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Props, Citizen Dunkerson, for bringing up the Chinese Exclusion Act, whose predecessors were pushed by the Workingman's Party of California, thus illustrating how important those anarchists in the IWW were a few decades later and their policy of multiracial class solidarity.
Anyway, I only recently, within the past year or so, came across the work of Aviva Chomsky (yes, Noam's daughter).
My good friend and comrade, the Nigerian Princess read, or taught I don't recall, her book, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal and raved about it for months. I, alas, haven't read it, but I did have the opportunity to see Professor Chomsky on Democracy Now! and was mightily impressed.
As I recall, and I may not, in the 1960s there were large amounts of racially defined second class- or non-citizens in this country. We all know how the Civil Rights Movement made the United States dress up its race relations in term of black and white, but Prof. Chomsky argues that around the same time, the government changed the status of the Mexican migrant workers from racially-barred from citizenship as "Mexicans" (which, of course, isn't a race) to "immigrants" and thus to "illegal immigrants."
I remember it being a fun watch.
Anecdotally, my girlfriend, known to the boards as La Principessa, is married to a previously-undocumented Irishman. They lived in a section of Brooklyn called Windsor Terrace and, apparently, many times, she would run into neighbors going on racist rants against "illegal" Chinese or Latino immigrants. "Well, you know, Joe," she would say getting angry, "Willie was in this country illegally until we got married." To which they would invariably give her a sheepish look and reply, "But that's different!"
Well, I've never been an anarchist, except for when I'm using the Undead Leon Czolgosz avatar, but there's never been a successful anarchist revolution anywhere on the face of the planet, so we have no idea where it winds up.
IIRC, though, the IWW gave us: industrial unionism, freedom of speech (yes, really) and a labor movement that didn't discriminate on the basis of race, national origin or gender. I believe their plan was to build "one big union" and replace capitalism with "industrial democracy."
Sounds pretty good to me.
Idk, but an article from 2012 making the rounds again:
Also, fun article about the Democrats as the party of individual liberties:
"When various “gun rights” groups, with predominantly pro-Republican agendas and predominantly Caucasian members said they planned to show up, there was still no call from the police. Suddenly, as more and more African American armed protesters began checking in on the streets of Cleveland, the police made the call to the governor."
Hmm. That doesn't remind me of everything I've ever said about gun control or nothing.
Mr. Comrade's Facebook report back:
Multiple types of armed racists descended on the march. It really felt it was gonna be the Jill Stein massacre.
The BLM organizer teenagers seemed to hate us.
When we firt joined they sent over someone to tell us not to fly the SA flad cuz it was too militant. Then they asked why we were not holding more BLM signs. I showed them all the ones we brought. Our black and yellow ones.
Then we notice the biker gangs, armed Oath Keepers, and random white supremists, all lining up on the other side of the street. Some oath keepers were creeping near the rally, [Occupy NH Alum] and [Comrade Who Was Published n Jacobin] kept them back. They said they werre there to "protect the police and the rally" but kept saying all lives matter.
So we march. Keeping the racists from the rally. And they were walking into the march trying to say s*~&. Walking behind us intimidating people yelling all lives matter. There were a lot of kids there.
So we get back and the ones across the street start creeping up to the park. We set up a line to keep them from the rest of the rally and s$&$ got intense. They were trying to provoke an incident. The police refused to get inbetween so we had to.
eventually we got them to back down and leave. But it was f&ing scary man! After most people were thanking us for keeping them safe. I mean we had to keep going from spot to spot putting out fires. And we were way out numbered and gunned to fight them. The pigs wanted something to happen so bad.
ooooo super hot ACLU lawyers were thanking me and telling me i did a good job. lol.
so after that, the BLM teens send an organizer over and instead of saying thatnk you, they start complaining about [Young, New Gay Comrade]'s jacket, it scared them cuz it was too militant. At first I thought they just scared, but after the 2nd interaction it sounded like they read an article on how to do identity politics BLM work, and be an ally, and any deviation needed to be scolded. lol whatever. We f+*$n killed it. Made another 12 bucks or so, and at least 1 serious contacts who wants to join.
Speech at #BLM Solidarity Vigil in Lowell went down alright. I thought it was a C+, Mr. Comrade rated it much higher and we compromised and decided that it was a "B+, for Lowell." Best parts, for me, were: when Mr. Comrade, another comrade and I first arrived and I overheard the organizers (two young black women students who were home for the summer) comment "That's CAJE; they've been doing this way longer than us"; when one of the fiery black speakers clasped my shoulder on my way down the city hall steps and said "Great speech!"; when the Nigerian Princess was trying to tease me in front of her sister and the latter defended my right, despite my skin color and age, to use the phrase "stay woke"; when La Principessa showed me how proud she was by [redacted redacted redacted].
