||[26 Jun 2005|10:55am]
If you haven't already signed the main petition or the letter to President Bush at One.org, it's at least one small, non-partisan thing you can do before the July 6th G8 meeting.
Dear President Bush,
* ONE billion people around the world live on less than ONE dollar a day;
* The US government spends less than ONE percent on overcoming global AIDS and poverty;
* Citizens are uniting as ONE across political and religious divides to support action to overcome the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty.
At the G8 leaders meeting on July 6th we urge you to:
* Help the poorest people of the world fight poverty, AIDS and hunger at a cost equal to just ONE percent more of the US budget on a clear timetable;
* Cancel 100% of the debts owed by the poorest countries;
* Reform trade rules so poor countries can earn sustainable incomes.
We urge you to lead an historic deal with other nations to help Africa and the poorest nations overcome global AIDS and extreme poverty. Together as ONE, we can Make Poverty History this July.
Please, pass this around.
|Mosh ... now.
||[27 Oct 2004|05:23pm]
Weapons of mass destruction? Sure, lots of them: lies that serve to obscure the daily exploitation by the ever-richer of the ever-poorer.
Eminem's "Mosh"; an article on the Guerilla News Network:
"Most Americans are well aware that in 2000, the presidential election was decided by 537 votes. From hanging chads to the hourly updates of the manual recount, this story was obsessively covered by the mainstream press. However, what wasn’t covered was what journalist Greg Palast discovered that thousands of primarily minority voters were scrubbed from the voter registry in Florida and prevented from potentially changing the course of America’s turbulent last four years."
(see the video on that page)
||[26 Oct 2004|10:30pm]
This has got to be the funniest thing ever: OPIC for kids! (click on What is OPIC)
"The best way for a country to become more developed is to encourage businesses to build and operate there."
"OPIC helps American companies make investments in developing countries. When US companies make these investments they are likely to create US jobs and exports. For example, if OPIC is helping to build a power plant in a foreign country then the parts and equipment needed to build the power plant will often be supplied by other American companies."
I don't know if OPIC is evil or not, but they sound like a big exporter of US jobs-- at least this kind of thing has to fall under corporate welfare... at worst it is part of the "great sucking sound" Perot spoke of....Correct me if I'm wrong... I'm still trying to understand what they do and why my tax dollars are being used for an organization like this.
|Vote for Bush if you’re rich and without any shame over wrecking the economy for your own profit.
||[31 Aug 2004|11:43am]
Even the IMF thinks Bush is wrong about his economic plan. The IMF is not some hippy organization that loves "the common man" – far from it! They are concerned about stable world wide markets and often put the interests of industry and the market before human rights (look at their lending practices) –but, the conservative economic agenda (tax cuts, frivolous short term spending on a war) are both in line with the goal of starving the government and increasing private control.
As the budget deficit grows those in congress will be forced to cut spending—is there some "pork" that ought to be cut? Yes. But this goes much deeper—we’re talking about the big programs like schools and social security. In the current economic climate and will all the bayboomers retiring people under 40 can forget about getting any real social security benefits.
What is so bad about increasing private control? Nothing if you can guarantee that those private interests are benevolent—but there is no such guarantee— A company by law must do everything it can to make money for the share holders. A government agency by law must work in the interests of the people. There is no guarantee that government agencies will be free of corruption—but at least doing things that hurt people is seen as a flaw. For a company doing things that hurt people is irrelevant since what matters most are profits.
Read this article from the very conservative Wall Street Journal about how a relatively conservative word wide organization sees flaws in Bush’s strategy to decrease public control. The issue the IMF has is he’s doing it too fast -- the issue I have is that he’s doing it at all.
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"We must create a economic crisis in order to ensure that there is no alternative to a smaller government." - Bush - Imprimus Magazine 1995.
"We seek to remove resources from the control of the state, thereby starving it." - International Society for Individual Liberty - NeoCon Libertarian.
"Throughout his term, Bush has implied tax cuts would starve the government, paying for themselves by causing budget deficits that, in turn, would place heavy pressure on Congress to lower spending." - Jeff Lemieux - Senior
Economist - Progressive Policy Institute.
