Green New Deal Part I (2010) – Economic Bill of Rights

I – THE ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS

Our country cannot truly move forward until the roots of inequality are pulled up, and the seeds of a new, healthier economy are planted. Thus, the Green New Deal begins with an Economic Bill of Rights that ensures all citizens: 1. The right to employment through a Full Employment Program that will create 25 million jobs by implementing a nationally funded, but locally controlled direct employment initiative replacing unemployment offices with local employment offices offering public sector jobs which are “stored” in job banks in order to take up any slack in private sector employment.

  • Local communities will use a process of broad stakeholder input and democratic decision making to fairly implement these programs.
  • Pay-to-play prohibitions will ensure that campaign contributions or lobbying favors do not impact decision-making.
  • We will end unemployment in America once and for all by guaranteeing a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work.

2. Worker’s rights including the right to a living wage, to a safe workplace, to fair trade, and to organize a union at work without fear of firing or reprisal.

3. The right to quality health care which will be achieved through a single-payer Medicare-for-All program.

4. The right to a tuition-free, quality, federally funded, local controlled public education system from preschool through college. We will also forgive student loan debt from the current era of unaffordable college education.

5. The right to decent affordable housing, including an immediate halt to all foreclosures and evictions. We will:

  • create a federal bank with local branches to take over homes with distressed mortgages and either restructure the mortgages to affordable levels, or if the occupants cannot afford a mortgage, rent homes to the occupants;
  • expand rental and home ownership assistance;
  • create ample public housing; and,
  • offer capital grants to non-profit developers of affordable housing until all people can obtain decent housing at no more than 25% of their income.

6. The right to accessible and affordable utilities – heat, electricity, phone, internet, and public transportation – through democratically run, publicly owned utilities that operate at cost, not for profit.

7. The right to fair taxation that’s distributed in proportion to ability to pay. In addition, corporate tax subsidies will be made transparent by detailing them in public budgets where they can be scrutinized, not hidden as tax breaks.

“The Nature of Domination — Clint Jones’s Lecture Series at UW-Stevens Point

Clint Jones at UWSP The Nature of Domination 1

What is the moral standing of NON-PET animals?
“…here, we would want to journey back to the rupture of humankind from otherkind.”
“Let us consider Life After Creation. On the 6th day, before God could pronounce everything good, there was a hiccup in the perfection of creation. Adam could not find a suitable companion among the inhabitants of Eden. When God created Adam, he said, “Let us create him in our image.” We can table the “us” aspect, and wonder in what image God created Adam, that Adam was understood to not need a companion.”
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Clint Jones at UWSP The Nature of Domination 2

This talk deals with the larger questions…

“Why is there hostility between animals and humans, in early creation mythology?”
“Christian (Roman) creation stories. Greek creation stories. Jewish creation stories. Single-point origin, during the Bronze-Age struggles.
“So the presence of eminity seems especially pertinent. Why are Bronze-Age civilizations giving accounts of this in their cosmology? Their relationships to forms between earlier beings and animals that they encountered, carry over to the more ordered, sendentary civilizations…”

Clint Jones at UWSP The Nature of Domination 3

“Enmeshment” versus “Entanglement.”
It may be the case that the solution to the ecostential crisis lies in the complete rejection of Western culture.

“Know Your Rights” with Voces de la Frontera: Avoid ICE Custody

Voces de la Frontera of Milwaukee, a large grassroots organization dedicated to immigrants’ rights, held the “Know Your Rights” workshop at UW-Stevens Point on November 14, 2018, hosted by Student Government Association.

Voces de la Frontera workshop “Know Your Rights” on immigration problems, was held last night at UW-Stevens Point, hosted by Student Government Association. First snip deals with the New Sanctuary Movement that spun off from Voces de la Frontera.

This 2nd clip discusses various programs and campaigns that Voces is engaged in.

This 3rd clip describes how you and family need to be prepared in the increasingly like event, for immigrants, of an encounter with ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Voces de la Frontera “Know Your Rights” workshop in Stevens Point: Dealing with an ICE encounter, in realtime…

This 4th clip explains what to do during an encounter with ICE. Best advice?
“Stay Quiet.”

This 5th clip tells you what to do if you end up in ICE custody: The raising of legal funds to cover very expensive legal fees, bail and so forth.

The sixth clip is my question to Nancy Flores about how Voces de la Frontera recommends to deal with local law enforcement who may be over-cooperating with ICE, Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

When “Antifa” Were Black: The United League of Mississippi vs. The Klan

During the struggle to Free Eddie Carthan, the first black Mayor in Tchula, Mississippi, I had the chance to meet a United League organizer who was in town to meet with the student tour group I was traveling with. The tour of the deep south states, from the “Bootheel” in Missouri-Arkansas area, through Mississippi, rural Alabama, ending up at the King Center in Atlanta. The story of the United League and how they had stood up to the Klan in Holmes County and made them back down and back out, stuck with me all these years.

