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TIDBITS - MAY 21, 2020 - READER COMMENTS: READER COMMENTS: BIDEN-
SANDERS JOINT POLICY TASK FORCES; VOTER SUPPRESSION; COVID-19 VICTIMS;
PRISON LABOR AS SCABS; SOMALIA; CUBA; SUPPORT POSTAL WORKERS, RETAIL
AND FOOD WORKERS IN UNITE HERE; MORE...  
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_ Reader Comments: Biden-Sanders Joint Policy Task Forces; Voter
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Tidbits - Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements, Shorts, AND
cartoons - May 21, 2020, xxxxxx

 

Re: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are Building New, Policy-Focused Task
Forces (Ray Markey; Elizabeth Taylor Bjerke; Shel Horowitz; Robert
Politzer; Susan Malool)
Re: We Need a Whole New Plan for Black Voters in the South (Robin
Jones)
Re: Civil Rights Groups Vow to Fight Back as GOP Builds Massive Voter
Suppression Machine for 2020 Election (Judy Atkins; Hollis Stewart)
Snake Oil Salesman  --  cartoon by Rob Rogers
Re: What Happens If Trump and Biden Both Claim Victory? Legal Scholars
Fret Over Plausible Scenarios (James H. Williams; James Andy Anderson)
Re: The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was
Dying (Leonard Rubinstein; Merrill Barton; Hector Burgos)
Re: Not Simply a `Natural Disaster' (Zvi Baranoff)
One Step At a Time  --  cartoon by Michael de Adder
Re: Clarence Thomas Wants to Shrink Your Free Speech Rights - Unless
You Are a Rich Donor (David Baker)
Re: Prison Labor Replaces Striking Garbage Workers in New Orleans
(Judith Halprin)
Re: Spare CUNY, and Save the Education our Heroes Deserve (Eleanor
Roosevelt)
Re: 'Massive Giveaway to Health Insurance CEOs': Democratic COBRA Plan
Denounced as Costly Taxpayer Gift to For-Profit Industry (Western
Mass. Medicare for All)
South Dakota Gob. Noem's War with the Lakota Nation  --  cartoon by
Lalo Alcaraz
Re: Sanctions in the Era of Pandemic (Dan Callahan)
Re: The Ever War on Terror: What on Earth Is the U.S. Doing Bombing
Somalia? (Wayne Gravelle)
Re: Sexual Rights and Emancipation in Cuba (Otis Cunningham)
Re: A Vegan Meat Company Purged Its Pro-Union Employees. Workers Say
an Anti-Union Drive Prompted The Firings (Barry Gardener; Eleanor)
Re: A Mon Valley Memoir (Leanna Noble)
Re: Black Folk Musicians Created the Soundtrack for a Movement-And
Helped Bob Dylan Find His Sound (John Woodford)
Re: The Legacy of Clinton Jencks (Mike Glick)

RESOURCES  --  TAKE ACTION:

3 more days to take 50% Off Haymarket Books!
It's On: How To File an Absentee Ballot Now That There'll Be a Prez
Primary in New York (The Indypendent)
These Social Distancing Posters Are the Best Thing the Trump
Administration Has Done for Parks (Jody Serrano - Gizmodo)
Tell Congress: During This Pandemic, Support Our Public Postal Service
(APWU)
Please support UNITE HERE
International Campaign for Kurdish Musician Jailed in Turkey - Free
Nûdem Durak

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

GLOBAL TEACH-IN May 26: Democratize the Crisis #democratizethecrisis
The Truth: Lost at Sea. Film screening & panel discussion. - May 23
(Freedom Flotilla Coalition and CANADIAN Boat to Gaza)
Virtual #NoWar2020 is next week - May 28-29-30 (World Beyond War)
Celebrating Juneteenth! An Abolitionist Take on Black Liberation
Movements - June 13 (Critical Resistance)

 

RE: JOE BIDEN AND BERNIE SANDERS ARE BUILDING NEW, POLICY-FOCUSED TASK
FORCES
 

A major step forward.

Ray Markey

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Well, well, well . . .

Elizabeth Taylor Bjerke
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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Exactly the sort of team building we need to win in November and
govern in 2021 and beyond. I'm impressed with many of Biden's picks,
although on climate change, he went for the centrists.