"They have an agenda which is to starve the government of revenue. But in order to get it through, they keep on having to pretend that the tax cuts are affordable, and so they've been suppressing the likely cost of everything, including the war on terror." - Paul Krugman - Economist.
They just don’t care. Vote for Bush if you’re rich and without any shame over wrecking the economy for your own profit.
||[22 Jul 2004|03:10pm]
Gildan Announces Closure of Honduran Factory Under Investigation by FLA and WRC
Urgent Action Alert and Campaign Update #6
Maquila Solidarity Network
July 15, 2004
In a surprise move, Montreal-based T-shirt manufacturer Gildan Activewear has announced it is closing its El Progeso factory in Honduras on September 30, effectively terminating discussions with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) on corrective action to address worker rights violations at the factory that were substantiated by recent independent audits carried out by the two organizations.
Gildan's decision to cut and run from the factory in the midst of negotiations on corrective action is totally unacceptable and a clear violation of the FLA's corporate membership requirements.
MSN is demanding that Gildan reverse its decision to close the factory and comply with all recommendations for corrective action being requested by the FLA and WRC as a result of their investigations.
If Gildan refuses to reverse its decision, MSN will be calling on the FLA to suspend Gildan's membership as a FLA Participating Company until the company demonstrates its willingness to operate in good faith.
||[12 Jul 2004|09:35pm]
In less than 48 hours, Congress will vote on an amendment to the
U.S. Constitution that would permanently deny marriage equality to
same-sex couples. This is unprecedented -- never before has our
Constitution been amended to take away anyone's rights. We've got to
Please sign on to our emergency petition to Congress to stop this
divisive amendment at: http://www.moveon.org/unitednotdivided/
Then please ask your friends and family to sign, by forwarding them
this email. We'll deliver our comments tomorrow, before the vote, so
we need as many people as possible to sign on today.
President Bush campaigned on a promise to unite us, not divide us.
Yet today, as people are questioning Bush's handling of everything
from the war in Iraq to the economy, Bush and his friends are trying
to distract voters from the real issues by turning to the politics
of division and hate.
If America stands for anything, it stands for equal rights and
opportunities for everyone. Throughout our history, we've struggled
to guarantee that equality: ending slavery; securing voting rights
for women; and passing the Civil Rights Act just 40 years ago.
Equality in marriage is the civil rights issue of our generation. We
can't let anyone, or any group, be singled out for discrimination
based on who they are or who they love. When two people make a deep
personal commitment, taking responsibility for each other and doing
all the work of marriage, they should be able to share in the legal
benefits of marriage as well.
These benefits include access to health care and medical decision-
making for one's partner and children, parenting and immigration
rights, inheritance, taxation, and Social Security benefits. This
isn't a partisan issue, notwithstanding Bush's pandering to his
Yet President Bush is bent on moving America backward, by enshrining
discrimination in the United States Constitution. Don't let him
divide us like this.
Go to: http://www.moveon.org/unitednotdivided/ Please help make sure
your friends have signed on too, before we deliver this petition
tomorrow. Thank you.
The MoveOn.org Team
--We've got to let them know that America is not falling for this cynical attempt to divide us. To make it easy, we've included their direct phone numbers below.
Please call your Senators now, at:
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
Direct: (202) 224-5922
Senator John Cornyn
Direct: (202) 224-2934
And please post this in your own LJ.
|G8 Fix Shit Up
||[07 May 2004|12:06pm]
**************************PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY***********************
Call for Constructive Action at G8 Meeting
Brunswick, GA June 8-10, 2004
This June the G8, the association of the 8 wealthiest nations in the world (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK, US), will invade Sea Island, GA to continue plotting the economic domination of the world. Along with the imperialists come their attempts to instill fear and squash dissent in the local and global community. Over $25 million will be spent on their security, the coast lined with near 30,000 police and national guard, and the entire region turned upside down for the accommodation of empire, the effects of which will continue to be felt by local residents after the summit.
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X-posted, a lot...
||[20 Apr 2004|02:43pm]
AFL-CIO in Venezuela
Deja Vu All Over Again
By KIM SCIPES
Massive mobilizations, strikes, street conflict, hysterical mass
media, social and economic disruption: Chile in 1972-73 Venezuela in 2002-04.
