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Well, all my local environmentalist buddies who've been working on this are calling it a success:
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.
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."
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.
I had never heard of him, til I ran across his obituary, but I just watched a two-part video of him and The Ex.
It was pretty badass.
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.
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]
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.
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...
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
Confession: Without fail, every single one of my stoner rock selections has been provided by Mr. Comrade who subscribes to a youtube channel called "Stoned Meadows of Doom." It's pretty groovy.
Here's one he posted on my Facebook timeline that I haven't listened to til now:
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!!!
Some might have seen my comrade, Kshama Sawant, opening up for Bernie in Seattle last night. "I follow Comrade Anklebiter's posts" you're thinking, "How could that be?" Rather than saying anything myself, I'll just link this article by the founder of Occupied Wall Street Journal on a Chavezista-funded television site:
Which I like, not only because it cites unnamed Socialist Alternative oppositionists (not me!) but also because it answers a question earlier posed by Citizen X, namely, "who cares what the ultraleft sectarians think?":
"Because it punches far above its weight. The International Socialist Organization and Solidarity have been in the thick of important labor struggles in recent decades, involving auto workers, teachers, and Teamsters. Socialist Alternative has pulled Seattle’s politics to the left through local elections. If ever you’ve been to an antiwar protest, it was probably organized by socialists or communists."
Vive le Galt!
A couple more ed articles that tickled my fancy:
Which, I've heard, led Governor Cuomo to reverse himself and fully fund CUNY. Don't quote me on that, I haven't really been following it, but one of La Principessa's NYC professor comrades was involved in organizing it, so I've heard bits.
Which I heard, again, don't quote me, led Mayor Walsh to reverse himself on high school cuts.
And, finally, from Chicago:
Vive le Galt!
Comrade Longears will be pleased to hear that some of her Facebook photos feature her at a piano. The Nigerian Princess looked through her selfies and concluded that she was looking for a man, so I'll make sure to go back to Lawrence soon.
Anyway, that was yesterday. Went to the rally at the jail. Was briefly interviewed for The Guardian, which was neat, but I haven't seen an article from them. There was one adrenaline-filled moment when we were all marching toward the door and I thought, "uh-oh, we didn't make back-up plans for the film showing if we get arrested" but it quickly passed because it was a jail and you can't just walk into a jail because it's a jail and they lock the doors. Duh.
Much longer piece that ran in something called CityLab that appears to be connected to The Atlantic:
Not many points, leftist bingo-wise, but we did learn that the friendly, overly talkative, slightly annoying retired SEIU guy we run into from time to time used to be in the October League, a defunct Maoist outfit best known for getting the official Chinese franchise after the Gang of Four were toppled, and most infamous for saying some kind of nice things about the Khmer Rouge once upon a time. I think their head honchos are mostly in the Progressive Democrats of America now. F~*#ing Maoists.
Later, the film showing was kind of a bust, but we raised $33 for Leonard Peltier, so, that's something, anyway.
Coming over my FB feed at this exact moment is an article about education reform and the despicable HRC by my rivals in the Party of Socialism and Liberation.
Agitprop by Comrade Who Was Published in Jacobin on the Jeffrey Pendleton case:
Thursday, I'm off to Lawrence, MA to attend a meeting on education by a friend of CAJE's:
Friday afternoon, Jeffrey Pendelton's friends and co-workers are planning a protest, but it's still tentative. I'll let you know when I know.
Friday evening, movie screenings are officially back on! We stopped doing them when the art gallery that hosted them changed ownership and the new owners made it clear that we were no longer welcome. Well, f!@! you, Nazi artists, cuz we've got our own office!
To go with it: My 40 Years in Prison by LEONARD PELTIER
Now with links!
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Lessee...best bits from Bob's presentation...on the ferocity with which the female pickets fought:
He quoted one law enforcement official as writing (paraphrase) "Usually one cop can control ten men, but in this case it takes ten cops to control one woman!"
You sometimes see pictures of the women on the picket line wearing elaborate hats. The benefits of these hats, other than fashion, is that, apparently, they had large hat pins. These hat pins could be used to poke horses in the tush which would then make the horses rear back and deposit their rider (police, National Guardsmen, Harvard students who were given course credit for trying to help bust the strike) on the ground where they would then be mauled by the female strikers.
Vive le Galt!
We were going to show that new Panthers doc to raise money for him and Ed Poindexter.
[Clenched fist salute]
Hee hee! Just razzin' ya.
Anyway, got to go write up my intro to the Nigerian Princess and the UMass Professor we got speaking for a belated International Woman's Day (although, apparently, they went ahead when I wasn't looking and named March "Woman's History Month", so, maybe not so belated after all) and then look over the rules to this Conan game we're gonna play afterwards.
See ya on the barricades, 'rades!