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Tidbits - Feb. 14, 2019 - Reader Comments: Stand with Ilhan; Venezuela; Separation of Families; Virginia Politics; Angela Davis; Anti-Semitism; Rhiannon Gidden; Teacher Strikes; Black History activities; and more....

Reader Comments: Stand with Ilhan; Venezuela; The Border and Separation of Families; Virginia Politics; Angela Davis; Anti-Semitism; Iran; Rhiannon Giddens; Announcements: Teacher Strikes; Black History Month activities; Triangle Fire; and more....

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Tidbits - Reader Comments and Announcements - Feb. 14, 2019, Portside

Stand with Ilhan (Jewish Voice for Peace; WatanPalestine)
#ISTANDWITHILHAN - Support Ilhan Omar Against Israel Lobby Attacks (American Muslims for Palestine)
Re: Venezuela: The U.S.’s 68th Regime Change Disaster (Richard Lee Deaton)
Re: 12-Step American Method for Regime Change (Sarah Redmond; Philip Specht; Kerry Pollard; Andrea Jacobs Talbutt)
To DeCarbonize the Economy  --  meme from SolidarityINFOService.org
Re: Trump Admin Says It’s Too Hard To Reunite Thousands Of Separated Families; Missing Migrant Children Being Funneled Through Christian Adoption Agency (E Beth Davis; Tommy Dixon)
Re: Trump administration still separating families at border, advocates say (Maram Hujaij Bata; Judith Mahoney Pasternak; Judith Halprin; Olga I. Rodriguez; Wayne Gravelle)
The Illegal  --  poem by Seymour Joseph
Re: The Northam Controversy (Wendi Galczik; Dena Barbara; Aaron Libson; Carol Carstensen; Aurora Gandara; Rena Leib; Mike Glick; Lester Sconiers)
We Must Be Anti-Racist - Angela Davis  --  (Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute)
Taxpayer Remorse - Trickle Down  --  cartoon by Ed hall
Re: Hedge Funds Win, Puerto Ricans Lose (Rene A. Matos; Joe Forrest; Idwell Twiss Shanon)
Re: Magazine Censored, Editor Fired for Exposing Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitic Newspaper (Allan Hampton; Reigen Folks; Judith Halprin; Jack LaSalle; Rick Wearing; Marty Feldman)
Re: How The CIA Overthrew Iran's Democracy In 4 Days (Roberta Histed)
Re: Two Decades of Labour Flexibilisation in Mexico has Left Workers Facing “Drastic” Precarity (Zayuri Ocasio)
Re: Lawsuit Details How The Sackler Family Allegedly Built An OxyContin Fortune (Mike Liston; Alison Pyke)
Re: Everybody In, Nobody Out (Phil Collins; Drue Van Clief; Ernie Britton; Brunilda Ortiz)
Re: Black Myself: Rhiannon Giddens Forms Supergroup ‘Our Native Daughters’ and Reclaims the Soul of Country Music (Kathi Epp; Howie Leveton; Philip Woods)
Re: The General Strike that Shut Down Seattle 100 Years Ago (David Bacon)
Re: Why Do the Oscars Keep Falling for Racial Reconciliation Fantasies? (Shirley Barnes)
Re: Anti-Vaccination Movement Has Fueled Measles Outbreak in Washington State (Michael Munk)
Honor Dr. Angela Davis! (Leah Muskin-Pierret, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights)
Trump Ban on H2A and H2B Visas for Filipino, Ethiopian and Dominican Workers (Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA))
Tidbits is Going on Hiatus for Next Three Weeks

Announcements:

Webinar: Lessons from the L.A. Teachers' Common Good Victory - February 22 (Action Center on Race and the Economy; Center for Innovation in Worker Organization; Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor)
Studio Salon: Looking for Lorraine with Imani Perry - New York - February 23 (The Studio Museum in Harlem)
Webinar: Black Liberation in Literature | Discussion with Dr. MaryLouise Patterson and Bill Fletcher, Jr.  - February 25 (Socialist Education Project & Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism)
LaborTalks: Ecology, Community, Prosperity – a Conversation with Eliza Griswold - New York - February 28 (The Workmen’s Circle)
A Collective Ribbon Making the Triangle Fire Memorial - New York City - March 16 & 17 (The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition)

 

Stand with Ilhan  --  Jewish Voice for Peace - WatanPalestine


Art by @watanpalestine — with Amanie Abukhdeir

We #standwithilhan and appreciate her response to the impact of word choices but it isn’t really about words here, it’s about all of our abilities to critique AIPAC. As JVP’s Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson said earlier: “Would talking about the role of the NRA on gun control laws attract this kind of attention? Lobbies influence politics, I don’t think that’s controversial to say."