The AFL-CIO is once again on the scene, this time in Venezuela, just as it was in Chile in 1973. Once again, its operations in that country are being funded by the U.S. government. This time, the money is being laundered through the quasi-governmental National Endowment for Democracy, hidden from AFL-CIO members and the American public.
Once again, it is being used to support the efforts of reactionary
labor and business leaders, helping to destabilize a democratically-elected
government that has made major efforts to alleviate poverty, carried out significant land reform in both urban and rural areas, and striven to change political institutions that have long worked to marginalize those at the lowest rungs in society. And also like Allende's Chile, Venezuela's government under president Hugo Chavez has opposed a number of actions by the U.S. Government, this time by the Bush Administration.
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||[06 Apr 2004|10:53am]
Put Your Money Where Their Mouths Are
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: April 3, 2004
BISKÉ, Chad — With Democrats on the warpath over trade, there's pressure for tougher international labor standards that would try to put Abakr Adoud out of work.
Abakr lives with his family in the desert near this oasis in eastern Chad. He has never been to school and roams the desert all day with his brothers, searching for sticks that can be made into doors for mud huts. He is 10 years old.
It's appalling that Abakr, like tens of millions of other children abroad, is working instead of attending school. But prohibiting child labor wouldn't do him any good, for there's no school in the area for him to attend. If child labor hawks manage to keep Abakr from working, without giving him a school to attend, he and his family will simply be poorer than ever.
And that's the problem when Americans get on their high horses about child labor, without understanding the cruel third world economics that cause it. The push by Democrats like John Kerry for international labor standards is well intentioned, but it is also oblivious to third world realities.
Look, I feel like Scrooge when I speak out against bans on sweatshops or on child labor. In the West, it's hard to find anyone outside a university economics department who agrees with me. But the basic Western attitude — particularly among Democrats and warm-and-fuzzy humanitarians — sometimes ends up making things worse. Consider the results of two major American efforts to ban imports produced by child labor:
In 1993, when Congress proposed the U.S. Child Labor Deterrence Act, which would have blocked imports made by children (if it had passed), garment factories in Bangladesh fired 50,000 children. Many ended up in worse jobs, like prostitution.
Then there was the hue and cry beginning in 1996 against soccer balls stitched by children in their homes (mostly after school) in Sialkot, Pakistan. As a result, the balls are now stitched by adults, often in factories under international monitoring.
But many women are worse off. Conservative Pakistanis believe that women shouldn't work outside the home, so stitching soccer balls is now off limits for many of them. Moreover, bad publicity about Pakistan led China to grab market share with machine-stitched balls: over the next two years, Pakistan's share of the U.S. soccer ball market dropped to 45 percent from 65 percent.
So poor Pakistani families who depended on earnings from women or children who stitched soccer balls are now further impoverished.
I'm not arguing that child labor is a good thing. It isn't. But as Jagdish Bhagwati, the eminent trade economist, notes in his new book, "In Defense of Globalization," thundering against child labor doesn't address the poverty that causes it.
In the village of Toukoultoukouli in Chad, I visited the 17 girls and 31 boys in the two-room school. Many children, especially girls, never attend school, which ends after the fourth grade.
So a 12-year-old boy working in Toukoultoukouli has gotten all the education he can. Instead of keeping him from working, Westerners should channel their indignation into getting all children into school for at least those four years — and there is one way that could perhaps be achieved.
It's bribery. The U.N. World Food Program runs a model foreign aid effort called the school feeding program. It offers free meals to children in poor schools (and an extra bribe of grain for girl students to take home to their families). Almost everywhere, providing food raises school attendance, particularly for girls. "If there were meals here, parents would send their kids," said Muhammad Adam, a teacher in Toukoultoukouli.
School feeding costs just 19 cents per day per child.
So here's my challenge to university students: Instead of spending your energy boycotting Nike or pressing for barriers against child labor, why not sponsor school meals in places like Toukoultoukouli?
