Monday, March 28, 2011

Those Poor Billionaires!

In this excellent article Glenn Greenwald points out just how out of touch and delusional the billionaire Koch brothers are. These incredibly rich, powerful and influential billionaires actually think they are victims.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire & collective bargaining

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history and a seminal moment for American labor. This legacy helped spark the New Deal, labor legislation reform of that era, the welfare state, and the creation of industrial unionism, and the right to organize. The struggle for justice continues here and abroad.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nader: Anyone can make a difference

Today an estimated crowd of 3,500 showed up on Fountain Sqaure to show their opposition to State Senate Bill 5 (SB5). The diverse rally had white, black, brown, old and young people. It was quite a contrast with a Tea Party rally. But we need more people to get engaged because as Ralph Nader recently said, "Anyone can make a difference" and we must fight the assault on the working class that is being waged like never before.

For those that don’t understand why people are so outraged about SB5 in Ohio and the similar bills that are being passed in states like Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan you can listen to Michael Moore here. They aren’t just trying to cut wages and benefits for workers, they are trying to take away our rights to collectively bargain, our democratic rights to have a seat at the table.

This is a battle that will rage on and we must win. It is no exaggeration to say that the house is on fire and we need all hands on deck. This won’t only hurt unions-the back bone of the working class. This will hurt the ability of the left to have a real impact in upcoming elections.

The billionaires now have new tools to pour unprecedented amounts of corporate cash into our elections. We can no longer afford to tune out, sit back and wait until we’re bored to act. We must put out the fire, educate each other, get organized and make our voices heard now. Otherwise the Tea Party and the billionaires they advocate for will win and our country will head in a devastating direction which will see the further decline of the middle class.

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “To know and not to act is not to know”. Please act now. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU!

What you can do: Dial 1888-218-5931 type in your zip code which will connect you to your representative. Tell your House representative to stand up for workers by voting no on SB 5. If it's busy call back daily because it makes a difference.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world!” -Gandhi

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Stephen King, the rights worst nightmare?

Stephen King gives a speech that probably scares the hell out of the right wingers. Watch it below.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

100th anniversary of international women’s day, Women’s rights are worker rights”

According to this a handful of European countries first marked the day in 1911 following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The UN has recognized March 8th as International Women’s Day since 1975. Read about the history of the struggle for women's and worker's rights here.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Don't let corporations steal our elections!

You can sign this petition for a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Courts ruling that allows corporations to flood our elections with corporate money.

Here's a video on the Citizens United Ruling and the need for campaign finance reform.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

America is a nation of liberals

As Rachel Maddow pointed out tonight on her show, economic populism is popular. A” title=“new polls shows”]new polls shows[/url] that Americans want to tax millionaires 81%, eliminate the Bush Tax cuts 68%, cut oil and gas tax breaks 74%, and we support public bargaining 77%. Surprisingly 36% identified as conservatives and 24% identified as liberals.

She also pointed out that part of Ohio’s budget woes came about because the state eliminated income taxes for corporations a few years ago.