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Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” ...

Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign ...

Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

I was first brought aware of Jose Antonio Vargas’ story last week in a piece he penned in Politico. He explained that he was in the Rio Grande Valley, in the city of McAllen, just north of the Mexican border. He was there to see first hand the tens of thousands of undocumented children, most of them from Central America, and observe how they were being treated. The trip was also used for a news conference appearance and vigil organized by United We Dream, ...

GOP Refuses Funding for Border Children Projects

A humanitarian crisis unseen before at our borders is becoming more and more urgent everyday at Rio Grande Valley, TX, and other Southwest locations. And yet the GOP is arguing over numbers. Yesterday President Obama requested an amount of $3.7 billion from Congress to help aid the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the border from the Mexico side since October. They are mostly from violence-ridden Central American countries, like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (Honduras has the world’s highest murder ...

Problems galore for the new government headed by Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi – Imperative for the first time PM and his council of ministers in governance amidst multiple challenges

The phenomenal victory for Mr. Narendra Modi and his party (the BJP) in May 2014 general elections has not only drawn the adulation of people world over but also silenced all its die hard critics at home and abroad. It was so stupendous and stunning that even the American government and its top leaders across party lines acknowledged Mr. Modi as the emerging democratic leader of the world, setting aside their past antagonism as an error of judgment, not based ...

Selective Outrage

War is hell.  All we have to do is look around the world to see its toll.  That being said, I don't understand the lack of outrage coming from this President and his administration other than that aimed at our one ally - Israel which is doing no more than trying to protect it's people from rocket fire and constant raids from Hamas. The fact that Palestinian civilians are getting killed is a tragic yet unavoidable aspect of this war.  Why ...

Why Are We So Full Of Hate?

What has happened to human kind?  No matter where you look we find ourselves surrounded by a world filled with hate. What puzzles me is how it's combined with political correctness.  Take this country where so many words are now frowned upon and even forbidden because they are hurtful to certain people.  Redskins, squaw, savage plus a whole lot applying to blacks, orientals and hispanics not to mention middle easterners.  Has it dawned on anyone banning the names has done nothing ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

What a day.  A passenger plane has been shot down over Ukraine uncomfortably close to the Russian border. Hamas reneged on the humanitarian cease fire so Israel launched their ground offensive. Children still pour across the border while Congress dithers. It's now being reported parents are giving them birth control in case they are raped during the journey. Along that line former member of Congress, Todd Aiken, who once talked about legitimate rape and the idea that women's bodies protected them from becoming ...

Hannity's Histrionics

For a person who doesn't have much faith in the intellect of pundits, I wonder why I watch them so often.  I wonder even more why the cable outlets and networks that employ them don't take more care in who they hire. Many of them get on crusades that bear no resemblance to reality.  Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent. The night before last  he was on his Bowe Bergdahl kick demanding to know why he was returned to ...

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. Thomas Jefferson
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Another City Is Possible: May 10-15 Week of Actions Against Budget Cuts And Austerity

 

via AnotherNYC.org

Thursday, May 10: Assembly & Speak-Out
Friday, May 11: Homes, Jobs, & Services
Saturday, May 12: Food, Environment, & Health + GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION
Sunday, May 13 (Mothers Day): Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, War & Immigrant Justice + Citywide Movement Assembly at Judson Church 5pm
Monday, May 14: Education & Student Debt
Tuesday, May 15: GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION — A day of action against the banks that caused the global crisis and a mass rally at Times Square at 6pm. – Facebook event
(Full schedule of the week below)

Say no to the system that produces record profits for the 1% by impoverishing the 99% of us; say yes to a fair city and a better world!

Beginning on May 10th and culminating on May 15th in a mass convergence at Times Square, NYC organizations and individuals from all across the city will join together in action around the many issues we face: from cuts in social services, to an austerity agenda that redistributes your tax revenue into private hands, to the financial institutions (that we bailed out) that continue to make record profits at our expense.

As part of a global resistance, as part of the Occupy movement, as a broad movement for social, political, and economic justice, we say enough! We reject Bloomberg’s New York, and we demand another city. We reject the notion that there is no alternative, and we demand a better world. Join the week of actions, take to the streets, raise your voice, and come to Times Square on May 15th at 6 PM to stand together as a global movement and declare that another city, and another world, is possible!

