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Purpose:vOakland has called for all West Coast ports to be shutdown on December, 12 2011.
LETS JOIN THEM!
In response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation
Occupy Oakland calls for the blockade and disruption of the economic apparatus of the 1% with a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12th. The 1% has disrupted the lives of longshoremen and port truckers and the workers who create their wealth, just as coordinated nationwide police attacks have turned our cities into battlegrounds in an effort to disrupt our Occupy movement.
Economics should be a part of life, not a steamroller crushing self-determination and creativity. Economics changes with the times. Once savings was the elixir and then spending was the elixir. Growth and work can become fetishes pursued for their own sake. Frank Rotering in "Needs and Limits" discusses the reality of "ecological overshoot."
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Economists with their models could predict the values of economic variables but did not foresee the greatest economic crisis in 80 years. Neoclassicism is a self-contained theoretical model offering simple answers. Mechanical-deterministic neoclassicism serves the interests of capital and big corporations, well-organized and financed interests.
Efficiency and prosperity can only be realized on capitalist markets when the economic system is bound in a social order under the primacy of politics. The agenda of democratic legitimated politics and the provision of public goods are derived from the "anatomy of market failure." If a comprehensive policy of regulating the financial market is not implemented, no rescue is possible.
The Occupy Movement couldn't have come along at a worse time, from the viewpoint of the Democrats. Election season is just getting started and Occupy has thrown a giant wrench into the political machinery. Some labor leaders too are sensing "politics as usual" shifting under their feet; the "get out the vote" for the Democrats may elicit blank stares from the rank and file.
Occupy has the potential to create earthquakes within the labor movement and labor's relationship to the Democrats, if it approaches the subject intelligently. This seismic shift could permanently change politics in the United States, much for the better.
Shrinking the financial sector and overcoming neoliberal myths are crucial to overcome the next financial crisis. The authors, German Young Socialists in their 30s, decry the myths that incomes are just, that self-interest leads to public interest and that economics and politics are separate. US elites prefer flying in jets to studying tax charts or distributive justice.
Presidential Candidate Alexander says "Remember well who is behind these assaults on you; these are the men and women who are bought and sold like commodities by corporations. These are not just Republican officials, but also the Democratic Party that are assaulting your rights to free speech. Your calls for social and economic justice do not sit well with their owners. When the Democrats try to sweet talk you into believing they support the 99%: forget their words and remember their actions."
The extended family as a kind of "self-help group" replaces the social state in the backward-oriented utopia of liberal-conservatism. Nothing hurts families more than the "rebuilding" or dismantling of the social state and the marketing of interpersonal relations justified with the keywords "globalization" and "location protection."
"If the Federal Reserve had thought more about Main Street when it was bailing out the financial system, there might not be an Occupy Wall Street movement throughout the country today.The belief that the economic system is rigged in favor of the rich and powerful is an important factor driving OWS. This belief is based on the way in which the financial bailout was handled."
Another General Strike
With over 50,000 people protesting in the street in three major protests through the course of the day, massive labor participation, and a shut down of the Port of Oakland, there is no question that the general strike was a success. Yet the corporate media is now blowing up the importance of a few acts of vandalism by protesters and agent provocateurs. This is a blatant attempt divert attention from a successful working class action.
"We aren't making economic progress," says Stewart Alexander, Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party USA, "we are simply going through a long term process of replacing poorly paying jobs with even worse jobs while corporate profits soar. The only 'change' Obama has given us jingles in our pockets."
Stewart Alexander, Socialist Party USA nominee for President, says the Occupy movement is to the left of the Democratic Party. More so, Alexander claims that Barack Obama represents the 1%, not the 99%.
"The SEIU 1021 Executive Board calls on all members of SEIU 1021 to join a day-long "Peaceful Day of Action" in support of Occupy Oakland and against the banking industry and last week's police brutality against the Occupy Oakland encampment." SEIU 1021 Official Statement & Call to Action Call to Action
Key unions are on board and will shut down construction sites and the Port of Oakland
If elected president in 2012, Alexander says his administration will support the provisions of a livable guaranteed annual income. A Guaranteed Livable Income would be an unconditional and universal income administered by the federal government and granted to individuals to ensure that no person's income falls below what is necessary for health, life and dignity.
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Since 2000, October 17 has been the United Nation's International Day for Eradication of Poverty.
