The Progressive Grassroots Movement
We can't count on the politicians to make things right. The real changes come from the grassroots. Let us get together and make real changes. We elected Barak Obama and now he is just doing whatever he (or his corporate sponsors) wants. Over and over, he ignores the will of the people, as do our legislative representatives (with some great exceptions). Now, with Citizens United, it has become even more impossible for anyone without serious corporate, fat cat sponsorship to ever win an election, especially on a national level.I have not donated to the Democratic Party this year. My money and energy go to grass roots organizations who are independent of the Establishment.
Black Friday saw the breakout of the long-oppressed Walmart workers as they went on strike with the strong support of Occupy.
Occupy the Farm - The Film - Official Trailer from Todd Darling on Vimeo.
Europeans Strike Against Austerity. Austerity is something the 1% dreamed up and the politicians and media took up as a crusade. We have this disease in America and Europe as well. The people in Europe are fighting back in huge mass protests which the lamestream media virtually ignores.
- European Workers Strike
- Greek workers strike over austerity measures
- Spanish riot police attack workers
- Anti-austerity strike hits Italy
Palestine's Resistance to Zionist Military Occupation.
- Occupation 101. Voices of the Silenced Majority
- Occupation 101, the website.
- Gaza under attack
- Palestinian Resistance
- The Palestinian Resistance: Its Legitimate Right and the Moral Duty.
- The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance.
- Rising Palestinian Resistance
- Jewish Voice for Peace
- Code Pink: Palestine and Israel.
- Flotilla to Gaza.
- Gaza's Ark building hope. A flotilla from Gaza, enabling Gaza to export her goods to the world.
- Bradley Manning Support Network. One of the greatest heros of our times, Bradley Manning has endured worst torture than can even be imagined.Yet he has stood strong. He is an inspiration. But he is still in the hands of the enemy. We need to support him in any way we can.
- WikiLeaks. They are in drastic need of funding. If you have money you can spare, this is a good place to put it. It will do more to save democracy than donating to the Democratic party or voting
- Edward Snowden. Take back the internet..
- Rolling Jubilee. Occupy Wall Street's most recent awesome move against capitalist exploitation of the 99%. They are buying up "distressed loans" and freeing the debtors. I am so proud of Occupy. It is the movement that really counts! Workers Solidarity Forever!
- Adbusters, original inspiration for Occupy Wall Street..
- I am happy to say that CecilyMcMillan is now out of Rikers. True to her courageous nature, she spent her time in Rikers working in solidarity with other prisoners. She is looking a lot better now as she exposes the heinous conditions in Rikers.
- Pussy Riot members visit Cecily McMillan in Rikers
- Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alyokhina, Of Pussy Riot met secretely with Cecily McMillan,
- Occupy Wall Street. Most important political grass roots movement in modern times. Occupy has taken the nation by storm and changed the narrative from a reactionaly one about "balancing the budget" to a progressive one about the rampant income inequality, the takeover of the nation by the richest 1% and the need to take money out of politics.
- Occupy Chicago. See statement below. Don't mess with Chicago.
- Occupy San Francisco. Beautiful occupation
- Occupy Oakland. The only Occupy that is officially on record as calling for an end to capitalism. Target of unbelievable police brutality and the big lie that it is, itself, violent, OO keeps moving forward.
- Occupy the Farm. Occupy to grow food for the community.
- Occupy Berkeley. GAs are back now.
- Occupy Los Angeles.
- Occupy TV.
- A night and morning with Occupy Skid Row
- Occupy High School.
- Anonymous: Occupy the November Election. Hacker group joins forces with Occupy movement to urge citizens to vote out lawmakers, but also declares war on the government.
- Code Pink
- Code Pink, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.
- What We've Learned. Hot Pink Code Pink video.
- Answer. Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.
- Roots Action. The 2010 election showed that you can’t beat heartless Republicans with spineless Democrats.
- Truth-out. This is what jail solidarity looks like.
- True Heroes. All movement people are an inspiration but some stand out for their outstanding courage and willingness to sacrifice. Heros, we salute you all.
- Pussy Riot, the punk rock band that is taking on the might of Putin deserves a page for themselves.
- Trayvon Martin. A 17-year-old black boy went to the store in Sanford, Florida to buy skittles and tea. He was followed and gunned down by a white man who outweighed him by about 100 pounds. This man fancied himself a neighborhood watch person although he was not affiliated with any neighborhood watch group. Trayvon's death is an example of the lethal racism that still runs rampant throughout our land. George Zimmerman has finally been arrested, 45 days after he killed Trayvon Martin after massive public outcry. He is charged with second-degree murder. Latest news is that Zimmerman dropped his "stand your ground" defense but his lawyer is smearing Trayvon but putting "evidence" which the court has held as inadmissible out in the public. Shouldn't he be held in contempt of court? As an officer of the court, the shyster lawyer should be disparred. Shouldn't he?
