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SF Solidarity Rally For Wisconsin Workers
by Z
Saturday Feb 26th, 2011 12:51 PM
Hundreds gathering today in Civic Center Plaza
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§SF Solidarity Rally For Wisconsin Workers
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One of the sponsors of this Democratic Party-Move On demonstration was the AFL-CIO. They have millions of dollars in union dues and pension funds to give to the anti-labor warmongering Democrats but somehow could not mobilize their millions of members in the San Francisco Bay Area to attend this demonstration. They can easily afford to charter buses and pay for BART for a day, for example. They can pay for TV and radio ads all day Friday (yesterday) and before, when this was organized.

Then there is the problem with only 60% supporting the right to collective bargaining. 80% of Americans are members of the workingclass; we sell our labor for less than $77,000 a year. This means labor has not been organizing, so that now it is only 12% organized overall, mostly in the public sector.

THERE IS ALSO THE UNSPEAKABLE OUTRAGE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM AS A PROMOTION FOR THIS UNION RALLY. Are you kidding? Where have you been? Just randomly, let us describe the American nightmare:
1. Genocide of Native Americans to steal their land so as to set up another capitalist state
2. Enslavement of Africans to maximize capitalist profits
3. Exploitation of labor of workers of all colors, ages and genders to maximize capitalist profits
4. Daily police state terror by Democratic and Republican administrations in the workingclass communities to feed the prison-industrialized complex and to prevent labor organizing, whether native born or foreign born, documented or undocumented, so as to keep labor cheap so as to maximize capitalist profits.
5. Daily police state terror in the so-called school system for the workingclass which simply feeds into the military or prisons.
6. Daily hatred of the bosses of the workers at all levels of income to keep us intimidated so we do not ask for decent wages, hours, and working conditions,
7. No socialized medicine guaranteeing medical and dental care, including abortion and all other birth control and all drugs and medical devices, paid for with our tax dollars, as exists in the rest of the industrialized world, making the US the most backward country in the industrialized world with the highest infant mortality and lowest life expectancy in the industrialized world so as to enrich the profiteering insurance companies, friends of Democrats and Republicans, and the entire profiteering medical industry.
8. An inexcusable homeless crisis dating back in 1979 when Democrat Carter was president as the money is taken from public housing and given to the war machine where the greatest profits are.
The list can go on for pages. The point is THERE IS NOT NOW AND NEVER HAS BEEN ANY AMERICAN DREAM FOR THE WORKINGCLASS. The only solution is a general strike to put an end to the capitalist profit motive. Fighting for crumbs does not work as neither the Democrats or Republicans are giving crumbs. They refuse to tax the rich with the progressive income tax, increasing taxes on those who make over $200,000 a year. Labor unions are a stop gap measure. We need a general strike now to save humanity and the planet.
by against confused ranting
Saturday Feb 26th, 2011 10:56 PM
i hope you are happy with your little therapy session.
you are apparently angry beyond reason ... a few thousand take a stand your admonish them for standing at all.
by David Siegel
Sunday Feb 27th, 2011 12:58 PM
This rally was only the beginning for the 125 million working people of America. This is not about unions or Wisconsin, this is about deciding whether we will become a nation of poor underpaid workers while a few elite millionaires and billionaires collect the rest of the wealth and become slavemasters of the people. This is about the right wing taking absolute power. Power to the people. Power to the unions. Power to the workers.
by Andrea Picchi
Sunday Feb 27th, 2011 1:09 PM
The American Dream is about equal opportunity and the ability to have a good public education for all and equal rights. This is what many of us union workers fought and died for. Now the right wing giant corporations and greedy filthy rich moochers who run them want to destroy the last of our unions and thus drive ALL of our wages down. Again. The part we agree on is that we will someday have to unite to strike. The rich who have taken over the media and the government for excess profit will not go down easily.
by reality check
Sunday Feb 27th, 2011 5:16 PM
I too was offended by the ridiculous assertion by a few of the speakers that we should all aspire to and have a right to the supposed "American Dream," which an earlier comment pointed out is a nightmare for the majority of the earth's inhabitants.

The problem with this rally sponsored by some old white farts from MoveOn is it ignores the reality that the constant promotion of the mythical American Dream and the "middle class' keeps American workers disconnected from the masses of workers and those who live in poverty throughout the world. Their misery is in direct proportion to the convenience the American dreamers enjoy as they drive cars, eat fruit and vegetables shipped from Latin America, own a home while others live in the streets, and wear clothes made by sweatshop laborers in Asia.

How about a Global Dream of real solidarity and lifting everyone out of poverty? That will never happen as long as unions are in bed with the corrupt corporatists and imperialists of the Democratic Party.

Fuck the American Dream and the Middle Class!
All power to the majority - the workers, the poor, the landless, the refugees.