Yesterday was a bummer. Turned out it wasn't a memorial service--that will be in a few months around Boston in a UE hall--just friends, family and comrades. Got quite a few Leftist Bingo points, actually, and I had to confess to one of his Philly Solidarity comrades that he only ever joined my group because "Socialist Alternative has the hottest chicks on the left."
Saw some folks I hadn't seen in a decade or more. Turned out Omar and I had the same size feet and his brother Tarek made me take two sets of boots and a pair of shoes. If the reader may recall from an above post, Omar was a bit of a clotheshorse so I now have more expensive footwear than I have ever had. His family also graciously allowed me to claim his red keffiyeh. Cheesesteaks, Goo Goo clusters and Omar's last bottle of Jim Bean. Lot of crying (mostly me) and pulling out of smartphones to share Comrade Omar the Internet Troll's greatest hits. For example, one of his old HERE staffer buddies from the attempt to organize Foxwoods campaign read a "report" that Omar had written after going to the former's home for Pesach entitled "First Born Egyptian Survives Passover Seder."
Haven't checked in with the NH comrades yet, but if Facebook is any indication, the Jill Stein/Black Lives Matter rally in Manchester went well, despite the presence of armed Oathkeeper counterprotesters. Haven't heard yet if Mr. Comrade got to dance with Jill Stein or not.
Right now, I'm in Brooklyn and still want to go to the Eric Garner march, but La Principessa and I haven't gotten much sleep in the last 48 hours and I don't know if I'll be able to wake her up in time. She sleeps a lot during the summer.
Yeah, I shudder to think what would happen if they automated my hub. Luckily, it was built with state-of-the-art 1988 technology (carousels of cages that go round and round) and I've heard management talking about how many tens, if not hundreds, of millions it would take to retrofit the building. But if they did, yeah, they could probably get rid of half of us.
Vive le General Ludd!
Outline for a Speech
--Philando Castile, Teamsters 320, any union members in the crowd?
--Labor movement has slogan, an injury to one is an injury to all
--List of victims (Alton Sterling, Delrawn Small, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Freddie Grey, Michael Brown, Pedro Villaneuva, Alva Braziel, Fermin Valenzuela, Vinson Ramos, in Boston, Usaamah Rahim, Burrell Ramsey, in Lowell, Jose Perez)
--An injury to one is an injury to all And what that means is that there are two classes in society: those that work and those that exploit
--Workers have a common interest regardless of race, sex, immigrant, gender identity--attack on black workers live is an attack on all workers lives
--That's what it is an attack, a war. A war on black people, on poor people, on women, on workers.
--Sunday is second anniversary of Eric Garner's death and the only person going to jail is Ramsey Orta,
In 2015, over 1,200, mostly black and brown, killed by police
--Wednesday was one year anniversary of death of Sandra Bland; in past year over 800+ have died in jail, including Jeffrey Pendleton
--Jeffrey Pendleton and Fight for $15
--We know that this country was founded on racism and class oppression. Through slavery and Jim Crow and the war on drugs and the New Jim Crow, we know the cops are the racist enforcers of class society and police brutality has always been at the core of racist American capitalism
--Malcolm X, you can't have capitalism without racism
--We need to get organized, we need to get woke and stay woke, we need a new party, a workers party, a party of the 99%, party that champions, fights for socialism
--Vive le Galt!!!
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Citizen Moonrunner and I have had this discussion in my Revolutionary Socialism thread.
I don't pretend to omniscience, but I was, I imagine, more in touch with the Bernie supporters than most in this thread, and I haven't seen it. The Bernie or Busters that I've interacted with are members of: Vets for Peace, Movement of Rank-and-File Educators caucus of the United Federation of Teachers, Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee; they are union activists, immigrant-rights activists, #BlackLivesMatters supporters, environmentalists, socialists. The only people that I've met that could be crypto-rightists are some of the "Money Out of Politics" people who tend to be 50/50 social democrats/libertarians and I'm not sure the 50% libertarians were ever Bernie supporters. Most of the Bernie followers that I've met who feel Bernie has "betrayed" them are switching to Jill Stein.
They want something more from the Democratic Party than neoliberal austerity, police brutality, systemic racism, foreign "regime change," food stamp-slashing, deportations, union-busting, education "reform" and environmental despoilation and they fear they're going to get more of the same from a Clinton presidency.
I think I've met one, at most, two Bernie supporters that reverted to right-wing cretinism after they realized Bernie was going to rally behind Hillary. Ymmv.
I already posted the Empire Files bit on Hillary by former RT-turned Telesur presenter/Party of Socialism and Liberation supporter, Abby Martin and issued a challenge to find one talking point that originated with Fox News. There weren't any takers.