In the late 80's and 90's, an abomination called "tough love" came into vogue. Parents gave up on trying to understand their kids and preferred to farm them out to institutions that used force to make them submit.
- Senior Citizens and Disabled
- Arnieville. Before the Occupy Movement even got started, right in the heart of South Berkeley, people with disabilities toughed it out in a tent village on the island inside Adeleine by Russell. They were protesting Schwartzenegger's cuts to state-funding for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). The 1% always expect the poorest and most vulnerable to pay for all their budgetary problems.I thought they were over but they're still going strong, having actions, working in solidarity with Occupy Oakland.
- Gray Panthers. Age and Youth in Action. Save Social Security!
- Seniors for a Democratic Society California Alliance for Retired Americans. CARA has been fighting to preserve Social Security from reactionaries since 2003. December 7, we had a flash-mob (video pending) in front of the San Francisco Federal Building. December 10th is a National Day of Action to protect our social safety net from the "fiscal cliff" bullshit.
- Flash Mob of seniors to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. See if you can spot me in the crowd.
- The Coffee Party. Wake up and stand up. Mostly concentrated on the East Coast but growing.
- US Uncut. No cuts in government service to the people. Tax the rich. This group uses song, dance and all 'round creativity to make it's point.
- Food Not Bombs. Food Not Bombs shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. With over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war?
- NAACP. Still going strong after years. The first organization with the balls to call the Tea Party "racist."
- Justice Party, a new political party with a candidate for president, Rocky Anderson. The Democrats have let us down, folks, but Justice is really progressive.
- ACORN. No longer together but deserving of an honored place here, Acorn was devoted to community organizing of the poor to enable them to vote, to fight landlord oppression and to improve their neighborhoods. Victim of a witchhunt by Fox "News" and some professional manure slingers, Acorn's legacy will live on forever.
- Bill Ayers Blog Spot. Former leader of the Weather Underground and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn continue to fight for social and economic justice.
- Great video featuring Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers talking with Occupy Wall Street in Union Square. The best of the best of the alternative to the United States Corporate Empire. Where humanity, courage and intelligence work together, bringing hope in the belly of the beast.
- Some of my grassroots experiences
Won't you please come to Chicago...Chicago has been the site of revolutionary activity on several fronts. The protest against Nato's visit made a powerful statement, followed by the teachers' strike which led to a successful settlement. Occupy Chicago has been a vibrant presence in both of these crusades. So has Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, fameous for their part in the Weather Underground. They are still fighting for a better world.
While Chicago has long been a city of protest and revolutionary ferment, it is also a center of reaction. The Chicago School of economics led by Milton Friedman was the catalyst for the infamous Shock Doctrine by which laissez-faire capitalism was forced on people all over the world through violence. The police of Chicago are notorious for being violent and corrupt. Chicago is a place of extremes.Mass Mobilization at Walmart Warehouse Hundreds to Show Support for Demands of Striking Warehouse Workers Monday
ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 1st, a caravan of buses from Chicago will join community, faith and labor organizations in Will County to support workers on strike at the Walmart warehouse in a mass mobilization in Elwood, near Joliet. The rally will bring this usually invisible distribution syste m into the public eye to protest unfair labor practices and other abuses in the nation’s largest inland port.
From approximately 2-4PM, today, October 1st, Walmart warehouse workers will be engaging in an act of civil disobedience.
A petition with about 40,000 signatures was delivered to the office by representatives of Warehouse Workers for Justice, a Joliet-based workers’ rights group. Also present were members of a group that walked off their Walmart warehouse job on Saturday after employees said they suffered retaliation for a federal lawsuit filed on Thursday.
The lawsuit was against Roadlink Workforce Solutions for alleged wage theft. Several employees who approached Roadlink managers on Saturday to present a list of complaints were fired on the spot, said Leah Fried, a spokeswoman for Warehouse Workers for Justice.
After the dismissals a total of about 30 nonunion workers walked off the job and began picketing in front of the 3.4 million-square-foot warehouse at 26453 Center Point Drive, she said. Four more workers joined the strikers on Sunday, Fried said.
“The idea here is Walmart takes notice and starts dealing with the abuses of the contractors,” she said.
Roadlink was hired by Schneider National and Schneider was hired by Walmart in a third-party logistics system that workers complain is unfair because the tertiary companies come and go and no one ever fixes workplace problems.