With the flood of news stories and endless commentary and bitter dispute about the modern Anti-fascist groups (“Antifa”) I thought it would be good to review the United League history, since they were a model of how to fight old-school/new-school fascism, which is the Klan. Fascist history in the USA traces back to the fall of Black Reconstruction in America in the 1870s, with the rise of the KKK to serve as storm troops to enforce a new form of suppression of black labor–the Jim Crow system in the south. So the League is as relevant today as they were in the 1970s-1980s.
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Pushing the Klan Aside in Mississippi: My Memory of Alfred Skip Robinson

BY DR. AKINYELE UMOJA, CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

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Skip Robinson; Photo by Jim Alexander

Alfred “Skip” Robinson is one of the most dynamic and charismatic individuals I have ever met. I first heard of Skip after a national demonstration in Tupelo, Mississippi in November of 1978. Several of my comrades in the Black Liberation Movement attended a demonstration and rally organized by Skip and the United League of Mississippi (UL) to support their boycott of the commercial district in Tupelo to challenge police misconduct and economic inequality in Tupelo. At that time the UL under Skip’s leadership had organized a series of boycotts in Mississippi to challenge white supremacy and institutionalized racism.

The UL was probably the most dynamic movement in the Black freedom struggle during the late 1970s. The Black Panthers, SNCC, Republic of New Africa, Us Organization, and other Black Power organizations had been severely crippled by the U.S. government’s COINTELPRO program and other repressive campaigns, as well as by the movement’s own internal conflicts and challenges. Several key activists of the movement had been incarcerated, exiled, even assassinated due to government repression. The oldest Black Civil Rights group, the NAACP, also suffered a decline after being defeated in a U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit. The Reagan Administration began to dismantle some of the gains of the Civil Rights Movement. The late 1970s also witnessed a resurgence of the KKK.

Skip, the UL, and their efforts in Mississippi represented a beacon of hope to the Black freedom struggle of the 1970s.

The Full Story: Pushing the Klan Aside in Mississippi: My Memory of Alfred Skip Robinson

“Byhalia, Mississippi”

Alfred ‘Skip’ Robinson and Mississippi in the 1970’s

The character of Ayesha in Byhalia, Mississippi is extremely proud of her father-in-law Quincy for his participation in the protests in Byhalia in 1974. Detailed in our previous post The Once and Future Mississippi by Donald J Simon, these protests and the ensuing boycott of Byhalia businesses were led by Alfred ‘Skip’ Robinson, founder of the United League of Marshall County. On Monday January 4th, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Akinyele Umoja to WPCONVO to share his personal recollections of working with Skip Robinson and the United League. Dr. Umoja is a Professor and Department Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University and the author of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement.

Skip’s father Tom Robinson taught Sunday School in Red Banks, Mississippi and worked as a farmer and carpenter. Before his death in 1958, Tom had bought over 2,000 acres of Mississippi land and had sent twenty of his twenty-one children to Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. His one child who didn’t go to college was his fourteenth child Skip, who had already found work as a brick mason. ¹

After meeting Medgar Evers in Jackson, MS in 1960, Skip became more politically active. In 1965, his home was firebombed in Holly Spring, MS where four years later, he and Henry Boyd Jr. set up headquarters for the United League and organized their first boycott protesting the disproportionate number of positions for black teachers and administrators as Holly Spring’s schools were desegregated.²

In 1975, Time Magazine called the United League’s efforts in Byhalia “nearly 100% effective for eight months. It has cut business in some Byhalia stores by as much as 75%. Six white merchants have already declared bankruptcy, and others may soon follow.”

After the success of the Byhalia boycott, the United League under Skip’s leadership won landmark cases on black employment, voting rights and education. Further effective UL protests took place in Mississippi during the 1970’s in Canton, Lexington, Okolona and most famously in Tupelo in 1978 where confrontations occurred with the Ku Klux Klan due to protests over local police brutality.³

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“Blacks ain’t going to spend their money here and no one can force them, until there is justice done for Butler Young Jr. and a history of others…The history of Marshall County is that if anyone wants to kill any black, just bring him to Byhalia, because you can get away with it.”Skip Robinson, 1974

Chapter 27 — The United League of Northern Mississippi
Posted on January 27, 2014 by billdrew2014

I brought something special to our national newspaper. I had always been the guy who went directly into the most interesting battles. One day while checking out-of-town newspapers in the Chicago Public Library, I came across a story about a boycott of downtown businesses in Tupelo, Mississippi. The issue and the location interested me. In the movement, we had always debated about how the Black struggle relates to everything else – especially in the South. What better way would there be to get some ideas? I rounded up a couple of friends. We were headed to Elvis Presley’s home town and the nation’s most infamous state on the question of race.