99%NY • ALIGN • ALLIANCE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION • BROOKLYN FOOD COALITION • COALITION FOR EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE • CODE PINK • COMMUNITY VOICES HEARD • GOOD JOBS NEW YORK • GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE • HEALTHCARE FOR THE 99% • HUMAN SERVICES COUNCIL • MAKE THE ROAD NEW YORK • MOTHERS RESISTING RACIST POLICING • NEW YORK COMMUNITIES FOR CHANGE • NEW YORK STUDENTS RISING • PICTURE THE HOMELESS • OCCUPY WALL STREET • OWS BIKE COALITION • PARENTS FOR OCCUPY WALL STREET • PSC-CUNY • REV BILLY & THE CHURCH OF EARTHALUJAH • ROC-NY • RWDSU • STRONG ECONOMY FOR ALL • STUDENTS FOR A FREE CUNY • UNITED NY • TIME’S UP • UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS • VOCAL-NY

MAY 10

OPENING ASSEMBLY AND SPEAKOUT

We assemble at 6pm at Union Square to speak out and share about the issues that affect us all. Join us as we prepare for a week of action and visioning for a future fueled by popular power – the 99%.

MAY 11

FOR A CITY WHERE HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT, A COUNTRY WITH GOOD JOBS FOR ALL, A WORLD WHERE OUR BASIC NEEDS ARE MET

May 11 is about addressing the basic needs of all people. Jobs, homes and services are human rights, not privileges for those who can afford it. We all need good jobs to support ourselves and our families. We need safe and clean homes to live in. We need basic services like childcare, healthcare, food programs, and training opportunities.

We need to realize that many people start with less, and even more encounter life crises–loss of a job, illness, family members’ deportation, etc. These circumstances leave people at a disadvantage. This is a connected city, country, and world and we all need to help each other get by.

Basically, the 1% get what they want while too many of the 99% struggle to get what they need. We are showing up on May 11 to fight for a city where housing is a human right, a country with good jobs for all, a world where our basic needs are met.

TAKE ACTION TO TAKE BACK THE SAFETY NET
11:30 AM • South Street Seaport @lighthouse (corner of Water and Fulton)
Wake up NYC’s bureaucrats who are destroying the safety-net for millions of low-income and working-class New Yorker’s through budget cuts and right-wing welfare policy.

RALLY TO DEMAND GOOD JOBS NOT GIVEAWAYS!
1 PM • SE corner of Murray St. and West St.
Tell Big Banks: Create Jobs Now or Give Us Our Subsidy Money Back.
Many corporations have received subsidies and tax cuts on the promise that they would create more jobs…and many didn’t. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch have received over $100 million in job creation tax breaks from the New York government but didn’t deliver. Join us and tell them we want jobs or our money back!

CONVERGENCE! GOOD HOUSING, GOOD JOBS & GOOD SERVICES FOR ALL
2PM • Rockefeller Park , Waterfront near Battery Park City
Celebration & Speak-out. Screening of ‘Making Change at Walmart’ Worker Stories

DEMAND DIGNITY AT DARDEN
7PM • Capital Grille, 155 East 42nd Street, btwn Lexington & 3rd
End Retaliation! Respect Workers’ Right to Organize!
Capital Grille has been fighting the workers’ right to unionize. We’re taking our energy from the speak-out to their 42nd Street restaurant location to make our voices heard.

MAY 12

FOR A CITY WITH HEALTHY FOOD FOR ALL, A COUNTRY WITH JUSTICE FOR ITS FOOD WORKERS, AN ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE WORLD

brooklyn food conference

BROOKLYN FOOD CONFERENCE
9 AM – 6 PM • Brooklyn Tech High School, 29 Fort Greene Pl
Another City Conference Room
11am -12:15 Health & Environment
12:30 – 1:45 Homes Jobs & Services
2 – 3:15 Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, War & immigrant Justice
3:30 – 4:45 Debt & Global Economic Justice – David Graeber (on debt) & Evan Wagner (alt currencies & permabank)

FIGHTING FRACKING, RECLAIMING THE COMMONS!
2pm meet up at Union Square for Times Up & OWS Bike Coalition to bike to Pier 54
3pm • Pier 54 Between West and 13th Street
Join Time’s Up, Reverend Billy, the Church of Earthalujah, and OWS Environmental Solidarity. Global day of action in defense of Food, Environment, and Health.

