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“Owning The Libs”: Process As Destiny

Fifteen days and counting from Presidential Election 2020 reveal many lessons to glean from Pennsylvania starting with its longest serving U.S. Senator and former Senate Judiciary Committee chair. Arlen Specter, who began politics as a Democrat in 1951, switched to the Republican Party during the height of the Vietnam War in 1965 and back to the Democrats at the beginning of…

Wag the Dog & Punk the People

Labor Day 2020 To “Wag the Dog”, first you agitate and amplify the problem. Then you prototype and stage it in the nation’s capital in front of the People’s House. Once tested, you incite domestic white grievance terrorism in your opponent’s most vulnerable locations. In your case you infect majority minority neighborhoods belonging to cities, counties and states run by…

Union 3.0: Worker Ownership and the Future of the Labor Movement

by Rob Witherell, 1worker1vote co-founder, originally posted on his Owning a Better Future blog. The idea of the Union 3.0 concept is that the current Union models are no longer sufficient to organize many workers in today’s economy, that membership under those models have been on the decline for over 40 years, and that more broadly defined, there is an…

No Healthy Economy Without Healthy Workers

The facts are in, clear and simple, for all to see. “USA, USA”, the planet’s richest, most self-promoting  country measured in individual consumption power with five percent of the world’s population, has let its guard down.   Mismanaging its way to producing 25% of the world’s infected victims, “America the Pitiful”  daily magnifies and exposes top-down structural defects of its “winners take all”, commoditizing and…

Who CARES?

The U.S. debate over pandemic unemployment benefits serves as archetypal cause and effect first, for how structural inequalities asphyxiate victims, and second, how forty-four million and rising unemployed plus over thirty million about to be evicted from their homes form a critical mass organizing opportunity to renegotiate.  This second story, the overriding socioeconomic “elephant in the room” proves that demand for…

Stories from the Organizing Front: Denver Colorado’s Union Taxi & Green Taxi Union Coops

Origins and Lessons Learned Guest post by Lisa Bolton, Vice President, Communications Workers of America (CWA) In the very beginnings of this multi-year, transformative project (2005-2008), CWA Local 7777 in Denver where I served as President (elected in 2008), leased a small office to Pro Taxi, a Denver Taxi Association group formed to address taxi drivers’ workplace issues. Over 90% of…

Let Them Eat Masks

Hard to imagine one news cycle completely capturing the existential “reducto absurdam” of our self-infected times. How America’s tone-deaf, tin-ear and tin-pot elected, appointed, self-appointed and anointed “influencers” mirror the “winners take all” culture they serve starting with its virus twins: lethal socioeconomic inequalities and omnipresent COVID-19.  Within twelve hours and seven time zones of each other, the mountain toppers and…

Celebrating the Seventh Bankruptcy on July 4th 2020

Independence Day, July 4th, 2020: this year an oxymoron commemorating freedom to infect others. How to celebrate a country self-captured and self-defeated first by its big pharma-induced opioid crisis mostly impacting lower economic caste victims and now by a mutating bio-virus intravenously self-injected with elected and appointed leaders using polarizing civic tissue and cell cultures?   A capitalist autocracy, liberal democracy no…

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