… Read more ... “President of the AFL-CIO warns Democrats, says workers want a more ‘independent’ labor movement”
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Friday that workers want an “independent” labor movement designed to help the working class, not a specific party or candidate…
“Our role is not to build the power of a political party or a candidate.
Sent to email@example.com by Darryl W. Perry:
The “showdown” between the State Legislature, Governor and public school teachers in Wisconsin has lasted over two weeks, with no end in sight. Governor Scott Walker is threatening to lay-off some government employees if the 14 Democratic State Senators don’t return to the capitol in order for the Senate to have a quorum and vote on a State budget.… Read more ... “Darryl W. Perry: The Missing Question in Wisconsin”
by Omar Mohamad, Socialist Party of South Central Wisconsin and Billy Wharton, co-chair Socialist Party USA:
The mass protests led by public employees unions in Madison, Wisconsin have been presented by some mainstream commentators as a labor’s last stand. They are not. They are a spark, a spark with the potential to create a new protest movement capable of revitalizing our unions, radicalizing student organizing and creating a space for democratic socialist politics.… Read more ... “Socialist Party USA: ‘Democracy in the Streets: Madison Mobilizes to Defeat the Anti-Labor Walker’”
Kurt Wright Brings Wisconsin Governor’s Attack on Labor to the Green Mountain State
Burlington, VT—Burlington Progressive Party Chair Abby Russell today denounced a bill that would severely hurt workers’ rights in Vermont. WCAX reported state representative and city councilor Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) introduced a bill that would take away teachers’ right to strike in the event that contract negotiations fail.… Read more ... “Vermont Progressives Denounce Walker-Style Bill”
By Andrea Pason and Billy Wharton, co-chairs Socialist Party USA- February 11, 2011
Tahrir Square transformed the idea of democracy from a stale ritual that occurs every few years to an open ended struggle for freedom.
We send greetings to the working people of Egypt on the day of their victorious struggle to depose the dictator Hosni Mubarak.… Read more ... “Socialist Party USA: Socialism and the Spirit of Tahrir Square”
From the Socialist Party USA’s Socialist WebZine:
Despotism works alongside the cruelty of neoliberalism.
The Socialist WebZine is publishing this excellent essay from 2009 on the history of the labor movement in Egypt for our readers.
by Atef Said
ATC 142, September-October 2009 – THE EGYPTIAN WORKING class is one of the oldest in the region, with a long history of internationalist solidarity.… Read more ... “Socialist WebZine: Egypt’s Long Labor History”
The first, on why he is running:
Why I am Running
Our City of Rochester has had three mayors in three weeks.
It is now Week Four, so we should be expecting a new mayor any day now.… Read more ... “Harry Davis, seeking Green nomination for Rochester, NY mayor, explains why he is running and why labor should support him”
Hugh Giordano – 2010 Green candidate for state representative in Philadelphia who got 23 percent of the vote in the city, union organizer, and Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee member – is sending the following two-part open letter to every union in the city of Philadelphia:
… Read more ... “Philadelphia Weekly on Hugh Giordano: ‘It’s Easy Being Green (With Help of Labor Unions)’”
Hugh Giordano, a 26-year-old, Roxborough native and food workers’ union organizer for UFCW Local 152, ran on the Green Party ticket against Democrat Lou Agre for a seat in the 194th. He lost, but garnered 18 percent of the vote (23 percent in Philly)—an unprecedented number for a third-party candidate.
The following is an open letter written, sent to various Philadelphia unions and published by Hugh Giordano, a union organizer and Green candidate for state representative in Philadelphia who received over 18 percent of the vote in a 3-way race this year. I, Ross Levin, worked on Giordano’s campaign as a volunteer and continue to volunteer for the Green Party of Philadelphia.… Read more ... “Hugh Giordano to Philadelphia union leaders: ‘It’s time to put an end to the two party system’”
We’ve all seen the billboards with former President George W. Bush’s smiling face, and the words “Miss me yet?” But this President Obama and his cabal of socialists and fascists are so bad, so oppressive, so corrupt, I’m actually starting to miss King George III, the ruler of the original American colonies.… Read more ... “[Wayne Root:] “MISS ME YET?” King George III – It’s Time to Throw Out King Obama”
While Dems take labor support for granted and cave in to corporate lobbies, Greens fight for working people; Greens say “We don’t have a shortage of work ethic in America, we have a shortage of work”
Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available to speak on labor http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-labor.php
WASHINGTON, DC — Green candidates for Congress and other public offices have drawn important endorsements from unions and labor organizations, as well as union leaders and rank and file members throughout the US.… Read more ... “Green candidates win key labor endorsements”