Jewish Voice for Peace

Art by @watanpalestine — with Amanie Abukhdeir.
http://watanpalestine.com
https://www.facebook.com/amane.isa

#ISTANDWITHILHAN - Support Ilhan Omar Against Israel Lobby Attacks
 

https://www.ampalestine.org/newsroom/istandwithilhan-support-rep-omar-a…

Pro-Israel groups want quiet influence in Washington but get insecure when anyone shines a light on that power. This week, Rep. Ilhan Omar broke the internet with her rebuke of the Israel lobby's influence on politicians. This is an indication that AIPAC's power is waning and they can't afford to have members of Congress speaking out openly against their influence. On Sunday night, Rep. Omar was attacked and falsely accused of anti-Semitism for pointing out this uncontroversial fact about AIPAC. The charge that the Congresswoman’s statements on Twitter Sunday night were anti-Semitic tropes is another attempt by pro-Israel forces to quash any criticism of their powerful influence over U.S. Congress. This is a result of Israel and its allies in the U.S. feeling the heat and recognizing that blind support for Israel among the younger generation, particularly Democrats, is steadily crumbling. 

But this smear campaign is nothing new. In the few short weeks since Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib assumed office, they were under attack and maligned for their support of Palestinian rights. In fact, if one were to examine the original tweet to which Rep. Omar was responding, it was regarding Rep. Kevin McCarthy's shameless threats to punish the two Muslim congresswomen for their criticism of Israel. A bill was introduced into the House early this session essentially singling out and condemning Reps. Omar and Tlaib as anti-Semitic simply because they spoke out in support of boycotting Israel to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people. These two women represent a new wave of diversity, not only in color and gender, but in their alternative approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Finally, the labeling of any critic of Israel or its lobby as an anti-Semite, particularly as we’ve seen recently in the attacks against prominent black intellectuals, is a well-worn tactic by Zionists to suppress any intelligent and honest policy discussion in this country. On the contrary, the particularly vicious and deeply personal attacks on Reps. Tlaib and Omar carry Islamophobic and anti-black undertones. As Muslim women of color their legitimate critiques have been heavily exaggerated and viewed through the false stereotype of Muslims hating Jews, which has no basis in reality.   

As supporters of freedom and justice in Palestine, we must not shirk our responsibility: we must stand with those that are courageous, progressive, and fighting for the marginalized and oppressed. 

TAKE ACTION:

  • Keep up the campaign to support Rep. Ilhan Omar! Let her know that you support her and her efforts in the face of this onslaught. Please call her today and tweet in support of her @Ilhan using the hashtag #IStandWithIlhan. Her office number is (202) 225-4755. Her website is https://omar.house.gov/ , where you can email her.
  • Call Nancy Pelosi's office at (202) 225-4965 and voice your opposition to her shameful capitulation to the Israel Lobby. Tell Speaker Pelosi that criticism of Israeli policies and the pro-Israel Lobby is NOT anti-Semitism and to stop conflating the two!

American Muslims for Palestine

10063 S. 76th Avenue

Bridgeview, IL 60455

708.598.4267
info@ampalestine.org

The American Muslims for Palestine firmly believes that educating the American public is key to bringing about change in the Middle East.

Re: Venezuela: The U.S.’s 68th Regime Change Disaster
 

I'm a bit surprised by how low this figure is. In the 1990s academic Latin American specialists identified and list over 100 ! instances where the US interfered with or intervened in the affairs of a Latin or Central American country. I'm sure that there must be more up to date accountings.

Richard Lee Deaton

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: 12-Step American Method for Regime Change
 

This is how it was done in Chile and will be done in any country with perceived dangerous politics and/or resources such as Venezuela.

