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Member since: Thu Jan 17, 2008, 12:44 PM
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You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one
at least I'm hoping that's what y'all will see when Julian Castro speaks at the democratic convention tonight. He is our rising star and very popular mayor of San Antonio. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR for 10:00 EST tonight. Details in this article:
(CBS News) CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic National Convention officially gets started Tuesday with a keynote address from San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Here's a look at what to expect from the festivities, which will be streamed live on CBSNews.com.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's keynote address, 10 p.m. ET
Castro, 37, is in his second term as mayor of the nation's seventh-largest city after easily winning re-election in 2011 with nearly 82 percent of the vote. The Obama campaign notes that his life story in many ways mirrors President Obama's: He and his identical twin brother Joaquin Castro came from modest beginnings and relied on scholarships, grants and loans to attend Stanford University and then Harvard Law School.
A senior campaign official told CBS News that Castro's keynote address will share that personal story "and reflect on the things we need to do as a country to create more Julian Castros, more Barack Obamas to ensure that every young person across this country can achieve their dreams."
Castro's star is rising within the Democratic party at the same time that Democrats are starting to see potential to turn Texas into a blue state, due to the growing Hispanic community. While Texas is for now a solidly Republican state when it comes to presidential politics, the Hispanic community will play a key role in swing states like Colorado and Nevada this year ...
Posted by TBF | Tue Sep 4, 2012, 10:42 AM (9 replies)
and if people think this is an isolated incident I've got a fine bridge to sell them ...
Scranton, Pa., slashes workers' pay to minimum wage
(cross-posted in GD with a similar article - in which I'm getting ripped for suggesting that *gasp* someone raise some taxes ... how ever will the rich folk live?)
Posted by TBF | Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:58 PM (24 replies)
And for any of you holding on to your middle class pretensions and thinking it can't happen to you - think again. Here's the story -
Scranton mayor slashes pay for all city workers—including police and firefighters—to minimum wage
Here is a copy of the story on MSNBC as well: http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/10/12659748-scranton-pa-slashes-workers-pay-to-minimum-wage
Posted by TBF | Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:44 PM (140 replies)
Eugene Victor "Gene" Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and several times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States. Through his presidential candidacies, as well as his work with labor movements, Debs eventually became one of the best-known socialists living in the United States.
In the early part of his political career, Debs was a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected as a Democrat to the Indiana General Assembly in 1884. After working with several smaller unions, including the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, Debs was instrumental in the founding of the American Railway Union (ARU), the nation's first industrial union. When the ARU struck the Pullman Palace Car Company over pay cuts, President Grover Cleveland used the United States Army to break the strike. As a leader of the ARU, Debs was later imprisoned for failing to obey an injunction against the strike.
Debs educated himself about socialism in prison and emerged to launch his career as the nation's most prominent socialist in the first decades of the 20th century. He ran as the Socialist Party's candidate for the presidency in 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920, the last time from his prison cell ...
More here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_V._Debs
Although sometimes called "King Debs", Debs himself was not wholly comfortable with his standing as a leader. As he told an audience in Detroit in 1906:
I am not a Labor Leader; I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition.
Posted by TBF | Wed Jun 13, 2012, 04:27 PM (10 replies)
A little math lesson for the 99%
| May 20, 2012 | 8:47 pm | Action
by James Thompson
It is well-known that the top 1% control 42% of financial wealth in this country. What does this mean for the 99%? This brief paper will be a quick and simple look at this from the perspective of the 99%.
In 2009 the estimated total net family household wealth for the entire country was $54.2 trillion. The population of the United States was 305 million in 2009. Let’s talk about equitable wealth distribution.
As indicated above, this is a very simple analysis. If you do the simple math and divide $54.2 trillion by 305 million people, that would mean there should be $177,049.18 for every man woman and child in this country in 2009 ...
More here: http://houstoncommunistparty.com/a-little-math-lesson-for-the-99/
Posted by TBF | Wed May 23, 2012, 07:35 PM (3 replies)
Freedom Road Socialist Organization here in the US has signed on - what do you all think?
Communist and workers parties say ‘Abolish NATO’
May 22, 2012
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following resolution from the 21st International Communist Seminar, which took place in Brussels, Belgium on May 18-20.
Stop NATO, abolish NATO
On the occasion of the NATO summit of Chicago, we declare our principled opposition to this imperialist alliance, whose continued existence is a threat to world peace and to the rights and the well-being of the workers and the peoples of the world.
Over the past years, the US and NATO have waged wars of aggression against Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Today, they are threatening and planning more militarization, interventions, aggressions and outright wars on all continents, in a context of ever-deepening crisis of the world capitalist system, in an effort to further advance and impose the dominance of monopoly capital ...
Posted by TBF | Wed May 23, 2012, 07:19 PM (2 replies)
Moody's Projects That Obama Will Romp Over Romney In November
Brett LoGiurato | May 23, 2012, 9:20 AM
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-romney-electoral-college-2012-projection-from-moodys-2012-5?utm_source=sailthrusuggest&utm_medium=rightrail&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=recirc#ixzz1viuJG3OT
Posted by TBF | Wed May 23, 2012, 03:37 PM (24 replies)
Email I was forwarded by my Precinct Chair (south of Houston - precinct 60 now)
By Chairman Steve Brown
What if I told you that a candidate in the Democratic Primary would like to have President Barack Obama impeached? What if I told you that she’s a thirty-something, photogenic and articulate African American woman? Finally, what if I told you that two years ago she actually won the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 22, and went on to enter the general election by viciously attacking our President? If you are not already aware of this person, then let me introduce you to Kesha Rogers.