I felt a twinge of fear as we passed “Entering Mississippi” on the highway. Kudzu vines, like evil itself, grew unchecked covering all vegetation, including trees. We made it to the headquarters of the United League of Northern Mississippi in Holly Springs. One thing was immediately clear. This wasn’t a group of urban militants like the Panthers. The United League was led by Skip Robison, a construction contractor. Lew Meyers, a SNCC lawyer, was part of the inner circle, as were ministers and other community leaders. I saw evidence of a wide membership at revival style church services.

It was a great cross-section of the Black community and it extended to several nearby towns. The role of the middle class became clear when they put us up for free at a motel owned by a local African American guy. Weeks later at a larger rally, they put up dozens of us in sleeping bags at a Black-owned furniture factory. Tupelo didn’t really square with the RCP’s emphasis on a nation of a new type. We found not a proletarian nation edging toward socialism, but a popular surge for democratic rights.

Read the Whole Story here

List of organizations mobilizing to help immigrant children at the southern border

Here’s a list of organizations that are mobilizing to help immigrant children at the southern border-with links to donation pages they operate.

1. American Gateways provides legal services and representation to detained parents. It’s currently seeking volunteers to represent detained parents and is accepting donations.
http://www.americangateways.org/donate/

2. Asylum Seekers’ Advocacy
https://asylumadvocacy.org/
3. American Immigration Lawyers Association –CARA Family Detention Project (update at Sep 6 , 2018) The CARA Project is currently recruiting attorneys, law students and paralegals with experience in asylum work. The group asks volunteers to be fluent in Spanish or willing to work with an interpreter.
https://www.aila.org/practice/pro-bono/find-your-opportunity/cara-family-detention-pro-bono-project
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Suite 300, 1331 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3142
Phone: 202-507-7600

4. Annunciation House is helping serve immigrants and refugees in El Paso. The organization is accepting donations here:
https://annunciationhouse.org/financial-donations/

5. Baker Ripley’s team of immigration attorneys are providing representation to detained families seeking asylum as well as working to reunite children and parents.
https://www.bakerripley.org/reuniting-families
DONATIONS PAGE https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate

6. Catholic Charities–Rio Grande Valley
http://catholiccharitiesrgv.org/HumanitarianRespiteCenter.shtml
DONATIONS LINK–
https://www.catholiccharitiesrgv.org/donations.aspx
SAN JUAN OFFICE
700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd.
P. O. Box 1306
San Juan, TX 78589
phone: 956-702-4088 fax: 956-782-0418
BROWNSVILLE OFFICE
955 W. Price Rd.
Brownsville, TX 78520
phone: 956-541-0220 fax: 956-544-7580

7. Circle of Health International has staffed a clinic caring for refugees and asylum seekers immediately upon their their release. Their McAllen clinic is currently seeing upwards of 100 patients a day.
http://cohintl.org/

8. Comfort Cases is raising money to provide backpacks to the separated immigrant children. Each case will contain items such as blankets, pajamas, toiletries, a stuffed animal, a book, a journal and art supplies.
https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/rob-scheer-comfort-cases

9. Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services is the largest provider of free and low cost immigration services in West Texas and says it’s the only organization in El Paso serving unaccompanied children.
http://www.dmrs-ep.org/donate/

10. Justice for Our Neighbors provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant individuals and families in Texas.
http://njfon.org/
donate button http://njfon.org/donate/

11. Kids in Need of Defense
https://supportkind.org/get-involved/

12. Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center (El Paso-based ) provides legal representation to immigrants who might not be able to afford it otherwise. It’s accepting volunteers and donations.. http://las-americas.org/
(El-Paso-based)
http://las-americas.org/ Has Donate Button at top right on page.
Contact Us!
T: (915) 544-5126 F: (915) 544-4041
E: administrator@las-americas.org

13. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is raising money to provide immigrant children “immediate shelter and beds, medical services, counseling and therapy to help them deal with the trauma of family separation.”

14. RAICES Texas
https://www.raicestexas.org/

15) South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/immigration/projects_initiatives/south_texas_pro_bono_asylum_representation_project_probar/

16. Tahirih Justice Center is providing free legal and social services to immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.
https://www.tahirih.org/

17. Together Rising is collecting money that’ll go to advocacy groups that are working to reunify immigrant children with their families.
https://togetherrising.org/

18. The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is looking for more child advocates to visit the immigrant kids inside the detention centers weekly and accompany them to immigration proceedings. It is also raising money for advocates who will deal specifically with family separation cases.
https://www.theyoungcenter.org/
DONATE button https://www.theyoungcenter.org/donate-to-the-young-center/
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
6020 South University Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60637,
United States
773-702-9560
info@theyoungcenter.org