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What Message Does A ‘Vote No’ Campaign Send?

Popular Resistance - Sat, 01/07/2023 - 03:10

In December, the contract bargaining team for Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2865 brought back a tentative agreement with the University of California and presented it to its membership of teaching assistants, graders and tutors for ratification. A lively “vote no” campaign arose.

A vote no campaign sends a very public message. Does it tell the boss that the union is divided, and therefore weak, or does it warn the boss that members are ready to fight for more? What does it say about the union and the union leadership? When members vote on ratification of a contract, the main issue is trust—whether in the contents of the deal, the process, or both.

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British Nurses Are Struggling To Save NHS From Privatization

Popular Resistance - Sat, 01/07/2023 - 03:07

Anthony Johnson of Nurses United UK explains the reasons for the historic strike by nurses in December. He notes that the strike is not just about the cost of living crisis and pay hikes but also about saving the NHS from privatization. He explains how over the decades, successive governments have shrunk the health service, leading to poor working conditions and staff vacancies. He also talks about the impact of the wrecking of the NHS on the British people and health professionals in other parts of the world.

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NYSNA 2019-2021: From Contract Sellout To Covid Hell

Popular Resistance - Sat, 01/07/2023 - 03:05

New York City, New York - Over 10,000 nurses could strike in NYC starting next week. Key among their demands is the fight around safe staffing ratios, which determines the maximum number of patients per on-shift nurse. Nurses are fighting for better working conditions in a setting where staffing has only gotten worse since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, thousands of nurses and healthcare workers left the workforce, often from being exhausted, burnt out, and/or traumatized. Many more have also become very ill and/or died from Covid-19, after putting their lives on the line to care for patients. Surveys show large percentages of healthcare workers plan to leave the field in the near future.

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Ukraine: Parliament, Army Leadership Celebrate Fascist Mass Murderer

Popular Resistance - Sat, 01/07/2023 - 03:04

On January 1, 2023, hours after the Ukrainian armed forces engaged in an airstrike on a Russian military base that led to the death of at least 89 Russian soldiers—most of them raw recruits—the Ukrainian parliament, army leadership and local officials celebrated the 114th anniversary of Stepan Bandera, the figurehead of Ukrainian fascism.

Bandera advocated the establishment of an “ethnically pure” Ukrainian state in alliance first with German and then with US imperialism. He personally participated in multiple targeted political assassinations of Polish politicians in the 1930s. During World War II, the Bandera-led Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and its paramilitary wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), participated in the Nazi-led genocide of hundreds of thousands of Jews in what is now Ukraine and Poland; in 1943-44, the OUN-B and UPA engaged in massacres of an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 Poles.

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Inside The Supreme Court Case That Could Chill A Strike Wave

Popular Resistance - Sat, 01/07/2023 - 03:02

The Supreme Court is about to consider whether employers can sue unions for perishable goods lost during a strike by claiming they’re intentional property damage.

On Jan. 10, the Court will hear oral arguments in Glacier Northwest v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 174, in which a Seattle concrete company is seeking to overturn a Washington Supreme Court decision dismissing its suit against Local 174 for the costs of several truckloads it had to throw out after drivers walked out in 2017. The state court held that Glacier had to wait until the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] ruled on whether the damage was “incidental” to strike conduct protected under the federal National Labor Relations Act.

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As We Confront The Climate Crisis, Is Bigger And Faster Always Better?

Popular Resistance - Sat, 01/07/2023 - 03:01

“Scale” has become something of a buzz word in climate movement circles. When we see something inspiring, we often ask: “How do we quickly replicate this everywhere, so we are acting in a way that feels commensurate with the scale and urgency of the climate crisis?”

As a climate organizer, I’ve often noticed myself seesawing between smaller spaces where I can build deeper relationships and work at a more global scale. The latter forces my mind and body to overstep its limits to do things that feel more commensurate with the all-pervasive nature of the climate crisis.

But is the conflation of “scale” with “bigger” and “faster” undermining our efforts to usher in the deep and transformative change required to confront a challenge as complex as climate change?

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As CEO pay balloons, the National Post focuses on ‘woke’ conspiracies

Rabble - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 13:50

On Tuesday, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reminded us that it takes the country’s 100 highest-paid corporate CEOs less than an hour to make $58,800 – the average Canadian worker’s pay for an entire year. 

Yesterday, for those of us brave enough to look at the execrable National Post on our tablets and smartphones, we got to see what the one of the Big Brains of the Canadian Conservative movement thinks Canadians ought to be worrying about, deep thoughts that are certainly quite in tune with the concerns of the corporate big-bucks boys (and, as the CCPA pointed out, they are almost all boys). 

