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Tidbits - June 3, 2021 - Reader Comments, Hiroshima, World War II; Racism; Retiree healthcare; Sports; Labor History, Disney, McCarthyism, Marxist parties, China, Climate change, Ethel Rosenberg, Harold Washington, Chicago, Social transition

Reader Comments: Hiroshima Cover-up; Racism; Retiree healthcare; Sports; Labor History, Disney; McCarthyism; Marxist parties; China; Announcements: Ethel Rosenberg; Harold Washington; International Trade Union Forum - Ecology, Social Transition;

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Tidbits - Reader Comments, Announcements, AND cartoons - June 3, 2021, Portside

Re: Chileans Voted for an End to Neoliberalism (Hiram Diaz)
Race Massacres  --  cartoon by Rob Rogers
Re: Review: Lesley Blume's “Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World” (John Aldis)
Nothing to See, Nothing to Investigate  --  cartoon by Lalo Alcaraz
Re: White People’s Stake in Ending the White Republic (Paul Wilcox)
Re: Closed Door Negotiations Between New York City and Unions Representing City Workers Could Privatize Their Medicare Coverage (Florence Punch)
Re: Naomi Osaka and the Power of ‘Nope’ (Hans von Sponeck)
Re: 80 Years Ago Today, Disney Animation Workers Went on Strike (Eleanor Roosevelt; Felice Sage; Jan Horowitz; Bill Hahn)
Re: More than McCarthyism: The Attack on Activism Students Don’t Learn About from Their Textbooks (Andy Webster)
Re: Marxist Parties Urged to Strive for Progress of Humankind (Ethan Young; Talmadge Wright; Dan Morgan)

Announcements:

Ethel Rosenberg's life and the campaign to exonerate her - June 6 and June 29 (Rosenberg Fund for Children)
What Can We Learn from Harold Washington? Two Generations of Left Electoral Struggle - June 15 (Chicago DSA)
International Trade Union Forum on Ecological and Social Transition - June 14 - 19 ( CGT, GLI France, Alter Summit, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and TUED New-York)

 

Re: Chileans Voted for an End to Neoliberalism
 

Exactly what is needed in Puerto Rico

Hiram Diaz
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Race Massacres  --  cartoon by Rob Rogers
 

Rob Rogers
June 2, 2021
robrogers.com

 

Re: Review: Lesley Blume's “Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World”
 

This is an excellent article, showing what the bravery of one man can do to change the world's perception of the threat of a nuclear holocaust.

John Aldis
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Nothing to See, Nothing to Investigate  --  cartoon by Lalo Alcaraz
 

Lalo Alcaraz
June 3, 2021
Daily Kos

 

Re: White People’s Stake in Ending the White Republic
 

Not a bad article overall, and I appreciate the attempt, but we don’t live in a “white republic” We happen to live in a capitalist society, ruled by rich capitalists. I certainly agree that working class whites need to fight racism and show solidarity with oppressed people, and  the capitalists use racism to divide the working class, but we don’t live in a “white republic”  That puts me and Donald Trump in the same boat. That’s what Trump says, so unless you are a Donald Trump enthusiast, stop misleading people.

Paul Wilcox

 

Re: Closed Door Negotiations Between New York City and Unions Representing City Workers Could Privatize Their Medicare Coverage

(posting on Portside Labor)
 

This is the first I’m hearing about it

Florence Punch
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Naomi Osaka and the Power of ‘Nope’
 

I salute Naomi Osaka. Her protest  should lead to court cases against sport slavery - no impunity for  the commercial sports lobby. 

Hans von Sponeck

 

Re: 80 Years Ago Today, Disney Animation Workers Went on Strike
 

Good Old Uncle Walt couldn't let it go, either. He saw to it that as many of the strike leaders as possible were blacklisted, and he took a leading role among the vicious red-baiters of postwar Hollywood.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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I understand that old Walt was a real exploitative SOB. Disneyland and Disneyworld still treat their underpaid workers like crap.

Felice Sage
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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When we worked for them it was "Mouschwitz"...kind of cool to see in this photo that all the women artists are in trousers!

Jan Horowitz
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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and a bigoted anti-semite as well

Bill Hahn
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: More than McCarthyism: The Attack on Activism Students Don’t Learn About from Their Textbooks
 

I just found out a year ago Helen Keller was a socialist. They don't teach that in schools.

Andy Webster
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

Re: Marxist Parties Urged to Strive for Progress of Humankind

The focus of this meeting seems to be state ownership, commerce and investment at the expense of class, social demands or climate. It emphasizes "people-centered philosophy of government", which appears to be Xi's response to the international resistance to authoritarianism and corruption, but does not get into details about popular democracy, ie the leading role of the public in policy- and decision-making, in a socialist society. The parties' real challenge is not figuring out how to run things better than neoliberal capitalists, but how to empower social movements to bring radicalized civilians, the majority urban and rural workers, into political power.

Ethan Young
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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International not national. Equality and justice not capitulation to capital.

