Supporters of the ERT workers’ occupation rally outside the headquarters in Athens (Panos Petrou)
By Panos Petrou
The resistance to austerity and social crisis in Greece has united behind a workers’ occupation of the state TV and radio station ERT after the government — for the first time since Greece was ruled by a military junta–tried to shut down the broadcaster. For more than a week, thousands of people have gathered on the grounds of the ERT headquarters to defend the occupiers from an assault by riot police.
May Day March 2012 by Judith Scherr, IPS
By Judith Scherr
OAKLAND, California, May 2, 2012 (IPS) – It was May Day and Oakland was bathed in sunshine. Union workers staged militant actions; immigrants and allies marched for justice with brass bands and drummers; spontaneous street parties erupted.
There was also tear gas, flash bang grenades, screams, vandalism and arrests on Oakland Streets.
“Today, as we stand in solidarity with labour, as we stand in solidarity with immigrant workers, as we strike against this exploitative economic system, we also stand up to police violence and state repression,” Laleh Behbehanian of the Occupy Oakland Anti- Repression Committee told a rally in Oscar Grant Plaza, the space renamed by protesters for a young unarmed African American man killed by a transit police officer.
By Michael Collins
If you are twenty four or younger, you are likely either under or unemployed. Only about 60% of those 16 to 24 years old are in the labor force (those employed or seeking jobs). Their unemployment rate is 18%.
For years, Money Party lackeys, our (s)elected officials, put out a propaganda line that said, Get an education or there’s no future for you. Well, lots of people got a college or trade school education or on the job training and there are no jobs for them.
This whole student loan apocalypse is another confetti currency bubble scam. There are many parallels to the housing bubble, except, of course, that people can’t live inside those useless degrees obtained with borrowed money that can never be repaid.
The availability of the loans is driving ludicrous tuition increases, just like the funny money mortgages inflated the real estate market.
Flint sit-down strikers celebrate their victory inside one of the occupied plants
By Sharon Smith
Today’s Occupy movement stands in a long tradition of radical struggles in the U.S. that have used similar tactics. In particular, the U.S. labor movement owes some of its greatest victories to the determination of workers that “we shall not be moved.”
In this excerpt from her book Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States, Sharon Smith tells the story of the legendary Flint sit-down strike against General Motors that began 75 years ago, and how labor’s victory at GM unleashed a wave of sit-down strikes across the country. ~SW Ed.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Economy Economics, Labor, Resistance
Tagged banksters, general motors, labor history, occupy labor, occupy wall street, ows, sharon smith, Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States, The Labor Wars: From the Molly Maguires to the Sit-Downs, worker strikes
Speech delivered by Llewellyn H. Rockwell
Doug Casey conference, “When Money Dies,” in Phoenix on October 1, 2011
There isn’t anyone around who is willing to stand up and say, “I’m a fascist; I think fascism is a great social and economic system.”
Everyone knows that the term fascist is a pejorative, often used to describe any political position a speaker doesn’t like. There isn’t anyone around who is willing to stand up and say, ‘I’m a fascist; I think fascism is a great social and economic system.”
But I submit that if they were honest, the vast majority of politicians, intellectuals, and political activists would have to say just that.
Posted in Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Labor, Military
Tagged central planning, fascism, freedom, lew rockwell, Mises Institute, subsidies, total freedom, total state
The aftermath of the September 16, 1920 Wall Street bombing. Photo: Library of Congress, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph
By Gilbert King
Descriptions of the event on Wall Street might seem eerily familiar. “It was a crush out of a blue sky—an unexpected, death-dealing bolt,” one witness observed, “which in a twinkling turned into a shambles the busiest corner of America’s financial center and sent scurrying to places of shelter hundreds of wounded, dumb-stricken, white-faced men and women—fleeing from an unknown danger.… Looking down Wall Street later I could see arising from the vicinity of the subtreasury building and the J.P. Morgan and Co. bank, a mushroom-shaped cloud of yellowish, green smoke which mounted to a height of more than 100 feet, the smoke being licked by darting tongues of flame.”
Posted in Economy Economics, Labor, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged 1920 wall street bombing, anarchy, Andrew Carnegie, banksters, Carnegie Steel, class war, Emma Goldman, Henry Frick, IWW, john d rockefeller, jpmorgan, nonviolence, occupy wall street, ows, Pinkerton, Speculation, unions, wall street, wwI
By New York City General Assembly
This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011:
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
Posted in Animals, Economy Economics, Energy, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Healthcare, Housing, Labor, Land Grab, Prisons, Privacy, Resistance
Tagged banksters, class war, economy, food control, Housing, jobs, occupy nyc, occupy wall street, ows, troy davis, unions
By RT America
Is it possible populist America will effect radical change through the spreading Occupy Wall Street movement? Will the banksters who trashed our economy and have made millions of homeowners homeless be brought to justice? Is this the season of the US Spring? RT America interviews people from the streets:
Olbermann interviews Michael Moore who says, “I think there needs to be a multi-pronged approach” urging civil disobedience locally as well as nationally, and refusing to move out under a foreclosure notice since no one owns your mortgage any more. “The banks lost them,” he says, when they bundled them into their little Ponzie schemes.
Posted in Economy Economics, Housing, Labor, Resistance
Tagged banksters, chris hedges, class war, economy, foreclosures, mace, mortgage fraud, police brutality, protest, Recession, Resistance, Unemployment, wall street
Drs. Gerard Lambert, Margaret Haydon and Shiv Chopra of Health Canada
In a long-running whistleblowing saga, two of three scientists fired by Health Canada (akin to the US Food & Drug Administration) have lost a bid to get their jobs back, though they protected food safety.
In the U.S., however, after a six-year legal battle, the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to a former top contracting official who charged that she was demoted after she objected to a $7 billion no-bid contract granted to a Halliburton subsidiary to repair oil fields in Iraq.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Labor, Military, Region: Middle East, Region: North America, War and Peace, Whistleblowers
Tagged Army Corps of Engineers, Bunnatine H. Greenhouse, Food Safety, Gerard Lambert, halliburton, health canada, iraq, Margaret Haydon, military contracts, Monsanto, Rbst, shiv chopra
By Lee Camp
Moment of Clarity
Everybody arguing against unions says that they don’t allow America to be competitive globally. So you’re fighting to bring us down with the sweatshops? I can’t wait until we’re competitive.
By Michael Moore
From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, “When did this all begin,America’s downward slide?” They say they’ve heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one parent’s income (and that college in states like California and New York was almost free). That anyone who wanted a decent paying job could get one. That people only worked five days a week, eight hours a day, got the whole weekend off and had a paid vacation every summer. That many jobs were union jobs, from baggers at the grocery store to the guy painting your house, and this meant that no matter how “lowly” your job was you had guarantees of a pension, occasional raises, health insurance and someone to stick up for you if you were unfairly treated.
Young people have heard of this mythical time — but it was no myth, it was real. And when they ask, “When did this all end?”, I say, “It ended on this day: August 5th, 1981.”
By Michael Snyder
The Economic Collapse
The crumbling U.S. economy is putting an extraordinary amount of financial stress on American families. For many Americans, “flat broke” has become a permanent condition. Today, over half of all American families live paycheck to paycheck. Unemployment is rampant and those that do actually have jobs are finding that their wages are rising much more slowly than prices are. The financial condition of average American families continues to decline and this is showing up in all of the recent surveys.