Posted tagged ‘Unions’

Brazos Valley DSA

February 12, 2017

Like many Bernie groups around the cound, our Brazos Valley for Bernie organization has evloved into a Democratic Socialistsb of America organinzing committee. We are known asn2205133680_32502 Brazos Valley DSA.

We were recognized as a committee in late Novemebr of 2016. We currently have seventeen dues paying members and a number of allies from three counties.

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The Big Picture: Strengthen Unions

June 8, 2015

“Robert Reich says inequality has skyrocketed as unions have weakened. That is no accident and it’s why we have to strengthen unions now!”

Cartooning Capitalism: All Workers Organized

March 10, 2015

This piece of art was drawn by Art Young (1866-1943). Young was a Socialist artist whose labor and political cartoons were published in newspapers and magazines such as The Masses (1911 – 1917), Liberator (1918-1919), and Good Morning (1919-1922).

In this piece, we see “The Boss” who is delighted when he sees an unorganized work-force where “every man is for himself”; an unorganized work-force poses no threat to him. Then, we see “The Boss” who trembles in fear when he sees workers organized in solidarity for their labor and economic rights.

-Art Young-  Organize the Unorganized

Today, we are seeing state legislative attacks on workers, unions and organizing efforts across our country. States such as Arizona and Wisconsin are passing Right-to-Work laws that oppress workers, lower wages, and boost the profits of the already well-to-do.

It will do workers well to recognize their need to organize in solidarity for their labor and economic rights, much as the workers in the cartoon above have done.

Unfortunately, I have no information on the date of this cartoon or the name of the magazine or newspaper in which it was published.

 

DebsSpeak: Now Is The Time

December 8, 2014

“Now is the time for the workers of this nation to develop and assert their political as well as their economic power, to demonstrate their unity and solidarity.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “The Socialist Party’s Appeal”, The Independent, October 24, 1912)

DebsSpeak: Workingmen and Politics

June 4, 2014

“First, all workingmen and women owe it to themselves, their class and their country to take an active and intelligent interest in political affairs.”

(Eugene V. Debs, “The Socialist Party and the Working Class”, September 1, 1904)

Ten Essentials For A New Progressive Movement

August 21, 2013

In my last post, On A Progressive Learning Curve, I shared with you that I am endeavoring to educate myself about current political-economic-community issues that are confronting our nation and our people.  Resources I am using are progressive in their orientation.

One of the resources I am using is Robert Reich. Reich is a political economist who served as the Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. He is the author of many books, writing about issues such as democracy, the economy, and alternatives to the present political-economic system. He writes a blog at Robert Reich and posts comments on Facebook at Robert B. Reich.

Mr. Reich’s insight into and comments on political-economy and government issues help me better understand today’s current economic situation – the causes of The Great Recession, unemployment/under-employment, the effects of a part-time, minimum wage economy, and the growing inequality gap in our nation. There are many comments on Robert Reich’s Facebook page that I have benefited from.

One in particular was posted on August 14. In it Reich lists ten essentials that a new progressive political-economic movement in America will need to address in order to make dramatic , corrective changes in the course that our nation is currently on.

These ten essentials are:

1) a living wage and a larger Earned Income Tax Credit,

(2) an exemption on the first $15K of income from Social Security taxes and elimination of the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes,

(3) a new WPA and CCC, and major infrastructure investments, to put the long-term unemployed back to work,

(4) early childhood education for all, high-quality K-12 for all, and access to affordable higher education,

(5) a single-payer healthcare system,

(6) an easy way to form unions through simple up-or-down votes at the workplace,

(7) a higher marginal income tax on top earners, more tax brackets at the top, a wealth tax, and a tax on financial transactions;

(8) a resurrection of Glass-Steagall and a cap on the size of the biggest Wall Street banks,

(9) a ban on gerrymandered districts, voter-suppression laws, and other means of blocking the majority’s will, and

(10) reversal of “Citizen’s United” (by constitutional amendment if necessary), strict campaign-finance limits, public financing of elections, a resurrected “fairness doctrine” for the media, and stricter limits on the “revolving door” between government and industry or Wall Street.

On the surface, these ten essentials for a new Progressive Movement in the United States do not look like a bad place to begin bringing real change to America. Which one of the ten would you begin with and why?

On A Progressive Learning Curve

August 18, 2013

I have to admit that I do not know a lot about business, economics, or the day-in and day-out workings of government. But, there are two things that I do know.

The first thing I know is that our nation is suffering economically. This suffering is referred to as The Great Recession, the worst economic condition that our nation has been in since The Great Depression. That suffering expresses itself as unemployment, under-employment, home foreclosures, austerity programs, a growing inequality gap, and attacks on working people and unions.

The second thing I know is that I must become better educated and informed about the critical political-economic-community issues that face our nation and our people. Not just to be better educated. But educated in order to become an advocate for, and involved in, progressive change in our country.

With a view toward educating myself, I have discovered and have begun reading and studying on-line magazine articles, blogs, Facebook posts, and Tweets that address the issues above. These materials are, admittedly, progressive, left-of-center resources. I have chosen them because they represent a perspective that is opposite the dominant one we hear on and read in the main-line media. There are many books on these subjects I would like to purchase, but income prohibits that.

Some of these resources include Dollars and Sense, Economic Policy Institute, Inequality.org, Labor NotesRichard Wolff, Robert Reich, the United Steel Workers blog, and Truthout.

If you know of any material you think would benefit me as I endeavor to educate myself along progressive lines, please feel free to share them. I would appreciate your suggestions.

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“‘Educate yourselves because we’ll need all your intelligence. Agitate because we’ll need all your enthusiasm. Organize yourselves because we’ll need all your strength.” – Antonio Gramsci