Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How To Recognize Your Class Enemies



How To Recognize Your Class Enemies
by C.A. Matthews


Revolutionaries should all be on the same page as to whom we should be fighting. So, without further ado, we present this short test to enlighten and inform.

Read each of the following scenarios and pick your answer from the four provided. Ready? Begin.

1.     Mr. Moneybags, the mortgage broker, assured you in 2007 that your adjustable rate mortgage was exactly what you and your family needed to  purchase the home of your dreams. By 2009, you were well behind in your payments and by 2010 (after the loss of your job) you and your family found yourselves living on the streets. Mr. Moneybags is--

A.)  Your class enemy   B.)  A capitalist asshole   C.) A misguided nice guy    D.) A tool of the corporate state

While you might like your broker and feel he is C., he is in fact D. and is clearly okay with it. B. also applies to him if that's the case, but the best answer is A. He is your class enemy. Do not trust him or others like him. They don't have your best interests at heart. They serve their corporate masters.

2.   Ms. "I-know-what's-best-for-you" is an insurance salesperson who tells you that private health insurance is much better than single-payer improved Medicare for All, although your private insurance refuses to cover many of your family's medical bills. She insists you don't support any candidates or organizations that tell you otherwise. Ms. I is--

A.)  Misinformed/brain-damaged B.)  In the pockets of Big Insurance   
C.)  Your class enemy  D.) Working on commission

While Ms. I could be A., she is most definitely D. and B. Hence, she is your class enemy or C.
3.    Mr. Windbag ran for office on a platform of tax cuts for the rich and trickle-down economics. "If we give hard-working billionaires a break, they will create new jobs locally," was his slogan. After he's elected in a landslide, dozens of local factories and businesses close their doors and soon schools, hospitals and churches follow suit. Mr. Windbag is--

A.)  A benefactor to the community B.) Lying through his teeth  
C.) On the take from his corporate donors D.) Your class enemy

I hope by now you can tell that Mr. Windbag is B. and C. Whether or not he is A. he is most definitely D., your class enemy. It's all about him and his pocketbook, after all.  Too bad about your town falling apart and losing your job, but you've helped him buy a new yacht. Feel better?

4.    Mrs. DeVos-Wannabe insists that your award-winning public school district would be better served by private educational firms and charter schools. And who needs those nasty teacher unions? Teachers make way too much money! She convinces your town to outlaw them. But within a year of private companies taking over your schools, your kids' neighborhood school is shuttered, and you're faced with a long drive to take your kids to a sub-standard school. You're even thinking of enrolling them into a costly private institution now. Mrs. DeVos-Wannabe is --

A.) A failed kindergarten teacher   B.) Your class enemy   C.) The CEO of an private educational firm that makes money on how many students they have on the books and not on the quality of the education they receive  D.) Utterly and entirely repulsive

By now, you should be able to see past her being D. and realize that she is probably C. and most certainly B. or your class enemy. It's sad if she's A., but that doesn't give her the right to take it out on your children, does it?


5.    Ms. Work-Harder and Mr. Dropdead are the hardest working employees in your office. They work overtime frequently without extra pay and without complaint and come to work as sick as a dog frequently. They are always complimenting the managers and higher ups in a obnoxious, sycophantic manner. They even skip their children's important life events and don't bother to take time off when their grandmother is on her death bed. These two are definitely--

A.)  Self-deluded, wishful thinkers that feel they'll get ahead somehow if they keep this up just a while longer  B.) Terrified of losing their jobs   
 C.)  Work-a-holics  D.) Your class enemies

So many workers fall for A. because of B. Their bosses all love them for being C., but they really have no respect for these workers and secretly enjoy watching them sweat. Ms. Work-Harder and Mr. Dropdead are enemies of the working class since they perpetuate the lie that they'll be acceptable to the upper classes someday through hard work alone and not because they're related to a millionaire, so D. is the best answer.


