The following is a statement issued by the Denver General Membership Branch of the IWW calling anti-capitalists to converge on the April 4th labor actions in Denver. There will be an anti-capitalist and radical worker's bloc participating in the march beginning at 11:30am at 17th and California as well as a presence at the later rally and vigil.
The uprisings in Europe, then North Africa and the Mideast, and in the United States are not a coincidence. They are, at least in part, a common rebellion against a common enemy that threatens to make working people pay for its plunder and failures: the neo-liberal policies of unregulated capitalism, croney government, and phoney "banking". We believe the best of what workers have spoken so far is not reforming a crippled and crippling capitalist system, but for the working class to step in as replacements for bundling bankers and bungling politicians.
WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE: WE CAN LET OUR MOVEMENT BE CHANNELED TO
WEAK REFORM AND ELECTORAL MEASURES OR WE CAN PUSH ONWARD
NOT JUST FOR WORKERS' RIGHTS IN THE OLD SYSTEM
BUT FOR WORKERS' POWER to control our own work, our wealth, our well being. Early in the last century the newpaper The Messenger, founded by A. Philip Randolph, called for mass strikes and workers' control as "the antidote for capitalist poisons".
AMERICAN ELITE'$ HAVE CLEARY INFECTED OUR U.S. SUPREME COURT IVORY TOWER$ WITH CORRUPTED JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMA$ ~
AMERICA CAN NO LONGER AFFORD THE $LY FOX IN OUR U.S. $UPREME COURT 2 CONTINUE EATING THE GOLDEN GOO$E EGG$..
AMERICA'S U.S.SUPREME COURT ALSO NEEDS TO REPRESENT INTEGRITY 4 JUDGING U.S. LAWS FOR ALL IN USA TO BELIEVE IN JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMA$ ...
BY ALL OBVIOUS APPEARANCES, OUR U.S. SUPREME COURT IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF A MAJOR U.S.CONGRESSIONAL OVERHAUL ! FOR THIS IVORY TOWER JUDICIAL GROUP TO CONTINUE ATTEMPTING TO STAY A RELEVANT LEGITIMATE JUDICIAL BODY ABLE TO RETAIN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S CONFIDENCE TRUE REFORM MUST PREVAIL !
WHEN THIS ONCE GREAT LEGAL BODY'S MEMBERS CONTINUE TO LOOK EVERYWHERE ELSE IN ATTEMPTING TO CORRECT JUDICIAL INJUSTICES & REINVENTING OUR COUNTRIES LEGAL LAWS, THEY HAVE APPARENTLY TURNED THEIR HEADS, CLOSED THEIR EYES & EARS IN ALLOWING MAJOR CORRUPTION TO PERMEATE THEIR VERY OWN CHAMBER$ !!!
FORMER PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE OF HIS PAST MISDEEDS AND RESIGNED FROM HIS HIGH OFFICE PRIOR DESTROYING THE IMPORTANT IMAGE THAT OUR PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE MUST MAINTAIN IF WE ARE TO CONTINUE BEING A GREAT COUNTRY...
LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE CALLING ON OUR COUNTRIES IVORY TOWER U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMA$ TO ALSO RETHINK HIS FUTURE YEARS ON THE BENCH AND OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRIES FUTURE IF YOU CONTINUE PUTTING YOU AND YOUR WIFES OWN VE$TED INTEREST$ BEFORE THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND IN WHICH YOU
CONTINUE PRETENDING TO CREDIBLY REPRESENT WITH INTEGRITY ??
NEW YORK TIMES NEWSPAPER
The Court’s Recusal Problem
Published: March 15, 2011
Supreme Court justices have life tenure to assure their independence and impartiality.
A dear friend of ours and local community organizer is presently faced with spending thousands of dollars in legal costs to defend his son from potential deportation. In addition to contributing to fund raising efforts in conjunction with members and groups in the local radical scene, we are now offering half the proceeds from our Tierra y Libertad Zapatista Woman art print (one of our most popular items) to him and his family. The poster is a 12" x 24" Giclee print on 250 gsm fine art watercolor paper. Signed (by artist Matt Verges) and numbered, limited to 50.
My grandfather walked with a very long stick adorned with many allegories. Tata Noah told me long ago that it represented our true nation, which was all unknown, because many of those living in the village had given in to the viciousness of the white people and did not follow the customs of our fathers. That hurt my Tata, so when I arrived, he ever and ever told me many things and stories of our nation...
