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Not sure if it's the same thing, but here's the last three articles on the "UPS Management Is Total Scum" fb page:
I'm not sure if the FB link will work if you're not logged in, but I will try nonetheless:
Happy May Day!
Going down to a rally for Verizon strikers before I head off to work.
Yesterday's Boston Socialist Unity Conference was fun. Ran into a lot of old friends and new, including a guy I was in the Sparts with 20 years ago.
Haven't done the leftist bingo tally yet, but I'm sure there were lots of points, especially since celebrity leftist Vijay Prashad is reported to be a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Comrades of Mine in the News, or; More Professors
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Gettin' published in Truthout.
[DJdD]Decided not to go to Lawrence due to, a) fidelity; and, b) I'm broke.[/DJdD]
Robert Hawkshaw wrote:
Hello, Comrade Hawkshaw!
Beats me. I only know of one Trump supporter in my shop (and one Kasich supporter), but, then again, I work in Massachusetts, "bluest of the blue." I have heard The Black Goblin opining that if it comes down to the Donald versus Killary, he'd rather vote for Trump based on his anti-NAFTA, anti-TPP position, but I've noticed him veering to the right under the influence of his Dreadlocked Libertarian Wife who was devastated when Rand Paul dropped out. He did, however, DM my first game of 5th edition last Saturday. He ruled that I couldn't be a nobleman, so I dropped Aloysius Ambrose d'Abelmarle and instead created Piter Pettigrew, a paladin blacksmith.
As for populism, it can go either way. Quite instructive would be the example of Tom Watson and the Southern Populists who initially, in the late 19th century, forged a heroic alliance of poor white and black sharecroppers but later became a virulent white supremacist.
As for this week...tomorrow going to a rally for Verizon strikers before work and then over to Lawrence for another possible Amy Dube sighting (La Principessa decided to celebrate our getting back together by not coming up during her vacation and, instead, cry in bed and not leave the apartment for seven days straight); Friday will see me at a rally for UMass Lowell adjunct faculty (please sign the petition!); and Saturday will see me travelling down to Boston for the
Sunday, of course, is May Day, so look for a Verizon rally or immigrant rights demonstration near you! I'll be at work, alas. I already banged out one Sunday in the past month.
[Vo Giap, Ambassador of Bachuan]I don't think the albino sea cucumber says anything. It just shows up and shines its heavenly mandate on the next Kim.[/VG,AoB]
Anyway, the Occupy NH alumni were showing the new Michael Moore flick at the UU church in Manchester. I went, but I missed a bunch of the movie because I was dirty texting La Principessa and then had to sneak out into the lobby to finish the job. They had an impressive turnout, about 80 ppl, but I suspect half of them were the regular parishioners. Handed out a bunch of Jeffrey Pendleton leaflets. (Oh yeah, forgot to mention, the authorities are claiming he died from a fentanyl overdose. Haven't seen the family's response yet.)
Yesterday walked the Verizon lines in the rain for about an hour before we went out to eat with newly-graduated comrade who just got back from partying for a month in Guatemala.
Back to the lines after another comrade gets out of work. Phone worker picket lines are fun, it's, like, all mommies, who make sure you have a poncho and an umbrella.
Well, all my local environmentalist buddies who've been working on this are calling it a success:
Comrades of Mine in the News
I didn't really pay attention to the second Million Student March, but during the first one Neil Cavuto from Fox Business News interviewed one of my Boston students comrades and pretty much wiped the floor with her.
They must've thought they'd have as easy a time the second time around because they invited us back and the resulting video has apparently gone viral.
I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but the last five or so minutes are fun.
There's a pic of her out there using a Socialist Alternative bullhorn.
The Jeffrey Perry event went off like gangbusters whether it was because we brought La Principessa's Single Mother, etc., or whether it was because we were the only people in the room under sixty. Said he'd come up to Lowell anytime, even if only to talk to a few people.
Then we went to a Regional Debate on feeling the bern, but I missed quite a chunk of it due to ADHD-diagnosed 8-year-olds. I later confessed to his mother that I wished it was the fifties when you could smack other people's children. She laughed. Also, picked up a copy of a nerdy comrade's new pamphlet, a Game of Thrones-inspired publication called "The Committee for a Westeros International."
Later, had phone sex with La Principessa, because, you know, we need more emotional confusion in our lives.