Sarah Redmond

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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How well does Puerto Rico fit into this 12 step plan? It certainly had a one-commodity economy (sugar) for years, and small agriculture has been almost eliminated (90% of food is now imported).

Philip Specht

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Create the problem to justify the action...trump at some point will no doubt claim they have weapons of mass destruction...it isn't like he's EVER had an original thought...just sayin...

Kerry Pollard

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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"On September 15, 1970, U.S. President Richard Nixon and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger authorized the U.S. government to do everything possible to undermine the incoming government of the socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende. Nixon and Kissinger, according to the notes kept by CIA Director Richard Helms, wanted to “make the economy scream” in Chile; they were “not concerned [about the] risks involved.” War was acceptable to them as long as Allende’s government was removed from power. The CIA started Project FUBELT, with $10 million as a first installment to begin the covert destabilization of the country."

Andrea Jacobs Talbutt

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

To DeCarbonize the Economy  --  meme from SolidarityINFOService.org
 

To #decarbonize our economy - we must #demilitarize our #foreignpolicy. The #energyindustrialcomplex and #militaryindustrialcomplex are bonded at the hip. One can't survive without the other.

Michael Eisenscher

SolidarityINFOService.org

Re: Trump Admin Says It’s Too Hard To Reunite Thousands Of Separated Families; Missing Migrant Children Being Funneled Through Christian Adoption Agency
 

This is kidnapping conducted by our government

E Beth Davis

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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I don’t think it’s shocking they have always treated man and women like chattel in america

Tommy Dixon

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Trump administration still separating families at border, advocates say
 

So Inhumane? This is stealing the children from their parents! How this is legal

Maram Hujaij Bata

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Kidnapping, because they-re poor and a little dark but very marketable. Kidnapping for profit—shouldn't that be called child trafficking?

Judith Mahoney Pasternak

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Where is the judge who ordered reunification?

Judith Halprin

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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NEVER FORGET!

Olga I. Rodriguez

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Nazi policies don’t work but dumb ass don’t get it.

Wayne Gravelle

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

The Illegal  --  poem by Seymour Joseph
 

She left her homeland

and gave herself to human wolves

to bring her here.

She arrived alive with hope,

but also with fear.

In her mind she saw avenues of opportunity —

well-being where her children

would know a better life.

Others see her as they see themselves,

but unseen is the barrier she cannot cross.

She walks in the sun but lives in shadow.

She works, she feeds and clothes her children,

whose school lessons teach the blessings

of democracy.

But when justice is strangled by law,

when normalcy remains a dream

and opportunity a mirage,

who is democracy for?

Seymour Joseph

February 13, 2019

posting on Facebook

Re: The Northam Controversy
 

I totally agree with you. However until the sexual assault claims are dealt with, I'm sure you would agree that the Lieutenant Governor needs to step down..or at least suspend his actions in that position until the issues are dealt with.

Wendi Galczik

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Thank you, Mr. Fletcher. I agree that the VA. Governor Northam should not resign.  Instead, discussion should be encouraged on the terrible effect racism has on white people.

Dena Barbara

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Especially since it is unrepentant racists that are digging these things up !

Aaron Libson

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Somewhat to my surprise I'm kind of moving in the direction he points out.

Carol Carstensen

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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It came out because he’s a democrat and the repugs glory in calling Dems out, if they were truly outraged they’d remove tRump from office

Aurora Gandara

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Having second thoughts when Northam said “indentured servants” and not slaves!

Rena Leib

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Good point. Personally, I did not do racist things years ago, BUT I did not make my self heard forcefully enough when I saw anti-LGBT things being said that I knew were wrong.

Mike Glick

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Bill Fletcher, Jr. ,offers up cogent reasons why a teenage white boy should get a second chance when it is discovered that he engaged in behavior that he knew was not uplifting to African Americans! I believe that you are free to believe what ever you want to believe. However, i'll never believe that the frat boy didn't understand exactly what he was doing and why he was doing it! To quote the late, Maya Angelou, " if someone tells you who they are , believe them " ! I choose to believe the teenage frat boy!

