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Comrade Anklebiter's Commie Vacation Thus Far:
Got in Thursday afternoon. Had to deal with La Principessa's depression for a while, then went to her Guatemalan from East Boston Anarcho-Syndicalist Playwright friend's girlfriend's Soup and Art Night (which he renamed Stupid Art Night). She worked on making banya caps; I just drank and ate butternut squash soup until the GfEBA-SPF'sG gave me an "Existentialist Coloring Book" and worked on the page devoted to Jean-Paul Sartre, Intrnet Troll's catchphrase ("Hell is other posters!).
Friday was more depression, some really hawt sex, then a very frustrating evening waiting in Barnes and Noble while she met with another comrade to go over her presentation on the labor movement centered on the UE strike at Weir Valve. Followed by more frustration as we went over her single mother friend's house and they got to talk politics while I had to babysit a hyperactive, ADD-diagnosed seven-year-old who kept farting on me and wouldn't let me play on his keyboard. :(
Saturday we went to the Newark rally organized by our 16-year-old New Jersey high school student comrade. Afterwards, we went to some bbq restaurant where I kept trying convince the hyperactive seven-year-old of the existence of trolls, ogres, and that the upcoming blood moon was a harbinger of the opening of the gates to the fairy realms. Later, on the ride home, I tried to convince him that the delta blues singers on the radio were centaurs. La Principessa kept telling me to cut it out in deference to the communist atheism of the boy's mother, but I protested "If you can't lie to children, then who can you lie to?" and denounced her bourgeois modernity. The boy's mother seemed to think it was funny. Anyway, then we got home and smoked the last of my [bubble bubble bubble] and had even hawtter sex. Twice.
Sunday, we went to the Day School. I was pretty excited because the latest Member's Bulletin had a long document about Black Liberation and Socialist Revolution that discussed Richard S. Fraser (a fave my old comrades) and I was looking forward to some real commie talk, but La Principessa got ill after the first two hours, so we skeddadled, had some Thai food on the offchance that she just needed to eat something, no such luck, so then I got to do my first NYC driving as we listened to a Patsy Cline hour on some college radio station. Then we watched a lot of bad SNL and Snowpiercer which she thought was terrible, but I thought was watchable enough for a Chris Evans movie.
Meanwhile, back in New England, I'm getting updates on our Black Lives Matter coalition work in Lowell. Expect more posts on the future, but in the meantime, I've still got a whole week to spend in this city with little to do. I think there's a branch meeting in Brooklyn tomorrow, a visit to a car wash strike on Wednesday, maybe meet up with a former IBEW steward turned CWA organizer who's Facebook friends with some of my NH labor contacts, meet up with Comrades Freehold and Healer hopefully, but other than that, got little planned. Maybe some more hawt sex. We'll see.
I don't know.
I was walking along Church Avenue in Brooklyn the other day, though, and ran across a movie set, something called Blacklist. Said "Hello, brother!" to the dude in IBT jacket and kept walkin'. Should probably go to my local's Autism Gala one of these days, see if I can meet Matt Damon or Ben Affleck.
EDIT: Looks like it.
Defend USW 8751! Drop all charges against Red Steve Kirschbaum! Victory to the Oil Workers Strike!
Man, adjunct professors, oil workers, school bus drivers, the Steelworkers really get around these days.
Well, In These Times seems to think it was a victory. Good enough, I guess. Four for four, baby!
[Reads first section]
Man, what a shiznitty contract.... :(
Vive le General Ludd!
Pfft. I've been posting about The Wire my entire time here. Came up in the first politroll conversation I ever entered, back with Comrade Derek back in '0whatever.
As for Wire, the band, c'mon, Comrade Meatrace. I've got ten years working in used record stores under my belt.
I'm cooler than all of you!
Was bippin' and boppin' around Facebook and ran into an article that might be of interest to those who remember the Bou Bou Phonesavanh thread:
Which doesn't have any actions listed, but I'm pretty far away and am sure there's stuff going on, I just don't know where.
Get involved! Get organized!
Reinstate Kip Hedges!
Same, babe. *3*
He won't. Employing internet douchebaggery to point out hipster internet douchebaggery is kind of a point of pride for Alex.
Which puts it somewhere in between the liberal hipsters at the Daily Kos (serves me right for branching out from my regular communist propaganda websites) and Citizen K(e)rensky's Democratic Party hackdom. For example, I don't see anything about earning time off of sentences, but maybe I have to dig deeper.
Anyway, I was thrilled to death to meet Steve Gillis and Andre Francois (two of the School Bus 5) this morning in the freezing cold outside of the Somerville District Court for the I-93 protestors court appearance. "You're doing a rally up in Lowell?" smiled Brother Gillis. When I offered to distribute leaflets to pack the court on March 3 for Red Steve Kirschbaum's next court appearance he smiled even wider and said "That's great! Now's the time to be meeting people and making contacts!" I almost died of joy!
Mayor Marty Walsh, pro-capitalist ex-labor bureaucrat that he is distanced himself from them during his campaign run because he would rather serve the interests of State Street than stand up for working people. I wouldn't be surprised if he and Citizen K(e)rensky run in the same circles.
Up real early to get things going for the last day of prep for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X rally and just saw this:
No details yet, but hopefully it's some kinda win.
Partly for selfish reasons: One of Comrade Longears's American co-thinkers (and an SEIU organizer) made a comment a whiles back that my local commie branch is kinda like a good luck charm for strikes; thus far, with a record of three for three (Insomnia Cookies, Lifelinks, Weir Valve), any picket line that we visit wins.
It'd be nice if that kept being a thing.
One day longer/One day stronger!
A lot of that advocacy also comes from young up and coming Randian Libertarians as well. I knew quite a few of this type at Rutgers who were my own (the) age of 19 something. Like the group you mentioned, they tended to feel insulated from the consequences of what they were fond of proposing.
Um, while that's true, this has been pretty bipartisan for a long time.
Will have to remember to share this one with La Principessa, who is thinking of running for Chapter Leader (UFT jargon for shop steward) this spring:
Not much time before I have to go meet the local activists helping build the Malcolm X anniversary rally and distribute flyers throughout Lowell, but...
Chicago: How To Sell Off a City
Break with the Democrats!
It's been a while, I admit, since I've carried a sign that read "For Open Admissions, Free Tuition and a Living Stipend for All Students!" but I have been encouraging my hawt commie NY schoolteacher girlfriend to start an "opt out of Common Core testing" campaign.
It's either that or listen to her scream "Why won't they let me teach!!!!" every time I go down to Brooklyn.
I haven't really been paying attention, Citizen Blast, but did you mention cars in the post Citizen Coriat quoted from? I was under the impression that they were using oil for other things before the birth of the automobile industry. Which might be what Citizen Coriat was getting at.