Alexander, who prides himself on his working-class background, maintains that the Socialist Party historically has been "the true representative of the Left," a point he hopes to drive home not only to disillusioned progressives, but to millions of working-class and poor Americans who have been mercilessly pummeled during the current economic crisis - a near-catastrophic downturn caused almost entirely by the recklessness and avarice of those on Wall Street and their overt enablers in the nation's capital, Democrats and Republicans alike.
By definition, capitalism is: An economic system based on private ownership of the means of production (industry, banks, technology), where through the process of market competition, production occurs for private profit — if something cannot be sold for a profit it is not produced.
In practice, private ownership has evolved into giant corporations, which monopolize production, markets, and government via campaign contributions, corporate lobbying (often legalized bribery) and promising politicians a cozy retirement from politics: "working" for corporations as consultants, lobbyists, etc.
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Good Jobs for All! No Cuts!
March from Portland to Vancouver
Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 am
Meet at the field just off I-5 Exit 308 to Jantzen Beach* to march across the I-5 bridge for a
Noon Rally at Esther Short Park* in Vancouver
As a 2012 presidential candidate, Stewart Alexander says it is time for revolutionary change; "the Occupy Wall Street protesters are demanding nothing less." Alexander, along with the Socialist Party USA, the Peace and Freedom Party and millions of socialists nationwide, are calling for a radical transformation of society from capitalism to socialism; their demands are a challenge to the basic assumption of a capitalist market economy.
What do the protestors want? A solution to the jobs crisis, corporate money out of politics, fairer tax rates, and policies that work for 99% of Americans instead of the 1% at the top.
A labor war is taking place at the Port of Longview in Washington where the EGT group is trying to bust the longshore workers. This video is
an interview with Dan Coffman, president of ILWU Local 21 and Jack Heyman of ILWU Local 10 retired.
No one can impute a salvation promise to capitalism any more.. The market is regarded as a natural law and power of fate. Nothing but Darwinism was left of the liberals' hope for progress. That Darwinism rejoices in the survival of the fittest and celebrates the sorting out of weaker debtors, weaker states and weaker workers.
"Few institutions in our society are more in need of condemnation than the big banks and stockbrokers based where the critics are now camped. "Why are people protesting Wall Street?" For anyone who has lived through the recent economic collapse and the ongoing crises of foreclosure and unemployment, this question almost answers itself."
Thom Hartmann speaks on "Let's keep feudalism where it belongs - in school textbooks." Mary Robinson speaks on "The War on Terror was a Mistake."
Today, Stewart Alexander announced that Darcy Richardson from Florida will serve as his national policy advisor, and Steve Trager from Ohio will serve as his regional campaign director. Both Darcy Richardson and Steve Trager have been activists on the political left for more than two decades. Alexander says he would seek former U.S. Congressman Alan Grayson to step in as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. "We need a Federal Reserve Chairman that will help steer the nation out of this depression; I want Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke out and Alan Grayson in."
The state was extorted by the banks. Bailing out the banks was regarded as without alternative.. Rating institutions should become public institutions and system-relevant banks dismantled. The melting of the hegemony of the US dollar leads to a multipolar monetary system. Growth- and stability funds should be established as the credit-givers of last resort.
45 years ago JKGalbraith was shocked at the public squalor alongside private affluence. In 2008-10 trillions were given to banks and Wall St. so private losses became public losses. By relieving corporations of taxes, neoliberal supply side strategy worsens growth and employment.
Location: Civic Circle - Longview, WA by the Post Office
Time: ‎5:30PM Thursday, September 29th
Violence erupted 7 September in a major labor dispute that has simmered for months at the Port of Longview, leading to work shutdowns at ports up and down the Washington coast. Why are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) — and their supporters in Washington and Oregon — so upset about a grain terminal that employs just 50 workers?
The Bolivrian revolution
One recurring delusion in the controversy over America's free-trade-induced trade mess is the idea that our gigantic trade deficit, which fluctuates around $500 billion a year, somehow "doesn't matter."
Systemic and structural contradictions are often repressed while economic problems are trivialized as psychological and motivational.
NYC-based George Mann brings a new concert program, "200 Years of Struggle in Song," to The Red and Black Cafe with special guests Jay Russo from "General Strike" and Rose Darke on Fiddle!
A battle is looming at the U.S. Postal Service. Nicole Colson reports on what's at stake.
National Day of Action in every Congressional District
Rally to Save America's Postal Service
Tuesday, Sept. 27th, 4 - 5:30pm
Main Post Office, 715 NW Hoyt (@ Broadway) Portland, OR
sponsors: American Postal Workers Union, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Postal Mailhandlers Union, National Rural Letter Carriers Association
endorsed by Portland Jobs with Justice