6.  Rachel Russiagater is a political pundit/news talk show host that spews non-stop rhetoric in support of the status quo. She's all for continued war, for big business making profits, and for whatever her bosses tell her to say. She's not afraid to make up smokescreen stories to distract from what's really happening to us little guys and the rest of the world. Hey, she's making over $30 million a year--what's so bad about telling a white lie on a news show, huh? It's all considered "entertainment" since the Telecommunications Act was passed in the 90s and the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" was dissolved anyway. Rachel Russiagater is--

A.) Your class enemy  B. ) A lying sociopath  C.) No longer a part of the working classes, but a well-paid, card-carrying member of the 1%   D.) All of the above

You know the answer to this one. It's all of the above, or D.  Rachel is your class enemy, and worse of all, she really should know better. The money helps her sleep at night probably.

If you scored 100% on this test, welcome to the revolution! If you scored less than 50%, it's time you turned off the mainstream network news channels, tuned in the independent progressive journalists podcasts and joined your local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. We'll be waiting for you.

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As we speak, the Trump administration and the Senate are trying to divide us. They are using a racist border wall to immorally justify holding hundreds of thousands of federal workers hostage and millions of others are facing the loss of vital services from healthcare to food safety to affordable housing as the shutdown continues. At the same time, they are fueling contempt and cruelty towards migrants at the border and our undocumented neighbors. It is poor and working people on both sides of the border who face the consequences of these extremist policies and divisive tactics. 

There can be no Congressional compromise that includes a dime of funding for a wall and we must stand against any future attempt to institute a state of emergency by the president.
 
We don’t have time to waste. Lives are at stake, and those who are most vulnerable are caught in the crossfire. 


Demand your elected officials reject this border wall compromise, commit to end the government shutdown and stand against the invocation of a state of emergency. Click to call your senator now.

Politicians who are willing to fund the border wall are the same officials threatening to slash food and housing assistance, gut FEMA funding aiding folks in California, restrict access to affordable healthcare and so much more. 

We can defeat this attack on millions of innocent workers, families and poor folks on both sides of the border once and for all by refusing to compromise on a racist border wall. Together, we can protect our democracy by standing against the call for a state of emergency.

Hold our elected leaders accountable and demand they refuse to fund any racist border wall and immediately reopen the government. Click to call your senator now.
 
Fight poverty, not the poor!
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival 

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Win Without War

Trump’s government shutdown is a national crisis. It’s time to mobilize.
Yesterday, paychecks didn’t arrive for hundreds of thousands of federal workers. Sexual assault survivors can’t get lifesaving services, and Native American communities are cut off from critical health care. Safety inspections for everything from produce to water pollution are at a standstill.

Trump is holding our families, our health, and our livelihoods hostage over his racist, dangerous, ego-driven border wall. And Congress is letting him.
The House has already passed a bill that would end this shutdown without funding Trump’s wall — but Mitch McConnell’s Senate is refusing to do the same. We need to raise a ruckus and make sure that every single senator hears that their constituents demand they take back their authority and end this crisis.

Add your name: The Senate must reopen the government, without funding Trump’s wall >>

Make no mistake: there is no national security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
But there is an ever-worsening humanitarian catastrophe driven by Trump and his cabinet of anti-immigrant hardliners.

When Trump yells about "border security," he means firing tear gas and rubber bullets at families seeking refuge. He means caging children — with deadly consequences. He means preventing survivors of poverty, conflict, climate catastrophes, sexual violence, and persecution — catastrophes that decades of disastrous U.S. foreign policies in Central America have repeatedly helped to foster — to achieve their right to safety and justice.

Enough is enough.
We say NO to deadly borders-turned-battlefields.
We say NO to Trump’s authoritarian power grab.
Tell the Senate: No wall. No shutdown. Open the government, now.

Thank you for working for peace,
Mariam, Stephen, Michelle, and the Win Without War team

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 From the AFL-CIO:

Teachers in Los Angeles are taking to the streets to strike on Monday. These educators are fighting for every child in the city to have a safe and welcoming place for learning, and they’re fighting against the austerity measures for public schools that the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District continues to promote, despite nearly $2 billion in reserves. 