I spoke with officials at the World Food Program, and they'd be thrilled to have private groups or individuals help sponsor school feedings. (See www.nytimes.com/kristofresponds for details.) Children in Africa will be much better off with a hot meal and an education than with your self-righteous indignation.
|Bush campaign wear made in Burma!
||[27 Mar 2004|11:39am]
The official merchandise Web site for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign has sold clothing made in Burma, whose goods were banned by Bush from the U.S. last year to punish its military dictatorship.
The merchandise sold on www.georgewbushstore.com includes a $49.95 fleece pullover, embroidered with the Bush-Cheney '04 logo and bearing a label stating it was made in Burma, now Myanmar. The jacket was sent to Newsday as part of an order that included a shirt made in Mexico and a hat not bearing a country-of-origin label.
||[21 Mar 2004|08:31am]
by George Monbiot ; Guardian; March 19, 2004
Every year the list is the same, but every year it still comes as a shock. Of the 10 richest people on Earth, five of them have the same surname. It's not Gates, or Murdoch, or Rockefeller, but Walton. They are the heirs and trustees of the supermarket chain Wal- Mart. And between them they are worth $100bn.
Considering how the media fawns on the ultra rich, we hear remarkably little about them. Perhaps this is because their position is rather embarrassing. The company that enriches them trades on the idea that it is the friend of the common man and woman, distributing rather than concentrating wealth.
Over the past 20 years, two world-shaking social transformations have taken place. The first, the effective collapse of the proletariat as a political force, has been well documented. The second, the disappearance of the petty bourgeoisie as an economic force, rather less so. The near-elimination of the small businesses supplying and running the retail trade is in some ways as consequential as the withering of organised labour in heavy industry and the coal mines. The global monopolisation of the sector has destroyed the livelihoods of tens of millions of small proprietors and their employees. But, because this workforce was dispersed, the effects are rather harder to see.( Read more...Collapse )
|Plan Puebla Panama
||[18 Mar 2004|02:58pm]
PLAN PUEBLA PANAMA
Tipping a hat to irony, the World Bank recently produced a document entitled Why NAFTA Did Not Reach the South in which it notes,"NAFTA did not reach the south because of obstacles to economic development that afflict the southern states, such as insufficient infrastructure." In its Development Strategy for the Mexican Southern States the World Bank "suggests stimulating economic growth by reducing bottlenecks that impede doing business in the region, such as the lack of market access, the undersized and costly market for financial services, and the plethora of legal conflicts with regard to land tenure."
||[27 Feb 2004|05:33pm]
For almost 4 1/2 mon. over 70,000 grocery store workers have been holding the picket line and striking for basic rights that they deserve. In the rain and in the cold they continued the this LONG strike and finally there seems to be an end.. read on..
Grocery store workers on strike have reached a Tentative Contract Agreement! The United Food and Commercial Workers union prepared today to stage two days of weekend voting for the rank and file, so its members can ratify a draft agreement to end the longest supermarket strike in U.S. history.
The Los Angeles Times Web site reported that both sides in the Southern California dispute came away with some victories:
• The stores could pay lower wages and benefits to new employees, resulting in a two-tier system of employee pay.
• The stores could cap how much they pay for health insurance.
• The unions persuaded the stores to contribute more money into the workers' health care fund. Veteran employees would not have to pay for their health care coverage for at least two years.
Grocery workers will decide whether to end their 41/2-month-old Southern California supermarket strike this weekend during a two-day vote on a tentative contract agreement.
Supermarket strike timeline
By staff reports
Oct. 5: Contract between Southern California's three largest grocery chains and their 70,000 union employees expires.
Oct. 8: United Food and Commercial Workers members begin strike authorization vote.
Oct. 10: The UFCW announces that 97 percent of its workers approved striking, with a majority of the membership casting ballots.
Oct. 10: A federal mediator meets with supermarket and union officials to avoid a work stoppage; discussions last through midnight, but no progress is made.
Oct. 11: Workers strike Vons and Pavilions stores in Southern California after a second marathon day of negotiations proves fruitless.
Oct. 12: Albertson's and Ralphs lock out their workers in a show of solidarity by the companies; in all, 859 stores are affected between the Mexican border and Santa Santa Barbara.
Oct. 18: The first weekend of the strike clarifies its extreme impact on supermarket business, as many Los Angeles grocery stores are completely deserted.