As a thought experiment, let’s juxtapose these two stories. 

In the CCPA study, called Breakfast of Champions: CEO pay in 2021, the progressive think tank’s senior economist shows that with an average pay packet of $14.3 million in 2021, the Top 100 CEOs now make 243 times more than the average Canadian worker does in a year.

“If you measure this massive pay disparity in time, less than an hour after the first working day of the year begins, Canada’s highest-paid CEOs will have already made $58,800,” David Macdonald said. “That’s by 9:43 a.m. on Jan. 3, 2023, to be precise.”

And inflation, which is killing Canadian working families, is driving corporate pay packages and the corporate profits that are used to justify them, Macdonald noted. 

Meanwhile, over at the Post, former federal finance minister Joe Oliver had his eye on the ball that really matters to the Conservative Party of Canada, notwithstanding its not-very-persuasive insistence it’s the party of the working person. 

To wit: a sprawling woke “multifaceted project” bent on taking away your kitty cats and lowering everyone’s standard of living! 

OK, Oliver admitted in the Financial Post, as the Post pretentiously brands its business section, it’s not “a vast left-wing conspiracy,” quite, but it might as well be. 

“Proponents include Liberals, progressives, socialists, hard leftists and crypto-marxists who support climate alarmism, globalism, big government, stakeholder capitalism, critical race theory and wokeism,” he warned, edging closer to full-Q mode. “The transformation they seek is already well under way.”

Meanwhile, back at the CCPA, Mr. Macdonald describes something that’s actually happening, and that really is getting progressively worse. 

“We think of inflation as bad for everyone, but for CEOs it’s the gift that keeps on giving,” he said. “Historically high profits based on historically high inflation mean historically high bonuses for CEOs.”

Moreover, he noted, “when times are bad, like during the pandemic, CEO bonus formulas are altered to protect them; in good times, like 2021, the champagne never runs dry.” 

“In the context of rapid price inflation, we’re in one of two situations,” Macdonald’s report explains. “Companies are passing along higher prices to consumers, which would lead to questions about why CEOs enjoyed huge bonuses, or companies are using pricing power to drive inflation and CEO bonuses are a direct result of the inflation they create.” 

In other words, out-of-control corporate pay has outcomes that directly hurt Canadians who are struggling with inflation. 

Getting back to the Post, Oliver has worries that Canada’s corporate sector presumably shares as well. 

“Quasi-religious virtue-signalling dictates we reduce farmland, ban coal even in countries without affordable alternatives, rely predominantly on wind and solar in spite of their intermittency, stop eating meat, get rid of our pets, not fly (unless to international meetings on climate or social justice) and abstain from expressing ‘unacceptable’ opinions,” he rambled. “Yet our betters luxuriate in their own private jets, multiple homes and lavish consumables, all seemingly without a scintilla of embarrassment about their massive personal carbon footprint.”

Note that “our betters” in this phrase are not principally the Canadian corporate elites profiting from the current state of the world. You know, the ones who actually have corporate jets in which to fly hither and yon as they please.

Even worse, Oliver warned, there are obviously turncoats in the camp of the capitalists. You got it, the notorious WEF!  (The World Economic Forum, that is, the notorious Geneva-based business talking shop that has become the nexus of numerous conspiracy theories among the Q-adjacent.)

“Sustainable finance and stakeholder capitalism are two tools WEF activists want to use to transform society,” he grimly warned. “Under them, companies and investors embrace environmental, social and governance goals in addition to pursuing financial returns.” 

My God! What next? (Oliver understands: “That will inevitably undermine the free enterprise system.” Which, when you think about it, is an interesting observation about capitalism.)

Over at the CCPA, Macdonald suggests some remedies to the problem of corporate pay.

His report calls for limiting corporate deductibility of compensation over $1 million, closing the capital gains inclusion rate loophole that is used almost entirely by the rich, implementing higher top marginal tax brackets, and – quelle horreur! – introducing a wealth tax. 

Talk about crypto-marxism!

Next thing you know the CCPA is going to be coming after Kitty just because she enjoys dining on a songbird now and again! 

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Ten NDP priorities in 2023

Rabble - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 11:09

It’s a new year, and while Jagmeet Singh and the New Democrats occupy just 25 of the country’s 338 seats in the House of Commons, the Supply and Confidence agreement with the Liberals has the self-proclaimed workers’ party with a lot of leverage in lawmaking.

On New Year’s Day, the NDP tweeted a list of ten priorities for 2023. We took a closer look at their goals, how tangible they are, and ultimately, whether they benefit Canadians.