Bike ride ends at
COMMUNITY GARDEN CLEAN UP
La Plaza Cultural @ 9th st and Ave. C

JOIN HEALTHCARE FOR THE 99% FOR A DAY OF ACTION AGAINST BUDGET CUTS!
Join us to speak out against hospital closings, service reductions, and budget cuts! Reclaim Healthcare for the 99%!
Governor Cuomo appointed Wall Street banker Stephen Berger to fix healthcare in Brooklyn. Berger recommended merging and downsizing Wyckoff and other Brooklyn hospitals that provide necessary healthcare in low-income and medically underserved communities.

@2:30pm Maria Hernandez Park, northside, at Starr St and Irving Ave. Subway from Manhattan/Brooklyn take L Train to Jefferson Stop (Map). From Brooklyn Food Conference atBrooklyn Tech High School take B38 to DeKalb Ave/Knickerbocker Ave.
@3pm March to Wyckoff Hospital: Speak out on healthcare cuts and hospital closings in Brooklyn, and picket at Wyckoff Hospital, Stockholm St and Wyckoff Ave (Map). Take L Train to DeKalb Stop.

WALMART TRUCK TOUR ABOUT WORKERS RIGHTS
6 PM • Location TBA

MAY 13

FOR A CITY WHERE NO CHILD IS STOPPED AND FRISKED, A COUNTRY WHERE NO MOTHER IS DEPORTED, A WORLD WITHOUT WAR

We gather for a city where no child is stopped and frisked, a country where no mother is deported, where families around the world are safe from war. This Mother’s Day, mothers across NYC will be uniting for a day of action. Issues, ranging from war to police violence, have separated mothers from their children and torn families apart for far too long. Sunday, May 13, join us in saying enough is enough.

We will start the day by supporting a Mother’s Day Peace Stroll hosted by the Granny Peace Brigade at 11:30am. The Peace Brigade and supporters will meet at the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park, walking to songs from the Raging Grannies and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.

At 1pm, we will be joining Mothers Resisting Racist Policing, an ad hoc collective of black and brown mothers organizing a Mother’s Day response to police violence. This starts at 1pm at E 158th Street and 3rd Avenue in the Bronx.

The second half of the day will be a Citywide Movement Assembly at 5pm at Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South.

In honor of Mother’s Day, and all of the mothers that have been severed from their children by war, immigration laws, prisons, and police violence, we will begin the City Movement Assembly at Judson Church with a speak-out on these issues. There will be a station for card-making, and the Assembly will end with a potluck and dance party!

mothers outrage

GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE MOTHER’S DAY PEACE STROLL
12 PM • Central Park, Columbus Circle Entrance

MOTHERS RESISTING RACIST POLICING IN SOUTH BRONX
1PM • Starting at East 158th Street and 3rd Ave

CITYWIDE MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY
5 PM • Judson Church • 55 Washington Square South

MAY 14

FOR A CITY WITH QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, A COUNTRY WITHOUT STUDENT DEBT, A WORLD WITH FREE EDUCATION FOR ALL

7AM – 4PM • Bloomberg LP 731 Lexington Ave. Manhattan
LEAFLETING AND PICKETING

5-7 PM • 59th & Fifth • Grand Army Plaza Manhattan
STROLLER MARCH — FOR THE 99%
PARENTS * KIDS * COMMUNITY GROUPS * LABOR UNIONS

stroller march

MAY 15

A DAY OF ACTION AGAINST THE BANKS THAT CAUSED THE GLOBAL CRISIS AND A MASS RALLY AT TIMES SQUARE AT 6PM.

MEET UP AT 4PM IN BRYANT PARK TO EMBARK ON A FINANCIAL CRIMES WALKING TOUR.
On this day, countries around the world are rising up in opposition to austerity. Banks have gambled away our futures irresponsibly, and we are paying the price. Move your money out of the big banks, demand accountability, and let us stand together to show that the power of the people is stronger than the power of wealth.

At Times Square, join us in making a statement to the world:

We are here today coming together for a city where housing is a human right, a country with good jobs for all, and a world where our basic needs are met

We are coming together for a city with healthy food for all, a country with justice for its food workers, an for an ecologically sustainable world

We are coming together for a city where no child is stopped and frisked, a country where no mother is deported, and for a world without war

We are coming together for a city with quality public schools and after school programs, a country without student debt, and a world with free education for all

We are here in solidarity with the people of the world who fight against the global financial system that pits people against each other and elevates profit above all else.

We are the 99%, we believe that the liberation of one requires the liberation of all and we will fight for justice until we end the tyranny of the 1%.

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Author: OccupyWallSt

Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to expose how the richest 1% of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.

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