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Republicans Change Rules; Democrats Change Stripes

Monday, January 19, 2015

Originally posted at teleSUR

As Republicans in Congress successfully change the rules, Obama and Democrats will try to change their stripes.

This week President Obama will make another ‘State of the Union’ (SOTU) annual address to Congress.  In his SOTU addresses in recent years his comments were typically cautious, careful not to convey or promise too much in terms of new initiatives that would benefit those left behind in the so-called US economic recovery. Proposals for programs to help raise wages for American workers, help immigrants become citizens, save homeowners from foreclosures, ensure affordable education for students, shore up the USA’s collapsing pension system, and so on were considered too controversial.

Fast Track Is Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It

Monday, January 19, 2015

There is bi-partisan opposition in Congress to Fast Track and a large movement of movements mobilized to stop it.

The corporate media is reporting that since the Republican leadership and President Obama support Fast Track trade authority, it is a done deal. And that message, also heard by countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is driving the race to finalize that agreement.

The truth is: Fast Track is not a done deal. There is bi-partisan opposition in Congress and a large movement of movements organized to stop it.

URGENT: Rapid Response to Stop TPP Fast Track

Friday, January 16, 2015


We need to organize quickly. President Obama and the new Congress are moving to pass Fast Track legislation which will permit the President to sign secret trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before Congress sees them and restrict Congress from determining what impacts the TPP will have on our health, economy, communities and planet.

We know what previous trade agreements like NAFTA have done to outsource jobs and lower wages, block efforts to protect public health, expanded inequality and increase our deficit. The TPP is a whole new breed. We call it “NAFTA on steroids.” The reason the TPP has been negotiated in secret and is being pushed through Congress in this unconstitutional and undemocratic way is because it contains provisions that will give corporations even more power to determine our laws even down to the local level and remove our power to fight back.

In Support of Cultural Defense: Lifting up Azealia Banks, and Artists Defending the Integrity of Hip Hop

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Over the last couple of weeks, a lot of controversy and discussion has swirled around Azealia Banks and the positions that she has taken along with how she taken them. We, as artists, educators and community leaders would like to recognize and honor our Sister Azealia and Brother Q-Tip as they work to clarify both the current state of and historical struggle of Hip Hop. While many are turned off by the raw nature and passion of Ms. Banks, we find her position refreshing, enlightening and illuminating important conversations around cultural ownership, appropriation and exploitation. We stand in solidarity with Azealia Banks, Q-Tip and all those who defend the integrity of Hip Hop and Black Culture.

Last year, Hip Hop Congress in association with Move to Amend launched a campaign called, “What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hop?”  (Short answer—The corporate commodification of what began as a liberatory art form happened to Hip Hop).  This campaign was launched only moments before Ferguson, Eric Gardner and the ever timely #blacklivesmatter campaign. The purpose of this campaign was to lift up Hip Hop’s roots, original purpose and potential, as well as identifying the poisonous and ruinous effect that corporate capitalism, white supremacy and patriarchy has had on this cultural manifestation. It was also to identify and address the continued intentional whitening of Hip Hop by often white, wealthy, male corporate executives.

Lessons On The Struggle For Health Care As A Human Right

Sunday, January 4, 2015

What happened in Vermont where a so-called single payer proposal died?

For decades healthcare advocates in the state of Maryland worked with state senator Paul Pinsky who introduced a state health bill each year calling for a universal healthcare system that is publicly financed, a single payer system. Even when advocates educated lawmakers, gathered co-sponsors and testified in committees about the dire need for a health system that would solve the current healthcare crisis, one based on solid evidence, the bill fell flat. The closest we came was one vote short of getting it passed in one committee. We had all of the facts on our side, but no political muscle to move the bill.

2015: The Year We Build Power Together

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Year Starts With the Potential of a Major Victory of the People Over Corporate Power, but We Must Unite to Win It

The major task for the social movement: 2015 the Year We Build Power Together.  

In 2014 we saw tremendous growth of the movement across numerous fronts of struggle – worker rights and the wages, racism and policingclimate, the environment and extreme energy extraction, building a new economy and so much more.  We also saw how uniting and working in solidarity is essential for success.