Tidbits, January 24, 2012
1 Portside and Earthlink - problems continue - message from
2 "Can the Labor Movement and Occupy
Wall Street March down the Same Road?" - New York City -
3 Re: Fighting a Forbidden Battle: How I Stopped
Covering Up for a Hidden Wrong (Nancy Rubin Mikelsons)
4 Re: Controversial Killer Flu Research Paused (Beth
5 Re: Chicago City Council Passes Rahm Emanuel's
Anti- Protest Ordinances (Madeline Breslin)
6 Re: Red Tails in the Sunset (Dave Ecklein, Jim Williams)
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2 "Can the Labor Movement and Occupy Wall Street March down
the Same Road?" - New York City - Jan. 27
Murphy Institute, CUNY, 25 W. 43 rd St. 18th Floor, New York
Friday, January 27, 2012 -- 8:30am until 10:30am
Occupy Wall Street's singular achievement has been to inject
issues of concentrated wealth, inequality, and the threat to
democracy into the heart of national debate, something the
labor movement has tried but largely failed to do for many
years. Occupy Wall Street continues to generate attention
across the country. While unions were one of its earliest
supporters, and share some of its ideals, the two movements
are also markedly different. Unlike unions, Occupy Wall
Street is inherently anti-capitalist. It also makes a point
of not having a set of demands or a defined leadership,
while trade unions are highly structured representative
bodies that pay meticulous attention to formulating specific
programs and demands. How do the two movements view each
other? What has been their working relationship so far? How
do OWS and unions see organizing? Are their strategies and
tactics compatible? What can OWS gain from the involvement
of organized labor, and vice versa?
Discussing these questions are John Samuelsen, president of
Transport Workers Union, Local 100; Tammy Kim, staff
attorney at the Urban Justice Center and an active member of
the Occupy Wall Street Immigrant Worker Justice Working
Group; Mario Dartayet-Rodriguez, Organizing Director, AFSCME
DC 37 and member of the Labor Outreach Committee of OWS; and
Amy Muldoon, member of CWA, Local 1106, and CWA District 1
liaison to OWS. The forum will be moderated by Steve Fraser,
labor historian, author of numerous books including Labor
Will Rule: Sidney Hillman & the Rise of American Labor, and
Wall Street: America's Dream Palace, and a member of the
Labor Outreach Committee of OWS. Please RSVP to Eloiza
Morales at 212-642-2029 or
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3 Re: Fighting a Forbidden Battle: How I Stopped Covering Up
for a Hidden Wrong
Many thanks for sharing this incredible piece of writing. At
72 I have been struggling with the same issues all my life.
I am still asking the same questions Jesse is asking and
coming up with very similar answers. Thank you for airing
such an honest and difficult piece for which I am afraid you
are going to get seriously abused and loose some
subscribers. There are those of us who applaud your courage
for sharing this amazingly honest, powerful and painful
article. Please communicate my appreciation of the article
to Jesse if that is possible.
With much respect,
Nancy Rubin Mikelsons
4 Re: Controversial Killer Flu Research Paused
Stephen King's The Stand, come to life.
5 Re: Chicago City Council Passes Rahm Emanuel's Anti-
Folks who look up to politicians must take a more critical
look at what people like The Great Rahm are doing to
Chicago. They are dead wrong on this issue and thinking
people HOPE beyond HOPE they are stopped in their tracks for
their UNPATRIOTIC AND UNAMERICAN words and deeds. Sorry
Rahm -- your GRANDMA WOULD NOT BE PROUD.
6 Re: Red Tails in the Sunset, from Herb Boyd, Jim Williams
and Dave Ecklein
You must a senior citizen as I am to provide such
insightful comments on Red Tails. Even your play on the
title indicates your depth and understanding, not only of
African Aemrican culture but American culture. Here's my
take on your title, which I had composed several days ago:
(to the melody of "Red Sails in the Sunset": Red Tails in
the sunset way up in the sky, you've proven most bravely,
that black men can fly. Anyway, your points are well taken
and I've discussed some of them with Dr. Roscoe Brown who was
the pilot who shot down the first German jet.
= = =
I think Jean Damu's review of Red Tails is a pretty good one,
but I would think maybe a little too harsh.
In an interview with the times, Lucas said the film is aimed
mostly a adolescent boys. Lucks said he was trying to make
the sort of Rah-Rah WWII movie like John Wayne in the Flying
Is the film historically true?
On a micro level: no. Everything Damu says is on the money.
On a macro level: I would argue that the film makes the
salient truths: The 332nd smashed the myth of white supremacy
and African American inferiority. This was a major
breakthrough and an enduring source of pride. If a little of
that gets transmitted to adolescent youth, I am pleased.
An artistic triumph? Well, it was at least as good as Flying
I saw it in a largly African American audience, and they
erupted in cheers and applause at a number of points in the
Anyway,maybe I am getting soft in the head, but I liked it.
= = =
Odd that Jean Damu did not mention the 1995 movie "Tuskeegee
Airmen" (directed by Robert Markowitz, and starring Lawrence
Fishburne). This has been out on DVD and appears to be a
superior film. Perhaps Damu can correct this oversight in a
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