This one was very different because the NYPD had the WHOLE area blocked off for the Bernie rally that was going on nearby in Washington Square Park
Comrade Kshama and La Principessa's Union Sister with the Impressive Collection of Dick Pics were among those opening for him in Foley Square today.
La Principessa's Single Mother Comrade and Her ADHD-Diagnosed 8-Year-Old Son came up to visit and tomorrow we're going down to hear a guy named Jeffrey B. Perry lecture on Hubert Harrison.
We've been trying to get him to come up to Lowell and we feel we've got a better chance if we bring La Principessa's Single Mother Comrade who used to date one of his union brothers back in the 80s when they were taking their postal workers union local back from the mob.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
She just posted pix of her running into fellow Labor-for-Berniers on the street in Manhattan outside of the Corrosion of Conformity show.
Then, in one of those rare moments of congruity, me and my long lost spawnmate agree: Strike! Strike! Strike!
The brothers and sisters in Lowell were very friendly even though we only walked their lines for 20 minutes before hopping on the bus and going to Boston.
Got to Ms. Dube's presentation an hour late. I went in with the Nigerian Princess while Mr. Comrade ordered dinner downstairs. The NP observed her for a while and then whispered, "This isn't good, Doodlebug, she's a La Principessa clone, if La Principessa was taller and a redhead. But she looks great." Later, the NP introduced herself, but Ms. Dube avoided eye contact with me, so I let the moment pass, and then she bolted and escaped. "Why didn't you say anything?!?" the NP chided on the way home. I hemmed and hawed and she said "You're shy, she's shy, this is never going to work. But she has amazing legs."
Shameless socialist self-promotion
"In Manchester on Thursday, fast-food and other low-wage workers are expected to join a nationwide strike at 6 a.m. to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights. A rally is slated for the McDonald’s restaurant on South Willow St.
"'McDonald’s, the world’s second-largest employer and industry leader in the fast-food and service economy, is a symbol of what is wrong with the economy,' said a statement issued by the Service Employees International Union. The union is organizing the Manchester event along with the Granite State Organizing Project and Socialist Alternative."
In the fifties, the American capitalist establishment was willing to accept a strong, but defanged, labor movement. Partly because less than 15 years ago, mass class war led by avowed commies had broken out and scared the beejeezus out of them. Partly because they were flush with cash from the uptick in profits from the postwar boom that they could afford them. Partly because, as Comrade Jeff points out, they had defanged the commies in them through McCarthyism, etc. Probably other shiznit, too, but I've been drinking.
What else? In answer to Citizen Moonrunner's first question: Prolly not, although the anti-union offensive at UPS, for example, isn't terribly overt. In answer to Citizen Moonrunner's second question: For me, no, Bernie doesn't make the cut. Nor did Michael Harrington, although I found his The Other America a pretty powerful read and indictment of poverty at the height of the American postwar boom. The Democratic Socialists of America are a part of the Democratic Party and, despite the line coming out of Seattle from leadership, I still can't abide the Democratic Party.
Anyway, stopped by the Lowell Verizon lines on my way home. About 200 strong, shutting down all three entrances to the mall which, is, coincidentally, the same mall where the bus is going to pick up the fast food strikers to go to Boston.
Anyway, last night I played Thunder: Classic Role Playing. I was a hawt female fire mage named Zhasha last night. We had to save a lumbertown that were under siege by faceless grey reavers. At one point, I ended up in the boarded up church with some lumberjacks and I engineered a menage a trois with Sven and Olaf, who, later, received bonuses to their attacks due to the morale boost I gave them.
Showed Let the Fire Burn last night and made $25 for the MOVE 9 (8) which is the least that we've made so far, despite it having almost twice as many attendees as any other film showing this year. Even better, one of the attendees was a dude I almost got into a fight with two Christmases ago.
We have learned that the international fast food workers strike on Thursday is going to be dedicated to Jeffrey Pendleton. On Friday, the Granite State Organizing Project is having a noontime standout in front of the Burger King where he worked and then, later in the afternoon, our rivals in the PSL are having an event in Boston:
And if all that wasn't enough, apparently, Wednesday morning, Verizon workers will probably go out on strike.
Oh yeah, there's also a second Million Student March on Wednesday, too. Look for it at a campus near you!
