We need a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace & Prosperity.” - We need a “*21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace & Prosperity*.” The time has come to fulfill the dreams and promises that were intended to be part o...
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Leave a twig for the birds to perch on... don't let the capitalists do your thinking for you... if you are in the neighborhood, stop on in; the coffee is always hot and the cookie jar is full... looking forward to the day when the real decisions in America are made by working class families gathered around the kitchen table... new postings daily...Yours in the struggle...Alan L. Maki
You have a different meaning of the word "progressive" than what most people do.
The income tax is progressive; you are definitely correct about that. And it should become so progressive that we tax the hell out of the rich to pay for the many universal social programs we need to lift everyone out of poverty... from public health care to public child care to programs like WPA and CCC putting people back to work with the government becoming the employer of first choice. Ending these dirty wars to pay for what society needs is what is progressive, too.
We have reached the point where the people being "elected" to the United States Congress and their hacks who write articles like the one I posted above are so far removed from the life most people experience daily which has become a crisis of everyday living for tens of millions of working class families in the wealthiest country in the world that they don't care about us and what we think.
There were massive demonstrations by the American people from all walks of life speaking out that they didn't want Bush to go to war. The number of members of the House and Senate voting against going to war was shameful and pathetic given the massive opposition from the American people. We are going to have to replace these very arrogant representatives of Wall Street getting richer off of war who get elected with our votes but who understand they are accountable to their Wall Street campaign contributors.
The United States Senate has just one solitary socialist in it.
Is it coincidental that this one socialist is the only one who stood up for the welfare of working people?
Look at all the other governments in the world. Take Canada our neighbor to the north. Their governments are filled with socialists from the local to provincial and federal levels. The Canadian Province of Manitoba has been dominated by the socialist New Democratic Party for years; they have been the governing party for much of the last 50 years in Manitoba.
We are missing something here.
If Bernie Sanders is the one and only United States Senator we can count on to reflect and represent our views shouldn't this tell us something? Something like we need more socialists in the House and Senate; not more Democrats.
There are 435 members of the House; 100 members in the United States Senate. There is one socialist.
What does this mean?
It means "we the people" are outnumbered 534 to ONE. Wall Street has 534 members in Congress; working people have ONE.
These members of Congress can talk all they want about war or anything else. When all is said and done Wall Street is going to win every single time. This is what "we the people" have to change.
Never mind the fact that most Americans don't know that Manitoba has a government just as socialist as little Cuba; most Americans don't even know that Minnesota has had two socialist governors, Floyd Olson and Elmer Benson; and in more recent years a governor whose politics were so socialist oriented that they called him "Red" Rudy Perpich--- his own Democratic Party dumped him for advocating a huge increase in the "taconite tax" for the iron ore industry and a huge increase in "stumpage fees" for the forestry industry to begin to do away with the regressive property tax to pay for public education by placing taxes where they belong: on the rich and the corporations.
Minnesota also sent a Communist, John Bernard, to Congress when electing a socialist governor.
This idea that somehow socialism is a foreign concept to American politics is an outright big lie. In fact, Minnesota's first socialist governor, Floyd Olson had intended to take the socialist Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party national and he was going to run against Franklin Roosevelt because Roosevelt wasn't implementing reforms quickly enough to alleviate the suffering of the people.
Minnesota had a socialist majority in its House and almost in the Senate with hundreds of socialists elected to public office on lower levels. We also had a socialist in the United States Senate elected on the same Minnesota Farmer-Labor ticket.
We have to "level the playing field" if we want to see peace, social and economic issues addressed in Congress. The only way to "level the playing field" with Wall Street our opposition is to send more socialists to Congress to join Bernie Sanders so the old guy doesn't have to stand up for over eight hours straight defending our rights--- talking to a completely empty Senate Chamber which proves there isn't one other member of the United States Senate whose interests go beyond what is good for Wall Street.
