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Tidbits - Reader Comments & Announcements - January 17, 2013

* Keystone XL pipeline: Bad for the environment and Canadian
  workers -- President of the Communications, Energy and
  Paperworkers Union of Canada (David Coles)
* Re: Has America's Commitment to a Global Reign Deepened? 
  (Will Colwell, Sterling Vinson)
* Re: The 3 Percent Cut to Social Security, Aka the Chained
  CPI (Stanley Aronowitz)
* Stop Drone Killings
* CCDS Mourns Brandon Wallace
* Re: Jill Benderly 1955-2013 -Tidbits - Jan. 13 (Leonard J. 
* Author Reading - Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life
  of Mrs. Paul Robeson - Barbara Ransby - Chicago - Jan. 24
* "We're Not Broke" with J.A. Myerson - New York - January 27
* Jews Against Islamophobia panel- New York - January 29th
* Chicago  civil rights activist Timuel Black receives
  prestigious award


* Keystone XL pipeline: Bad for the environment and Canadian
workers -- President of the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada

The following speech was delivered by David Coles, the
President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union
of Canada (CEP) Dave Coles to "Confronting the Climate Crisis:
Can Labor Help Shape an Effective Strategy?" at City
University of New York.



* Re: Has America's Commitment to a Global Reign Deepened?

Great article.  Its articles like this that should end the US
empire is in decline myth. What is in decline is the
middle/working class and the possibility of an American dream
where social mobility is the norm.  McJobs have replaced
industrial work. Prisons have replaced the welfare state.

When Syria most likely falls and the Muslim Brotherhood comes
to power, the U.S. will have done what no other empire has
done since Rome, full control of the Mediterranean Sea without
opposition.  Next will be Iran and its economic satellite

U.S. leftists due to the strong influence of pacifism have had
a failure to think in terms of military strategy and tactics.
When the military stumbles in Afghanistan and Iraq, the
American forces have still crushed their opponents and left
these countries crippled. Over the long range, the U.S.
military is still in ascendancy in the Middle East and Africa.
Its control of the world currency structure makes even rivals
like China and Russia have to support the dollar and even the
US bond market.  The U.S. now has a tributary system in place
posing as trade partnerships and global development. US
entertainment is still the global culture of the planet.

I hope for a new left that can remember its anti-imperialist

Will Colwell


* Re: Has America's Commitment to a Global Reign Deepened?

I think it fascinating that a non-paper like "U.S.A. Today"
has published this.

Sterling Vinson


* Re: The 3 Percent Cut to Social Security, Aka the Chained

I don't remember Dean Baker or any other liberal economist
warning us of this sell out before the 2012 election. I
probably missed it, but my recollection is that the liberals
were silent about the center-right Obama administration's
probably post-election program. To his credit Biden
notwithstanding, Obama has always been clear about his neo-
liberal orientation. He has always been willing to compromise
with the Right. Significant groups on the left, including the
left-liberals always viewed him and his people from the
perspective of a Rorsharck test. You see what you want to see
and ignore the overwhelming record.

Stanley Aronowitz


* Stop Drone Killings

Over 50,000 of us have already signed the petition to ban
weaponized drones, and more organizations are joining us all
the time (see the growing list).

But President Obama has only increased the drone killings
since his reelection.

We'll be delivering the petition soon. Please sign if you
haven't, and ask everyone you know to do the same.

The president continues to keep the number of people killed
and any legal justification for killing them secret. He has
nominated the architect of his kill list as CIA director, a
droneophile as secretary of defense, and an opponent of
international law as secretary of state.

We need to turn the drone presidency around. Click here to
support banning weaponized drones from the world.


Please forward this to anyone who might agree!

-- The RootsAction.org team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by
Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel
Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr.,
Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen
Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

P.P.S. If you're in Washington, D.C., on January 21st, please
join a rally, march, and die-in against drones.

