Can the “New” Trumka Trump Trumka? by Ralph Nader

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
September 19, 2013


Image by Michael Fleshman via Flickr

Sitting in the office of the AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, one sees books on labor history, economics, corporate crimes and proposals for change piled up everywhere. Perhaps that helps explain why Mr. Trumka, a former coal miner who became a lawyer, presented his besieged organization’s quadrennial convention in Los Angeles last week with a fiery visionary “big tent” design to develop more alliances with citizen and worker organizations that are not trade unions.

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The Democratic Party Sleeps on FDR’s Legacy by Ralph Nader

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 8, 2012

Be the Change you Wish to See in the World, Please!!

Image by Social Alterations // Visual Lab via Flickr

Calling Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the Democratic Party, elected officials, political operatives and labor’s leader Richard Trumka. Thirty million American workers want and need a federal minimum wage of $10 per hour which is slightly less than their predecessors got in 1968 – yes 1968 – adjusted for inflation. What will it take for you to make this a priority?

Of course you all would like to see these desperate workers get an additional $2,000 – $4,500 a year for the barest necessities of life for themselves and their children. Continue reading

Obama’s Laborious Labor Day By Ralph Nader

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
September 2, 2011

Dear President Obama:

which side are you on?

Image by Shira Golding via Flickr

Happy Labor Day! This is your third opportunity as President to go beyond your past tepid Labor Day proclamations.

You could convey to 150 million workers that you’re going to start doing something about your 2008 campaign promises to labor. Recall that you clearly promised to press for a $9.50 federal minimum wage by 2011. Arguing that having millions of Walmart type workers make the leap from the present $7.25 per hour will pump nearly $200 billion in consumer demand for our recessionary economy.

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Bill Moyers Journal: SCOTUS and Campaign Finance + State of the Unions + Remembering Howard Zinn

Bill Moyers Journal
January 29, 2010

Full program:

Corporate Personhood

by Helen Cox, used with permission

larger view

The JOURNAL explores what the Supreme Court’s decision means for campaign finance reform and the future of our democracy with legal experts Monica Youn, of the Brennan Center for Law and Justice at NYU School of Law and Zephyr Teachout, of Fordham University’s School of Law.

via Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS


Richard Trumka on the State of the Unions

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka joins Bill Moyers on the JOURNAL to talk about why he thinks labor remains relevant, how labor has fared thus far under the Obama presidency, and the role he envisions for unions in the future

via Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS


Remembering Howard Zinn

Bill Moyers remembers Howard Zinn.

via Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS


January 30, 2010

Bill Moyers comments on Howard Zinn’s passing.

As post script I added a few words, a standing ovation, and a pic from the last time I spoke with him, back in Nov.

R.I.P Howard. We’ll keep fighting.


The Daily Show: Supreme Corp

Restore the Power to the People: Amend the Constitution! by William John Cox

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction by Chris Hedges

Ralph Nader On the State of the Union

Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein Respond to Obama’s First State of the Union

Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address + transcript

Howard Zinn’s last advice to America – and to me by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Remembering Howard Zinn: Legacy + Personal Philosophy + World Today

Howard Zinn: Obama’s first 100 days and more (2009)

Bill Moyers Journal: Howard Zinn + Turning anger into action + War, Peace and Landmines