Got an e-mail from the young Ugandan woman who staffs for the Granite State Organizing Project who wanted to meet up "one-on-one" for a half-hour/forty-five minutes. When I asked her what she wanted to discuss, she replied "I just want to get to know you better and vice versa." Oh yeah.
And on Thursday, after striking at six in the morning and going down to Boston to demonstrate all day, I have to schlepp back up to Lawrence by seven in the evening to see if I can successfully woo Ms. Berard. I hope I don't fall asleep.
After work tonight I'm gonna stop by a local gaming store to test run some homebrew system. I have no idea what it is. Saturday, hopefully, The Black Goblin will initiate us into the joys of 5e D&D.
I made a human paladin named Aloysius Ambrose d'Abelmarle.
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Yeah, I have. Some local labor types have mentioned it, and some of the local Bernie Democrats/Greens, although one of the few headliners I recognize is Dolores Huerta, who's a noted Hillary supporter. I was down in Brooklyn when she pulled that stunt in Nevada, I believe it was, and La Principessa's Anarcho-Syndicalist Guatemalan Playwright friend vituperated venomously against her and Cesar Chavez's collaborating with the feds back in the day to deport undocumented workers.
Looks like a typical liberal-Dem gathering, although I wish them success on most of their specific agenda points.
More of La Principessa's Union Sisters In the News
I've gotten drunk with the one in the middle more than a few times. She's an elementary school teacher, sciences, I think, and she has the Chinese characters for "butt f~$#" tattooed on her ankle. Last time I saw her she tried to show me all the dick pics she had been receiving on her phone (maybe I should try that with Ms. Berard?) and then told me about an ex-con she was banging who, for protection, had joined a Nazi prison gang and had a swastika tattooed across his chest. They are both Jewish.
New York teachers are weird.
Union Sisters of La Principessa's in the News Which I Found on Ms. Berard's Facebook Page
I went to Lauren Cohen's birthday party.
But I did have an amusing conversation with a union brother.
Kemal is a Bosnian who's been in the United States since the '90s. I was his steward a couple of years ago on another shift. He used to be a rigger in a different local, and then he started his own hardwood floor installation business and got a job at UPS part-time to keep his benefits and get pension accrual.
Anyways, Surly Italian Teamster, who's voting for Trump, was ragging on Muslims in the office when it occured to me there was a good chance that Kemal was a Muslim. So I started asking him about it, and he told me that he was, in fact, ethnically, or whatever, a Muslim, but that "Under Communism there was no religion" and he didn't practice or believe.
He talked some more about life in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the conversation turned to me asking him what he thought of Bernie Sanders.
"Too socialist," Kemal said as he frowned and shook his head no. He then launched into a panegyric about the values of hard work and personal initiative, etc., etc., I'm sure you've heard it before.
He then went on to say that he wasn't hard-hearted*; he liked "non-crazy" Republicans like John Kasich, but Bernie Sanders wanted "to give too much away for free". In his opinion, the only things that should be free are: education, health care, and day care. "Day care?" I asked. "Yes, you know, for the kids, so the parents can go to work."
Free education, free health care, and free 24-hour day care. I'm pretty sure Bernie's only calling for two of those.
Conservative Anklebiter wrote:
[Smacks Conservative Anklebiter]
VIVE LE GALT!!!!
I want to rock and seize the means of production!
Tonight, meeting at the Nashua Labor Coalition to build for Justice4Jeffrey and the April 14th strike, tomorrow the Granite State Organizing Project's Manchester meeting.
Glad to see another J4J event popped up on the coast, even if I can't go:
and our first Monday Night Movie:
[DJdD]I invited Ms. Berard[/DJdD]
A member of the Workers World Party came up to Nashua and did an interview with the strikers. Which means that my life's dream of getting Red Steve Kirschbaum and his flatbed truck up to a demo I've organized is one step closer to fruition.
The WW comrade also pointed out an article they ran about police brutality in Nashua a decade and a half ago.
Think I'm going to skip the events in Boston. Kinda tired, kinda broke, kinda need to do my taxes.
Film showing last night brought in $35 for Ed Poindexter.
We're reconsidering Friday Night Films for another day of the week. Maybe Monday Night Movies? Tuesday Night Talkies? Thursday at the Theatre? Not sure yet.