Oct. 22: A union actuary spells out the union's take on the effects of the proposed cuts to medical benefits; supermarkets say the cost to employees will be $5 to $15 weekly, whereas the union actuary says the true cost will be closer to $100 per week.
Oct. 28: Supermarket pharmacists, who are covered by a separate contract, stop honoring the picket lines and return to work.
Oct. 30: The AFL-CIO President John Sweeney announces the creation of a strike fund called ``Hold the Line for Health Care'' to back the UFCW strike in Southern California.
Oct. 31: The UFCW announces that it will remove picket lines from Ralphs in order to ease the inconvenience of the strike on the public _ who were also coping with the wildfires and the MTA strike _ and focus more pressure on Vons and Albertson's.
Oct. 31: A parallel grocery strike in St. Louis is resolved through federal mediation after 25 days of stoppage.
Nov. 10: Federally mediated negotiations resume with Peter J. Hurtgen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
Nov. 12: After a day-and-a-half of mediation, Hurtgen declares a recess.
Nov. 22: Mediation resumes in hopes of ending the strike before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year, but again recess without a resolution.
Nov. 25: The Teamsters truckers and warehouse workers agree to honor picket lines at the supermarkets' nine regional distribution centers, cutting of the supply chains just days before Thanksgiving.
Dec. 1: Attorney General Bill Lockyer announces a probe into a revenue-sharing pact by the supermarket chains to blunt losses. Negotiations resume.
Dec. 5: Albertson's releases third quarter earnings report, revealing $119 million in losses over the first 19 days of the strike; third quarter profits dropped 51 percent from the same period the previous year.
Dec. 7: After six days of mediation, Hurtgen calls another recess without making any headway on the major issues.
Dec. 9: A grocery store strike between Ralphs' parent company, Kroger Co., and 3,300 union employees in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky is settled.
Dec. 16: Hundreds of labor leaders from across the nation, including head of the AFL-CIO Sweeney, rally in Century City and declare that the strike is going national; the union's strike fund gathers more than $4 million in donations.
Dec. 19: Another round of negotiations breaks down after the companies reject a union contract proposal.
Jan. 11: Four days of secret negotiations in San Francisco break down.
Jan. 15: UFCW International leaders secretly meet with company executives in Denver for yet another fruitless discussion.
Jan. 16: Some, but not all, UFCW locals send pickets back to select Ralphs stores demonstrating that the seven Southern California locals lack a uniform strategy.
Jan. 19: Workers mark the 100th day of the strike by marching in the annual Martin Luther King Day parade.
Jan. 20: The AFL-CIO calls for its membership across the nation to commence a broader effort against the supermarkets. Longshoremen contribute $155,000 to the strike fund.
Jan. 21: CalPERS, the state retirement fund with more than $75 million invested in Safeway, pressures the chain to end the strike.
Jan. 27: Religious leaders and striking workers embarked on a ``pilgrimage'' to Safeway CEO Steve Burd's house in the San Francisco Bay Area. Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony sends a letter calling for Burd to settle the dispute quickly.
Jan. 30: Attorney General Bill Lockyer announces he will sue the grocery stores for a mutual aid pact involving all three chains and Food 4 Less, claiming the pact violates federal antitrust laws.
Feb. 4: UFCW leaders propose binding arbitration to end the strike, a move that the companies quickly decline. Supermarket officials then call the federal mediator to request a resumption of negotiations.
Feb. 5: Hurtgen calls on both sides to try to resume negotiations, while union supporters rally on Wall Street to pressure investors to drop shares of the chains' stocks.
Feb. 10: Union leaders and company officials meet with Hurtgen at a secret location for the first formal talks in nearly two months.
Feb. 12: Safeway Inc. reports $696 million in fourth quarter losses, attributing more than $100 million to the strike. Analysts shrug off the losses, while unions latch on.
Feb. 26: Negotiators announce a tentative contract settlement.
||[25 Feb 2004|11:27pm]
Hi everyone, i have to put an event together SUPER fast and i need images. lots and lots of nifty images having to do w/ the following
3)anti-racist culture jammers
so PLEASE HELP and add any pix you have or links you have in the comment section of this post