August 2011, Week 4


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Tidbits - August 22, 2011
* Request to all Portside Readers
* Re: The President's Bold Jobs Bill (Maybe) (Jon Bloom) 
* Thankful for the Life of Debra Evenson (MEDIC - Medical Education Cooperation with
* SEPTEMBER 11:  10 YEARS LATER: What Have We
Accomplished? What Have We Learned? (Sept. 13, Purdue,
* quotes of the week (Michael A. Dover) 
* Re: Women & Communities of Color & the Super 12's Lack of
Diversity (Bruce T. Boccardy) 
* Re: Local Meeting to Discuss "Rebuilding the American Dream" (Heather Baum)


Request to all Portside Readers

Dear Readers,

The tenth anniversary of Sept. 11 is next month.

Portside wants to publish a selection of reader
comments on the impact and significance of Sept. 11 on
New York, on the country, on the left, on the peace
movement, on peoples' lives.

Please submit your thoughts and comments back to
Portside by Sept. 5th. Comments should be limited to
200 words and sent to: [log in to unmask]

Looking forward to hearing from you, and thanks once
again for being a part of the Portside community.

The Portside and Portside Labor moderators

Judy Atkins, Carl Bloice, Mark Brenner, Barry Cohen,
David Cohen, Ira Cohen, Marti Garza, Greg Heires, Will
Jones, Stephanie Luce, Ray Markey, Carol Pittman, John
P. Pittman, Meredith Schaffer, Jay Schaffner, Ethan


* Re: The President's Bold Jobs Bill (Maybe)

In Robert Reich's very interesting list of policy
recommendations, he mentions offering "partial
unemployment benefits for workers who have lost part
time jobs."  In New York State, this is  already
possible.  New claimants are not required to have
worked in full time jobs during their "base period,"
only to have earned a certain amount over at least two
calendar quarters.  They can actually qualify for full
benefits if they are completely unemployed, or for
partial benefits if they continue to work fewer than
four days per week with weekly earnings of less than

Jon Bloom Executive Director Workers Defense League

(Workers Defense League nonprofit educational and
advocacy organization, represents and advises 
unemployment insurance claimants in New York.)


* Thankful for the Life of Debra Evenson

MEDIC - Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba


August 19, 2011 - MEDICC deeply mourns the passing of
Debra Evenson - colleague and friend - who died August
17 in Chicago at the age of 69. "She was dedicated to
opening the door between the people of the United
States and Cuba, and her contribution to a broader
understanding of social justice, Latin American
sovereignty and Cuba was unmatched," said Dr Peter
Bourne, Chair of MEDICC's Board of Directors.

Ms Evenson was an authority on the Cuban legal system,
labor relations and legislative aspects of the island's
health sector, publishing Law and Society in
Contemporary Cuba and Workers in Cuba: Unions and Labor
Relations. A graduate of Rutgers Law School and former
President of the US National Lawyers Guild, she left a
tenured position at Chicago's DePaul Law School in 1992
to work as counsel to the New York law firm Rabinowitz,
Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, where she
represented Cuban interests and companies, largely
focusing on trade issues.

"She played many vital roles in MEDICC over more than a
decade," said International Director Gail Reed. "She
provided legal counsel, served as MEDICC Review
Contributing Editor and peer reviewer, and offered
indispensable guidance in the editing and distribution
of the film -Salud!, produced in partnership with
Clarity Films."

However, Ms Reed said she will be missed most for the
personal qualities she "brought to all those who worked
with her in MEDICC and had the privilege of her
friendship: her sharp intellect, integrity, generosity,
grace under pressure, and firm commitment to social

On behalf of MEDICC, Ms Reed expressed condolences to
Ms Evenson's family and many other friends, noting that
"we are thankful for her life and will all miss her
greatly: the best tribute I can think of is to carry on
in her spirit."


* SEPTEMBER 11:  10 YEARS LATER: What Have We
Accomplished? What Have We Learned? (Sept. 13, Purdue,

A panel discussion on what, how, why the nation and
world have changed since 9/11 will be presented by the
Purdue University Committee on Peace Studies, and a
number of community organizations  on Tuesday,
September 13, 2011, 7:30 pm. Wetherill (WTHR) Hall room
172, Purdue University. The event is free and open to

The panel will highlight the consequences of 9/11 for
the economy, workers, women, people of color, civil
liberties, human rights, foreign policy, and war and
peace. Panelists, representing different backgrounds
and experiences will make brief presentations.
Significant time will be allotted to dialogue between
all those who attend the session. Everyone who has
concern for the future of the United States and the
world is invited to attend and participate in this
important reflection and dialogue.

Panelists will include Berenice Carroll, former
Director, Women's Studies program; Harry Targ,
Coordinator, The Committee on Peace Studies; and Jacob
Hernandez, president Amnesty International at Purdue
University. The moderator will be Justin Mueller, Ph.D.
student in Political Theory, Purdue University.

The panel will open with a brief video prepared by the
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an
organization of family members of those killed on 9/11
who have united to turn their grief into actions
opposing wars of retribution and advocating nonviolent

Community organizational co-sponsors include the
Lafayette Area Peace Coalition, the Social Justice
Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church, West
Lafayette, the Lafayette Friends Meeting, and Amnesty
International at Purdue.

Wetherill Hall is across the walkway from Stewart
Center and next to Heavilon Hall in the center of the
campus of Purdue University. One block away is a
parking garage at Grant Street. A free parking lot is
two blocks further South on Grant Street beyond State

For further information contact Harry Targ, Committee
on Peace Studies at [log in to unmask]


* quotes of the week

A man watching shook his head in stunned disbelief. "I
swear to God," he said, "freedom is beautiful."

Michael A. Dover, Ph.D. School of Social Work Cleveland
State University


* Re: Women & Communities of Color & the Super 12's
Lack of Diversity

Is it me or is the description of non-whites as
"colored" imply that they are "offwhite" which is a
relegation.  Since white is indeed a color, describing
people or communities as "colored" implies an inferior
status. Just wondering.

Bruce T. Boccardy President Mass. SEIU Local 888


* Re: Local Meeting to Discuss "Rebuilding the American

Is there anyway to find out if there was a meeting in
the Minneapolis, Saint Paul area of Minnesota?

Heather Baum Saint Paul, MN



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