Sign the petition and tell the LAUSD superintendent that students and teachers deserve better

Throughout the last year of bargaining with the district, members of United Teachers Los Angeles have fought to create a better future for our students. Yet the Los Angeles Unified School District has refused to bargain issues that would give our schools a fighting chance. 

Urge LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner to meet the demands of teachers, parents and students in Los Angeles

Enough is enough. LA students and educators deserve better.
In Solidarity,
Christian
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Christian Sweeney
Deputy Director of Economic Power & Growth, AFL-CIO 


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From 198 Methods:

Shutdown wheeler, not the epa

This Wednesday, the Senate is set to consider Andrew Wheeler, Trump's climate denying, fossil fuel loving nominee to replace Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA.1

Wheeler, you might remember, has spent most of his life as a lobbyist for the coal industry, most recently for infamous coal-baron Bob Murray. And in the few months he's been "acting" EPA administrator, he's stopped at nothing to put fossil fuel profits ahead of public health and the health of the planet.

While he hasn't committed the kind of outrageous, headline-grabbing scandals Pruitt was known for, Wheeler is an even bigger danger because every time he's given a chance, Wheeler puts corporate polluter profits ahead of the health of our people, communities and planet.2

The pattern is clear - every time he's given a chance, Wheeler puts corporate polluter profits ahead of the health of our people, communities and planet. Sign here to tell the Senate that they MUST reject Andrew Wheeler's nomination to be permanent EPA Administrator.
Shutdown Wheeler, not the EPA
To add insult to injury, Wheeler's nomination is being considered in the middle of the longest government shutdown in history - which has left some 800,000 government employees, including most of the EPA, furloughed, or forced to work without pay.3 EPA staff who are supposed to be out cleaning up toxic pollution, or monitoring for air pollution right now are stuck home, unpaid and forbidden to look for work.4 And efforts to recover from recent climate-fueled fires and storms in California, Puerto Rico, or Florida is on hold thanks to Trump’s racist, stupid shutdown.5

For the Senate to even consider Wheeler's nomination during the shutdown is outrageous. Sign here to tell them.

The good news is, we might actually be able to block Wheeler's confirmation during the shutdown. The Trump team is under fire for prioritizing corporate profits over the public good right now - like how the Interior Department is forcing staff to work overtime to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, even as they fail to pay park rangers to protect rare, endangered Joshua Trees in our national parks.6

Sign now, and we'll deliver your message to Senators on the relevant committee this week. Give us your cell phone number when you do, and we'll text you updates from his committee hearing, and use our new tools to patch you directly through to the right Senators before they vote.
PS – Looking for the footnotes? There were too many to fit in an email. But they're all in the blog post - it's a great way to look at all the work we've done together over the last year too.

1 - https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/09/trump-nominates-andrew-wheeler-epa-1092233
2 - https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/26/us/politics/donald-trump-environmental-regulation.html
3 - https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/01/08/us/politics/government-shutdown-calendar.html
4 - http://www.tribtown.com/2019/01/11/us-government-shutdown-superfund-sites/
5 - https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/01/10/hundreds-fema-contractors-ordered-halt-work-government-shutdown-drags/
6 - https://www.npr.org/2019/01/11/684346455/efforts-to-expand-drilling-in-artic-interior-press-ahead-during-shutdown
 - https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/11/travesty-this-nation-people-are-destroying-joshua-trees-joshua-tree-national-park/


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Rich Must Have Nowhere To Hide


The Rich Must Have Nowhere To Hide
by Coast Watcher

The Sixties saw a number of real advances in social programs in the United States. From voting reform to the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid, the US government under Kennedy, and later Johnson, actually took notice of the preamble to the Constitution, “To promote the general welfare.”

After those heady days of peace and love came the backlash from the Right--although backlash is probably too violent a term for something that returned by stealth. Capitalistic politicians colluding with and funded by Big Business began to roll back the reforms wherever they could, allowing laws and regulations that protected ordinary citizens to lapse quietly. It paved the way for the ruthless exploitation of the ordinary people we see today.