We accomplished a lot together in 2022. And we’re not done fighting for you. pic.twitter.com/bfNHGEzSHj

— NDP (@NDP) January 1, 2023

Permanent dental care program

Last fall, a Canada Dental Benefit was introduced to save up to $650 per year for children under the age of 12 in families without dental coverage that have annual incomes under $90,000.

The first phase of the Benefit came as part of the supply-and-confidence agreement between the federal Liberals and NDP.

It is expected that the full Canada Dental Benefit will be introduced sometime in 2023.

More health-care workers

The provinces are in charge of funding health care, as well as recruitment and retention efforts. 

The NDP is calling for more health-care workers at a time when premiers are asking the federal government to pay a larger share of the sector’s budget.

While Trudeau has voiced his agreement that his government can do more to help, the prime minister has also gone on the record to say he won’t give additional funds to provinces without guaranteeing outcomes and targets that hold provincial leaders accountable.

Fix EI

The New Democrats have spent years pushing Employment Insurance reform.

According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, less than half of unemployed workers across the country are eligible for Employment Insurance.

The 2017 data showed that just 28 per cent of workers who earned $15 or less per hour could get EI, leaving an already vulnerable population of workers — who pay into EI — in an even more precarious financial position.

Speaking at the B.C. Federation of Labour Convention in November, Singh indicated he would pressure the Liberals to overhaul and reform the EI system “with a low, universal qualifying-hours threshold, a minimum benefit amount and a higher income replacement rate.”

The new system would also include a benefit for self-employed Canadians.

Implement Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice

A December report from the Yellowhead Institute found that just two Calls to Action were completed in 2022, down from three in 2021. Overall, 13 of the 94 Calls to Action have been completed since their introduction by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015.

The report concluded that, at the current rate, it will take 42 years, or until 2065, to complete all of the Calls to Action.

While it’s unclear which specific calls the NDP will prioritize in 2023, the party has made it clear the federal government needs to do more to ensure the Calls to Action are met in a timely manner.

Canada Pharmacare Act

According to the federal government, one in five Canadians aren’t taking the medication they need because they simply can’t afford to pay for their prescriptions.

The federal government has committed to pass a Canada Pharmacare Act in 2023, while also introducing a bulk purchasing plan for essential medicines by 2025.

And while Canada is the only industrialized country that offers medicare that doesn’t include universal public coverage for prescriptions, the NDP says it’s past time to deliver on the two decades of empty promises by the Liberals.

Double the GST rebate (again)

After a successful push to double the Goods and Services Tax Credit (GSTC) last fall, Singh is calling for a second round of a doubled GSTC.

The move would put an extra $234 in the pockets of single Canadians without children, an average of $225 for seniors, and up to $467 for couples with two children.

Remove GST from home heating (doesn’t do much)

As fuel prices remain near record highs, the cost of home heating oil has also skyrocketed.

And as provinces introduce financial assistance to alleviate the impacts of inflation on the cost of living, the NDP believes Canadians shouldn’t have to pay a Goods and Sales Tax to keep their loved ones warm.

But while the party warns home heating costs have jumped between 50 and 100 per cent, removing a five per cent tax will do very little to help low-income earners heat their homes.

Increase GIS for seniors

The current threshold for single, widowed or divorced Canadians aged 65 and up to receive a Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) is below $20,832. 

The maximum available GIS is available to earners making less than $49,920 annually, provided their spouse or common-law partner does not receive an Old Age Security pension.

Immigrants to Canada face further restrictions on accessing a GIS. 

The NDP is calling for a rise in the GIS for seniors, while also increasing the threshold for eligible applicants. 

Make ultra-rich CEOs pay what they owe (should the NDP define ultra-rich?)

At their 2021 party convention, NDP members voted in favour of a tax resolution that includes a marginal tax rate of 80 per cent for individuals with personal incomes over $1 million, as well as a one per cent tax on those with a net worth of over $20 million.

The push comes as the gap between earnings for workers and CEOs reach unprecedented levels, with CEOs making more than 225 times the average income of Canadian workers.

Meanwhile, the NDP says the ultra-wealthy are hiding more than $300 billion each year in tax havens, while also using loopholes to avoid paying taxes. By implementing an ultra-rich tax, billions of additional taxpayer dollars can be allocated to health care, housing, and more.

Invest in Indigenous housing

A 2021 report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) found that nearly 20 per cent of urban, rural and northern Indigenous households in Canada are either unaffordable or unsuitable.

Nearly 125,000 Indigenous households are living in substandard units, including 37,500 people who are unhoused. 