Shel Horowitz
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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And AOC is the Co-Chair of the Climate Committee. Way to go Joe and
Bernie!

Robert Politzer
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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I am a very progressive Bernie Sanders supporter. It was exceedingly
disappointing when Bernie lost the campaign to Biden. However, due to
the rival candidate in the Republican party, I realize that there's no
choice. I am supporting Biden with so many reservations. I disagree
with almost all of his policies, and I find it very difficult. However
, as long as I've been voting I've been disappointed with candidates.
Now I see that there will be a mix of people in task forces. This
could be interesting, and it may bring some real change. My problem
with the whole idea is that no where did I see a task force for the
issue of foreign policy. I'm very concerned about the never ending
wars that our political leaders seem to agree to continue. There is so
much of our yearly budget spent on weapons, armaments and wars. This
policy is one reason we are handicapped in all other policies. There's
not enough in the budget for health care for everyone, education is
underfunded, infrastructure is appalling. Why are they ignoring this?!
Please email me and explain. Thank you.

Susan Malool

 

RE: WE NEED A WHOLE NEW PLAN FOR BLACK VOTERS IN THE SOUTH
 

"Will our (Black women) votes even be counted?" This is a legitimate
question in lieu of the last presidential election. What percentage of
our (Black women) votes are considered in the Electoral College.

Robin Jones
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS VOW TO FIGHT BACK AS GOP BUILDS MASSIVE VOTER
SUPPRESSION MACHINE FOR 2020 ELECTION
 

Voter suppression is a very real thing.

Judy Atkins
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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Fighting Back is the only way -- voter suppression is the tactic that
has been used all the way back to colonial times to keep slavery, deny
women rights, exclude Asians and others. Voter suppression is the
manner for capitalism, which both Malcom X and MLK severely
criticized.

Hollis Stewart
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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SNAKE OIL SALESMAN  --  CARTOON BY ROB ROGERS
 

Rob Rogers
May 21, 2020
robrogers.com [[link removed]]

 

RE: WHAT HAPPENS IF TRUMP AND BIDEN BOTH CLAIM VICTORY? LEGAL SCHOLARS
FRET OVER PLAUSIBLE SCENARIOS
 

Now, the nightmares start.

Here is why Biden must win by a landslide. Trump must be so soundly
repudiated that he has no recourse.

James H. Williams
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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That's why Trump's defeat has to be by a landslide. Give any excuse to
intervene, the right wing controlled Supreme Court will award the
election to Trump.

James Andy Anderson
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: THE CORONAVIRUS WAS AN EMERGENCY UNTIL TRUMP FOUND OUT WHO WAS
DYING
 

As I commented to a friend, it's a mistake to consider Trump to be a
human being. She said he's more reptilian, as being cold blooded is
quite appropriate. As having any empathy or human feeling is quite
foreign to him. Attacking him and pointing our the truth does no good
as he isn't bright enough to understand much of anything. As to Trump
caring about who is dying, he doesn't seem to care about anyone or
anything but himself. Keep up the good work, but you can't reason with
someone who is totally unreasonable.

Leonard Rubinstein

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long read. lots to ponder

Merrill Barton
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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The Shameful reality of two America's. One for those of privilege -
White America, and another for people of color shamefully
discriminated by people sworn to defend the constitution that protects
all Americans. Shamefully supported be a President and justice
department led by a man William Barr who believe people of color are
not equal to whites. That thinking has led two killings of Unarmed
Black men, voting rights violations, schools populated by kids of
color to be shamefully deprived of equal funds for their academic
needs, Catholic mums that protest for the discrimination suffered by
kids at your Borders are arrested, yet thugs with AR15, and other
weapons of war are praise as good people by the President for clearly
violating the rights of the Michigan legislature.

How can you continue to call yourselves the greatest country in the
world when millions of your citizens are afforded their inalienable
rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the 10
amendments added to your original constitution.

Hector Burgos
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: NOT SIMPLY A `NATURAL DISASTER'

(posting on xxxxxx Labor
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"The coronavirus pandemic is not simply a 'natural disaster.' How many
people and which particular people will fall ill or die depends not
just of the characteristics of the infection but also on the policies
and institutions of the society."

