by Jack Rothman
ORIGINALLY appeared in LA Progressive. Reprinted with permission of the author
Black Lives Matter is new on the American scene, but it mirrors the efforts of other groups historically to advance the interests of African Americans. Like BLM, those organizations forced into public awareness aspects of black oppression that were being disregarded—organizations like the Freedom Riders, the Black Panthers, Malcolm X’s Nation of Islam, and the Garvey Movement.
While the Freedom Fighters in the 60s took on undemocratic public accommodations practices, BLM currently exposes the extent of police violence against black men across the nation. The organization sprung up after the murders of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A host of other police abuses followed and BLM has been in the forefront demanding prosecutions and a stop to these horrific incidents. While focusing on the extralegal execution of African American males, BLM also makes clear its opposition to injustice foisted on women, gays and the disabled.
Answer to Tom Hayden writing in ‘The Nation’ to endorse Hillary for president:
by Charles Fredricks
ORIGINALLY appeared in LA Progressive. Reprinted with permission of the author.
Because Tom fears the alternative is Lucifer, he opts to support his minion instead. Hyperbole? Hillary is working to export fracking technology globally, supports GMO companies’ efforts to commodify the food supply, is down with continuing to hold the US healthcare system hostage to the private health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, and never saw a war or weapons system she couldn’t justify.
She is an imperialist; she makes no bones about continuing the failed fiction that American military preeminence equals the right to impose the will of corporate capitalists on all corners of the Earth that have not yet succumbed. She mistakenly believes we can continue such misappropriated investment of our energy while allowing our social base to wither and die. She is backed by the banks because they know her noise about reform is election year propaganda, as her idea of representing everyone means maintaining the status quo for the few who own half the wealth of the country. Viewing her through a global lens, she is a kinder, gentler, less misogynous, less racist (notice I did not say “not -” etc.), fascist.
Shoes left symbolically after the French Government banned the Paris Global Climate March. credit: Ian Bremmer
CAROL NEWTON – Shadowed by the Paris terror attacks before the opening of the international climate summit (COP21), the conferees gathered to try to agree on principles intended to rescue the planet from catastrophic warming. Unfortunately, marches and protests planned for the 2-week event were banned for security reasons. Thousands of shoes were placed as stand-ins for the planned demonstration preceding the conference.
JACK ROTHMAN – I see that unions, led by the Service Employees International Union, are out in full force championing the $15 an hour minimum wage. Business leaders scoff at this. But about nine million workers carry full-time jobs, working 40 hours a week, and still live below the poverty line. Now, that’s something to really scoff at! But even if these employees were able to achieve the $15 wage, the inequities in income between the top one percent and ordinary working families would still be a Herculean stretch. Workers are like cliff scalers in Yosemite, peering up El Capitan, but without cleats, climbing ropes and tax shelters. The Washington Post reports that the average CEO earns just over 350 times as much as the work force below. Those executives need to come down from the stratosphere and breathe real air.
On December 10, 2014, Meyerson will speak on “The Future of Politics in an Age of Inequality” bringing his observations on the painful 2014 mid-term elections, the role of low wages in creating and aggravating inequality, the local minimum wage fight and his suggestions for what socialists can do.
Please join us as we support and amplify the message of the Peoples Climate March in NYC. We now know that the costs of capitalism’s blindness on fossil fuel use will force a spiral of climate events that endangers the planet and all its inhabitants.
DSA-LA is going all out against climate change. Please join us, and many other groups, in this powerful demonstration in our own home town.
September 20, 1-5pm • Wilshire Blvd, between Vermont and Berendo
There will be an Eco-Socialist zone between Vermont and Berendo on Wilshire Blvd, both sides of the street. DSA-LA will have signs and T-shirts at the corner of Wilshire and Berendo. Once you have your items, feel free to mingle with our coalition members, or take our messages along the Building Blocks route from Lafayette Park to Western.
To see the other groups that will be there, go to AgainstClimateChange.org
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Overcoming Climate Denial –
Why Our Brains Ignore Climate Change
Sept 15th, 7-9pm
Hosted by SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350
and Progressive Christians Uniting
Download flyer here: http://www.progressivechristiansuniting.org/Overcoming%20Denial%20Event%20Flyer.pdf
Hear George Marshall, Climatologist and Author discuss his new book
“Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change”
and how we can implement strategies locally.
Come discover why people are so prone to dismiss the evidence for climate change,
even when it is staring them in the face, and what we can do to help people move
past denial and towards action!
First Congregational Church, 464 East Walnut St. Pasadena, CA
(corner of Los Robles Ave & Walnut St.)
7:00 pm – Doors Open / Community Networking
7:30-9:00pm – Forum / Q&A