Ur Union of Unemployed, nicknamed UCubed (U3), is an opening salvo in the civic revolution that is brewing in the USA.
UCubed is a community service project of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and its partners intended to unify the unemployed in a unique and useful way. The strategy is to organize the unemployed and underemployed in specific zip codes into cubes (6 individuals), which, in turn will be organized into neighborhoods (9 cubes) and ultimately into power blocks (3 neighborhoods). The immediate objective of the U3 strategy is to have job activists, organized by their zip codes, advocate for sound labor policy across the nation. The long range implications of working people recovering a voice in national politics are momentous.
This is the second installment of Axis of Logic’s new mission, calling for a Civic Revolution in the United States, led by Richard D. Vogel. The direction is clear. The time is now.
February 23, 2010, Axis of Logic – Most educated Americans know Henry David Thoreau through Walden, the classic account of his experiment to simplify his life by living in a primitive cabin that he built at Walden Pond and reporting what he discovered through his philosophical investigations.
Fewer Americans are familiar with Thoreau’s profound political writings that have helped shape the modern world. The list of political activists influenced by his most famous essay, “Civil Disobedience”, includes: Mahatma Gandhi; the resistance movements in Nazi-occupied Europe; US freedom riders and sit-downers from New York to Mississippi, including Martin Luther King, Jr.; anti-apartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela; and a multitude of anti-war and anti-globalization protestors worldwide.
Editor’s Comment: With this article we would like to introduce the latest author to join our columnists at Axis of Logic, Richard D. Vogel. Richard is a political reporter who monitors the effects of neoliberal globalization on working people. We would also like to introduce a new Axis of Logic mission to build a civic revolution in the United States. Richard will be taking charge of this mission to build coalitions for real change within the heart of the empire. We want to enlist Axis of Logic readers to participate and support this new positive thrust by commenting on the articles and by sending us reports on the work you are doing in your communities to build a civic revolutionin the United States. We encourage readers from other countries to share their strategies, experiences, and victories so we can all grow together.
– Axis of Logic Editorial Board
The USA, along with the rest of world, is facing a series of daunting economic, social, and environmental crises. Only a civic revolution based on the recognition of human rights and responsibilities offers the possibility of a sustainable and democratic future for the nation and the world.