Zvi Baranoff
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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ONE STEP AT A TIME  --  CARTOON BY MICHAEL DE ADDER
 

Michael de Adder
May 18, 2020
Toronto Star
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RE: CLARENCE THOMAS WANTS TO SHRINK YOUR FREE SPEECH RIGHTS - UNLESS
YOU ARE A RICH DONOR
 

This man is unbelievable , not only is he a traitor to his race but
he's also a traitor to the ideals that many have died defending.

David Baker
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: PRISON LABOR REPLACES STRIKING GARBAGE WORKERS IN NEW ORLEANS

(posting on xxxxxx Labor
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slavery never really went away, it just waits for help from the
government it declared war on. - and now they have all the support for
it they could want - the Trump/McConnell cabal is working to force
workers to return to disease ridden profitable workhouses under pain
of starvation (cut off of unemployment compensation) while immunizing
owners from suits for deadly workplace sites and policies.

Judith Halprin
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: SPARE CUNY, AND SAVE THE EDUCATION OUR HEROES DESERVE
 

You could attend Brooklyn College in 1936 without paying a cent of
tuition if your grades qualified and you were a local resident.
*That's* what we need to get back to.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: 'MASSIVE GIVEAWAY TO HEALTH INSURANCE CEOS': DEMOCRATIC COBRA PLAN
DENOUNCED AS COSTLY TAXPAYER GIFT TO FOR-PROFIT INDUSTRY
 

The new COVID House bill is all about messaging, and the message on
health care is a love song to the private insurance industry.

"For weeks, progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups pressed the
House Democratic leadership to support an emergency expansion of
Medicare coverage to the tens of millions of people who have lost
their jobs and their employer-provided health insurance during the
coronavirus pandemic.

But in their newly introduced 1,815-page coronavirus relief bill,
House Democrats opted instead for a more expensive alternative that
progressives and public health experts warn would provide inadequate
care while lining the pockets of the insurance industry, which is
already making a killing during the Covid-19 crisis."

Western Mass. Medicare for All
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Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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SOUTH DAKOTA GOB. NOEM'S WAR WITH THE LAKOTA NATION  --  CARTOON BY
LALO ALCARAZ
 

Lalo Alcaraz
May 13, 2020
The Daily Cartoonist
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RE: SANCTIONS IN THE ERA OF PANDEMIC
 

Make your ratings great again, Sir.!!I

Lie, deny, muddle and hide..We are with you.

I love a good fear mongering snake oil salesman, sir.

Dan Callahan
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: THE EVER WAR ON TERROR: WHAT ON EARTH IS THE U.S. DOING BOMBING
SOMALIA?
 

America a major terrorist power usually over someone else's wealth
(oil) in particular or opting out of economy based on the American
dollar.

Wayne Gravelle
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: SEXUAL RIGHTS AND EMANCIPATION IN CUBA
 

Interesting the level of detail on this question but not race ?

In solidarity

Otis Cunningham

 

RE: A VEGAN MEAT COMPANY PURGED ITS PRO-UNION EMPLOYEES. WORKERS SAY
AN ANTI-UNION DRIVE PROMPTED THE FIRINGS.

(posting on xxxxxx Labor
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I don't think vegans are the problem here so much as people using
veganism to exploit the working class for profit. I know a lot of good
plant eaters and they are nothing like the horrible people running
this company.

Barry Gardener
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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There is no such thing as "leftist capitalism."

Eleanor
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: A MON VALLEY MEMOIR
 

Important lessons to be learned from national movement to organize
PROGRESSIVE analysis & mobilization of union-community around intl
economy and USA de-industrialization! Check out Mike's history as well
as Monthly Review book by Intan Suwandi "Value Chains".

Leanna Noble
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: BLACK FOLK MUSICIANS CREATED THE SOUNDTRACK FOR A MOVEMENT-AND
HELPED BOB DYLAN FIND HIS SOUND
 

Why make Bob Dylan the sounding board for this article? First of all,
the writer omits the broad range of Black singers who inspired Dylan,
some of whom were "folkies" like Odetta but most of whom were not.

Secondly, the great singers listed here don't depend on any
far-fetched link with Dylan to establish their bona fides.

Dylan is nothing more than red herring in this piece!

John Woodford

 

RE: THE LEGACY OF CLINTON JENCKS
 

Excellent story of an important piece of our history.

