Friday, April 29, 2022

May Day 2022

 


Our Blog of the Week takes you back to nationwide demonstrations for an eight-hour work week in 1886 and juxtaposes those demonstrations with what has, and hasn’t changed, for workers today.

Much has changed since the first May Day, but building worker power and combating racism and xenophobia remain just as important.

May 1 is International Workers’ Day, a day workers around the world mark as Labor Day with marches, demonstrations, and renewed calls for workers’ rights. “May Day” got its start in 1886, when U.S. workers rallied in support of ongoing campaigns for an eight-hour day, setting May 1 as a deadline to begin mass strikes if employers failed to adopt shorter hours.

In 1886 Chicago, where tens of thousands joined May Day actions and thousands went on strike, subsequent police shootings of striking workers escalated into the well-known Haymarket Tragedy. Months of state-sanctioned, anti-immigrant repression of labor organizing followed. Police raids of union halls and arrests of organizers culminated in a sham trial, eight guilty verdicts, and public hanging of four prominent immigrant, working-class movement leaders (a fifth died by suicide prior to the execution date). The trial and executions were followed closely by workers across the country and around the world. In memory of the Haymarket Martyrs, labor and socialist organizations declared May Day International Workers’ Day, now an official public holiday in many countries.

Monday, April 25, 2022

The Ukraine War: Dilemma for the U.S. Left

 The Ukraine War: Dilemma for the U.S. Left

APRIL 8, 2022 BY DAVID M. KOTZ. DEMOCRATIC LEFT. 

 

 

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was unjustified, and the U.S. Left must condemn it. At the same time, the Left should not buy into the distortions and half-truths in the portrayal of the conflict now being aggressively promoted by the U.S.  government and mass media. Neither should the Left consider looking favorably on Vladimire Putin’s Russia as a purportedly anti-imperialist force in the world, despite Russia’s past opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq and intervention in Libya.  Some background on the rise of Putin’s regime is helpful for working out a left-wing policy regarding the disastrous invasion of Ukraine. 

Origins of the Putin Regime 

 

https://www.dsausa.org/democratic-left/the-ukraine-war-dilemma-for-the-u-s-left/

Well informed observers. 

Friday, April 22, 2022

What Russia Has Done in Ukraine _ Photos

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Friday, April 1, 2022

The Reality Check: AT THE END OF THIS HATED WAR, WE NEED TRUTH

The Reality Check: AT THE END OF THIS HATED WAR, WE NEED TRUTH: AT THE END OF THIS HATED WAR, WE NEED TRUTH By David Bacon Foreign Policy in Focus | August 30, 2021 https://fpif.org/at-the-end-of-this-hat...

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Cesar Chavez and California Framworkers

Choosing Democracy: Cesar Chavez and California Framworkers: Chavez and author Campbell ,1972.  Let us be clear.  Chavez was religious, but he was not a saint. Neither were the growers, their  Teamster...

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Choosing Democracy: SCTA On Strike in Sacramento

Choosing Democracy: SCTA On Strike in Sacramento:   BY PETER LUCAS The Sacramento school district is pleading poverty in the face of demands for more student support and a pay raise to keep ...

Monday, March 7, 2022

Russians Against the War on Ukraine



We, Russian scientists and scientific journalists, declare a strong protest against the military operations launched by the armed forces of our country on the territory of Ukraine.  This fatal step leads to huge human losses and undermines the foundations of the existing system of international security. The responsibility for unleashing a new war in Europe lies entirely with Russia.  There are no reasonable justifications for this war. Attempts to use the situation in the Donbass as a pretext for launching a military operation do not inspire any confidence.  It is clear that Ukraine does not pose a threat to the security of our country.  The war against her is unfair and frankly senseless.  Ukraine has been and remains a country close to us. Many of us have relatives, friends and scientific colleagues living in Ukraine.  Our fathers.  grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought together against Nazism.  Unleashing a war for the sake of the geopolitical ambitions of the leadership of the Russian Federation, driven by dubious historiosophical fantasies, is a cynical betrayal of their memory.  We respect Ukrainian statehood, which rests on really working democratic institutions.  We treat the European choice of our neighbours with understanding.  We are convinced that all problems in relations between our countries can be resolved peacefully.  Having unleashed the war, Russia doomed itself to international isolation, to the position of a pariah country. This means that we, scientists, will no longer be able to normally do our job: after all, conducting scientific research is unthinkable without full cooperation with colleagues from other countries.  The isolation of Russia from the world means further cultural and technological degradation of our country in the complete absence of positive prospects.  War with Ukraine is a step to nowhere.  It is bitter for us to realize that our country, which made a decisive contribution to the victory of Nazism, has now become the instigator of a new war on the European continent.  We demand an immediate halt to all military operations directed against Ukraine.  We demand respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state.  We demand peace for our countries, Signatures continue to come, we add as much strength as possible (now there are more than 370 of them): .  

Alexander Anikin, linguist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Yuri Apresyan, linguist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Bondar Alexander Evgenievich, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences 
Viktor Vasiliev, mathematician, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Alexander Moldovan, philologist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Sergei Nikolaev, philologist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Valery Rubakov, physicist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences 
Roald Sagdeev, physicist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Alexander Sobolev, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry.  IN AND.  
Vernadsky, RAS.  
Sergey Stishov, physicist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences 
Svetlana Tolstaya, philologist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Efim Khazanov, physicist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Alexander Chaplik, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  
Mikhail Gelfand.  Bioinformatician, Member of the European Academy, Dr.  biop.  Sciences.  

and 8 and a half pages more of signatures.....


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

antiracismdsa: Voting in Texas

antiracismdsa: Voting in Texas:   The Texas primary election is just 15 days away and we have a massive opportunity to elect two progressive champions to Congress: Jessica ...

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

On What Just Happened to Medicare for All in California

 On What Just Happened to Medicare for All in California—and the Organizing We Need to Win

Why hasn't the overwhelming popularity of Medicare for All—85% of Democrats, 66% of independents and 52% (!) of GOP support it—translated into legislative majorities?

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Michael Lighty

February 8, 2022 

 

 

 

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/02/08/what-just-happened-medicare-all-california-and-organizing-we-need-win



Friday, January 21, 2022

Choosing Democracy: Which Schools Should be Closed ?

Choosing Democracy: Which Schools Should be Closed ?:     Statement on the Impact  of COVID-19 on SCUSD Students  January 20, 2022   The Sacramento City Community Priorities Coalition (CPC) is v...

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Choosing Democracy: What It takes to be back in school

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game

The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game: We need to address the needs of students—and parents, and teachers. One size does not fit all, and race complicates the challenge.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Where Do We Go From Here?

Choosing Democracy: Where Do We Go From Here?:   WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  DSA, North Star, and the Crisis https://www.dsanorthstar.org/blog/where-do-we-go-from-here-dsa-north-star-and-t...