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Tidbits
May 5, 2012

* May Day Protests Around the World

* Introducing the Online University of the Left

* Re: Pete Seeger - from readers in Germany
  and Scotland (Victor Grossman, Gordon McCulloch and Trevor Hyett)

* Pasadena Forum: How Homeowners and Renters Cope
  with Housing Crisis

* A tribute to Adam Yauch. Hollywood Bowl, 4 May 2012.

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May Day Protests Around the World
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=8272

May 2, 2012 May Day Protests Around the World Pt.1

Workers Take to the Streets on International Workers'
Day in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe
http://tinyurl.com/6mm3a7w

May 2, 2012 May Day Protests Around the World Pt.2

Workers Take to the Streets on International Workers'
Day in North and South America
http://tinyurl.com/7s3s5eh

May 2, 2012

Thousands join May Day march for workers rights in New
York

Occupy Wall Street joins labor, immigrant rights groups
protest economic injustice on international workers day

http://tinyurl.com/7zqp79a
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* Video: May Day Strike Shuts Down S. F. Ferry Service

Below are links to my latest video Jonathan Nack

May Day Strike Shuts Down S. F. Ferry Service

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/05/04/18712870.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfe__NkqbSI&feature=youtu.be

==========

Introducing the Online University of the Left:

Check It Out And Prepare for Amazement!

By Carl Davidson

Many people know the internet is full of instructional
treasures for educating activists new to the left--and
for the ongoing education of elder comrades as well.

One problem, however, is that these little gems are
scattered far and wide, often in obscure places. It's a
tedious task, even with Google and other research
tools, to find and sort through them, making them handy
and useful to key audiences.

Enter the `Online University of the Left,' a new `Left
Unity' project initiated by the Committees of
Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. It's core
orientation is Marxist, but it contains teaching
resources reflecting the full range of views on the
wider left. About 50 left academics are involved in the
core group so far-Richard Wolff, David Schweickart,
Rose Brewer, Tim Johnson, Gregory Morales, William
Tabb, Ellen Schwartz, Jerry Harris, Linda Alcoff, Dana
Cloud, Gar Alperovitz, to name a few.

One of the OUL's key aims is to solve this problem of
scattered resources, creating a web portal that will
bring much of this valuable material together in one
spot in cyberspace. The link is http://ouleft.org, and
you can also search for its Facebook page by name-and
be sure to `like' it on Facebook, if you do. More
`likes' expand the features available to it.

The core idea is that anyone with a smartphone, a
laptop, a large computer screen or, best of all, a
digital projector connected to any of these, can now
run any mixture of hundreds of video lectures and
documentary films on a wide range of topics. Whether
for individuals, small groups or large classes, it
offers a multimedia dimension to revolutionary
education at no cost.

That's only the beginning. One marvelous feature will
be the ability to hold lectures, classes and discussion
groups in real time. The participants will be able to
hear and see each other via video-conferencing,
permitting back-and-forth dialogue. These can also be
recorded, edited for improvement and added detailed,
then preserved as on-line `webinars' for future
repeated use. The OUL will likely charge a small fee,
or require a low-cost subscription, however, for access
to this particular feature.

This raises an important question: how will the OUL be
sustained financially? For the moment, it's being
supported by a small grant that will launch it and keep
it going for a year or so. After, that, it will have to
find or create a number of revenue streams to keep it
rolls. One example is the subscriptions and fees for
real-time events mentioned above. Another is the
`Bookstore' tab, which connects the viewer to our
`shelf' at Powell's, one of the country's major
unionized booksellers. If you go to Powell's through
this OUL link and purchase anything there, a small
percentage in commission for the sale goes to the OUL.

The site is organized into academic departments-each
with dozens of video lecture and documentaries,
achieves with the entire range of theory and analysis
of hundred of writers, and study guides and course
outlines.

Make use of it! In the future, we will also pursue the
usual package of fundraising efforts-donations, small
and large, grant writing, public events, benefit
dinners and so on. In the meantime, lend a hand by
using the `Donate' button at http://cc-ds.org.  Once
again, check out the site itself at http://ouleft.org.
If you want to link your own materials to it or make
suggestions, contact Carl Davidson at
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* Re: Pete Seeger

I was one of the first to appreciate Pete. I was a lone
lefty in the seventh grade at the exclusive Dalton
School in New York in 1940 when our history teacher,
Miss Seeger, invited her still largely unknown nephew
to sing for us. And whaddaya know, even scions of the
wealthiest aristocrats were soon enthusiastically
singing left-wing CIO songs like Talking Union, we're
Gonna Roll and I think (is it possible?) Harry was a
Bolshie? For me, too, what a triumph!