Lester Sconiers

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

We Must Be Anti-Racist - Angela Davis  --  Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute
 

Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute

"In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist"-

#AngelaDavis #loweryinstitute #loveembracesjustice #wethechange

September 14, 2018
 

Taxpayer Remorse - Trickle Down  --  cartoon by Ed hall
 

Ed Hall
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

Re: Hedge Funds Win, Puerto Ricans Lose
 

That's the price of colonialism. We must become a free nation sooner than later.

Rene A. Matos

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Hedge Funds Managers produce about as much as River Boat Gamblers.

Joe Forrest

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Wtf how long are they going to keep to keep those folks down

Idwell Twiss Shanon

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Magazine Censored, Editor Fired for Exposing Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitic Newspaper
 

since when did anti-Semitism become a crime in America? ..........

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” ? Thomas Jefferson

Allan Hampton

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner who had children by his wife’s half sister and then kept his children as his slaves . So it is appropriate that you chose his quote to back Ford .

Reigen Folks

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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He of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Judith Halprin

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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A dark episode in our history. Regrettable

Jack LaSalle

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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I found this out in I believe the 80s.From what I understand Adolph Hitler had a picture of Hank the first on his office desk. Ironic that I watched Schindlers List last night.

Rick Wearing

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Nope. Not a dark episode from history. Still happening. Henry Ford printed and widely distributed 500,000 in the U.S. of the Protocols of The Elders of Zion, the most famous anti-Semitic publication along with Mein Kampf. The far right and neo-Nazis still push this garbage about Jews.

Marty Feldman

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: How The CIA Overthrew Iran's Democracy In 4 Days
 

Most Americans are unaware of how much and how often American power has been instrumental in destroying democracy in order to satisfy the oil barons. Now the US is overtly busy in Venezuela and is supporting Israel apartheid because Israel is an ally against Iran.

Roberta Histed

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Two Decades of Labour Flexibilisation in Mexico has Left Workers Facing “Drastic” Precarity

(posting on Portside Labor)
 

Sounds just like what's happening in Puerto Rico.

Zayuri Ocasio

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Lawsuit Details How The Sackler Family Allegedly Built An OxyContin Fortune
 

How is this in any way different from the Mafia? 

Mike Liston

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This is such bullshit. They willingly over-perscribed to line their pockets and then to add insult to injury, the addicts they created are then shamed and shunned

Alison Pyke

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Everybody In, Nobody Out
 

The big gorilla in the room is, how to fund it. Like other successful single payer systems do, in the world? Major, major changes will be required, foreign to the way our ridiculous medical system is funded now. The sooner it is fleshed out, the better. My view.

Phil Collins

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Thank you for this comprehensive update! I had no idea the progress was this far along! Exciting.

Drue Van Clief

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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If you ever get it you’ll never regret it

Ernie Britton

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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One question: Does ALL include residents if the territories? Please don't leave us out.

Brunilda Ortiz

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Black Myself: Rhiannon Giddens Forms Supergroup ‘Our Native Daughters’ and Reclaims the Soul of Country Music
 

An interesting & important read.

"Also messed up? An industry and audience who automatically associate “country” with “white” and “black” with “urban,” ignoring that our influence runs deep and wide and our genius is woven throughout the entirety of American culture."

Kathi Epp

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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I’m a big fan of her work!

This new project sounds great so far.

They only released a couple of songs.

I also loved her work on the lost Basement Tapes!

There’s a great documentary that goes with the making of that project.

And of course the Drops!

Howie Leveton

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Deep soul making a come back.

Philip Woods

Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: The General Strike that Shut Down Seattle 100 Years Ago

(posting on Portside Labor)
 

In relation to Cal Winslow's article on the Seattle general strike, it might have mentioned that it took place while fighting was going on in Russia, two years after the Bolsheviks took power in St. Petersburg.  This had an influence on what workers were thinking in Seattle and their vision of a future that many of them thought worth fighting for.  Then, in October after the general strike, longshoremen refused to load arms to Admiral Kolchak in Vladivostok and warned other ports about it.  There was a big debate in Seattle and the IWW about direct action vs. political action, which was summarized by Philip Foner in Volume 7 of his History of the Labor Movement in the United States.