As for the media noise, I think rallies of thousands, tens of thousands, and at least one of a hundred thousand is a more credible hypothesis than maneuvers orchestrated by rightists.
I can't say with 100% certainty that there weren't far rightist pulling strings from afar, but this strikes me as the Hillaryite version of the right-wing conspiracy theory that the Soros Foundation orchestrated Occupy Wall Street! or #BlackLivesMatter or that Trump was a Clintonite catspaw to wreck the GOP.
Also, time for another episode of
Comrades of Mine in the News, Well, CounterPunch
Also, there are few things more meaningless then a "Party Platform". Follow the money, not the b!&~!++$. (Although I did find it odd that the Hillary backers would not disavow the TTP...)
Yeah. I watched the Bernie peeps cling to that and then get their hopes dashed. Looked like it was just as meaningless as I thought it would be.
Today looks like it was going to be a long day in Boston:
Which means I'll miss the two protests against police brutality in New Hampshire, alas.
I did, indeed, end up finding the article interesting.
In other news,
In other other news, La Principessa was up for the last five days. The Nigerian Princess reported that the two of them had a conversation about property prices in the area.
From a couple days ago, Richard Wolff on the Real News Network:
I haven't read the article, but I've been seeing it get passed along, not without its share of detractors.
I enjoyed this bit on DemNow! a couple of days ago which, oddly enough, featured a leftie Remain campaigner (IIRC).
[Popping moves to the BDP]
Although based on the article Comrade Anklebiter posted, "...Blumenbach rejected racial hierarchy and emphasized the unity of mankind.”"
He doesn't come off looking quite so good the MTV video directly above. She also mentions someone named, I think, Christoph Meiers (sp?).
More Virtual Tributes
Post from a United Electrical Workers top:
A couple of my favorite Omar memories.
Post from another UE organizer
Once Omar and I were sharing a hotel room for an organizing retreat. I was cold, so I got under the covers, and turned on the TV. Star Wars was on. He walked into the room, looked at me and said "Are you jacking off to Star Wars? You're one sick f~*# man!"
And a picture
Some more items for the Virtual Shrine:
EDIT: Should have known, incorrigible internet troll that he was, that Omar found this page and commented on it:
"To the genius conspiracy theorists making the unfounded accusations against me-- I should inform you of two things: 1. I am not a privileged international student. I was not sent here by a foreign government. It is not true that 50% of college students are foreigners from terrorist nations. How did you come up with such a silly statistic anyway? I'm an American citizen-- born and raised. My family and I have worked very hard for everything we have, which isn't much, but we're proud of it anyway. I was a union member long before I came to UMass. I don't expect all of you to understand what being a union member means or why people join unions, but I would expect you not be so ridiculous as to make all union members out to be the antichrist. 2. Not all people with Arab and Muslim names are terrorists. I wouls strongly suggest if I ever have the displeasure of meeting either one of you guys that you have the sense not to try talking that ignorant, racist trash to my face. To the other people who frequent this website-- Please keep an open mind and don't take partisan and sometimes racist ravings and conspiracy theory at face value. Check the facts first. Sincerely, Omar el-Malah UAW Local 2322"
And for this one I had to dig deep. Couldn't find the article I remembered, but found it as text on some anti-fascist archives page. Alas, the accompanying picture of Comrade Omar, bloody but unbowed, has disappeared down the memory hole.
White supremacist speaks in Wallingford, many protest
Protesters opposed to Matt Hale, the leader of the World Church of the
Creator, marched to the rear of the Wallingford Public Library a little
after 1 p.m. Saturday.
The tension mounted quickly as Hale's supporters met them face to face.
Several members on both sides of the protest broke out in a fist fight.
The protesters ripped and burned the rebel colors, and then stormed the
Police used pepper gas to hold the protesters back.
"They sprayed us with pepper spray or mace, I'm not sure. It's all in my
"I got sprayed a little bit, and then in the ensuing rush on the way back, came back, just got slammed to the pavement," says Omar El-Malah, Boston, MA.
Hale spoke as scheduled in the library's crowded Community Room.
"The evidence shows that we are not all created equal. The idea of racial equality is the most absurd idea in the history of this world," says Matt Hale.
But Hale could not escape the hecklers. Police arrested one person in the library, and there were more clashes upon exit.
"Does it bring you pleasure to hurt people like this? We have people in
The police were out in force during the day, but it quieted down as soon as Hale was out of the area.
Hale, who is from East Peoria, Illinois, promised to return to Connecticut.
That's leaving aside the million or so articles in little local newspapers from Maryland to Maine about contracts he helped negotiate and strikes he helped organize.
Most of the outraged supporter came around long before November. I suspect the same will be true of Bernie Bros. Most of his supporters already have.
