PSL Editorial: Rail Industry Showdown: Joe Biden vs. The Right To Strike

Union Pacific @ Glenwood Springs Colorado

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by Liberation Staff
LiberationNews.org, Nov. 29, 2022
November 30, 2022

Joe Biden has shown his true colors: he stands with corporate bosses over union workers. In a statement released last night, Biden stabbed rail workers in the back by calling on Congress to pass legislation imposing the terms of a tentative deal that was rejected by the members of key unions in the industry. Top Congressional leaders immediately announced their intention to do just that.

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How Capitalism Controls You

How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

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Originally published Sept. 12, 2018
October 18, 2022

“Capitalism keeps us in a state of panic. Most of us are just one medical bill away from bankruptcy. It keeps us overworked and underpaid so we don’t have time to question its dominance over our lives. It takes the fruits produced by the many and gives them to the few. Concentrated wealth means concentrated power, concentrated power means less democracy, less democracy means less freedom, and less freedom means you are reduced to a precarious life of servitude.” —

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There Is No Country On Earth That Fully Protects Workers’ Rights, by Pete Dolack

Class War #occupyboston

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Oct. 12, 2022
October 13, 2022

There is no respite from class warfare. Past annual Global Rights Index reports issued by the International Trade Union Confederation have invariably shown that there is no country on Earth that fully protects workers’ rights and the 2022 edition is not only not an exception but finds that repression of labor organizing is increasing.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday, by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 7, 2009
September 5, 2022

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894 + Fight for Your Rights! The Pullman Strike

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Originally published Sept. 4, 2017
September 4, 2022

The Pullman Strike of 1894 Explained: US History Review

Keith Hughes on Jun 3, 2014

Join me as we take a look at a pivot strike in US History, the Pullman Strike of 1894. Perfect for inquisitive learners, students of the social studies and the cray cray on the internets.

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Brian Becker: How the State Attacked Socialism in the US: Infiltration, Violence, Deportation

Unions Behind Labor Day

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BreakThrough News on Aug 25, 2022

Welcome to a special crossover of Dispatches with Rania Khalek and The Socialist Program with Brian Becker!

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The Memorial Day Massacre, by Sharon Smith + Chicago Memorial Day Massacre 1937

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The Chicago Memorial Day Incident

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by Sharon Smith
SocialistWorker.org
Originally posted May 27, 2011, written in May 1989
May 30, 2022

The presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed the reputation of the Democratic Party from the party of the Southern slaveholders to that of “friend of the working people”—a reputation that the Democratic Party, undeservedly, continues to enjoy.

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The Chris Hedges Report: How to Defeat the Billionaire Class, with Kshama Sawant

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 27, 2022

In December Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant defeated a well-funded campaign by the city’s business community to remove her in a recall vote.

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8 Myths about Socialism

Occupy May Day 2012

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“The dictionary definition of socialism is “a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.””

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The Dis-United States, by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 10, 2022

[Note to DS readers: Please check out the links on 7 of the 8 maps for “take action” or for more info. ~DS]

A map of the U.S. states that might serve as safe havens for abortion rights . . .

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The Dawn of Labor: Commemorating May Day, by Yanis Iqbal

Solidarity of Labour by Walter Crane 1889

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
Originally published May 4, 2021
May 1, 2022

In 1889, Clara Zetkin wrote: “Wherever busy folk are drudging under the yoke of capitalism, the organised working men and women will demonstrate on May Day for the idea of their social emancipation.” In today’s world, the murderous claws of oppression have dug deeper into the flesh of humanity. The globalization of capital, establishment of post-Fordist economic arrangements of flexible specialization, financialization of the accumulation process and neo-colonial strangulation of the Global South have led to a barbaric situation. Amid this generalized chaos, May 1 acts as a blazing streak, inviting the wretched of the earth to reflect intensively on their own history of joy, tenacious resistance, collective courage and strong solidarity.

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As Calls For Unions Grow, It is Worth Revisiting the Words of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Kenn Orphan

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 26, 2022

“You are doing many things here in this struggle. You are demanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor. So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in professional jobs, of those who are not in the so-called big jobs. But let me say to you tonight, that whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity, and it has worth.

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Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: The Hypocrisy of War

22-02-05 08 Say No War

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with Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Apr 16, 2022

Ralph welcomes back prolific Pulitzer Prize winning author and esteemed public intellectual, Chris Hedges, to get his thoughts on the hypocrisy of war, corporate control of the press, Julian Assange, unions, grass roots activism, Christian fascists, and his work teaching in prisons.

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The Revolutionist: Eugene V. Debs

The Anti-War Speech That Jailed Eugene Debs For 10 Years

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Flea Market Socialist on Nov 28, 2019

Alternately loved and reviled, Eugene Victor Debs was a passionate labor leader, a progressive political figure, and a formidable speaker in a time of great change in the United States.

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Historic Victory for U.S. Amazon Workers, by Betsey Piette + We Just Unionized Amazon!

Amazon Is the New Factory

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by Betsey Piette
Workers World, April 1, 2022
April 5, 2022

Amazon Labor Union scored an historic victory April 1, becoming the first union at an Amazon facility in the U.S. From March 25 to March 30, all nonmanagement workers at the Staten Island, New York, Amazon warehouse, known as JFK8, had the opportunity to vote on whether to be represented by the ALU. The final totals, certified by the National Labor Relations Board, were 2,654 yes votes to 2,131 no votes, with 67 challenged ballots. Over half of the 8,325 eligible employees participated in the vote. A simple majority was needed to win.

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