Rogers is a member of a political cult led by Lyndon LaRouche. LaRouche’s main goal is to elect Members of Congress who will advocate for the colonization of the moon, the impeachment of President Obama, and the restoration of an obscure 1933 banking standard.
Over the years, this cult has joined forces with a number of unseemly and racially divisive organizations, like the Ku Klux Klan.
In fact, LaRouche himself has been known to spew anti-sematic and racist views throughout the years. In newsletters he wrote in 1973 and 1974, he characterizes Black women as “sadistic,” and young Black men as “zombie killers out of control.” LaRouche’s racism isn’t just limited to African Americans. He refers to Asians as “subhuman” and Hispanics as “miserable.”
However, he saves a great deal of his venom to vilify President Barack Obama. In 2009 he compared Pres. Obama to a trained monkey by stating, “And we have a dictatorship in the United States…under a President who doesn't have much conscience, because he doesn't have any brains. He's trained to talk like a trained monkey or something out of a mechanical zoo."
Rogers has adopted this type of hate speech in her current campaign. In a recent YouTube clip on her website, she suggests that Pres. Obama’s doctor should, “administer some pentothal of sodium” on him. Pentothal is an ingredient commonly used in lethal injections.
I hope and trust that the appropriate federal authorities are keeping a close watch on this cult, as any insinuations about the assassination of our President should be handled with the utmost urgency and seriousness,especially by those who not only wish him harm but hold other dangerous ideas.
As Democrats, we cannot afford for anyone representing LaRouche’s cult to be a nominee on the Democratic ballot. A Rogers’ victory on May 29 is not only a distraction for those of us working hard to re-elect President Obama, but it also hurts our local, qualified candidates who need a surge in straight-ticket voting during the general election. Everyone, from judicial candidates to state representatives, should be concerned about sharing the Democratic slate with Rogers.
Voters in Congressional District 22 have a choice. KP George is running against Rogers on a platform to work with Pres. Obama on improving the economy, keeping our shores safe and providing health care for all. KP is the only Democrat in this race, and he’s ready to serve.
So, why would Rogers choose to align with LaRouche? I can’t say. Perhaps you should ask her if you ever meet her.
But as Texas Democrats, we must develop protocols to ensure that “Democratic” imposters don’t find their way on our ballot. By doing so, we protect the integrity of the Democratic primary while also ensuring that our voters don’t become fooled by candidates that don’t represent their interests.
In the meantime, we can use this election to send a message to any future LaRouche candidate by convincingly defeating Kesha Rogers on May 29, 2012. Our President would appreciate it.
Steve Brown is the Chairman of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party.
Posted by TBF | Tue May 8, 2012, 07:12 PM (54 replies)
Nice article on Socialist Workers tying Marxism to the present, very easy reading (which is where I commonly struggle with Marx) ... and how resistance requires organization to complete the job of transitioning to a new system. Particularly this week with the May Day activities I heard some conversation re why aren't unions working with Occupy? I think Lenin provides us with the answer here: "The outcome of the revolution depends on whether the working class will play the part of a subsidiary to the bourgeoisie, a subsidiary that is powerful in the force of its onslaught against the autocracy, but impotent politically, or whether it will play the part of leader of the people's revolution." So I think we can take that to mean that we shouldn't be asking why the Unions are not backing Occupy, but instead we should query why Occupy is not organizing the Unions? Correct?
Here's the article -
May 4, 2012
ONE OF the most important arguments of Marxism is that workers have the power to change society.
Columnist: Paul D'Amato (Paul D'Amato Paul D'Amato is managing editor of the International Socialist Review and author of The Meaning of Marxism, a lively and accessible introduction to the ideas of Karl Marx and the tradition he founded. Paul can be contacted at email@example.com.)
Workers produce all the wealth of society, and because of this, they have the ability to strike at the system. As the 18th century British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley asked of English workers: "Wherefore weave with toil and care / The rich robes your tyrants wear?"
The famous American labor song "Solidarity Forever" makes a similar point: "Without our brain and muscle, not a single wheel would turn." Workers have a power, to quote the same song, "greater than their hoarded gold"--the power to organize collectively and strike.
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels put it this way in the Communist Manifesto: "ith the development of industry, the proletariat not only increases in number; it becomes concentrated in greater masses, its strength grows, and it feels that strength more."
The world working class today--those who work in factories, mines, schools, hospitals, offices and so on--is many, many times larger than the working class of Marx's day. And because of increases in productivity, workers have even greater power. After all, the United Auto Workers strike at a single production complex in Flint, Mich., a few years ago shut down practically all of General Motors' North American operations ...
Much more here: http://socialistworker.org/2012/05/04/why-workers-must-lead
Posted by TBF | Fri May 4, 2012, 09:55 AM (0 replies)
Campaign Manager Ms. Cutter says to "share" this so I am - hope you enjoy and it helps when you see inaccuracies on Facebook, etc.
Posted by TBF | Wed May 2, 2012, 01:47 PM (6 replies)