The PBO calculated the annual affordability gap for Indigenous households at $636 million, while less than one per cent of the funding in the National Housing Strategy’s ten-year plan is dedicated to Indigenous housing programs.

The NDP are calling for more adequate funding to lower the number of substandard Indigenous households.

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Nearly half of all Canadian women experience domestic violence

Rabble - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 10:16

Its long been recognized that the same tactics used to torture prisoners of war are used by men who abuse their intimate partners. Psychologists have likened female domestic violence survivors in Family Court to prisoners of war, forced to negotiate their own safety without weapons or power.

Children exposed to domestic violence show the same brain pattern as soldiers in combat.

For domestic violence survivors the war is real. Every six days a girl or woman in Canada is murdered by an intimate partner. And thousands of children are witness to damaging and unnecessary violence.

Forty-four per cent of women reported experiencing some form of psychological, physical, or sexual violence by an intimate partner, in  2018. for Indigenous women that rate rises to over 60 per cent.

Dawn Walker, an Indigenous mother was recently found in the U.S. after fleeing Canada with her son. Dawn and her son are victims of domestic violence and a court system that revictimizes and traumatizes survivors and their children.

Former domestic violence trainer and consultant, Lundy Bancroft notes  “Protective mothers frequently encounter a system that is insensitive, ignorant about the dynamics of abuse, and biased against women…mothers sometimes find themselves being forbidden by the court from protecting their children from a violent, cruel, or sexually abusive father.”

Dawn’s many accomplishments– law-school graduate; author of four novels, her most recent short-listed for a national humour award; newspaper columnist; and Executive Operating Officer for First Nations in Saskatchewan—could not keep her and her son safe.

Her experiences with police and family courts made her feel that the only option to keep her son safe was to leave all her supports behind and run.

We need to ask what made this mother feel she had no way out but one? 

No way out but one is a 1994 documentary about Holly Ann Collins, a U.S. mother who, like Dawn, fled her home country to escape abuse after the Family Court refused to help. Holly was granted asylum in the Netherlands due to the abuse she and her children endured. Abuse dismissed by U.S. Family Court judges, police and child welfare agencies.

Domestic violence has been so ignored in Canada, that it took until 2021, for Canada to amend its Divorce Act, and for the first time acknowledge domestic violence as a possible issue at separation.

Dr. Linda Nielsen, a former lawyer, professor and domestic violence training expert for the legal community notes, Countless reports recommend that courts encourage lawyers, court staff, child protection professionals, mediators and evaluators to conduct routine assessments for domestic violence, using screening tools or interview protocols designed by domestic violence experts.”

Were these assessments used in Dawn’s case?

Dr. Neilson tells us, “Violence against women is now viewed internationally as a leading breach of women’s fundamental human rights. Canada is currently facing criticism by the United Nations for its failure to fulfill its legal human rights obligations to women and children, and particularly aboriginal women, to offer adequate protection from domestic and family violence.”

Dawn and her son’s case is about human rights. Instead of protecting children, Family Courts are forcing children into highly unsafe conditions.

Before judging Dawn’s actions, imagine, watching your child be terrorized. What would you do if the systems in place to help, failed to stop it?

Myth: leaving stops the violence

The most dangerous time for a survivor is after they leave or attempt to leave.
Seventy-seven per cent of domestic homicides happen around leaving and 75 per cent of the time women leave, the violence increases and continues for at least two years.

So a woman leaves, abuse escalates, then what? 

Myth: family courts are biased towards mothers

Family Courts are presented as a process for justice, yet they dismiss domestic violence as irrelevant to child custody, exacerbating the risk to women and children. Imposing “co-parenting” plans on survivors, legally shackles them to abusive men and forces them to negotiate with someone who wants them to suffer.

Retired Judge Heino Lilles, echos what many survivors have been saying,“A retrospective review of the impact of the justice system on the levels of domestic violence generally and in [A]boriginal communities specifically clearly indicates that business as usual is no longer acceptable.” 

Yet business as usual is the only option provided to domestic violence survivors. 

What happens when a bully realizes their behaviour will never be called to account? The violence escalates. Family Courts are a bully’s dream. 

Myth: women lie about domestic violence

The majority of Canadian men and women believe that women who disclose domestic violence are either lying, exaggerating or deserving of the violence they endure.Lawyers and judges are not immune to these biases. 

According to Dr. Neilson,“One of the most common and dangerous fallacies in the legal system is…the erroneous assumption that claims of domestic violence are often false or exaggerated in order to obtain the upper hand in family law cases. Instead the…reality is that women and children frequently fail to disclose abuse and family violence.” 