About seven years later, at Harvard, our very left-wing
American Youth for Democracy club invited People's
Artists to sing on campus - among others, thank
goodness, Leadbelly and Woody. And Pete. And again,
although the Cold War was already glacial and many
hated people like us, they loved Pete, they sang with
Pete - I think If I Had a Hammer was a favorite then -
and the crowd replenished our nearly empty finances,
and I hope those of Pete and People's Artists just a
little, too.

Thanks to that icy era and one of its products, the
Attorney General's list, I landed (for good) in East
Berlin in the German Democratic Republic. When Pete and
Toshi visited in 1967 (after also visiting West Berlin)
I was their interpreter - a blessing - and thus had a
seat at the magnificent concert in the biggest
auditorium, the Volksbühne, with people almost coming
to fisticuffs to get tickets. Pete was uncertain how
the great anti-Nazi song Peatbog Soldiers would go over
in (East) Berlin and was deeply moved when the entire
capacity audience joined in every verse. He, and we
all, were equally moved by a total, emotional silence
when he played Stille die Nacht about the Holocaust.

His visit inspired a slew of young people to start up a
big new song movement, with all kinds of vicissitudes.
But I recall how, in the hotel restaurant just before
the main concert, Pete found a beautifully folded
napkin on his plate with a card saying, in German:
"Dear Pete Seeger, I am an apprentice waiter here. I
love your singing. How can I get a ticket to the
concert?" The concert manager said, "Not a chance! Not
one seat available". But Pete looked at Toshi, she
nodded, and he said; "He comes in tonight even if he
has to carry my banjo into the stage entrance"!" Which
is just what happened!

Victor Grossman, Berlin

===

Trevor Hyett, one of the recipients of your Pete Seeger
birthday greetings, kindly forwarded your message to me
in a tavarich spirit.

Twenty-something years back Trevor and myself made a
compact (admittedly strong drink had been taken) that
we would fly across the pond together to attend Pete's
funeral...whenever that might turn out to be.

Alas, the unpalatable fact of the matter is that our
plan will not come to pass, since Pete has made clear
that he shows every intention of outliving both of us!

As myself a mere boy of 73 years this is particularly
disappointing...all that remains to us is the hope that
you can forward our warmest best regards to Pete. (As
you may be aware, "best regards" in puritan Scotland is
as near as we get to "love").

Comrade Seeger we salute you on your birthday and
indeed on any other old day.

Paz...

Gordon McCulloch and Trevor Hyett

========

Pasadena/Foothills ACLU Forum: How Homeowners and
Renters Cope with Housing Crisis

How Homeowners and Renters Cope with Housing Crisis

Panel of Experts and Activists Looks at Causes,
Solutions

foreclosure 3501 Pasadena/Foothills ACLU Forum: How
Homeowners and Renters Cope with Housing Crisis

Nearly 12 millions homeowners have been foreclosed on
since mid-2006 when the housing bubble burst,
contributing to the elimination of 10 million jobs in a
ripple effect as consumer spending dropped and also
putting enormous pressure on the rental market,
especially for low-income and disabled renters.

According to the Los Angeles Times and other mainstream
media, Californians have been especially hard hit,
suffering more than 100,000 mortgage foreclosures since
the market collapse, 60,000 of them here in Los Angeles
County.

"Total losses are estimated in the tens of trillions of
dollars worldwide," says Kwazi Nkrumah, Occupy Fights
Foreclosures activist. "And the metro LA area currently
has a foreclosure rate of one household for every 46
residential units."

Hear how activist groups in the San Gabriel Valley and
across Los Angeles are fighting back, battling attempts
to throw people out of their homes and collaborating to
find housing for those who can no longer find a
decent-and afforable-place to rent.

    Carlos Marroquin and Cheryl Aichele from Occupy
    Fights Foreclosure will discuss Occupy Movement
    efforts to protect homeowners from fraudulent
    foreclosures.

    Sharon Kinlaw from the San Fernando Valley Fair
    Housing Council and California Reinvestment
    Coalition will discuss CRC's monitoring meeting
    with banks and outline effective fair housing
    arguments and loan modifications techniques.

What: ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter Forum When:
Tuesday, May 8th, 7 p.m. Where: Neighborhood Church,
301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena

The event is free and open to the public.

For more info, see http://www.aclu-sc.org/pasadena, or
contact Sharon Kyle or Chamarra Russo, Communications
Co-Chairs, ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothills
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May 5, 2012 - ColdplayTV

A tribute to Adam Yauch. Hollywood Bowl, 4 May 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVr4UP9ntLs

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