Friday, January 14, 2005

Generation Next

In 1968, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) were a group of students at Columbia University call for governmental change. Mark Rudd, the undeclared leader of the student movement, wrote a letter to Grayson Kirk, president of Columbia, stating what many young people felt and believed during that turbulent time. In his letter he wrote,

"We will take control of your world, your corporation, your
university, and attempt to mold a world in which we and other
people can live as human beings."

Rudd ended his letter in the words of LeRoi Jones, a playwright and Black Power advocate, to cement SDS a place in history.

"There is only one thing left to say. It may sound nihilistic
to you, since it is the opening shot in a war of liberation.
I'll use the words of LeRoi Jones, whom I'm sure you don't like
a whole lot: 'Up against the wall, motherfucker, this is a stick-
up'" (Mark Kurlansky, 1968 197).

Using Jones' words showed the seriousness with which the youth in 1968 took their cause.

Today's youth - Generation Next - must take a serious stand. Will they be the next to give their lives in Iraq fighting a war started for a lie (WMD's) and then another lie (Saddam working with Al Qaeda) or will they be the next to stand up to the Bush Regime and demand accountability and not be bullied with scare tactics.

Scare tactics are the only source the Bush crime family can use because everything they proclaim has more holes than "Blackburn Lancashire" A Day in the Life, Lennon & McCartney, 1967). They have scared the American people into believing the forementioned bull about Iraq. They tried to convince voters that a vote for John Kerry was a guarantee of another terrorist attack. But they are not through.

Now the Bushies want us to believe our health insurance is astronomical because of "frivolous lawsuits;" not because insurance companies can raise their rates any time for any reason because they have an exemption from anti-trust laws. The Bush clan's solution is to put a cap on awards to victims of products or services that resulted in injury or death. In other words, protect the corporations, not the victims.

Another scare is Social Security. Peter Wehner, a Bush political stategist, told the New York Times January 10, 2005, "We need to establish on the public mind a key fiscal fact: right now we are on an unsustainable course." The course he speaks of is the crash of Social Security by 2012. LIES! Again, according to the same NY Times report, "The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, using different assumptions, predicts that the [Social Security] trust fund will last...until 2052."

But even if Bush is right (which he is not), why privatize Social Security just so his campaign contributors from Wall Street can make a fortune? Why not raise the salary cap or eliminate it completely? That, in and of itself, will ensure Social Security's longevity.

Today's youth must own their future. Don't be bullied by the scare tactics of the neo cons. You can scare them by banding together and taking a stand. The voters of Washington state showed how possible it is to stand up for justice. It is time for Generation Next to take a stand.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Inauguration Strike

The following was posted on the Air America, Morning Sedition blog by Jen.

The first worldwide general strike in history.

Call in sick. Take a personal day.

Blockade the imperial procession.

Protests everywhere.

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General Strike - USA author: Fed Up General Strike Thursday January 20, 2005 Inauguration Day

Show George II, "The W", how much we support his reign, by supporting a General Strike on Thursday, January 20, 2005.

We must show the world that we are not satisfied with "black box" voting, where there is no paper trail of the votes cast. Over 8,000 votes in precincts of less than 700, voting machines counting backwards, misallocating the votes from Kerry to Bush. Dozens and dozens of instances of unquestionable vote fraud aided and abetted
by Republicans both in the Corporate world and the Political.

We must show that "We the People of the united States of America" are out here, are sovereign, and that we will no longer stand by while our basic rights and liberties are ripped away from us like bloody swatches of skin.

A "General Strike" means:

No Economic Activity Whatsoever for examples (list not all inclusive):

No buying gas. No buying food. No fast food. No paying bills. No use of US Postal Service. No movies, Pay-Per-View, or video game rentals. No taking public transportation. No paying of tolls (bridge, turnpike, etc.)

If we all, those who do NOT support the regime of George W. Bush (et al), stay away from any economic activity on Inauguration Day, we will hurt his supporters in the most significant way - in their pocket books!

Imagine, millions and millions of folks missing work, holding rallies, and not spending a dime that day (!!!). OhMyGod, the sky will fall!

Repooplicans mobbing DC for the festivities, depending on the 'plebes' to be there serving them, and on Inauguration Day, everyone is marching to a different drum! Who will wipe their - - noses? Or gather laurels for them to rest upon?

Of course, a person needing medical attention, or ongoing care (i.e. dialysis) is exempted.

Otherwise, we need to Shut the Country Down on Inauguration Day!