Not only is Mother Earth at her tipping point with global warming with capitalism already splattered and on the skids to oblivion taking us all down a dangerous, dark, bumpy, twisty, treacherous road to oblivion with no stops in purgatory--- we are headed straight to hell; but, our democracy, fragile as it has been since the initiation of the dark days of what we call "McCarthyism" which began in 1938 with the Dies Committee; our democracy of "we the people" is at the tipping point, too; and I would suggest that the only way to save democracy is by electing a whole slew of socialists of one kind or another to Congress... we simply can't rely on one old man, Bernie Sanders, to stand up against all the tremendous power that Wall Street's wealth can purchase.
As for who we Primary Obama with; anyone from Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders is just fine with me. And it doesn't make any difference to me if we elect socialists to the House and Senate on the Democratic Party ticket, as independents like Bernie Sanders or as part of a new party like the old Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party or something along the lines of Canada's New Democratic Party.
Saturday, January 29, 2011 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
|Location||Hamilton City Hall|
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Almost every single person who has contacted me says they like the idea I bring forward that we should be looking at creating large numbers of jobs through government programs putting people to work solving the problems of people and society paid for by ending the wars and militarism and taxing the rich. Everyone agrees establishing national public health care and child care systems are so important that it is just common sense we start here and by re-activating WPA and CCC. Everyone also agrees that Affirmative Action (Executive Order #11246) should be vigorously enforced.
Union pension funds have helped to create 2,000,000 jobs in this country. Two-million jobs in the Indian Gaming Industry where casino workers are forced to work in loud, noisy, smoke-filled casinos at poverty wages and without any rights under state or federal labor laws all compliments of the Democratic Party which crafted the terms of the "Compacts" creating this industry managed and run by a bunch of mobsters who own all the slot machines and table games leaving already impoverished Native Americans even more poor on reservations only to be used as a pool of cheap labor employed under the most abominable and unhealthy working conditions.
The AFL-CIO leadership has supported every single Democratic Party politician--- and even many Republicans--- who have turned around just like Barack Obama and Congressman Collin Peterson--- and stabbed working people right through the heart and then when workers fall they take their knife and stab them in the back. Without a job, the only thing any working person has is a life of poverty; with a poverty wage job, the only thing a working person has is a life of poverty.
The working class is being bludgeoned to death in every way by Wall Street coupon clippers and it is going to take a lot more than a one day demonstration on Wall Street to turn this country around.
We now have over 3,700 mines, mills and factories sitting idle as these Wall Street coupon clippers find it more profitable to seek out cheap labor markets and cheap natural resources.
The United Electrical workers union (UE) has raised "eminent domain" as a solution.
Why shouldn't the AFL-CIO join UE and demand the use of eminent domain to re-open all of these mines, mills and factories--- the majority of which were heavily subsidized by tax-payers to begin with. What tax-payers finance and subsidize, tax-payers should own.
Right now these 3,700 mines, mills and factories are not operating at all and providing people with employment--- come on, really, can public ownership of these mines, mills and factories under worker management do any worse?
And for those who continue to try to bully and badger anyone with a left-wing viewpoint into silence by insinuating they must be a Republican, I say shame, shame shame... why do you find it necessary to try to prevent dialog, discussion and debate on these issues?
This thread started out as a result of Richard Trumka posting this article about how the insurance companies are ripping us off--- well, consider this: The AFL-CIO supported a Wall Street health insurance salesman to look after the concerns of working people, and what did we get?
We got the "Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industry Bailout and Profit Maximization Act of 2010," a Wall Street bailout that has plunged our Nation into debt and anyone knows that a Nation's debt is a Wall Street banker's profit; we have two wars raging in three countries and Richard Trumka refuses to ask working people the most important question of all: How is Barack Obama's war economy working for you? I think if Trumka would have the courage to ask this simple and fundamental question he would find that union members will tell him they have no use for these dirty wars that are killing our jobs just like they are killing people. In fact, these wars are making us all poor--- except for the Wall Street merchants of death and destruction who get rich from wars just like these greedy, money-grubbing Wall Street parasites are getting even richer off the national debt.
Azar, you ask me to place solutions on the table; I have filled your plate. For dessert, how about a National Public Health Care System that would provide good new jobs for 10,000,000 Americans providing free health care for everyone through 30,000 community health care centers? The price tag? Slightly less than what these dirty wars are costing us with enough left over to put another 5,000,000 unemployed people back to work staffing a national network of Public Child Care Centers.