There’s a school of thought which holds that the American so-called "Left" took its foot off the pedal once the reforms were achieved, that they coasted through the Seventies and into the Eighties thinking the work was done instead of ruthlessly eradicating the last vestiges of capitalism from the United States. It begs the argument that perhaps the "Left" in the guise of the Democratic Party never really was interested in supporting the working classes over the capitalist wealth hoarders in the first place. 


Bill Clinton's "Third Way" Democratic Party has become the norm in the twenty-first century, and any progressive members left in its ranks have been pushed aside or completely out. One only has to look at the 2016  primary season and how the rigged elections kept Bernie Sanders from taking the Democratic nomination to see how well a progressive candidate is allowed to do when the corporate-owned leaders of the party get their way.

The fascist and petulant president currently in the White House refuses to sign off the budget unless he gets his border wall and threatens to maintain the shut down for months or years if necessary. Federal workers are on unpaid furlough, many are working without pay, and a great number of workers are suffering. One federal worker stated he is unable to buy vital insulin to treat his diabetes. There are many more like him in government service. How many more will suffer or die from this unnecessary furlough?
 

National parks are seeing dramatic upswings in the amount of litter and dangerous refuse such as sewage because the workers aren’t there to clear it away. Aside from the shut down, numerous bills and laws attacking the people the politicians purport to serve are going through Congress, often aided and abetted by the Democrats. Let’s not forget how Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, the darlings of the Democratic Party, voted for the bloated military budget. 

There’s also a move to make criticism of Israel a crime—-a clear assault on the First Amendment. Ending Palestinian genocide obviously isn't as important as supporting the Israeli war machine and the worldwide Military Industrial Complex.
The need to eradicate capitalism is more urgent than ever. It’s time to apply that ruthlessness we admire in others, and the people of France have shown the way. French President Emmanuel Macron tried to crack down on the protests by arresting Eric Drouet, one of the Gilets Jaune (Yellow Vests) movement’s leaders. The move was declared a "very bad signal" by Kamel Amriou, another of the movement’s leaders, who went on to declare Drouet’s arrest as "disproportionate." He stated, "It shows that we are in a repressive era that is damaging to our democracy." 

Leader of the opposition party La France Insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, tweeted that the arrest of Mr. Drouet was an "abuse of power." Macron is facing such a backlash over his rich-friendly policies it’s questionable whether he’ll retain power for much longer. It’s even possible France will undergo another revolution.


From January 5, 2019:



You’d have to look hard at the American mainstream media, though, to see if anything’s happening other than what the establishment wants us to know. They’d have us believe the Gilet Jaune movement is dying down, when all accounts on social media show it’s gaining strength in France and spreading to  other countries across Europe. Yellow Vests have appeared on the streets of Belgium, Holland, England, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden and Poland.
 

Yellow Vests have been spotted in Canada as well and have appeared on American streets in several cities--including Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s an indicator that the working people of the world are beginning to rise against the unbridled capitalism that has infected our lives for too long.

Let's ensure that this time the rich will have nowhere in the world they can hide. Vive le révolution!



Related articles and videos:


https://popularresistance.org/yellow-vest-movement-in-us/

https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Gilets-jaunes-leader-Eric-Drouet-arrested-as-protesters-face-fines-for-assembling-at-roundabouts


https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/54320-super-rich-trump-says-he-can-relate-to-federal-workers-who-cant-pay-bills-due-to-his-shutdown

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1062382/portugal-protest-yellow-vest-france-macron-paris-riot

https://youtu.be/KsY1uEMudFc 

https://youtu.be/GQuU5Lf3idc

Stay informed about what's happening in France: https://www.instagram.com/giletjaune2018/

BIO: Coast Watcher sees the signs of revolution in the air... How long will it be until the capitalist exploiters are upended and true democracy is born? That's the burning question of the day--and it's up to We the People to answer it!