Mike Glick
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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IT'S ON: HOW TO FILE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT NOW THAT THERE'LL BE A PREZ
PRIMARY IN NEW YORK
 

May 20, 2020
The Indypendent
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Bernie Sanders.Photo: Gage Skidmore.
A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling reinstating
the presidential primaries in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and
Attorney General Letitia James, sought to block the vote from
happening. Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, will be on
ballots on June 23, of course, but so will Andrew Yang and Sen. Bernie
Sanders (I-Vt.).

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Cuomo planned to cancel the
presidential primaries. However, local and Congressional primaries,
set to take place over much of the state, were given the go-ahead. New
York voters would have still cast ballots, they just wouldn't be able
to fill out the top of the ballot line. 

"The argument that it's because of the pandemic doesn't really seem to
fly," said Jeff Kurzon, an attorney representing Yang. "I believe it
has something to do with politics." 

The Attorney General's office said it would not appeal to the Supreme
Court. Gov. Cuomo, who has endorsed Biden, sought to distance himself
from the attempt to suppress the vote, stating through a spokesperson
that it was the Board of Elections' decision to cancel the primary.
All four members of the panel are appointed by the governor.

Medical officials are urging all who can vote absentee to do so. Hard
copy applications are currently being mailed out across the state to
registered voters who have signed up to receive them but you can also
fill it out online [[link removed]] or by phone
(1-866-VOTE-NYC/1-866-868-3692). The deadline is June 16. You can also
fill out and submit an application in-person at a Board of Elections
office by June 22 and receive a ballot.  

In addition, to the presidential contest, there is a slew of
down-ballot races underway. Queens-Bronx Congresswoman Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez and North Brooklyn state Sen. Salazar are facing primary
challengers. The two incumbent freshmen lawmakers initially ran for
office, in part, because of the popularity Sanders and his democratic
socialist ideas achieved during his 2016 presidential bid. And both
have proven effective champions of their working-class constituents. 

They’re backed by the Democratic Socialists of America as are five
additional candidates
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and federal positions this year:

* Samelys López, Congressional District 15 (The Bronx)
* Jabari Brisport, State Senate District 25 (Brooklyn)
* Zohran Kwame Mamdani, State Assembly District 36 (Queens)
* Marcela Mitaynes, State Assembly District 51 (Brooklyn)
* Phara Souffaunt State Assembly District 57 (Brooklyn)

 

THESE SOCIAL DISTANCING POSTERS ARE THE BEST THING THE TRUMP
ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE FOR PARKS
 

By Jody Serrano
May 17, 2020
Gizmodo
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As we all know, the Trump administration isn’t
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happened to parks in this country. Some might say even that’s an
understatement. Nonetheless, even it can manage to do some good
things for parks every now and then. We’re talking about the
marvelous new social distancing posters
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rolled out by the National Park Service (NPS).

The posters have an important mission: promote social distancing in
parks during the covid-19 pandemic, reduce the spread of disease in
parks, and promote virtual opportunities and experiences at
parks. To be fair, the posters have been around for a few weeks now,
but these gems clearly haven’t received the attention they deserve.

Apart from being very pretty and colorful, the NPS posters are full of
good advice for people looking to visit parks. For instance,
they remind people
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“recreate responsibly” and stay six feet away from each
other. This means that people must be prepared to cover their noses
and mouths if they’re near others. They also remind park visitors
to know their limits during these times and to postpone challenging
hikes or new activities while first responders, parks and communities
continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.

Some of the advice on the posters is also pretty funny. My personal
favorite is the advice on the NPS’ “Social Distancing Practices
Chart,”
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kindly reminds people to please not “use slower friends as bear
bait.” I must admit though, the icon used for that phrase is quite
vicious.

 

TELL CONGRESS: DURING THIS PANDEMIC, SUPPORT OUR PUBLIC POSTAL SERVICE
 

Postal workers are keeping our country moving and US economy working
for us during this time of crisis - getting prescriptions delivered to
people sheltering in place, making e-commerce possible and keeping
families connected. It is the emergency distribution system when our
country is in crisis.