David Bacon

Re: Why Do the Oscars Keep Falling for Racial Reconciliation Fantasies?

(posting on Portside Culture)
 

Why does Portside even comment on ephemeral  things like the Oscars? There are much more important issues your publication needs to be reporting on and urging people to take action to make CHANGE.

Shirley Barnes

Re: Anti-Vaccination Movement Has Fueled Measles Outbreak in Washington State
 

Michael Munk

Honor Dr. Angela Davis!
 

We’re [days] away from the day that Dr. Angela Davis, renowned Black scholar-activist, was supposed to receive the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI).

Since BCRI initially voted to rescind the award over Dr. Davis’ support of Palestinian rights on January 4, progressives and activists across movements have rallied behind her and the BCRI had to reconsider its decision. Palestine is a racial justice issue, and Dr. Davis’ insistence that the Palestinian people be included in that vision of justice qualifies her for the award all the more.

Grassroots and community leaders in Birmingham are holding an alternative public event to honor Dr. Davis on February 16, the day she was originally set to receive the BCRI award. The event is in Birmingham, but the work continues in your community. We’re teaming up with the Dream Defenders throughout February to show support for Dr. Davis and assert that Palestine is a racial justice issue!

Honor Dr. Davis and the uncompromising values with which she has fought injustice.

check out the toolkit

Freedom struggles have always faced repression, and this case is no different. Dr. Davis is the latest in a long line of Black internationalist voices to be attacked for steadfast support of Palestinian rights, as human rights attorney Noura Erakat explains. And the Senate just passed S.1, a bill that encourages states to punish people for boycotting in support of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.

We’re pushing back. Just yesterday, we co-led a delegation to Capitol Hill with Adalah Justice Project, Adalah, and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Our message was clear: the fight for racial justice extends beyond and across borders, and being progressive means supporting equality, freedom, and justice for all people, from the US to Palestine.

So join us to celebrate Dr. Davis and connections between freedom struggles. Facilitate a book talk to discuss her book, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Post why #IStandWithAngela on your social media accounts. Find reading materials, graphics, and more at our online toolkit, where you will also be able to sign up to get even more resources.

Sincerely,

Leah Muskin-Pierret

Manager of Congressional & Grassroots Advocacy

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

PO Box 3609

Washington, DC 20027

(703) 312-6360

Trump Ban on H2A and H2B Visas for Filipino, Ethiopian and Dominican Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2019

Contact: apala@apalanet.org

The Administration continues it’s rampant anti-immigrant and anti-worker agenda by quietly banning workers from the Philippines, Ethiopia and Dominican Republic from H-2A and H-2B Visa Eligibility

Washington, DC - Last month, the US Department of Homeland Security announced that workers from the Philippines, Ethiopia, and the Dominican Republic will not be not eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for the next year. Flying under the radar for most of the public, this regulation is a quieter part of the administration's rampant anti-immigrant agenda by dividing workers, American and foreign, while depriving us all of rights, opportunities, and a dignified wage. Instead of singling out countries and cutting off the economic livelihood for workers struggling to support their families, the administration and congress should work together to reform our broken immigration system that leaves workers vulnerable to exploitation and abuse by bad employers and greedy recruiters. Hardworking immigrants in the U.S. workforce deserve opportunities and protections, things that will only be guaranteed with appropriate oversight and accountability over our current guestworker programs.

H-2A visas allow foreign workers to work in the U.S. as agricultural workers. H-2B visas allow foreign workers to work in the U.S. as non-agricultural workers, such as resort, hospitality, landscaping, food service, and construction workers. Both of which are temporary visas for low-wage workers.

APALA Executive Director Alvina Yeh stated, “While our long term vision is to increase opportunities that include pathways to citizenship, temporary overseas work such as allowed by the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in the United States is an important source of income for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines and elsewhere to find work and support their families. Guest workers deserve rights and opportunities, just as we do. Until greedy corporations and abusive employers are held to account, the administration should not expand the program or unfairly target individual countries and workers. By quietly banning low-wage Asian workers, the administration is dangerously upholding the model minority myth, hoping to easily sweep us out the door, but we will not stay silent while our Filipino brothers and sisters are singled out.