Tata Noah chief of Indigenous communities
He was not very tall, but he was considered more Indigenous that other people from our country. His skin was almost white, like a Creole’s, and his eyes were the color of the sky. Some of his children took the same eye color. He was my Tata Noah, the grandfather of my father, chief of Indigenous communities of Mollepata and Mollebamba. He was always working, whether in the fields that the villagers had dedicated to him, or at home using our machine to make ice cream with fruit. It was what I liked best as a child; the frozen fruit was so diverse and delicious. I always remember my grandfather Noah in the largest room of the house, with his ice cream maker.
The favorite of all Tata Noah’s children was my grandfather, his eldest son, who followed the tradition of our ancestors and married his first cousin, who gave birth to my father. I became his favorite when I was born.
I heard my Mamacona Herlinda say that Tata Noah cried when I was born because I was bleeding in the eye. He went into the hills for several weeks to conduct a ceremony to the ancestors and to ask our Apus (spiritual leaders) to heal me of what I was born with.
Wisconsin GOP Rams Through Union-Busting Measure; Thousands Storm Capitol
Wisconsin Republicans rammed through a measure stripping state public employees of their collective bargaining rights. What happens now?
March 9, 2011
Late Wednesday, Wisconsin Republicans rammed a measure through the Senate stripping collective bargaining rights from most public workers in the state. Although the 14 Democrats who fled the state to block Governor Walker's union-busting bill remain in Illinois, Republicans were able to push through the measure anyway by separating the collective bargaining provision from the other elements of Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill." (This, after claiming for months that killing public workers' right to negotiate was all about reining in the state's debt.) The measure passed 18-1, with Republican Sen. Dale Schultz voting against. Critics say the rushed legislative session -- with only one Democrat in attendance -- may have violated the state's open meetings law. So what's next? AlterNet has the latest updates and analysis:
Update: Within hours of the vote, the Capitol was flooded with thousands of furious protesters: "The whole world is watching!" they shouted as they pressed up against the heavily guarded entrance to the Senate chamber," ABC reports.
Update: Push for recall:
State Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate released a statement pledging to pursue recall of all Republican lawmakers that are eligible: Using tactics that trample on the traditions of our Legislature, the Republican leadership has betrayed our state. Republicans have rubber-stamped the desire of the Koch Brothers and their godshead Scott Walker to cripple Wisconsin's middle class and lower benefits and wages for every single wage-earner in our state.
The Colorado Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the ACLU of Colorado are sponsoring a forum for Denver Mayoral candidates specifically on the issue of police accountability. As the recent beating of Michael DeHerrera and the tragic death in custody of Marvin Booker make clear, the city of Denver faces a serious problem of police abuse of power and a serious lack of accountability for abuses committed by DPD officers. A large turnout at this forum will put the candidates for mayor on notice that the public expects whoever takes that office to take this issue seriously and to have a clear plan for reform. Four panelists with backgrounds in issues of police accountability--Metro State criminology professor Joseph Sandoval; ACLU Legal Director Mark Silverstein; DU Law Professor Jessica West; and community activist Lisa Calderon--will question the candidates about their plans for restoring public trust in Denver law enforcement. The forum, free and open to the public, will be held THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 6 - 8 PM, CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1660 SHERMAN ST. Doors open at 6 pm, program begins at 6:30.
Anti USA Police State rock music video released by American rocker who has been targeted with a decade of government oppression. Scott X and the Constitution Commandos take on corrupt and criminal acts of the government with their 5th video release from their new album: "Fighting the U.S. Police State With Music".
American musician that has become totally fed up with U.S. government crimes and oppression targeting him has released a 7 song rock music album and his 5th music video detailing his experiences with the corrupt U.S.A. government. Rocker Scott X has been banished with the threat of arrest from all courthouses in the U.S. for LIFE. U.S. State and Federal governments have targeted X for over a decade with wrongful criminal prosecutions, courthouse banishments, free speech violations, double jeopardy violations and other oppressive acts.
This--- is fucking awesome.
This video amazing. Madison, Wisconsin- small victories tonite. Republican defects in statehouse. People are holding out to stay overnight without the grace of Scott Walker. Cops promise to not take people out of statehouse.
This is some website where you upload video directly from your phone. I have no idea how this works. Good to see the people get a few victories and persist in the good fight.
