Interview with Baldemar Velasquez

Originally published on 10/5/2019 [Following is an interview with Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC-AFL-CIO). Velasquez is a member of the Organizing Committee of the Labor-Community Campaign for an Independent Party, or LCCIP.] U&I: You attended the meeting of the Organizing Committee of the LCCIP in Washington, D.C., at the end of February [2019]. At the

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U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder!

Originally published on 10/5/2019 By the Organizer Editorial Board As we write these lines [May 16, 2019], the U.S. war drums are beating louder and louder. As part of a mounting series of U.S. provocations against Iran, the U.S. State Department has ordered all “non-critical government employees” to leave Iraq on the grounds that, “U.S. intelligence has learned that Iran

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Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do

Originally published on 10/5/2019 By Labor Fightback Network Since the enactment of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (ACA) in 2009, congressional Republicans have vowed to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” For seven years that promise was never anything more than a campaign slogan — no Republican ever offered an alternative health plan to Barack Obama’s signature legislation. In the

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It’s Time for a New Political Party!

Originally published on 10/5/2019 By Labor Fightback Network With each passing year, elections in the United States have been increasingly insulting of working people’s intelligence. To be sure, the politicians have never had much respect for the people who vote them into office. During every election campaign season, the voters are subjected to a chorus of personal attacks. Meanwhile, with

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What Lessons Can We Learn From Labor’s Defeats in Wisconsin in 2011 and 2015?

Originally published on 10/5/2019 By Jerry Gordon, Labor Fightback Network Now that Governor Walker has signed the “right-to-work” bill passed by the Wisconsin legislature, whose purpose is to severely weaken private-sector unions, it is high time for trade unionists to step back and ask ourselves how it is that we have come to this critical juncture. After all, not so

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2016 Elections Underscore Need for Independent Labor Political Action

Originally published 10/5/2019 By Labor Fightback Network Once again the U.S. electorate is given the “choice” between two corporate parties and urged to vote for one of the two, despite their low ratings even among their members and supporters, not to mention independents. To be sure, insurgents — first Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran in the Democratic primary, and Jill

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2014 Mid-Term Elections, Latino Voters, and Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

Originally published on 10/5/2019 By Labor Fightback Network Last September, one week after President Obama announced that he was postponing until after the mid-term elections his long-promised decision to protect 11 million undocumented immigrants from deportation by executive action, Latino activists across the country were furious. (Administration spokespersons explained that the president did not want the issue of immigration to

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Just How Progressive Are the Democratic Party ‘Progressives’?

Originally published on 10/5/2019 Black Agenda Report (Following are excerpts from an article by Danny Haiphong that was published in the Sept. 12, 2018, issue of Black Agenda Report. The full article can be accessed at http://www.blackagendareport.com.) It should be all too clear by now that the “Resistance” to Donald Trump within the U.S. power structure is just a public

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Labor Must Break with the Strategy of “Shared Sacrifice” …

Originally published on 10/5/2019 … To Build an Independent Labor Movement By ALAN BENJAMIN (Editorial Board, The Organizer) [Note: Following is a slightly edited version of the presentation delivered by Alan Benjamin to the opening session of the Labor Fightback Conference on Saturday, May 11, 2012, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.] On May 20, 2011, AFL-CIO President

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