“Instead of targeting vulnerable populations, the Administration should address greedy corporations and abusive employers. In order to strengthen labor conditions in the U.S., the administration should hold labor violators accountable, invest in Department of Labor investigations to raise workplace condition standards and safety,  provide data transparency, and more. All of which can be applied to the H-2B visa program to strengthen it as an opportunity for low-wage workers, as we work towards long-term policy solutions that guarantees workers a path to citizenship.”

[The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO was founded in 1992 as the first and only national organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) union members to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights. Learn more at www.apalanet.org. Renew or become a member here.]

Tidbits is Going on Hiatus for Next Three Weeks
 

There will be no Tidbits - Reader Comments, Resources and Announcements for the next three weeks.

Tidbits will resume on Thursday, March 14.

Webinar: Lessons from the L.A. Teachers' Common Good Victory
 

Join UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl, Maurice BP-Weeks of the Action Center on Race and the Economy, and other community leaders, parents and students for a Webinar on strategies and lessons learned from the recent victorious United Teachers of Los Angeles strike.

After months of intensive internal organizing, organizing with the community, and a massive 6-day strike, UTLA won an incredible set of contract victories. In addition to bread and butter wage and healthcare improvements, they won a series of ‘Common Good’ demands including smaller class size, improvements to the learning environment, resources for immigrant families, a call for a moratorium on charter schools, increased green spaces on campus, additional counselors, nurses and librarians, and an end to discriminatory searches of students. In addition to winning for Los Angeles, the UTLA's strike provided inspiration for advocates of public education from across the country. 

Join us on Friday, February 22nd from 12pm - 1:30pm *Eastern Time* to hear about the planning, organizing and strategies that led to this historic victory!

Register here:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/d62fb1664fc1658d8c34be5db4a05ad8

In Solidarity,

Saqib Bhatti and Maurice Weeks
Action Center on Race and the Economy

Marilyn Sneiderman and KB Brower
Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at Rutgers University's School of Management and Labor Relations

Joe McCartin, Stephen Lerner and Alex Taliadoros
Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University

Studio Salon: Looking for Lorraine with Imani Perry - New York - February 23
 

Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM

The Studio Museum in Harlem

144 W 125th St, New York, New York 10027

Join author Imani Perry for a discussion and interactive workshop inspired by her book Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry. In the book, Perry paints an empathetic portrait of an artist who lived in a community of thinkers working at the intersections of art and activism throughout New York City. In this Studio Salon, Perry will highlight Lorraine Hansberry's community activism and impact on Harlem. This program will be followed by an informal Q&A.

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University where she is also affiliated with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Perry is the author of five books, including Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, a New York Times Notable book of 2018. Perry is a scholar of legal history, cultural studies, African American studies, and American Literature. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. from Yale University.

This Studio Salon is part of the Museum's ongoing partnership with George Bruce Library and is presented as part of inHarlem, The Studio Museum in Harlem's initiative designed to explore innovative ways to work in the community while taking the Museum beyond its own walls.

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Webinar: Black Liberation in Literature - Discussion with Dr. MaryLouise Patterson and Bill Fletcher, Jr  - February 25
 

Join us on February 25th for our 4th Monday Webinar! 

Black Liberation in Literature in Honor of Black History Month

Sponsored by CCDS Socialist Education Project 

We are honored to be joined by Dr. MaryLouise Patterson and Bill Fletcher, Jr. for our 4th Monday program this month.  both have many years in fighting for civil rights and justice and against racism.  This month we will discuss with them particularly significant works they have been involved in creating..

Join award-winning journalist and lifelong social justice advocate Bill Fletcher, Jr., for the launch of his first work of fiction: The Man Who Fell From the Sky, a crime novel. Bill will discuss his novel's exploration of racism and inequality through the eyes of a young journalist of Cape Verdean descent who investigates a murder in a small Cape Cod community in 1970 while covering the anti-Viet Nam War protests and the Black Panthers. Bill will also discuss the unique ways in which a work of fiction can explore and reveal important truths about the human condition, as well as touch the heart and stir a people to take action.
 