Talmadge Wright
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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The CPC leaders have a long-term strategy. They think long-term, plan long-term and that is easily forgotten in the Punch and Judy politics in the west. They are obviously using capitalist methods but recently are beginning to shift emphasis to policies that benefit the people, look to the Party's history and promote the study of marxism. Given the present strength of capitalist thinking there, the move to real socialism will be difficult and full of dangers, and it will need control by the Party - of 90 million members remember, to achieve it.

Dan Morgan
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Ethel Rosenberg's life and the campaign to exonerate her - June 6 and June 29 (Rosenberg Fund for Children)
 

The Rosenberg Fund for Children isexcited to announce two upcoming online events which will focus on Ethel Rosenberg's life and the campaign to exonerate her. With the June 8th release of bestselling author Anne Sebba's new biography Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy, Ethel's history is reemerging in public consciousness, and 70 years following her conviction it's clear that justice for Ethel matters as much as ever. We hope you'll join us (virtually) for both of these upcoming discussions:

Jenn Meeropol on “Exonerating Ethel” for CCB Speaker Series

Sunday, June 6th at 11 AM EST, Online

In 1951, at the height of the McCarthy era, Ethel Rosenberg was convicted of “conspiracy to commit espionage” alongside her husband Julius in a trial that would come to symbolize “Red Scare” hysteria and the U.S.’s willingness to commit injustices in the name of national security. 70 years later, RFC Exec. Director Jenn Meeropol (and Ethel's granddaughter) will discuss why justice for Ethel still matters, what was learned during the 2016 campaign to exonerate Ethel, and the exciting possibility of a relaunch in the months to come. This online event is hosted by the Community Church of Boston. It is free and open to the public. 

Join the live, online event on Zoom (here) or Youtube live stream (here) at 11 AM EST on 6/6. No pre-registration required.

Click to join this event
Conversation with Anne Sebba, author of "Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy"

Tuesday, June 29th at 7 PM EST, Online

Seventy years after her trial, this is the first time Ethel Rosenberg’s story has been told with the full use of the dramatic and tragic prison letters she exchanged with her husband, her lawyer and her psychotherapist over a three-year period, two of them in solitary confinement. Hers is the resonant story of what happens when a government motivated by fear tramples on the rights of its citizens.

This online event will include a conversation with New York Times bestselling author Anne Sebba joined by RFC Founder (and Ethel's youngest son) Robert Meeropol. The event is hosted by Odyssey Bookshop and is free and open to the public via Crowdcast. Please register in advance.

More details available at Odysseybks.com. Questions about joining an online event? Email events@odysseybks.com.

Register for this event here

Rosenberg Fund for Children
116 Pleasant St., Ste. 348
Easthampton, MA 01027

 

What Can We Learn from Harold Washington? Two Generations of Left Electoral Struggle - June 15 (Chicago DSA)
 

Hear from a panel of speakers from the Harold Washington administration in conversation with the new generation of Chicago's left electoral organizers as we assess the legacy and lessons of the Harold Washington years.

Tuesday, June 15  --  6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (Time zone: Central Time US & Ca)

Panel Featuring:  David Orr, Dr. Linda Murray and Mildred Williamson

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApc-qhqz0uG9whJ8EFIODgZDxOVmYwbF-h 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining

 

International Trade Union Forum on Ecological and Social Transition - June 14 - 19 ( CGT, GLI France, Alter Summit, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and TUED New-York)
 

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the International Trade Union Forum on Ecological and Social Transitions, which will be held from 14 to 19 June in Paris and online in public sessions. This programme is the result of a joint effort involving more than a hundred trade union confederations and federations from the five continents, a dozen sectoral and regional internationals and a dozen actors from the associative world.

You will find attached the programme and the registration form of the conference which is organised around fifteen thematic workshops that will mark the conference.  The sessions are open to all trade union organisations and their allies as well as to all those who wish to build alternative paths and strategies for a truly just social and ecological transformation.

Register here: https://forumsyndeco.org/en

We invite you to circulate the registration platform as widely as possible and take part in the presentations and discussions and to join the common call for COP 26.

The coordinating organisations: CGT, GLI France, Alter Summit, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and TUED New-York

What is it about?

The social and environmental emergency, as well as the dramatic deterioration of the working and living conditions of a majority of the population since the beginning of the pandemic, has led a growing number of organizations – from company unions to professional federations to local, regional and international organizations – and other social movements to develop various strategies to respond.

This Forum was co-organized for several months with organizations from all continents. It will be an opportunity to share experiences, proposals and struggles of unions and their allies. The themes discussed will mainly revolve
around: the transformation of the energy system, sectoral transitions and strategies for building power relations. Each thematic workshop is the result of preparatory work that we wish to bring up for debate. Texts summarizing
our collective reflections will be made available to participants
before the Forum.

The Forum will be organized around daily sessions from June 14 to 19. The sessions will combine presentation and discussion time. It will conclude on Saturday, June 19 from 2pm to 5pm with a plenary assembly where a united appeal will be presented in view of the Cop26 in Glasgow and addressed to all social forces engaged in the construction of an ecological and social transformation.