February 22, 2009
By FRANK RICH
AND so on the 29th day of his presidency, Barack Obama signed the stimulus bill. But the earth did not move. The Dow Jones fell almost 300 points. G.M. and Chrysler together asked taxpayers for another $21.6 billion and announced another 50,000 layoffs. The latest alleged mini-Madoff, R. Allen Stanford, [...]
Por Nancy Wohlforth
Esta consigna fue coreada durante toda la campaña de Barack Obama. Los millones de trabajadores, de jóvenes, en particular, negros, que llevaron a Obama a la Presidencia el 4 de noviembre, la llenaron de un contenido: Que esto cambie, que cese la guerra en Iraq como en Afganistán, que cesan los despidos, que [...]
So the next time you hear Rush Limbaugh or some teevee pundit blathering on about the economic crisis and claiming nationalization is dangerous and un-American, remember: nationalization is everywhere in America, and has been for a long time — and it has worked quite well when done responsibly.
February 17, 2009
Union Talks Seen as Key as G.M. Makes Case for Funds
By BILL VLASIC and NICK BUNKLEY
DETROIT — With its access to a government lifeline possibly at risk, General Motors executives were locked in intense negotiations Monday with leaders of the United Automobile Workers over ways to cut its vast bills for retiree health [...]
As resistance to foreclosure evictions grows among homeowners, community leaders and some law enforcement officials, a broad civil disobedience campaign is starting in New York and other cities to support families who refuse orders to vacate their homes.
The House has passed an $819 billion stimulus package, marking one of the most expensive pieces of legislation ever to move through Congress. Not a single Republican voted for the bill. We speak to William Greider, national affairs correspondent for The
William Greider, National affairs correspondent for The Nation magazine. He is the author of several books, including The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy and One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism. His forthcoming book is called Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country.
On February 4, 2009, the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) House of Representatives endorsed the WERC platform!
Our call for endorsements received almost 500 responses, including prominent labor officials and nationally recognized leaders of progressive political campaigns.
ecause of the increasing severity of the economic crisis and because the banks have been given billions of taxpayer dollars but still refuse to lend money, we in the Workers’ Emergency Recovery Campaign believe the question of nationalization should be thoroughly discussed and debated. Many prominent economists are arguing that the banks can only be saved if they are nationalized. But if they are nationalized, that step raises additional questions: Why should they return to private hands if the governmen’s expertise is required to save them?
[Note: Jerry Tucker is a past International Executive Board member of the United Auto Workers' union (UAW). He is also a co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal and is actively involved in organizing a national labor campaign for single-payer healthcare. The interview below is reprinted from Unity & Independence No. 13, February 2009.]
Question: What [...]