Dr. Mary Louise Patterson Co-Edited Letters from Langston:  From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare along with Evelyn Louise Crawford. The parents of both women were close friends with Langston Hughes for close to forty years. MaryLouise was a 'red diaper baby'.  Her parents, Louise and William Patterson, were life-long activists for justice and against racism and members in the Communist Party. This indispensable volume of letters between Hughes and four leftist confidants sheds vivid light on his life and politics. Dr. Patterson is a retired pediatrician and a life-long fighter for civil rights and against racism in all its forms.

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LaborTalks: Ecology, Community, Prosperity – a Conversation with Eliza Griswold - New York - February 28
 

Thursday, February 28, 2019  --  6:30-9:00pm

The Workmen’s Circle

247 West 37th St, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10018

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What is the price of fracking? In the Appalachian town of Amity, PA, a Texas-based energy company struck deals with residents to frack the Marcellus shale that underlies their properties. Not long after the drill sites were built, farm animals and pets began to die, and children fell ill. As Eliza Griswold documents in her book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, a group of town residents united to investigate and seek redress, commencing a long struggle against not only the frackers, but also the state and federal agencies with which the energy company colludes.

In #LaborTalks: Ecology, Community, Prosperity – a Conversation with Eliza Griswold, poet, translator, and journalist Eliza Griswold will join BISR faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary for wide-ranging conversation about fracking (what it is and what it does), energy politics, corporate and regulatory collusion, resistance, and the economics of ecological sustainability. Is increased natural-gas extraction economically necessary—or even desirable? What role do governmental agencies play? Can an energy-based economy be both productive and ecologically sustainable? Can capitalism self-reform, or is the implementation of some alternative economy a necessary first step to avoiding the very the worst effects of climate change?

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP below. #LaborTalks is an ongoing series co-presented by The Workmen’s CircleThe Sidney Hillman FoundationUnion Communication ServicesDissent Magazine, the Jewish Labor Committee, the DSA Jewish Solidarity Caucus, and The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. A reception will follow the talk.

Participants

  • Eliza Griswold is the author of The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, which won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her translations of Afghan women’s folk poems, I Am the Beggar of the World, was awarded the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She has held fellowships from the New America Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Harvard University, and in 2010

    the American Academy in Rome awarded her the Rome Prize for her poems. Currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, she lives in New York with her husband and son.

  • Ajay Singh Chaudhary is the executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and a core faculty member specializing in social and political theory. His research focuses on social and political theory, Frankfurt School critical theory, political economy, media, religion, and post-colonial studies. He has written for the The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of BooksQuartzSocial TextDialectical AnthropologyThe Jewish Daily ForwardFilmmaker Magazine, and 3quarksdaily, among other venues. Ajay is currently working on a book of political theory for the Anthropocene.

A Collective Ribbon Making the Triangle Fire Memorial - New York City - March 16 & 17
 

2 Dates · Mar 16 - Mar 17

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 AM – 5 PM

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 11 AM – 5 PM

Fashion Institute of Technology

227 W 27th Street 

New York, New York 10001

The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition invites the public to participate in the making of the permanent memorial to the Triangle fire.

Join us at the Fashion Institute of Technology for two days of events and discussions, free and open to all, about the fire and it’s memory.

The centerpiece of the event will be the collective creation of a ribbon, formed together from smaller individual pieces of fabric brought by the participants. This ribbon will be used to cast the main element of the memorial, which will be mounted on the facade of the Brown Building in Manhattan, where the fire took place on March 25, 1911. 

You are invited to embed your personal contribution in the body of the future memorial and to share with us why the story of the Triangle Fire and the memory of those who perished matters to you.  

More info: www.rememberthetrianglefire.org

 

RSVP: info@rememberthetrianglefire.org

You can download a participation form for additional details. You can use this form if you’d like to send us your contribution by mail.

This event is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant and the School of Liberal Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition

PO Box 1822

New York, NY 10113

The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition connects individuals and organizations with the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire — one of the pivotal events in US history and a turning point in labor’s struggle to achieve fair wages, dignity at work and safe working conditions. Outrage at the deaths of 146 mostly young, female immigrants inspired the union movement and helped to institute worker protections and fire safety laws. Today, basic rights and benefits in the workplace are not a guarantee in the United States or across the world. We believe it is more vital than ever that these issues are defended.