Tidbits – Feb. 8, 2024 – Reader Comments: 47 US Cities Call for Ceasefire; Why a Faction of BDS Is Attacking Standing Together; Confederate Memorial in Puerto Rico; What Republicans Fear; 52nd Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade – Learn More

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47 U.S. Cities Have Called for a Ceasefire in Gaza


The Plan  --  Cartoon by Mike Luckovich


Mike Luckovich
February 4, 2024
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The Orange Jesus  --  Cartoon by Rob Rogers


Rob Rogers
February 6, 2024


Re: Why a Faction of BDS Is Attacking Standing Together

Palestinian Campaign's attack on Standing Together brings to mind the danger of misunderstanding the concept of 'better fewer.' The PC states: 'Standing Together’s premise is that a shared home can be achieved for Palestinians and Israelis if they refuse “hatred and choose empathy.” It claims to mobilize Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel in pursuit of “peace, equality, and social and climate justice,” yet it fails to even mention the elephant in the room: Israel’s 75-year-old regime of settler-colonialism and apartheid, the root cause of “conflict” and violence. Its approach is reminiscent of the morally bankrupt suggestions to South Africans resisting apartheid in the past to eschew “hatred” and “conflict” and embrace peace and empathy without calling for ending apartheid.'

Plenty to chew on here, but I come away with reminiscences about the use of litmus tests applied to ostensibly pro-peace forces. The point is to expand the united front, not restrict it to the pure. Given how f'd up the Israeli government is regarding anti-Arab, anti-Muslim denial of all rights - including the right to live - and its influence in the society as a whole, the significance of Standing Together should not be boiled down to 'too little, too late.' Without allies, there is no front, and without a front, there are no victories.

Ethan Young
Posted on Portside's Facebook page


Re: Explaining Israel’s ‘Intelligence Failure’ on Hamas

People around me believe that Netanyahu needed a war so as not to go to jail. That would make ignoring the warnings a deliberate self-protective decision -- dastardly, cowardly, dishonest, ultimately tragic and very costly in lives and human well-being.

Marcia Slatkin


Re: Obamacare Created Big Medicine

Obamacare didn't create big medicine, it created BIG INSURANCE.

Denise Gerdes
Posted on Portside's Facebook page


Re: Tech Workers Deserve a Union

(posting on Portside Labor)

As a retired computer programmer and a union member for more than forty years, I approve this message.

Celeste Suliin Burris
Posted on Portside's Facebook page


Re: The South, Where Automakers Go for a Discount

(posting on Portside Labor)

Because the South has had a feudal economy almost since Europeans got there.

Norm Littlejohn
Posted on Portside's Facebook page


Confederate Memorial in Puerto Rico

Since 1903, a school building stood in the town of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, bearing the name of "JLM Curry". This man was a white supremacist, confederate soldier and legislator, and representative of segregated education until his death in 1903. Puerto Rico became a colony of the USA in 1898, thereafter some schools were named after Americans (Garfield, Farragut, Poe, Whitman, Edison, etc.), and we got Curry in Cabo Rojo. After a hard struggle, in November 12, 2023, the building was renamed "María Civico". This woman was a slave, freed in 1876, and became a praised coutourier.

Margarita M Asencio-Lopez


What Republicans Fear  --  Carton by Dr. James MacLeod


Dr. James MacLeod
February 4, 2024


Re: Organizing in Good Times and Bad: What We Need To Get Right

Great article BUT no discussion of American imperialism wars which too often are initiated and /or supported by Dem party and unions.

Edward Cloonan


52nd Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade - Learn More  --  March 7  -  Open House

Yo, WE, the 52nd contingent of the Venceremos Brigade is excited to share with you all the brigade application.  You can fill out the application at  bit.ly/VB52application! For questions, we invite you to attend an upcoming virtual Open House where you can meet past Brigadistas to learn more about what to expect on the trip this year.


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