workers and their unions.

http://www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/jwojcik-200x200.jpg John Wojcik is editor in chief at Peoplesworld.org. He started as labor editor of the People's World in May, 2007 after working as a union meat cutter in northern New Jersey. There he served as a shop steward, as a member of a UFCW contract negotiating committee, and as an activist in the union's campaign to win public support for Wal-Mart workers. In the 1970s and '80s he was a political action reporter for the Daily World, this newspaper's predecessor, and active in electoral politics in Brooklyn, New York.

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Part 2: Things Are About to Get Really Ugly for the Labor Movement

Unions were finally on an upswing. Now, they’re staring down the barrel of the GOP’s gun. 

Justin Miller, The American Prospect

http://prospect.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/ap_16314337997058.jpg?itok=3wWTs6sy Vice president-elect Mike Pence watches as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally in New York. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci)

November 15, 2016 | The nation’s union movement is suffering from collective whiplash. As the Rust Belt states fell late last Tuesday night, so too did labor’s hopes for a Democratic president who had promised to lift up working people. Instead it was forced to confront the reality of an explosive faux-populist taking power in tandem with a pro-business GOP Congress that has been waiting for its chance to dismantle a beleaguered, but recently rising, labor movement. The promising signs of a rejuvenation for workers’ interests and rights in recent years have all come under a dark cloud of uncertainty and dread.

For starters, with Trump promising to be a regulatory “reformer,” Republicans and their business lobbyist colleagues hope to roll back every single one of President Obama’s labor initiatives that were, slowly but surely, tilting the regulatory system more in favor of worker power. “This is going to be a president who will be the biggest regulatory reformer since Ronald Reagan,” Trump economic advisor Stephen Moore, told The New York Times. “There are just so many regulations that could be eased.”

http://prospect.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/fullsizerender1_4.jpg?itok=Vte87Cw_Justin Miller is a writing fellow for The American Prospect

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Related:

Time to Build a Resistance in More Than Name Only, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: The So-called Resistance, by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler asks a critical question: what would a real resistance (as opposed to the crybaby resistance currently wailing) look like?

  • Part 2: Time to Build a Real Resistance! 

The mass protests against (Trump's)  reactionary policies have been inspiring, but they will inevitably ebb and flow because ultimately, protests will not be enough to stop him and the class he represents.

 

 

 

 

 

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US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors with a Biker Gang Subplot

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  • Part 1: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors

Actual evidence has not surfaced.

  • Part 2: The Russia Scandal Was Desperately Missing a Biker Gang Subplot. Well, Here It Is. 

Paging Hunter S. Thompson.

Compiled by David Culver Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors

For a magician, the greater the illusion attempted, the more showmanship that’s required to distract audiences from that fact that it is indeed just an illusion. For US politics, something very similar applies, particularly regarding the latest, ongoing narrative surrounding alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Ulson GunnarGlobal Research

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/electionMachines-NEO.jpgJune 16, 2017 | Having concluded over half a year ago, had there been actual evidence of state-sponsored election interference by Russia, it would have surfaced and the necessity for a lengthy and dramatic public spectacle would not only be absent, it would obstruct real measures needed to protect America’s political process from future foreign influence.

However, actual evidence has not surfaced.

Instead, complex conspiracy theories buttressed by the most tenuous documentation have been spun and promoted in the midst of public hearings, political rearrangements in the White House and other theatrics designed to keep the public engaged and convinced of the notion that Russia’s government actually attempted to manipulate the results of America’s presidential election.

Ulson Gunnar is a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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Part 2: The Russia Scandal Was Desperately Missing a Biker Gang Subplot. Well, Here It Is. 

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  • "The most amazing story ran in the Miami Herald last Thursday. It involves the Trump organization and a Russian official deep in the dark side of shady, because all of the amazing stories do these days. But it also involves a Russian motorcycle gang that has staked a claim in this country and that once had its gang colors hoisted in outer space."
  • Paging Hunter S. Thompson.

Charles Pierce, Esquire

Jun 26, 2017 | The most amazing story ran in the Miami Herald last Thursday. It involves the Trump organization and a Russian official deep in the dark side of shady, because all of the amazing stories do these days. But it also involves a Russian motorcycle gang that has staked a claim in this country and that once had its gang colors hoisted in outer space.

But the tale of Igor Zorin offers a 21st-century twist with all the weirdness modern Miami has to offer: Russian cash, a motorcycle club named after Russia's powerful special forces and a condo tower branded by Donald Trump. Zorin is a Russian government official who has spent nearly $8 million on waterfront South Florida homes, hardly financially prudent given his bureaucrat's salary of $75,000 per year. He runs a state-owned broadcasting company that, among other duties, operates sound systems for the annual military parade that sends columns of soldiers and tanks rumbling through Moscow's Red Square.

Charles Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

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Henry A. Giroux | War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump

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We must disrupt the "common sense" that is produced in mainstream cultural apparatuses and that serves as glue for the rise of right-wing populism. This is not merely a call for a third political party. Any vision for this movement must reject the false notion that capitalism and democracy are synonymous. Democratic socialism is once again moving a generation of young people. We need to accelerate this movement for a radical democracy before it is too late.

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | When history repeats itself with a vengeance, it generally signals a crisis of memory, historical consciousness and civic literacy. The ghosts of the past disappear in a comforting somnolence and a deadening market-driven culture of consumption, privatization and individualization. As a mode of moral witnessing, memory withers, lost in forms of historical and social amnesia that usher in the dark clouds of authoritarianism, albeit in updated forms.

Albert Camus understood this as well as anyone, and viewed fascism as a deadly virus that could reappear in new forms. For Camus, the disease of fascism could only be fought with the antibody of consciousness -- embracing the past as a way of protecting the present and the future against the damage now forgotten. The words that appear in the concluding paragraph of The Plague are as relevant today as they were when they were written. Camus writes:

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books are America's Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016) and America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017). He is also a contributing editor to a number of journals, including Tikkun, the Journal of Wild Culture and Ragazine. Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors.

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