Anyway, after the day of airport worker strikes and the day of Chicago teachers strike (Ms. Berard put a photo out of her wearing red high heels and a sexy red skirt to show solidarity with the CTU--yowza!!!), April 15th is going to be the (inter?)national day of fast food workers strike, except in New England, where we do it on the 14th to not interfere with the Boston Marathon.
This year, we're organizing the bus stop in Lowell.
Got my picture in the NYT--
--and pix AND a quote in The Nashua Telegraph. My mommy bought five print copies and brought them home, but their website is behind a paywall for me.
And now I'll go look at the pictures of the CTU strike.
Sadly, there was no storming. Rally was in a different city, different set of people came, about the same amount. Nowhere near as intense. A little bit anticlimactic, tbh.
But...two of the new people who came were my Buddhist Monk former player and his wife and their two babies whom I had never met! They're named Aurelia (aged 2) and Barrington (six months) and they are adorable even if they were named by hippies.
Even better, he wants to play D&D again. Huzzah!
Was scheduled to leave work early today, was kinda panicking, the disc of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution that I had ordered from Netflix started skipping around the one hour mark and the replacement disc may (or may not) arrive the day of the film showing. Dropped by Barnes and Noble to hopefully pick one up with the gift card that I got for Christmas. They didn't have it, but maybe their store in Burlington had one. Wait while they make phone call. Clock is ticking to get to work. They're supposed to have it, but the clerk can't find it. Checked at the Newbury Comics and the FYE. Neither of them carry it.
Was racing to get to work on time, got a text from my boss saying take the whole day off. Relief. Still anxiety-ing out about the movie, though, so I drive to Burlington. Clerk asks me if I need any help. I say, "Well, you probably just received a call from Nashua..." "Oh yes, I couldn't find it." He tells me all the places he looked. I tell him thank you, but I'm going to look anyway. Five minutes later, find it. Anxiety level goes way down.
I saved the film showing!
Now, just chillax until it's time to storm the police department...
Went to the Nashua Public Library sale to pick up books for the Lowell Leftie Lending Library. Found two copies of Lefebvre's The Coming of the French Revolution which I took as a sign and started reading.
Speaking of, the Lowell Leftie Lending Library has loaned out two books*! Woo hoo! Let's see if they bring them back.
(I also fished out my copy of The Third Policeman to further the copying-Limey trend.)
Malcolm X--The End of White World Supremacy
This op-ed by Norman Finkelstein made me chuckle:
Or, Sorry Bernie Bros, Your Candidate Just Doesn’t Have The Foreign Policy Experience Necessary To Prop Up A Pro-Western Dictatorship
More locally-produced agitprop:
Also, finally found the article in The Guardian, but I didn't make the cut:
Tomorrow, getting out of work early so we can storm the Nashua Police Department:
Last night, we dipped our first toe into Cambodian-émigré politics.
Kind of knew it would be weird, and it was. Turns out, the government of Cambodia was gifting the city of Lowell with a statue of some king of Angkor Wat. A local up-and-coming Cambodian-American Republican turned the issue into a political football in order to attack a standing Cambodian-American Democratic state representative who, if our local contacts are to be believed, had gone to the home country to negotiate the release of some monks. The Repub C-A had allegedly doctored a video of it so that instead of the Dem C-A saying "I have come to learn about why the monks are being held" he said "I am here to learn from you." So scuttlebutt goes, anyway. Beats me.
But it did spur me to learn quite a bit about Cambodia:
We left early and then watched as two CAJE members (local teacher who discovered labor theory of value on his own and lone black male member) gave podcasting a trial run. Mr. Comrade and I are certain that the latter is now a candidate member of PSL, but I started crying when they talked about the beginnings of CAJE and he testified to how much he had learned from "[another CAJE member], [the Nigerian Princess], [Comrade Anklebiter] and [Mr. Comrade]." [Sobs]
Anyway, got three contact sessions set up for the rest of this week, including with the NH Bernie supporter who had told Mr. Comrade he was a Massachusetts troll a whiles back, and I hope to make it two events in Boston (NEGROES WITH GUNS: Rob Williams and Black Power - Film and discussion and The Final Aim is Nothing: The Politics of Revisionism and Anti-revisionism) and then maybe put together a demo about this Perez thingy.
And, finally, Ms. Berard accepted my friend request!!!