Working people should shut this country down until these wars are stopped and that money being wasted is re-directed towards meeting the needs of the people.
We are getting the government we vote for?
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The United States has 800 military bases on foreign soil... What we need--- instead--- is 800 public health care centers spread out across the United States where people can universally access, for free, all their health care needs from pre-natal care, to general health care to eye, dental and mental care right through to burial.
Instead of moving in this progressive direction, President Barack Obama and the United States Congress are moving in a most reactionary direction towards establishing military bases in outer space as they seek to insure the profits of both the merchants of death and destruction and the profit-driven health care industries... talk about skewed priorities and your wacky ideas which will execerbate the problems surrounding the failing capitalist economy, and ideas devoid of common sense.
In addition to these 800 U.S. military bases on foreign soil, Barack Obama and the United States Congress continue funding--- with our tax-dollars--- the Israeli killing machine to the tune of tens of billions of dollars. Where is the "change?"
This is the change Americans want, and the change we need:
A network of 800 public health care centers spread out across the United States would create over four-million good-paying, decent jobs--- talk about your "economic stimulus" package!
We would be redistributing the wealth as we are planting the seeds of socialism while helping to eradicate poverty by keeping people healthy and getting them well when sick.
Think about this kind of solution in relation to what Barack Obama, the U.S. Congress and the Wall Street bankers and coupon clippers are offering the American people, and the peoples of the world... just what is the reason for bailing out the banks and AIG and maintaining more than 800 expensive U.S. military bases of foreign soil?
The Mt. Carmel Clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada offers us a glimpse at what militarization and wars continue to rob us of.
The problems created by Wall Street will not be solved as long as the military-financial-industrial complex is allowed to squander human and natural resources on militarism and wars... we might just as well be dumping these resources out into the ocean... at least no one would die in wars.
These merchants of death and destruction must be stopped if humanity is to survive in a livable world.
The time has come to talk about working class Marxist politics and the economics of livelihood... capitalism has failed humanity miserably and left us a real mess to clean up.
Capitalism is on the skids to oblivion and unless we take a "left turn" we will continue down this road to perdition.
Something for working people to think about and discuss around the dinner table... the capitalist sooth-Sayers certainly are not going to broach such solutions to the problems of working people as they hide behind the skirt of Rosy Scenario as this global capitalist economic depression intensifies while wars rage on.
The times and conditions call for "building a new era of justice and peace;" this is one step in that direction; this is the change the American people voted for.
Alan L. Maki
Frank Marshall Davis Roundtable for Change
Everybody knows the boat is leaking. Everybody knows the captain lied.... Everybody knows the plague is coming. Everybody knows it’s moving fast. Everybody knows ...
— Leonard Cohen
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me
As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me
I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me
The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me
As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!
In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.
Write A Letter To The Editor--- a very effective way to influence public opinion.
By: Alan L. Maki
Letters to the Editor are an effective way of speaking to a large group of people, and often getting the attention of elected officials; but, most important is that elected public officials understand that through a Letter to the Editor you are speaking directly to your friends, neighbors and fellow workers in the proverbial public square and these politicians will understand that their own positions are being publicly challenged and people are beginning to “think outside the box” which often leads to movement building.
First, you should pick an issue that you feel strongly about and you are familiar with; citing your own personal experiences with unemployment and poverty or with war makes for a very strong Letter to the Editor.
One important thing to remember is that newspapers like to publish letters that have a local tone; so your letter should address how the issue is pertinent to people in your area.
Also, it is best to always refer to an article that was published in the newspaper you are submitting your letter to. State that you are opposing or supporting the views in the article or editorial. Give the date and page of publication you are referencing.
If you need the address for your local paper, check out this site which has links to newspapers all over Minnesota: http://www.mnnews.com/
Remember to show your published Letter to the Editor to everyone you know; encourage them to write, too.
If you and a couple friends get Letters published you can photo-copy them and use it as a leaflet.
One effective way to use Letters to the Editor to build movements is to write a Letter and then get friends to follow up with Letters of their own on different aspects of the issue.