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The government shutdown is threatening the livelihoods of 800,000 federal workers as well as the millions of our nation’s poor people of all races, ages and geographies who rely on federal services to get by. This includes millions of children, elderly folks, indigenous, white, Black, Asian and Latinx communities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and communities of faith and conscience. 

While our federal government remains in a state of inaction, we’re organizing to build power among those 140 million poor and impacted people across 40 states where thousands are organizing hearings, canvassing and returning to their state capitols to deliver the demands of this Campaign. 

We are not going to Capitol Hill on January 7, but in January and February, we are going to our state capitols. Join us and take action by attending a hearing, rally or demand delivery in your state. 
 
To see the times and locations for these events as well as others that may be happening near you, check out our events page. 
 
This shutdown is a distraction from the concerns of millions of people around stable jobs, health care, housing, water, the fact that it’s been more than 2,000 days since the Voting Rights Act was gutted and so much more. We refuse to be distracted. 

We are mobilizing thousands of people everywhere from Virginia to Tennessee to California to demand that millions of poor people be prioritized in the political agenda. 

Fight back against the policy violence affecting our communities. Find an event near you and sign up now >> 
 
Forward together, not one step back,
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
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Your voice is needed to save the Arctic.

Help us stop Line 3!Tell SAExploration: Stay out of the Arctic Refuge!
Not only do Arctic peoples and wildlife need to brave an uncertain future as the region warms and sea ice recedes, but now Trump is giving oil companies a free reign to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

This incredibly reckless decision means that a company called SAExploration (SAE) and its 90,000-pound “thumper trucks” have been green-lighted to seek out and test for oil in one of the world’s most important and untouched ecosystems. Polar bears, caribou herds, and the tundra itself could be devastated. The food sources and health of the Gwich'in people could be compromised.

Tell SAExploration: Stay out of the Arctic Refuge!

I want to be clear: this beautiful landscape cannot withstand SAE’s testing or Trump’s decision to drill especially as climate change is already drastically changing the area.

SAE’s giant trucks will send shock waves deep into the tundra threatening the Refuge’s delicate ecosystem.

If we can stop SAE’s destructive footprints in its search for oil, I know we can stop the drilling that would follow and even greater destruction.

Your voice is needed to save the Arctic. Add your name to stop SAExploration now.

The latest reports on carbon emissions and climate impacts are increasingly grim, but breaking through the gloom is our collective power. That’s why we’ve teamed up with organizations across the United States. Our coalition needs 100,000 voices like yours to speak out for the Arctic.

Stand up for Alaska’s Arctic Refuge now.

Together, I know we can defeat Big Oil, protect the Arctic, and take climate action,

Janet Redman
Climate Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA
P.S. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to keep the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground. We only have 10 years to do it to avoid complete climate catastrophe. That means moving away from coal, oil, and natural gas, and keeping drilling out of places like Alaska’s Arctic Wildlife Refuge. I will say it again -- the path to a sustainable future for people, wildlife, and the climate does not include fossil fuels. Help protect the Arctic and the climate now by stopping SAExploration from doing any seismic tests for oil.
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From Lee Camp:
It's the end of the year, and I thought I'd put together a year-end giving list. I have no connection to these organizations - I just think they're doing good work and could use your help. There are also many orgs that I'm forgetting about or don't know about. So this is a completely inadequate list. Just know that going in. =)

One Tree Planted - Fighting to help stem climate change and reforest the world Veterans For Peace - Veterans fighting for justice and a peaceful tomorrow Food & Water Watch - Fighting in courts to protect our food and water Wikileaks legal fund - Fighting to save true journalism Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women - self explanatory Innocence Project - Fighting to free innocent people in prison Project Censored - Fighting to reveal the most censored stories Mutual Aid Disaster Relief - Fighting to bring aid to disaster victims
 

And lastly...

If you have an extra $3.90 after your giving, grab my new comedy special. Ten percent of all sales go to Veterans For Peace and Food & Water Watch. You can also gift the comedy special to friends - which will help wake them up and help great organizations at the same time.
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Keep Fighting,
Lee