But at this unprecedented time, that work is under threat. The
Coronavirus shutdown is plummeting postal revenues while increasing
costs. THE POSTAL SERVICE COULD RUN OUT OF MONEY BY THE END OF THE
SUMMER AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS TRYING TO LEVERAGE THE CRISIS
TO SACRIFICE OUR PUBLIC POSTAL SERVICE AT THE ALTAR OF PRIVATE PROFIT.

The loss of the USPS would shatter our response to the Coronavirus
pandemic, hit already weakened businesses, and ravage
communities. OUR PUBLIC POSTAL SERVICE NEEDS ALL AMERICAN LEADERS -
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE - TO PROVIDE URGENT AND ONGOING
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DURING THIS PUBLIC
HEALTH AND ECONOMIC CRISIS.

ADD YOUR NAME
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 EMAIL YOUR CONGRESS MEMBERS NOW.

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PLEASE SUPPORT UNITE HERE
 

Before COVID-19, UNITE HERE was the fastest growing private sector
union in the nation. Today, as a result of the pandemic, 98% of its
300,000 members are unemployed and face an uncertain future. No other
union is experiencing this level of displacement. As the coronavirus
decimates the hospitality, food service, and gaming industries,
workers around the country are struggling to survive while hotel
owners and investors are reaping relief benefits. ( read the full
Forbes article
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UNITE HERE knows how to fight when the odds are against them, and the
union is already rising to this challenge. But they need our help to
emerge stronger than ever.

Please donate to the UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund
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to support hospitality workers hardest hit by the sudden loss of
income. Contributions will be directed to: Paying for food, rent, and
utilities; maintaining family health insurance; and supplementing
income to those most in need.

UNITE HERE has raised wage and benefit standards for union and
non-union workers across the hospitality sector. Its largest local,
the Culinary Union Local 226 in Las Vegas, developed innovative
programs of labor management cooperation in recruitment, training, and
health care that are models for the nation. Their rank and file
leaders play a critical role in election campaigns and have led fights
to reign in health care and drug prices in states across the country.

And it is a leading union in the fight for immigrant worker rights,
from the 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride to the ongoing battle to
protect workers with DACA and Temporary Protected Status from
deportation.

Our solidarity now will help the labor movement come out of this
pandemic stronger and ready to face the challenges of the future.
Please consider donating to the UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund
[[link removed]].

Sincerely,

* Bill Shields, Chair, Labor and Community Studies, City College of
San Francisco, Past Board Member, United Association for Labor
Education, Member, Labor and Working Class History Association
* Ruben J. Garcia, Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Workplace
Law Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law
* Ken Jacobs, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education,
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
* Rick Hurd, Professor Emeritus of Labor Studies, Cornell University
* Kent Wong,  Director of UCLA Labor Center 
* Julie Farb , Director of Growth Strategies, AFL-CIO
* Patricia Campos-Medina Co-Director New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell
Union Leadership Institute The Worker Institute at Cornell University,
ILR School
* Joshua B. Freeman, Distinguished Professor of History, Queens
College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
* Anneta Argyres, Labor Extension Director, UMass Boston
* Steve Striffler, Director, Labor Resource Center, UMass Boston
* Gordon Lafer, Professor Labor Education and Research Center,
University of Oregon
* Rebecca Kolins Givan, Associate Professor, School of Management
and Labor Relations, Rutgers University Labor Education Center
* Stephanie Luce, Professor, School of Labor and Urban Studies/CUNY
* Elizabeth Pellerito, Director, Labor Education Program University
of Massachusetts Lowell
* Eve Weinbaum, Associate professor at the Labor Center, University
of Massachusetts, Amherst
* Erik Gellman, Associate Professor of History, UNC
* Jessica Wilkerson, PhD, Professor of History and Southern Studies
at the University of Mississippi
* Ruth Needleman, Professor Emeritus Labor Studies at Indiana
University
* Erin Johansson, Research Director, Jobs With Justice
* Marilyn Sneiderman, Executive Director, Center for Innovation in
Worker Organization at Rutgers University School of Management and
Labor Relations
* Janice Fine, Associate Professor , Research and Strategy Director
at the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO) at the
School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University
* Clare Hammonds, Professor of Practice, UMass Amherst Labor Center
* Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology and Labor Studies, CUNY
* Cathy Feingold, Director of the International Department AFL- CIO
* Helena Worthen, Professor Emerita, Labor Education Program, School
of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois, Member,
UALE
* Joe T. Berry, Ph.D., Retired, City College of San Francisco and U
of Illinois, Labor Studies and Labor Education, UALE member.