In fact, fathers are far more likely than mothers to make intentionally false accusations (21 per cent compared to 1.3 per cent). 

Myth: if the police don’t press charges it means there was no abuse

There are many reasons police may not press charges in domestic violence situations.

Throughout Canada, Indigenous women and girls are substantially more vulnerable to violence than non-Indigenous women/girls and more likely to have police fail to respond to that violence.

Dr. Linda C. Neilson warns,”[i]f family lawyers, mediators, service providers and courts ignore or discount patterns and incidents of domestic violence that do not result in a criminal charge, the vast majority of the criminal acts of domestic violence will not be considered in family and child protection litigation.”

Myth: violence against the mother is irrelevant to children

Most people believe children are immune to domestic violence yet the science is clear, even if the child is not the target, exposure to abusive and controlling behaviours, changes children’s brains and nervous systems. Over time this can cause a range of chronic diseases and psychological damage.

Lawyers and judges carry erroneous assumptions about the safety and well-being of children in domestic violence situations.

Dawn’s case highlights the atrocious failings in the Family Court system.

“Every time service providers, lawyers and courts fail…fundamental human rights principles by failing to offer protection, or fail to offer services to support family health, or fail to prioritize child best interests, including children’s needs for safety and stability, an opportunity is lost to reduce or even reverse…personal, social, legal, institutional and economic harm in Canada,” Dr. Neilson concludes.
We need to do better. Canada needs to create an alternative process that is trauma and domestic violence informed to help families who separate. A process that truly centers children, recognizing developmental and attachment science.

Family separation is recognized as one of life’s most stressful experiences, yet the only option available to parents is inherently adversarial, drawn out and grossly expensive.

Indigenous cultures have long recognized the importance of child centered families, even after parents separate.

An Indigenous inspired, survivor led family separation process would go a long way to easing the harm being done by the Family Court system and would be a great step in the journey of truth and reconciliation.

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Grassy Narrows in the context of reconciliation

Rabble - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 09:01

The up-to-date news about the end of the logging blockade in Asubpeeschoseewagong community also known as Grassy Narrows is very encouraging. It is a step forward in the right direction to eliminate differences and help all grow together. Grassy Narrows is a First Nation band government who inhabit northern Kenora, in Ontario. It has a registered population of 1,595 as of October 2019.

Grassy Narrows started longest First Nation logging blockade in December 2002, which ended recently, when the former Chief Randy Fobister finally received the word of the head of Weyerhaeuser company, David M. Graham, which owns a lumber mill there, that no trees from their land would be touched without their permission.

The community declared “this is a major landmark in our long fight to protect our Territory from industry”

The Canadian constitution recognizes three groups of Indigenous peoples: Indians or First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. In 2016, 2.1 million people or 6.2 per cent of the total Canadian population, reported Indigenous ancestry with First Nations comprising 65,025 of that number. 

In Grassy Narrows, the protest started in December of 2002, when a group of local people put a blockade in front of a logging truck, bringing wood from Whiskey Jack Forest. Fifty young men stood in front of the logging trucks and blocked their way with a pledge not to let them move forward. They were determined not to give up on protecting their land and resources. The logging was completely stopped in 2008 from more than one million hectares of land. The matter went to the court in 2017, the province declared a five-year ban on logging from more than three quarters of the forest, which was extended to 2024 early this year.

The important aspect of the protest was consistency and determination of the community to fight for their rights. It’s not only a matter of a single community but the whole world needs to protect forests to control climate change and keep the planet green and healthy

There are still some other issues remain to be resolved.

Grassy Narrows leaders demand the province must withdraw the indigenous community from mining activity to protect the First Nation from the risk of new industrial pollution that could impact future generations’ health and climate. Members of the community are accusing the government of breaking the law in granting nine permits for mineral exploration in traditional territory without consulting them – a requirement under the Canadian constitution and Ontario Mining Act. Abiding by the law is extremely important for reconciliation and is essential to renewing and building relationships with Indigenous people.

Canada started admitting her past mistakes about Indigenous populations in the beginning of this century and founded The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in June 2008 to improve relations with the Indigenous communities. Now, we are passing through the stage of reconciliation, and we are on the way to compromise for mutual coexistence with dignity, justice, and respect for all.

Always the first step in reconciliation is acknowledgement of mistakes and taking responsibility for the past excesses and atrocities committed. Former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, issued a public apology on June 11, 2008 on behalf of the Canadian government to address the government’s role in the history of the Indigenous residential schools, where Indigenous children were kept. The Prime Minister announced in March this year that Ottawa would provide $2.9 million in additional funding for First Nations in B.C. to support healing of communities whose children were sent to residential schools.