Get your family, your friends, your co-workers - women, men, black, brown, WHATEVER! It doesn't matter your background; if you value your freedom, and want to resist the fascists who are taking control, STRIKE!

Strike! Strike! Strike! Strike! Strike! Strike! Strike! Strike!

reposted from Portland Indymedia J20 FLASHMOBS .1 Bush Contributor Exxon/Mobil 01.Jan.2005 20:01

Depending on the number of participants in your city, two or more flashmobs could descend on various locations and then converge with the main counter-inaugural protest (before moving elsewhere).

Esso/Exxon/Mobil provides an internationally unifying group of landmarks and could provide a clear link between Bush, corporations, oil, war, and the system in general.

Flashmobs could be a great way to rally the troops. It may not be easy but it's also not to late (and might be fun) -- so get busy, get active, get revolting!

http://www.flashmob.com/faq.html http://xflashmobs.com/faq.asp
http://www.pacificenvironment.org/stopexxonmobil

===== NUREMBERG CHARTER, Section 2, Article 6:

. . . (a) CRIMES AGAINST PEACE: namely, planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression, or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances, or participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the foregoing;

(b) WAR CRIMES . . . Such violations shall include, but not be limited to . . . murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war . . . , killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity . . .

. . . AND TO THINK HANS BLIX ASKED FOR TWO MORE MONTHS. . .

Iraq Body Count:

http://www.iraqbodycount.net/

Iraq Coalition Body Count:

http://icasualties.org/oif/

GEORGE BUSH AND MEMBERS OF HIS GOVERNMENT ARE WAR CRIMINALS! IMPEACH BUSH NOW! STOP THE NEO-CON WAR MACHINE! RESIST WAR TAXATION!

http://www.nwtrcc.org HAUL BUSH AND HIS PROFITEERS BEFORE THE ICC!
Posted by: Jen at January 11, 2005 06:55 AM (EST)

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Spineless Democrats

The senators of the Democratic Party have shown once again why the Republicans own this country. Yesterday, the Democrats had an opportunity to stand together and show America they will not cower to the fascist regime of the current administration, yet they did nothing. Had they all stood with California Senator Barbara Boxer the outcome would be the same, but the message would be clear. Had they stood in solidarity they would have told the rest of the American people, the American people who feel disenfranchised by this criminal administration, the American people tired of the corruption, the American people fed up with the fraud, that “WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT. WE WILL NOT GIVE UP WITHOUT A FIGHT!”

I could hear the Republicans saying, “Sons of bitches, we’re in a heap o’ trouble now!”

But no, the Democrats, with the one exception of Barbara Boxer, have the spines of jellyfish. These are the same Democrats that have the balls to ask for campaign contributions, yet can’t seem to find those same balls to perform their jobs.

I say it is time the American people take the fight into their own hands. The Democrats have shown they don’t want to piss off “da massa,” so let them cower and take the whip. It is time to start a new party. Why waste time with a grassroots movement that will only perpetuate a bunch of losers? Why not, instead, put our energy into forming a party that will represent the majority of Americans; Americans who struggle to work regular jobs that corporations continually downsize, Americans who struggle to raise families while health care becomes non-existent, Americans who bear the brunt of the financial burden to keep this country afloat?

The Democrats have shown they will not repair this joke of an election process where no one knows if their vote was counted or changed, so it is time to do it ourselves. If we challenge every elected position from dog catcher to President and use this grassroots movement to our advantage, we can get rid of these corporate cronies that go by the names Democrat and Republican. We can use what Howard Dean’s campaign proved can be done; a community connected via the internet is able to take a virtually unknown Governor of Vermont and make him a household name. We can do the same with our new grassroots party.

This can be the launching pad for the American Party.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Shop at Sears

Let's all shop at Sears!!!!!!
I assume you have all seen the reports about how Sears is treating its
reservist employees who are called up? By law, they are required to hold
their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big
pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up...Sears is
voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits,
including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist
employees for up to two years. I submit that Sears is an exemplary
corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution.

Suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them
why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well
deserves.

Pass it on.
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I decided to check this out before I sent it forward. I sent the following
email to the Sears Customer Service Department:

I received this email and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the
Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for
your store. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears
instead of another store for a like item even if it was cheaper at the other store.
Here is their answer to my email.......................


Dear Customer:

Thank you for contacting Sears.

The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback. Sears
regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men
and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they
bear at this time.

Bill Thorn
Sears Customer Care
webcenter@sears.com
1-800-349-4358

Please pass this on to all your friends, Sears needs to be recognized for
this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our military