Archive for March, 2009

Interim National Committee of the WERC Announced

1. Pat Gowens, National organizer, Welfare Warriors, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2. Cynthia McKinney, Former Member of Congress, 2009 Green Party presidential candidate
3. Jack Rasmus, Economist, Professor at St. Mary’s College
4. Marc Rich*, UTLA delegate, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Pasadena, CA
5. Al Rojas, Coordinator, Frente de Mexicanos en el Exterior, Sacramento, California
6. Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star mother, antiwar activist, San Francisco, California
7. Nancy [...]


Labor Leaders Demand That ‘Single Payer’ Be Part Of Obama Healthcare Reform
Article Date: 05 Mar 2009 – 6:00 PST
The Obama administration’s plans to hold a “Health Care Summit” that excludes advocates of single-payer healthcare reform has drawn a sharp response from labor leaders around the country.
“President Obama has indicated that his administration is committed to the passage of a new ‘universal’ national health care program for [...]

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White House Relents, Extends Last-Minute Invite To SIngle-Payer Advocate Conyers

After a protest from supporters of single payer national universal health care, Congressman John Conyers was invited as the lone advocate of single payer at President Obama’s health care reform summit today.

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Cynthia McKinney: Ruminations on President Obama’s Tenure Thus Far and “Acceptable Punditry”

I implore the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus to spearhead the participation of the United States in the United Nation’s World Conference Against Racism: to boldly go where we have gone before.

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A.F.L.-C.I.O. to Support Nationalizing Banks

…The labor leaders also asserted that the Obama administration, like the Bush administration, had failed to obtain fair value for the tens of billions it had invested in distressed banks.

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Call The White House: Let Single Payer In

Tell Obama to let single payer into the White House Summit on healthcare.

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Interview with Economics Prof. Jack Rasmus: “…the stimulus package: As I have stated repeatedly, it’s too little too late.”

An interview with Jack Rasmus, a professor of economics at St. Mary’s College and Santa Clara University in Northern California. Prof. Rasmus is a member of the newly formed National Steering Committee of the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign (WERC). The interview was conducted on March 2, 2009, by Alan Benjamin, organizer for the WERC.

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Robert Kuttner and Michael Hudson on the Obama Administration’s $789 Billion Economic Stimulus Package and $2.5 Trillion Bank Recovery Plans

Part 1 of 6 of Democracy Now! presentation.
From Democracy Now February 13, 2009
Both the House and Senate are set to vote today on the $789 billion economic stimulus package. The vote follows weeks of political wrangling that culminated in compromise legislation struck on Wednesday. The final size of the package is less than what both [...]

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Trying to Revive the Bubble Economy: Obama’s Awful Financial Recovery Plan

The economy has lost the “virtual wealth” in higher-priced homes and the stock market, and must rely on after-tax earnings. But I see little concern for wage earners in the Treasury plan. Without debt relief, consumer spending and business investment will not recover.

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