Boulder, Colo. – (February 24, 2011) – Boulder Digital Arts, an organization dedicated to empowering the creative and technology communities in the Rocky Mountain region, opened the doors to its new affordable, professional and creative coworking space on Feb. 1, 2011. The new coworking facility, conveniently located in central Boulder, is the first of its kind to focus specifically on building a community of individuals involved in the creative and digital industries.
“Coworking is redefining the way we do work and has become the workplace of choice for many people,” says Bruce Borowsky, who helped found BDA seven years ago and has built its reputation as a national hub for practical skills training in video production, digital photography, web design, social media and other digital disciplines. “While other coworking spaces are broad and unspecific in their industry focus, BDA’s coworking facility will be unique in that the space is specifically geared toward the creative and digital communities. We have created an environment that will inspire innovation, encourage collaboration and foster productivity.”
With the economic downturn of two years ago forcing many people to reinvent themselves, add new skills to their repertoire and even start new careers, coworking has been gaining traction in recent years and is very often the best choice for the growing numbers of isolated telecommuters, solopreneurs, and members of the creative and digital communities.
For information and specifics about BDA’s coworking space, call 303-800-4647 or visit the Boulder Digital Arts website.
Boulder Digital Arts new coworking facility offers both private offices and desks available for rent, as well as short-term passes.
Wisconsin Solidarity in Your Area: Rally to Save the American Dream
Where: 66 cities including all state capitals
When: Tomorrow mid-day
What: In cities across the nation, including every state capital, we’ll come together to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin and rally to Save the American Dream. Teachers, nurses, firefighters, students, police officers and others protesting in Wisconsin have occupied the Capitol building and streets of Madison for the past nine days, and now their protest is going national.
Whatever you’ve got planned for Saturday afternoon, reschedule it.
Teachers, nurses, firefighters, students, police officers and others protesting in Wisconsin have occupied the Capitol building and streets of Madison for the past nine days.
On Saturday at noon, their protest is going national. In cities across the nation, including every state capital, we’ll come together to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin.
This time the Republicans have gone too far in their attempts to bust unions, slash state budgets, and give tax breaks to their wealthy friends.
So on Saturday we’ll stand up to say that we’re sick of the attacks on workers’ rights. That we’re sick of an economy that showers corporate executives with bonuses while squeezing middle-class families. That we still believe in the American Dream. And that we’re willing to fight for it.
As the Spring International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings open, the World Bank announced $650 million of new grants and concessional loans to the countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. About $220 million will be aid in the form of grants and the remainder will be in the form of highly concessional loans. Currently the three countries owe a combined $518 million to the World Bank. Liberia owes $105 million, Guinea $186 million and Sierra Leone $227 million.
“We urge the World Bank Group to consider bolstering their commitments with a new debt relief package for the impacted countries,” said Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious development coalition, Jubilee USA Network. “We applaud the new aid for the affected countries and hope that the World Bank can come up with some rapid response plan to address this kind of crisis much faster in the future.”
The new financing is through the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA). The IDA determines its lending terms based on the borrowing country's risk of "debt distress." The new IDA financing will be distributed as approximately 50% grants to Sierra Leone and Guinea and 100% as loans to Liberia. The loans will be repaid over 25 to 38 years. In February, the IMF announced $100 million in debt relief for the three West African countries and called on governments to contribute $70 million more. The IMF also set up a new debt relief fund for poor countries struck by natural disasters or health crises.
Global Stability and Economic Outlook Reports Released
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its Global Financial Stability Report, noting "increased financial stability risks" in the global economy. The report notes that large-scale economic shocks are particularly concerning to global stability. It argues that such risks are greatest for countries with high debt levels and that emerging market countries must be prepared for external shocks. Particular concern is raised on the consequences of currency volatility, the shadow financial system and high corporate debt. The report is a follow-up to the IMF's semi-annual World Economic Outlook Report, which noted uneven global growth, particularly among developing economies.
"The IMF recognizes we need global structures to protect us when there's a major crisis," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development organization Jubilee USA Network. "Countries with high debt levels are the most vulnerable to those crises."
The Global Financial Stability Report focuses on the systemic issues that create global economic trends. It notes that debt levels are rising in emerging markets and that increased risks over the past six months are impacting those countries the most. It argues that policy measures are necessary to "contain financial excesses" in global markets and to improve growth.