The Government of Canada is working with Residential schools’ survivors, Indigenous leaders, and communities to address historical wrongs. Earlier in 2021, Grassy Narrows signed a $90 million agreement with the federal government to build a long-term care home for the residents living with mercury poisoning.

We should be optimistic about the future of resource development in Ontario, and other provinces. The Ministry of Natural Resources believes it is their duty to consult and consider the views of Indigenous communities in decisions regarding forestry and natural resource management.

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A History Of The First Revolution In The Americas

Popular Resistance - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 08:35

On January 1, 1804, Haiti became an independent republic, following the revolution which had begun 13 years earlier as a rebellion of enslaved people against slavery and French colonialism.

Previously known as Saint-Domingue, it was the most profitable colony in the world, generating greater revenue than all of the continental North American colonies combined. This immense wealth was generated by the sweat and blood of enslaved Africans who were being worked to death in their tens of thousands on coffee and sugar plantations.

Shortly after the French revolution, which supposedly espoused the ideals of "liberty, equality and fraternity," on August 22, 1791 enslaved people rose up, demanding those ideals be realized, and slavery and colonialism abolished.

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Silly songs for our leaders

Rabble - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 08:12

In some parts of Canada schools are still out until next week, so some of us are staying in relaxed holiday mode for a few more days.

In that spirit, we share these New Year’s offerings for our leaders (or at least a handful of them) – some tasteless and sophomoric song parodies. 

Get out your ukuleles, banjos, guitars and pianos and sing along.

Lament of the Unions That Supported Doug Ford

(to the tune of “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, by Hank Williams)

We voted you in, now you make us weep
We won’t forget the pledges, you did not keep!

You seemed honest and sincere, all through and through
But your false promises showed the real you!

(Bridge)

If not-with-standing 

Is your real game,
You haven’t the right

And call our name!

You wanted our votes, so you said one thing 

But back-to-work is what you now sing.

Your sneaky heart will pine someday,
And crave the support you threw away!

Chrystia on Trudeau’s Mind 

(to the tune of “Georgia on My Mind” by Hoagy Carmichael)

Chrystia, Chrystia
The whole day through
An old, bitter song
Keeps Chrystia on my mind 

I said Chrystia, Chrystia
A song of you
Comes as loud and clear
As headlights through the blinds!

(Bridge)

Other rivals challenge me,
Others plot so carefully,
Still in troubled dreams I see
The road leads back to you

I said Chrystia, Chrystia, 

No peace I find,
Just a bitter song
Keeps Chrystia on my mind!

Just a bitter song

Keeps Chrystia on my mind! 

The Conservatives’ Ode to Their Leader 

(to the tune of “Blue Moon”, by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart)

Oh Pierre … 

You saw us standing a-lone
Without a hope in our heart
With no winner of our own!

Oh Pierre…

You knew what we were waiting for,
You heard us say a pray’r for
A nasty fighter we could die for!

(Bridge)

And then there suddenly appeared before us,
The only one our arms could ever hold
We heard somebody shout: “Please adore me!”
And when we looked, we were completely sold!

Oh Pierre! Now we are no longer alone,
With only longing in our hearts
And no true right winger of our own!

Quand Legault dit bonjour aux Québécois 

(to the tune of ‘Quand le Soleil dit Bonjour aux Montagnes’ by Lévis Bouliane)

Quand le Chef 

Dit bonjour à son peuple,
Le peuple obéira pour toujours

Si le Chef 

Dit “aucun hijab aux écoles”
Le peuple l’applaudira avec ferveur.

(Bridge)

Écoutez étrangers!
Vous n’êtes guère bienvenue ici,
Chez nous, on veut que tout le monde conforme!

Quand Legault

Dit bonjour aux Québécois
Les Québécois doivent entièrement l’obéir.

Jagmeet Singh Serenades Justin Trudeau 

(to the tune of “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King)

When you’re down and troubled

And you need some love and care
And your minority is not going right … 

Close your eyes and think of Jagmeet…
And soon I will be there …To brighten up even your darkest night

You just call out New Democrat … 

And you know wherever we are
We’ll come running, to support you again!
Con-fi-dence and sup-ply-aye … All you have to do is ca-all
And we’ll be there … You’ve got NDP’s votes!

If the skies above you grow dark and full of clouds 

And mean Pierre Polliver begins to blow
Keep your head together … And call out Jagmeet loud
Soon you’ll hear me knocking at your door.