Oh they will, unfortunately. Bernie, sheepdog that he is, has pledged every step of the way that he would endorse the Democratic Party candidate, and the highest estimation of Bernie or Bust!ers among his supporters that I ever saw was 30%.
Got word from the party tops today that the Jill Stein campaign asked us to help get her on the ballot, so it looks like I'm going to spend the next month petitioning the electorate of New Hampshire on her behalf. Normally, my ultraleft instincts would make me gag at collecting signatures for a petty-bourgeois party like the Greens, but a) it will give us a chance to reconnect with the Occupy kids-turned-Bernie campaigners we know who are more disgusted with the Democrats than they've ever been; and b) they just adopted an explicitly anti-capitalist plank into their program.
Not that I expect much to come of it, but it'll give us something to do over the summer.
Speaking of Britishiznoid chauvinism, funny photo of a newspaper blurb making the FB rounds:
"A scene of modern Britain played out on a rail replacement bus serivce in Newport yesterday. A woman in a niqab was chatting to her son in another language. After five minutes, a man suddenly snapped: 'If you're in the UK, you should speak English.' At this, another passenger turned round and explained: 'We're in Wales. And she's speaking Welsh.'"
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
To those giving Bernie crap for not completely giving in to the now-familiar manipulative bullying....
Yeah. Standard I-hate-Bernie-and-Democrats disclaimer aside:
Thought experiment: if this was a union negotiation, all the "quit, Bernie, quit!" types would have us cave at the first proffered contract.
Comrades of Mine in the News
(Took me a couple sweeps around the internet to confirm that Labour Alternative is our sister group in Northern Ireland.)
Daily Musical Interludes
King Tubby and Big Youth--"Big Youth Fights Against Capitalism"
Word I'd use is "concession."
Probably a rather meaningless one. As I understand it, and I may not, the platform isn't binding on any candidate running under the Democratic Party banner, including the presidential candidate.
But it suggests that Bernie and his (mostly Democratic Party lifer) staffers have a better understanding of how to get their voices heard by the party tops than some others.
Interesting little thumbnail that I'd never heard:
Which, being quite short, I'll copy and paste:
FIVE WEEKS BEFORE the final ratification of the Bill of Rights in December 1791, the regular Army of the United States of America, under the command of Revolutionary War hero Arthur St. Clair, was utterly destroyed at the Battle of the Wabash by an alliance of Western Indians led by the great war chiefs Little Turtle and Blue Jacket. It was a worse disaster than the Little Big Horn. Only 45 members of St. Clair’s 1300-person expedition which included regulars, militia, and camp followers survived the ambush unscathed.
This is the real historical context in which the meaning of the Second Amendment must be interpreted: the national army had been annihilated, the First Nations had reclaimed the Ohio Valley, and the British were emboldened to retain the Western forts (Michilmakinac and Detroit) that they had agreed to surrender in the treaty of 1787. A “well-regulated militia” of armed people was the only thing standing between George Washington and the return of King George III. Or, between white people and successful rebellions of slaves and Native Americans.
Odd, to say the least, that the left-liberal media has so neglected this background, particularly since it speaks to “original intent,” that fetish of Scalia and much of his party. More importantly, why haven’t we taken advantage of the GOP’s Salafist interpretation of the Constitution to revive the classical (Charles) Beardsian critique of this slaveowners’ relic? The alternative tradition in American history, embraced by Jefferson, Lincoln, and Wilson, has always asserted the priority of the Declaration of Independence as the nation’s foundational document and natural law.
Can't say I ever recall reading about the Battle of the Wabash.
Condolences to everyone else with ailing or deceased pets.
Trump came up to NH yesterday, but in the wake of the Orlando massacre he cancelled two of his three appearances, including the one where we were going to have a protest. :(
Instead we went to a rather ho-hum meeting of the Nashua Labor Coalition. Most interesting part was when the lifelong Democratic Party hack and candidate for state rep, who had been feeling the bern, started passing out petitions to get Jill Stein on the NH ballot. Might be time to check back in with the local Bernie crowd.
I won't do it this week, though, because [DJdD]I am going to Brooklyn where I will most likely have a lot of sex and then break up with La Principessa. Actually, La Principessa maintains that we've never gotten back together from last time we broke up, but she wants me to come down and have lots of sex with her anyway.
Speaking of which, I'd also tell you about how Mr. Comrade and the Nigerian Princess broke up, but at the last Capital reader's circle I got drunk and let slip about this thread and that, I, too, am a bit of a leftist internet celebrity (I was bragging) and apparently, now, she lurks in here, so I won't.
I will say, however, that no condolences are necessary because they still sleep in the same bed even if they go out to bars and encourage each other to try to pick up other people, fail at it because everybody in the bar assumes they're together, and then go home and do it.