 
P.S.  Want more evidence of Unite Here's fighting spirit?  Check out
this short video from President D. Taylor.

 

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR KURDISH MUSICIAN JAILED IN TURKEY
 

An international campaign has been launched to demand the release of
the Kurdish musician Nûdem Durak, who has been imprisoned in Turkey
since 2015.

Kurdish musician Nûdem Durak was arrested in Turkey in 2015 and
sentenced to 19 years imprisonment. Her only crime was to sing songs
in Kurdish, her native language. The now 32-year-old musician is
jailed in Bayburt Prison.

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Watch here [[link removed]]

In order to ensure Durak's release, an international campaign has been
launched in France, involving artists and intellectuals from England,
the US, Sweden, Senegal, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Guadeloupe and
other countries.

According to the organizers, internationally known personalities such
as Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Ken Loach, David Graeber, Peter Gabriel
and Roger Waters are demanding the release of Nûdem Durak. In a
message of solidarity, the French-Brazilian eco-socialist philosopher
Michael Löwy writes: "Her songs are part of the tradition of the
oppressed and the Kurdish tradition preserved over centuries. For
those who still believe in peace, freedom and human dignity, the
imprisonment of Nûdem Durak is an unbearable insult. Therefore, an
outcry must be raised throughout the world, in Paris, New York, Rio,
Santiago, Berlin."

French poet Delphine Durand has written a poem for Nûdem Durak.
Durand, who has written poems for Kurdish politician Hevrîn Xelef,
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was murdered last October in northern Syria by Islamist proxies backed
by Turkey, and for the political prisoners in Amed (Diyarbakir), also
calls for solidarity with female prisoners in various places around
the world.

Chilean author and filmmaker Carmen Castillo, who has lived in France
since 1976, writes in a message: "You sing songs, Nûdem, in Kurdish.
That is a language I do not understand. Nevertheless, for the last few
days I have been experiencing each song as a holistic experience. It's
about our freedom. No government, no wall, no guardian can stop this
miracle: Your voice makes the distance disappear."

The campaign is being run under the title "Free Nûdem Durak" on
various social networks and can be reached through the links below:

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• Facebook @nudemdurak
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• Twitter @NudemDurak
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• Instagram @freenudemdurak
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GLOBAL TEACH-IN MAY 26: DEMOCRATIZE THE CRISIS #DEMOCRATIZETHECRISIS
 

TUESDAY, MAY 26 -- Global Teach-In 2020: Democratize the Crisis.  .
 The global coronavirus pandemic, leading to about 300,000 deaths,
with more than 4 million, has led to a global political mobilization.
The event combines seminars and a global town meeting to identify
problems and propose solutions for strengthening democratic
institutions. The health, economic, political and informational
challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic will be examined.

THIS GLOBALLY BROADCAST EVENT INVOLVES MULTIPLE COUNTRIES AND
LOCATIONS. IT TAKES PLACE IN THREE PARTS:

PART I: A Global Broadcast with various panels of speakers (for a
global audience);

PART II: Local (Virtual) Meetings (involving persons in your region or
country);

PART III: Reports from Local Meetings (a representative from each
member of the global network reports to the Global Broadcast).

HOW TO JOIN THE GLOBAL TEACH-IN?

MAY 26, 2020

7:00 Los Angeles and San Francisco; 9:00 Madison, Wisconsin; 10:00 Ann
Arbor; Boston; La Paz; and New York City; 14:00 Accra, Ghana; 15:00
Bamenda; Lagos; 16:00 Copenhagen, Cologne, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Rome,
Stockholm; 17:00 Tampere; 19:00 Islamabad; 19:30 New Delhi.

TUNE IN ON FACEBOOK HERE: [link removed]
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WHO IS THE GLOBAL TEACH-IN?