Remember to stick to the newspaper's guidelines as to limitation on words, etc. that the newspaper establishes.
* If your Letter doesn't get published, call the Editor and ask for the reason your letter wasn't published. Often the Editor will suggest “corrections” that you can make and then you can resubmit the Letter for publication consideration. Also, don't waste a Letter to the Editor; submit it to another paper if one doesn't publish it.
There are some important working class issues many Editors of corporate newspapers will not publish unless pressured to do so. If this happens then take the opportunity to publish your Letter as a leaflet with a big, bold headline like this: The Duluth News-Tribune refused to publish this--- why? What is happening to democracy in our community?
If you are working on an issue or problem, gather together a few people and have a Letter to the Editor writing party at your home, in a union hall, community center, library, church or park. Libraries are good places to have such a party because you have many resources available.
Provided courtesy of:
The Podunk Blog http://thepodunkblog.blogspot.com/
A blog for working class activists.
Alan L. Maki, publisher
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An example of some well-written Letters to the Editor which were published:
This was rejected by the Editor as a Letter to the Editor because of its length but the Editor then agreed to publish it as an Op-Ed piece: http://nativeamericanindianlaborunion12.blogspot.com/2009/08/grand-forks-herald-op-ed-piece.html
A good writing guide: “Elements of Style” by W. Strunk & E. B. White; free on-line: http://faculty.washington.edu/heagerty/Courses/b572/public/StrunkWhite.pdf
Each of us is like one little snowflake; we don't amount to much... but watch out for a Minnesota blizzard!
Reader's view: Money should go to health care and jobs, not wars
Published: April 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM CDT
Listening to Democrats making excuses for Obama has been sickening. People voted for peace and got more war. People voted for health-care reform and got a health insurance industry bailout and profit maximization act. The Democrats scream, “Jobs, jobs, jobs!” and we get more unemployment and poverty-wage jobs.
Common sense tells us to end these dirty wars and use the money to pay for a world-class, socialized, health-care system, providing free health care for all, which would create as many as 10 million new jobs with the enforcement of affirmative action.
Every single delegate to the Minnesota DFL State Convention in Duluth should have to pass through a gauntlet of warriors for peace and social justice, insisting on the change they voted for. If we can’t get peace with social justice out of the Democratic Party, we are going to have to look elsewhere —possibly start a new political party.
Alan L. Maki
The writer is a delegate to the 2010 Minnesota DFL State Convention in Duluth.
[This recipe, from the New York Times, really is simple and produces a crusty crust and soft interior. It uses the bare minimum of ingredients, and no kneading, and works fine with either free-standing or pan loaves. Next time I may enhance it with sun-dried tomatoes, or Kalamata olives, or onions.]
A. 9 large potatoes
B. 1 16 oz container sour cream
C. 2 cans cheddar cheese soup
D. 1/2 cup melted butter
E. 2 tsp salt
F. pepper to taste
G. 1 pint half and half or regular milk or evaporated
H. onion – optional
I. 12 oz package of mild shredded cheddar cheese
Seven easy steps…
1. Cut uncooked potatoes in thin slices
2. Spray 9x13 pan with oil spray
3. Layer cut potatoes in oiled pan
4. Mix above ingredients together
5. Pour ingredients on top of potatoes
6. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until potatoes are soft and done
7. Ten minutes before taking out of oven add shredded cheese
Green Tomato Preserves
8 lbs. green tomatoes, cut up
4 lbs. sugar
1 quart vinegar (white)
1 tbsp powdered cloves
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp salt
Boil slowly and stir frequently till thick. Can in sterile jars.
Red Pepper Jelly
7 sweet red peppers
2 sweet yellow peppers (optional)
5 hot peppers
1½ cups vinegar
1½ cups apple juice
1 package powdered pectin
½ teaspoon salt
5 cups sugar
Wash peppers and remove stems and seeds. Cut up. Puree peppers and vinegar. Stir in apple juice. Refrigerate overnight.
Strain mixture through cheesecloth. Measure 4 cups juice. Combine juice, pectin, and salt in a saucepot. Boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Boil 1 minute more, stirring. Remove from heat, skim foam (if any).