Organizations Supporting This Petition (partial and growing
list): Antiwar.com, Arlington Green Party, Association of
Roman Catholic Women Priests, BFUU Bill of Rights Defense
Committee, Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases,
Code Pink, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Global Network
Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Interfaith
Communities United for Justice and Peace, Jeannette Rankin
Peace Center, KnowDrones.com, LA Laborfest, National Campaign
for Nonviolent Resistance, Nevada Desert Experience, The
Northampton Committee to Stop War, Peace of Mind, Project
RootsAction.org, Sitkans for Peace and Justice, United for
Peace and Justice, Veracity Now, Veterans For Peace, Veterans
For Peace Chapter 10, Veterans For Peace Chapter 27, Veterans
For Peace Chapter 91, Veterans For Peace, Phil Berrigan
Memorial Chapter, Baltimore, MD, Voices for Creative
Nonviolence WarIsACrime.org, War Resisters League, West
Suburban Faith-based Peace Coalition, Women Against Military
Madness (WAMM), Women Standing, Women's International League
for Peace and Freedom - U.S. Section, World Can't Wait,
Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.


* CCDS Mourns Brandon Wallace

We in the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and
Socialism are deeply saddened by the death of Brandon Wallace
on January 10th and we express our deepest sympathy to his
family and friends. Brandon was one of our young leaders with
tremendous talents. His passing is a heartbreaking loss.
Brandon contributed much to our organization as well as his
larger community. He was well loved and respected by many.

Brandon served on the National Coordinating Committee and also
helped to produce our newsletter, The Mobilizer, for which he
recently did an interview with Marian Gordon about her trip to
Palestine. Brandon was our Southern Regional Organizer. He was
deeply committed to the local movements in Alabama where he

Fellow young member of CCDS and friend Camille Williamson
wrote, "As we reflect upon Brandon's legacy of work we are
reminded that the struggle for social justice is a journey
full of passion, commitment, and motivation. And we will
always be inspired by Brandon's contributions to progressive
movement-building. Furthermore, we will cherish his eloquent
ability to synthesize his thoughts and ideas into a ribbon of
poetry for all to share."

Brandon was an award winning writer and recently published a
book of poetry, Shadows and Light. He maintained a blog Julius
Speaks which was, as he put it "A collage of personal,
political, cultural and historical commentary from the thought
of Brandon Wallace." Through his writings and actions he
influenced many. He will be greatly missed.



* Re: Jill Benderly 1955-2013 (Tidbits - January 13, 2013 )

We learned only on Saturday night of Jill Benderly Kraft's
passing, and I was unfortunately not able to attend her
funeral Sunday, but my dear wife Helene did.

Among Jill's extensive writings, I want especially to
recommend this one, on a subject close to our hearts - birth
control, Emma Goldman, Ben Reitman, and Planned Parenthood:


Let it be noted also that Jill was a founding member both of
Womansong (the four remaining members of whom performed at her
funeral) and of The Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus, who will
be performing again April 27 at LIU-Brookville and May 5 at
Great Neck Library, the latter in a program that will include
music by Jill's father-in-law, Leo Kraft. Our performance of
his music there will be dedicated to her memory.

Presente, Jill!

Leonard J. Lehrman
Founder/Director, The Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus


* Author Reading - Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life
of Mrs. Paul Robeson - Barbara Ransby

January 24, 2013 7:30 pm

Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640


Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul
Robeson (Yale University Press)

By Barbara Ransby

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and
amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places:
colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil
War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-
occupied Berlin, Stalin's Russia, China two months after Mao's
revolution, and defiant testifying before Senator Joseph
McCarthy's infamous anticommunist committee. She was a woman
of unusual accomplishments-an anthropologist, a prolific
journalist, a tireless advocate of women's rights, an
outspoken anticolonial and antiracist activist, and an
internationally sought-after speaker. Chronicling Essie's
eventful life, the book explores her influence on her
husband's early career and their unconventional open marriage
that endured for more than 40 years. Barbara Ransby is
professor in the departments of African American Studies,
Gender and Women's Studies, and History and director of the
Gender and Women's Studies Program at UIC. She is author of
the award-winning Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement.