The global teach-in on May 26, 2020 involves various speakers
including David Graeber, Hillary Wainwright, and Dario Padovan. But
more importantly, the Global Teach-In is you! You get to participate
and shape the discussion in local/regional workshops and listening
groups (where these are organized) and in thematic or language-grouped
thematic workshops that follow in this 3 hour+ event. The audience
becomes the participant to balance the one-way communication flow of
the expert. The critical public tests, adapts and reconfigures idea of
experts. We link the best of vertical information flow and horizontal
applicability and accountability. To participate in the over 25
organizing groups, find your local contact
here: [link removed]
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for future events, contact us on Facebook
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WHO IS ENDORSING THIS EVENT?

The Global Teach-In 2020: Democratizing the Crisis is endorsed
by: Commons.fi [[link removed]] (Finland), Demokratisk
Omställning (Sweden), Goliathwatch
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International Social and Economic Reconstruction
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Development and Territory Management, University of Turin
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WHERE IS THE GLOBAL TEACH-IN?

We are in locations in countries throughout the globe
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on Facebook [[link removed]]. See the links
for more information. You can participate in a local, national or
transatlantic meeting in the languages of participating regions, e.g.
English, German, Swedish, Italian. The Global broadcast will be in
English, however.

WHAT IS THE TEACH-IN AGENDA?

The immediate goal is to advance: a) knowledge and resource sharing
among organizers and local communities; b) advancement of short-term
solutions; c) promotion of long-term structural reform; d) creating
organizing bridges through reconstructive institutions, e) testing of
long-term and short-term proposals; f) integration of diverse issues,
“connecting the dots”; g) creating a mass media and political
focal point. These seven principles provide a way to
#democratizethecrisis and are explained in detail here
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A global meeting like this is an ideal platform to advance the idea
and practice of “transnational social production networks
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in which we reutilize design, innovation, manufacturing and related
capacities to meet social needs.

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THE TRUTH: LOST AT SEA. FILM SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION. - MAY 23
(FREEDOM FLOTILLA COALITION AND CANADIAN BOAT TO GAZA)
 

 

We will stream the award-winning film "The Truth: Lost at Sea"(by
special arrangement with the distributor), followed by a discussion
with film-maker Rifat Audeh and other Mavi Marmara survivors.

In 2010, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of six boats carrying
humanitarian aid, attempted to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.
After refusing Israel’s demand to turn away, the flotilla continued
on course through international waters, and the Israeli Occupation
Forces launched a night-raid attacking the boats. On one of the boats,
the Mavi Marmara, the Israeli commandos shot and killed nine human
rights activists and a tenth later died of his injuries. The film
details what happened that night, unravelling how the story was spun
by the media.
 

SATURDAY, MAY 23

10 AM PACIFIC NORTH AMERICA, 12 CENTRAL, 1 PM EDT, 18H00 ENGLAND,
19H00 FRANCE, 20H00 PALESTINE

PLEASE REGISTER HERE
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See more updates about upcoming Freedom Flotilla events here
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VIRTUAL #NOWAR2020 IS NEXT WEEK - MAY 28-29-30 (WORLD BEYOND WAR)
 

 

We're planning 3 days of online activities from May 28-30 to talk
about nonviolence strategies, hear from organizers who have
successfully shut down weapons expos in their communities, and learn
about viable pathways to convert from a war to peace economy. Here are
the details:

