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Yesterday in my blog called Worker Power, I wrote about the effort of Radical Right-wing Congressman from Georgia to outlaw or ban what they call “micro-unionism” or less than majority organizing and representation.

The UFCW is doing such a great job at organizing activists at Walmart and community, faith, and civil rights allies that Walmart is retaliating. Walmart has sued everyone they can, including an individual retired activist, Gene Lantz. Can you imagine Walmart suing an individual?

The Radical Right has a total penchant for control.

But if we can preserve our level of democracy, we can win.

Thousands of fast food workers are organizing.

And for years, immigrant workers have been organizing into worker centers.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers based in Immokalee, Florida have done an amazing job of organizing migrant farmworkers, and forcing some of America’s biggest corporations to pay better wages for those farmworkers. They have organized the workers and assembled powerful coalitions of people of faith, young activists, unions, and others to help them win against Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Burger King, Whole Foods Market, and others. One of their most powerful allies has been Sen. Bernie Sanders who is absolutely steadfast in his commitment to workers, unions, and the middle class.

With the help of the United Steelworkers, immigrant car wash workers have won great victories in Los Angeles.

The National Day Laborers Organizing Network has even entered into a national agreement directly with the AFL-CIO.

Domestic workers are ore organizing. Taxi workers are organizing. The AFL-CIO is organizing people in their homes and communities into Working America

While all this is inspiring and absolutely critical to a real struggle against yawning inequality and to preserve democracy, none of it can replace essential organizing by unions at the workplace for collective bargaining.

Now is the time for organizing at every level amongst every possible constituency to build the elements of movement and make possible a massive struggle for change.

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  •  The arc of history bends toward concentration of (0+ / 0-)

    power.
    Every now and then there's a spasm toward individual freedom.
    Arab Spring
    Turkey
    Brazil
    (Occupy, Wisconsin, Immokalee, Wendy Davis)
    --US?

    Will we be the people we are waiting for?

    We kidnap. We torture. It's our policy. Embrace it or end it!

    by Mosquito Pilot on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 04:30:23 AM PDT

    •  The arc of history most certainly does NOT (0+ / 0-)

      bend toward concentration of power.  

      In ancient Egypt and Persia, one man was simultaneously God, dictator, and private owner of all property including all people in his domain.  He was the head and object of his own state religion, the absolute master of all policy, and his every whim was so intimately tied into every last lever of government that a frown would result in an execution.

      Rome and Byzantine in their pettiest and ugliest pits of despotism were never as tyrannical as Egypt and Persia had been, but were rather more prone to mob chaos and gang warfare between competing generals.

      The kingdoms of medieval Europe at their absolute worst were never as bloodthirsty and tyrannical as their ancient predecessors.

      The late ancien regime states up to the early 20th century were far more liberal than their ancestors, and their subjects increasingly chafed and wanted democratic republics.

      The 20th century backslid for only a few decades under the radical totalitarian regimes.  Those were an echo of Egypt and Persia, with men like Hitler, Stalin, and Mao replacing the God-King.  But they couldn't last.  They died in fire within a few years or collapsed in dust within a few decades, or else evolved into a much less heinous circumstance.

      And a typical citizen of the democratic West today lives more freely and more securely than any enfranchised Athenian or Roman patrician ever did.

      But within the Long Arc of History bending toward justice, are many short arcs that bend toward oppression and kleptocracy.  An 18th century rich white male farmer in this country might cluck in disapproval at today and think this country were terribly stifling, but we'd feel the same trying to live in their world.

      Sign the petition to demand a law-abiding Supreme Court.

      by Troubadour on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:12:33 AM PDT

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      •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

        History tells the story of the people who aggregated power.
        Shaman
        Warlord
        King
        President
        (don't forget global corporate CEOs)

        The Americans threw off their King
        The French threw off their King
        The Russians threw off their King
        The Chinese threw off their King

        Has not in each of those cases power reconsolidated and centralized in the decades and centuries since they threw off their Kings?

        We kidnap. We torture. It's our policy. Embrace it or end it!

        by Mosquito Pilot on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 02:10:12 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks. Some days I need bits of hopeful news (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    GDbot

    like this.

    -7.38, -5.38 (that's a surprise)

    Why must we struggle to protect the accomplishments of Democrats of the past from Democrats of the present? -- cal2010

    by 84thProblem on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 04:35:56 AM PDT

  •  The Organization Man (0+ / 0-)

    Organization is the path to freedom.

    Wealthy CEOs, corporations and non-productive heirs began serious organizing in the mid-1970s. They've gradually taken over almost all elements of the country, one at a time.

    To get our democracy and capitalism back we have to organize.

    It's easy.

    Join a group. Join many groups. As long as they're good groups it almost doesn't matter which ones you join. You'll get involved in fighting the bad guys.

    The key is to get off your butt and join a group. Groups tend to be organized and productive. Groups get things done. Groups can defend you, help you, stimulate you, and so on.

    Join a group. Now. Join more than one. Join. Organize. Win.

    A Southerner in Yankeeland

    To save your life read "Pity The Billionaire" by Thomas Frank, and "Winner-Take-All-Politics" by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson. Then read more books.

    by A Southerner in Yankeeland on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:31:44 AM PDT

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