"The IMF is concerned that inequality persists, especially in the developing world" said LeCompte. "The IMF notes that the key to stability is addressing debt and tax policies that underlie uneven growth."
Complaints of psychiatric abuse are nothing new. Pilgrim State Hospital in New York lost its accreditation over them in the 80’s. No doubt other psych hospitals have as well. It is my understanding that such complaints have usually centered on excessive forced drugging, often ordered by doctors at big hospitals like the one in DC that holds John Hinkley. In some cases the doctors never even saw the patient they ordered drugged. Psychiatric drugs are unpleasant and can be used as tools for chemical restraint, punishment or both. Other complaints have centered on excessive use of physical restraint, people being put in the straight jacket or full sheet for long periods of time, sometime for days, and often left in their own urine and feces for hours. When such abuse comes to light and a single doctor or staff person is responsible that person can lose their license to practice medicine in whatever capacity and in some instances may even face prosecution. If the abuses reflect a pattern of practice within the whole institution it may be closed.
Grenada agreed to a debt plan with its Caribbean island investors that will result in a 50% reduction in the value of existing Grenada investment bonds. The deal offers investors a portion of future revenues from a government program designed to attract foreign investment. Although the deal addresses about $262 million in debt, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports that Grenada's total debt tops $907 million. According to the Central Intelligence Agency, nearly 40% of Grenada's population lives below the poverty line. "Grenada's debt deal is a significant step in the right direction," said Reverend Sean Doggett, a spokesperson for the local Catholic Diocese and a founding member of Grenada's Jubilee Committee. Because of the correlation of debt levels to high poverty rates, Grenada's Jubilee Committee was organized by the Conference of Churches in Grenada to influence debt negotiations between investors, the IMF and the government of Grenada. "The Conference of Churches in Grenada continues to engage in this process and work with its partners in the region."
Other Caribbean islands are also dealing with unsustainable debts or attempting to renegotiate their debt levels. These islands include Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica and Jamaica. Jubilee USA supported Grenada's Jubilee Committee and last year religious leaders across the small islands formed the Caribbean Debt Network (CDN) to join debt negotiations on all islands facing crisis.
The religious anti-poverty organization Jubilee USA Network is calling on international lenders to grant debt relief to Vanuatu. In mid-March, Cyclone Pam struck the string of small Pacific islands with winds up to 165 miles per hour. The category 5 storm destroyed or damaged nearly every building in the capital city and wiped out crops across the country. The United Nations warns that entire islands are facing imminent starvation and its President says the "monster" storm undid the nation's recent economic development. Vanuatu owes approximately $84 million to international lenders, including nearly $10 million to the World Bank.
"The World Bank and other international lenders can reduce Vanuatu's debt," said Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA Network's Executive Director. "Vanuatu's people will need every single dollar they can get to rebuild."
Greece submitted a list of economic reforms to the European Union (EU) in an effort to secure emergency financing. The reforms include proposals to raise revenue by curbing tax evasion and corruption. Eurozone leaders rejected a prior Greek reform plan over the weekend. Greek Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis told Germany's Spiegel news magazine that Greece may not make its €450 million payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) if it does not receive more financing by April 9. Government spokesperson Gabriel Sakellaridis denied that Greece would forgo IMF payments.
"This is a poker match between Greece, the IMF and the EU," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious debt relief organization Jubilee USA Network. "The stakes are high with millions of ordinary people's lives on the table."
Greece's Syriza party vowed to end austerity measures and renegotiate the country's debt after winning national elections in January. The Greek government submitted a list of proposed reform measures in February to unlock a four-month extension to its current loan deal with the EU, IMF and European Central Bank. The EU rejected those proposals and instructed Greece to submit new reforms. Greece is also seeking debt relief and indicated it would pay for domestic services before paying its debt if forced to choose. Greece is the most heavily indebted country in Europe and the third most indebted in the world.
"This ongoing dispute is more evidence that we need a global bankruptcy process with clear rules," said LeCompte, an expert to United Nations finance working groups. "Otherwise we're just gambling with people's lives."
Budget amendment SA 621, to repeal the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), failed to reach the the US Senate floor for a vote on Friday. FATCA was originally passed in 2010 to prevent corrupt activities and Americans from evading taxes abroad. The law requires foreign financial institutions to disclose financial information or face penalties.