You just call out N-D-P
And you know wherever we are
We’ll come running, running, yeah, yeah, to support you again
Con-fi-dence and sup-ply-aye
Go ahead and call that vote … We’ll be there, yes, we will!

Now, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend
When those voters can be oh so cold?
They’ll hurt you, yes, and desert you
And take your soul if you let them, oh, but don’t you let them.

You just call out New Democrat, And you know wherever we are
We’ll come running, running, yeah, yeah, to keep propping you up
Con-fi-dence and sup-ply-aye … All you have to do is call
And we’ll be there, yes, we will
You’ve got a friend … You’ve got a friend

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Does hypocrisy matter in foreign policy?

Rabble - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 07:37

Early in Russia’s brutal assault on Ukraine, there was much talk about the need to humiliate Russia. “Humiliation is the only way to end the Russo-Ukrainian War and give Russia a chance of returning to civilization,” wrote an academic. I was fretting over this to a friend, who said, “Don’t you want Russia to be humiliated?” To my surprise, I heard myself say, “I want all aggressors to be humiliated. Russia, the U.S., China …”

I’d expected I’d say something about humiliation making it harder to end the war, or that it’d only advance U.S. goals. Instead, I blurted a pox on them all.

I felt comparably perplexed listening to UN ambassador Bob Rae’s year-end interviews. One expects a bit more than boilerplate from Rae and he tries to deliver, if not always successfully.

Globe reporter Shannon Proudfoot called Rae an adult among toddlers at the UN because he claims Canada’s role is “just to tell the truth.” So, on Iran, he says: “You’re killing people, you’re throwing people in jail and torturing them.”

Yet he mentions nothing about the U.S. having green-lighted coups and trained torturers throughout Latin America. He told another Globe reporter that Ukraine “affected me on a deep, emotional level.” But he’s selectively affected; he talks this way about Russian atrocities, not how the U.S. erased Fallujah; bombed Libya, creating chaos; or blockaded Iraq so 500,000 kids likely died.

The biggest distortions on our side are always about the United States. Russia has an ugly record of aggression and China a smaller one but the U.S. is unique, at least postwar, for invasions and their kin, coups. Guatemala, Iran, Lebanon, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Panama, Chile, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya — the U.S. cited noble motives for each, but so does every aggressor. You can tell the U.S. is lying — as Rae said referring exclusively to Russia — because their lips move.

I know it sounds like I’m whining about hypocrisy, but that’s not it. Honestly. Hypocrisy drives people nuts, but you can live with it, if it remains mere bluster. It’s the real world consequences that smart. So Saudi aggression against Yemen, unlike Russia’s against Ukraine, goes uncriticized by our side, though it’s now the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

Israel is allowed a nuclear arsenal but Iran isn’t, so the Mideast remains the world’s worst nuclear tinderbox. Cuba’s too close to the U.S. to be left in peace but China isn’t allowed similar claims over Taiwan, another offshore island. Two-faced foreign policy B.S. doesn’t create these travesties, but it surely helps them thrive.

People suffer and die, resources are diverted from areas like health, and cooperation among major powers on climate is undermined. Resentment builds and convulsions eventually occur, like 9-11, or the rise of ISIS after U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

So is it hopeless? No. In Ukraine’s case, there have been interesting reactions. Former colonies like India or Indonesia, and even Saudi Arabia — a shocker — haven’t followed the U.S. on isolating Russia, though they all reject the invasion. They recognize B.S. and propaganda and don’t just dive in, as we tend to.

I acknowledge there’s no easy route for Canada on this. We aren’t India or Indonesia and we can’t afford to become Cuba. But we, and ambassador Bob, could at least give some sign of struggling with the issues and not just autonomically saluting the U.S. position. In the Vietnam era, PM Lester Pearson tried clumsily to straddle both sides of the raging conflict over that U.S. invasion and actually got himself throttled by president Lyndon Johnson on the White House porch for it. Yet, I think people elsewhere at least recognized his effort.

There’s a nice moment in the latest episode of 1923, the Yellowstone spinoff. Rancher Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford) explains that all human history is about letting others take what’s yours, or destroying them. For those of us who aren’t rancher barons or nuclear superpowers, there ought to be another way.

This column originally appeared in the Toronto Star.

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Socialism Is Not A Utopian Ideal, But An Achievable Necessity

Popular Resistance - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 01:20

In May 2021, the executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and the UN high representative for disarmament affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, wrote an article urging governments to cut excessive military spending in favour of increasing spending on social and economic development. Their wise words were not heard at all. To cut money for war and to increase money for social development, they wrote, is ‘not a utopian ideal, but an achievable necessity’. That phrase – not a utopian ideal, but an achievable necessity  – is essential. It describes the project of socialism almost perfectly.