Ladle hot jelly into hot, sterilized jars. Process 5 minutes in a boiling water canner.
Cook the following for half an hour:
Heirloom tomatoes, mixed varieties and colors
Fresh herbs (basil, Italian parsley, oregano, thyme)
garlic, cut up
hot and sweet peppers, cut up
Put through a food strainer. Process pints 40 minutes, quarts 45 minutes, in a boiling water canner.
Any system you contrive without us
will be brought down
We warned you before
and nothing that you built has stood
Hear it as you lean over your blueprint
Hear it as you roll up your sleeve
Hear it once again
Any system you contrive without us
will be brought down
You have your drugs
You have your guns
You have your Pyramids your Pentagons
With all your grass and bullets
you cannot hunt us any more
All that we disclose of ourselves forever
is this warning
Nothing that you built has stood
Any system you contrive without us
will be brought down
1 LB Chicken Breasts Fillets,Cubed
1/3 Cup Herb Vinegar
1/3 Cup Garlic Oil
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon Crushed Fresh Ginger
1 Tablespoon Sherry
24 Button Mushrooms
24 Cherry Tomatoes
1 Green Pepper,Cubed
1 Red Pepper,Cubed
12 Pickling Onions
2 Tablespoon Chopped Chives
8 Nasturtium Flowers,Chopped
Pickled Nasturtium Seeds,Chopped
1/4 Cup Plain Yogurt
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Marinate the chicken in a glass dish overnight in the combined vinegar,garlic oil,soy sauce,ginger and sherry.
Drain the chicken and reserve the marinade.
Thread the chicken and vegetables alternately onto 8 skewers.
Grill or barbecue the kebabs,brushing with the reserved marinade,until cooked through.
Combine the chives,nasturtium flowers and seeds then mix the plain yogurt and salt and pepper to make a dressing.
Remove the kebabs from the skewers and serve on the nasturtium leaves.
Top with the dressing.then roll up and eat.
|BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES|
10 med. cucumbers
3 med. sweet onions
4 c. white vinegar
3 c. sugar
1/2 c. Kosher salt
2 1/2 tsp. tumeric
1 tsp. mustard seed
Wash cucumbers; slice them, put unpeeled cucumbers into a gallon glass jar. Put onion slices every few layers, Mix vinegar, sugar, salt and spices together and pour over cucumbers. Let stand in refrigerator for 24 hours before eating. Stir once in awhile. Will keep indefinitely in refrigerator.
• 2 1/2 tbsp fresh cake yeast or 1 pkg dry yeast
• 1 cup lukewarm water
• Pinch of sugar
• 1 tsp salt
• 3-3 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
Warm a medium mixing bowl by swirling some hot water in it. Drain. Place the yeast in the bowl, and pour on the warm water. Stir in the sugar, mix with a fork, and allow to stand until the yeast has dissolved and starts to foam, 5-10 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to mix in the salt and about one-third of the flour. Mix in another third of the flour, stirring with the spoon until the dough forms a mass and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Sprinkle some of the remaining flour onto a smooth work surface. Remove the dough from the bowl and begin to knead it, working in the remaining flour a little at a time. Knead for 8-10 minutes. By the end the dough should be elastic and smooth. Form it into a ball. Lightly oil a mixing bowl. Place the dough in the bowl. Stretch a moistened and wrung-out dish towel across the top of the bowl, and leave it to stand in a warm place until the dough has doubled in volume, about 40-50 minutes or more, depending on the type of yeast you used. (If you do not have a warm enough place, turn the oven on to medium heat for 10 minutes before you knead the dough. Turn it off. Place the bowl with the dough in it in the turned off oven with the door closed and let it rise there.) To test whether the dough has risen enough, poke two fingers into the dough. If the indentions remain, the dough is ready. Punch the dough down with your fist to release the air. Knead for 1-2 minutes. Divide dough into smaller balls.
Roll to desired thickness, top with desired ingredients, and bake at 475° until crust is crispy and golden (about 10 minutes).
The trick is to ALWAYS use a pizza stone to bake on, it is not nearly as good and crispy if you don’t...