* "We're Not Broke" with Special Guest J.A. Myerson - New York
- January 27

Contact:  Linda Rousseau 212-662-7074 and 631-335-2197

"We're Not Broke" with Special Guest J.A. Myerson at All Souls
Church, Sunday, January 27, 2013

New York, January 16, 2013 - All Souls Peace & Justice Task
Force and Big Apple Coffee Party are presenting the
documentary film, "we're Not Broke," on Sunday, January 27,
2013. "we're Not Broke" is the story of how U.S. corporations
have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam,
and how fed-up Americans from across the country have taken
their frustration to the streets, vowing to make the
corporations pay their fair share. It explores how the
government has allowed this inequality to develop and the
growing wave of discontent that it has fostered.

J.A. Myerson, a founding member of UncutNYC and early
participant of the occupation of New York City Zuccotti Park,
is appearing as a special guest. J.A. Myerson is an
independent journalist, activist, and author of the recently
published Onward: An Occupier's Guide to Understanding the
Current Crisis, which will be on sale at the screening.

Sunday, Jan 27th, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Unitarian Church of All Souls, Reidy Hall, 1157 Lexington
Avenue (at 80th St.) NYC

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be
served. Donations appreciated.

(J. A. Myerson is available for media interviews in advance of
the event. For further information please contact Chuck
Zlatkin at 917-693-9427.)


* Jews Against Islamophobia panel January 29th

Jews Against Islamophobia  presents the second in a series of

Making the Connections and Organizing for Change

Part II:  Anti-Muslim Hate Speech, Police Surveillance, and
Stop and Frisk

Tuesday, January 29th, 7 PM

Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
236 W. 86th St.@West End Ave

Featuring Expert Speakers:

* Muneer AWAD, CAIR-NY
* Alan Levine, Civil Rights Attorney
* Frank Antonio Lopez, Community Activist and Filmmaker
* Linda Sarsour, Arab-American Civil Liberties Coalition
* Moderated by Marjorie Dove Kent, JFREJ

For more information: www.jewsagainstislamophobia.org

Jewish Voice for Peace-NY is a proud member of the Jews
Against Islamophobia Coalition


* Chicago  civil rights activist Timuel Black receives
prestigious award

Monday, January 14, 2013
January 14, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Civil rights activist
Timuel Black can easily be described as a living legend.

He has played an integral role in trying to bring equality
among the races, including helping to organize the historic
March on Washington.

Black is the first recipient of the City of Chicago's Champion
of Freedom award.

He says it feels good to honored in his adopted hometown.
Although he was born in the Deep South, Black has called
Chicago his home since he was a young boy.

He is a proud graduate of DuSable High School on the South
Side. There, he is counted among the hall-of-famers.

"In this building we had people like John H. Johnson, Harold
Washington who became the first black Mayor, Nat King Cole. We
used to be in the same classroom," said Black.

A few years after his high school experience, Black made
another famous friend- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Black was so
inspired, that he left a doctorate program at the University
of Chicago to dedicate himself to civil rights work.

He would become the Chicago chair of the 1963 March on

"We organized the March on Washington over there in this
neighborhood. Young people here in DuSable, participating in
the organizing," said Black.

Black is still involved in civil rights work and is humbled by
the city's decision to honor him in memory of Dr. King.

"I'm very honored to get an opportunity to get an award in the
neighborhood where I grew up, near the school in which I
graduated. That is an honor," said Black.

The first African American President is set to be sworn into
office for the second time on King Day, but Black says his
mentor would agree there's more work to be done.

"Dr. King would probably say what he said the day before he
was assassinated. I've been to the mountaintop and I looked
over. I may not get there with you, but you will be getting
there. So we have an obligation to fulfill the dream," said

He will receive the Champion of Freedom award on Friday at the
city's 27th Annual Interfaith Breakfast.



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