DAY 1: THURSDAY, MAY 28 AT 12:00PM-2:00PM EASTERN TIME
(GMT-4): MARY-WYNNE ASHFORD will kick off #NoWar2020 with a virtual
workshop on "Nonviolence Strategies - 101 Solutions to Violence,
Terror, and War." Mary-Wynne is a retired Family Physician, former
Co-President of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear
War, and former President of Physicians for Global Survival (Canada).
Her workshop will address ways that we can use nonviolence principles
at the personal, community, and international level. REGISTER HERE!
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DAY 2: FRIDAY, MAY 29 AT 3:00PM-6:00PM EASTERN TIME (GMT-4): We'll
hear 2 back-to-back panel presentations. The first from 3pm-4:30pm
will feature organizers from Canada, New Zealand, and the UK who have
successfully shut down weapons expos in their communities. TE AO
PRITCHARD of Auckland Peace Action, SIANA BANGURA of Campaign
Against Arms Trade, RICHARD SANDERS of Coalition to Oppose the Arms
Trade, and COLIN STUART of NoCANSEC Ottawa will share practical
advice about how to run a campaign against arms fairs. Next, from
4:30pm-6:00pm, we'll hear from TAMARA LORINCZ of Canadian Voice of
Women for Peace, SIMON BLACK of Labour Against the Arms Trade,
and BRENT PATTERSON of Peace Brigades International-Canada about
economic conversion. We know we oppose war, but what's the
alternative? We'll talk about how to promote a just transition for
arms industry workers, and why the path towards a green economy must
include demilitarization. REGISTER FOR DAY 2!
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DAY 3: SATURDAY, MAY 30 AT 3:00PM-5:00PM EASTERN TIME (GMT-4): We're
mixing it up on Day 3 with a virtual anti-war activists open mic
session. This free-form session will be a time for participants like
YOU to share music, poetry, stories of activism, and more. We'll also
hear reports from World BEYOND War chapter coordinators from around
the world, along with music from SANDY GREENBERG and the OTTAWA
RAGING GRANNIES. Sandy is both a talented musician and a dedicated
peace activist with both Canadian and Nova Scotia Voice of Women for
Peace. The Ottawa Raging Grannies write satirical lyrics to familiar
tunes; they rage in song to get out their message about peace,
justice, equality, and politics to the widest audience. RSVP FOR THE
OPEN MIC!
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All events are free and open to the public. Please forward this email
to your networks!

#NoWar2020 had originally been planned as a week-long series of events
in Ottawa, Canada, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been
shifted to an online event. The virtual #NoWar2020 events are a
preview of the full week of education and nonviolent action planned
for June 2021 in Ottawa, to coincide with CANSEC, North America's
largest weapons expo. SAVE THE DATE TO JOIN US IN PERSON IN JUNE
2021!
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For a world beyond war,

World BEYOND War 
513 E Main St #1484
Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH! AN ABOLITIONIST TAKE ON BLACK LIBERATION
MOVEMENTS - JUNE 13 (CRITICAL RESISTANCE)
 

CRITICAL RESISTANCE INVITES YOU TO "CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH! AN
ABOLITIONIST PERSPECTIVE ON MOVEMENTS FOR BLACK LIBERATION PAST AND
PRESENT"

SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT

Critical Resistance (CR) is proud to present "Celebrating Juneteenth!
An Abolitionist Perspective on Movements for Black Liberation Past and
Present," a virtual event and fundraiser with Charlene Carruthers and
Marc Lamont Hill.

Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued
ordering states in the confederacy to release their slaves, Black
people in Texas achieved their liberation from chattel bondage. On
June 19,1865, General Order Number 3 was read from the Ashton Villa
balcony in Galveston, Texas, that demanded that slaveholders free
their slaves. That day, Juneteenth, has become an annual occasion for
celebration, reflection, and education about the meaning of freedom
and the on-going, universal struggle for liberation from domination.

These questions about the true meaning of freedom are more relevant
than ever to the work of abolitionists and those working to eliminate
the prison industrial complex (PIC) and its attendant harms. To
explore the legacy of Juneteenth and ongoing struggles for Black (and
international) liberation, CR is happy to host a conversation between
two prominent Black thought leaders and firebrands, Charlene
Carruthers (BYP100 cofounder) and Marc Lamont Hill (BET news host).

During what’s sure to be an engaging evening, we will see Charlene
and Marc in discussion about inspirational histories in light of
contemporary abolitionist movements. We look forward to sharing space
with you all during this important discussion to connect the movements
of our past to the current political landscape in Oakland and beyond.
Please join us and help spread the word.

We hope to see you this June! No one turned away for lack of funds.
All contributions go to support the organizing of Critical Resistance
Oakland chapter and all of Critical Resistance.

About the Speakers

CHARLENE CARRUTHERS is a political strategist, writer and leading
community organizer in today’s movement for Black liberation. She is
the founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation
and author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for
Radical Movements.

Follow Charlene on IG @CharleneCarruthers and on Twitter @CharleneCac

MARC LAMONT HILL is one of the leading intellectual voices in the
country and an abolitionist. He is currently the host of BET News and
BLACK COFFEE, as well as a Temple University Professor. Trained as an
anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill's research focuses on the
intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United
States and the Middle East. He has received numerous prestigious
awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and
the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Follow him on IG and Twitter @marclamonthill

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