"It's an unpopular idea to overturn existing tax transparency laws in the Senate," said Eric LeCompte, executive director of the financial reform organization Jubilee USA Network, which generated thousands of phone calls into the Senate in support of FATCA. "The lack of support for repealing FATCA shows how important anti-corruption legislation is to Congress."
Countries and financial institutions that sign FATCA compliance agreements with the US government agree to automatically share certain tax information. To date, over 77,000 banks and 80 countries have signed such agreements. In 2013, G8 leaders pledged to crack down on tax avoidance and improve transparency by working toward a global version of FATCA. The G20 that year agreed to automatically exchange information by the end of 2015 and called such exchange "the new standard." In 2014, 47 countries agreed to a global standard of information exchange developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
FATCA is part of a global campaign for financial transparency," noted LeCompte.
Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 400 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org
A US House of Representatives Judiciary sub-committee is discussing legislation to give Puerto Rico's public utilities access to US bankruptcy protection. The Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law is meeting to debate HR 870, a bill introduced by Puerto Rico's Representative in Congress. Puerto Rico has more than $70 billion in public debt, about $20,000 per resident. The island's government attempted to restructure its public utility company's debts but was stopped by a court ruling. As a territory, Puerto Rico cannot access International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans and isn't eligible for the bankruptcy laws that govern US cities and states.
"Puerto Rico is in a debt trap and this bill could be a way out," noted Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious anti-poverty group, Jubilee USA Network. "In this case, bankruptcy laws can help, just as a global bankruptcy process could help all countries around the globe."
Some financial firms that hold Puerto Rican bonds oppose the bill. Those funds won a recent court decision to block the island's public utility company's $9 billion debt restructuring. Meanwhile, some hedge funds involved in Puerto Rico have been involved in allegedly predatory behavior elsewhere, including Aurelius Management, one of the lead plaintiffs in the Argentine debt dispute.
"It is troubling that there are predatory hedge funds involved in Puerto Rico," said LeCompte, a United Nations expert on debt and finance. "It's important to note that various predatory funds are on both sides of this battle. It shows that these funds will bend laws in either direction for their own interests."
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is providing $330 million of financing to aid Ebola-impacted countries. The plan includes $170 million of debt relief and grant-like aid for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The new plan also expands a debt relief facility previously used to cancel debt after Haiti's 2010 earthquake. The new expanded facility, the Catastrophe Containment Relief Trust (CCR), is now a permanent debt relief facility for the world's poorest countries when they experience shocks such as epidemics or natural disasters.
"This aid is so vital for the countries affected by Ebola," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious anti-poverty organization Jubilee USA Network. "Now we have a permanent debt relief vehicle for when the poorest countries face certain crises. Essentially, a global social safety net is now in place to protect the least developed countries when they experience disasters."
$100 million of debt relief will come through the IMF's new Catastrophe Containment Relief Trust. Another $70 million in debt relief will come from other governments who hold debt in the three countries. Concessional loans of $160 million add up to a grand total of $330 million in new financing. The package also includes a new financing mechanism designed to deliver funds to disaster-impacted countries quickly without worsening debt burdens.
"This new fund is an important, permanent tool in the fight against poverty," noted LeCompte, who serves on United Nations expert groups on debt and global finance. "It means resources for countries that need them most at the time they need them most."
President Obama criticized Greek austerity programs in an interview that aired on CNN on Sunday. The United States President said: “You cannot keep on squeezing countries that are in the midst of depression.” Obama called on all sides to compromise and argued, "when you have an economy that is in a free fall there has to be a growth strategy and not simply the effort to squeeze more and more out of a population that is hurting." His comments follow French Finance Minister Michel Sapin's call for a "new contract" between Greece and Europe. The anti-austerity Syriza party won Greece's elections and is seeking to renegotiate Greek debt. Greece is the third-most indebted country in the world.
"Austerity simply doesn't work," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious financial reform organization Jubilee USA. "I think President Obama and French leaders understand there needs to be an alternative."
Mr. Sapin met Sunday with Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and said Europe should review austerity policies within the Eurozone. The French minister said Europe should also discuss Greece's debt situation and he and President Obama both called on Greece to make internal reforms. Greece began a series of austerity measures in 2010 as part of its emergency loan from the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and European Union. Since 2010, Greek unemployment doubled and the country lost 400,000 jobs in 2012. The Greek economy contracted every fiscal quarter for five years.