Our institute has been at work for over five years, driven precisely by this idea that it is possible to transform the world to meet the needs of humanity while living within nature’s limits.

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Veterans For Peace Golden Rule In Havana, Cuba

Popular Resistance - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 01:19

Thank you to the many Cuban people who have welcomed us to their beautiful country.  Thank you to ICAP for hosting our press conference.  And thank you to the members of the media who are here today to listen to our message of peace, love and solidarity.

We are a diverse group of people from the United States and Hawai’i.  We are from the US states of California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Minnesota, New York and Rhode Island.  And several of us are from the island nation of Hawai’i.  We are the crew and supporters of the historic anti-nuclear sailboat Golden Rule. Many of us are members of Veterans For Peace, an organization of former soldiers who are dedicated to abolishing nuclear weapons, and to abolishing war.

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Brazil: Defenders Return Embassy To Venezuelan Authorities

Popular Resistance - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 01:19

This Monday, January 2, the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, deputy Jorge Rodríguez, received the keys to the headquarters of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Brazil from the hands of local social movements that, for more than three years, had protected the residence from attempts of aggression, siege, and attacks by fascism. Rodríguez, accompanied by the new Venezuelan ambassador to Brazil, Manuel Vicente Vadell, as well as the staff that works at the diplomatic headquarters, received the keys to the residence from João Pedro Stedile, Brazilian social leader.

In 2019, the Venezuelan embassy in Brasília was subjected to occupation attempts by right-wing groups supported by the government of Jair Bolsonaro. This happened almost simultaneously with a similar attempt against the Venezuelan embassy in the US capital.

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You Wouldn’t Ask Hannibal Lecter To Stop Mass Atrocities

Popular Resistance - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 01:18

As someone who spends a lot of time studying African conflict, I often witness and find myself drawn into discussion with groups  demanding that “the international community” do something to stop genocide and mass atrocities in their country. Of course I sympathize with any community under attack because of their racial, ethnic, clan, national, class, or political identity, but why would anyone in Africa or elsewhere in the Global South expect “the international community”—meaning the US-dominated West—to stop genocide and mass atrocities? The US dropped a nuclear bomb on Japan even though the Allies had already won WWII in the Pacific, turned Korea and Vietnam into human barbecue pits during the 50s and 60s, and overthrew or attempted to overthrow 47 governments between 1949 and 2014.

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At Least 12,000 New York City Nurses Poised To Strike

Popular Resistance - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 01:16

New York City, New York - As many as 12,000 New York City nurses are set to go on strike on Monday, January 9. On December 21, NYC unionized nurses voted to Authorize A Strike by a landslide 98.8% vote. The nurses, organized under the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), are demanding that hospital executives address short-staffing, raise pay in line with inflation, and not cut healthcare benefits for workers.

With the impending strike, hospital executives are scrambling. Nurses at New York Presbyterian hospital reached a tentative deal with bosses over the weekend, in which nurses would receive 18% in raises over the next three years. Nurses also reached tentative agreements with two more hospitals, Maimonides and Richmond University Medical Center, on January 5.

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US Child Care Deficit Impacts Multiple Sectors of the Country

Popular Resistance - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 01:15

As Congress delivers nearly a trillion dollars for military spending through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in fiscal year 2023, one of the country’s most vulnerable sectors is in the midst of financial turmoil, with lingering effects across the country’s workforce.

Within the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed in March 2021, a mere $39 billion was allocated towards child care relief funding, an amount proven to not be enough with funds already drying up.

The shortage of money sets up a house-of-cards style effect on child care and the workforce as a whole. With the onset of the funds, “teachers at the [child care] center have gotten a more than 40% pay bump over the past two years, from $14 an hour before the pandemic to $20 an hour now,” reports Bloomberg.

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Inside Southwest’s Horrific Holidays

Popular Resistance - Fri, 01/06/2023 - 01:14

For America’s rich and powerful, the new year is beginning in a most inauspicious fashion. Millions of Americans are once again fuming at the greed and grasping of our deepest pockets.

That fuming — from would-be passengers of Southwest Airlines and their families — filled airports throughout this past holiday week. For good reason. At the height of the travel-heavy holidays, Southwest was canceling 60 percent of the airline’s daily flights. Over 15,000 Southwest planes never lifted off.

Late December’s heavy dose of stormy weather certainly did set the stage for Southwest’s holiday meltdown. But Southwest can’t put the blame for the airline’s massive melt on the cold, wind, and snow. Other airlines delivered, amid the same winter weather, far better service.

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