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PORTSIDE May 2012, Week 1

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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons

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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons

SUNDAY

Quote of the Day
April 29, 2012

'I'm doing this because people need to see what the
banks are doing. It's awful. It has to stop. When I was
down and out in the hospital they took my house.'

Ana Casas Wilson, who suffers from
cerebral palsy and uses a motorized
wheelchair, who was arrested April 26
during  a demonstration outside the
South Gate, Ca. home of a Wells Fargo
Bank chief financial officer. Casas
Wilson who has lived on the property for
27 years, said the bank was unwilling
to negotiate a loan modification
although she is once again able to
make payments after falling behind
during a hospital stay.

Pasadena Sun
April 27, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/76ggk9s

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/792egwm
Falling Bear
Jeff Danziger

MONDAY

Quote of the Day
April 30, 2012

'A mile and a half from Apple's Cupertino headquarters
is De Anza College, a community college that Steve
Wozniak, one of Apple's founders, attended from 1969 to
1974. Because of California's state budget crisis, De
Anza has cut more than a thousand courses and 8 percent
of its faculty since 2008.

'Now, De Anza faces a budget gap so large that it is
confronting a "death spiral," the school's president,
Brian Murphy, wrote to the faculty in January. Apple,
of course, is not responsible for the state's financial
shortfall, which has numerous causes. But the company's
tax policies are seen by officials like Mr. Murphy as
symptomatic of why the crisis exists.

'"I just don't understand it," he said in an interview.
"I'll bet every person at Apple has a connection to De
Anza. Their kids swim in our pool. Their cousins take
classes here. They drive past it every day, for Pete's
sake.

'"But then they do everything they can to pay as few
taxes as possible." '

'How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Taxes'
New York Times
April 28, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/83e8nkq

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/8xaa5w5
School Ducks
Rob Rogers

TUESDAY

Quote of the Day
May 1, 2012

'Today, working people from around the United States
and the world are coming together to commemorate May
Day.  The message is the same everywhere: Workers'
rights should be universal and every person - no matter
what nationality, ethnicity or gender- must have equal
rights and the opportunity to achieve a better life.

'Those are the values that have carried our nation to
prosperity. But increasingly today we see a group of
special interests-the 1%-who seek to divide and weaken
the collective power of working people. They are trying
to limit the freedom of working people to vote or to
join together in a union at the workplace or to live
without fear of harassment or discrimination - whatever
their national origin. Special interests are not only
attacking the values we share; they are playing the
politics of division.

'America was built by the hard work of all working
people, not by a small group of rich people. And
together, we're responding to the politics of hate by
forging new partnerships with worker centers, domestic
workers, day laborers, taxi drivers, and all people who
work. America's working families will continue to stand
together in their fight to reestablish fairness and
opportunity so everyone can have access to their own
American dream. '

AFL-CIO President
Richard Trumka
May 1, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/7ykuwdv

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/78lm8fl
Feast
Peter Pismastrovic

WEDNESDAY

Quote of the Day
May 2, 2012

'International law remains an imperial project, in
which only the crimes committed by vassal states are
punished.'

George Monbiot
Guardian (UK)
April 30, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/6lgqzxf

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/7wqs5zz
Wrong Hands
Ben Sargent

THURSDAY

Quote of the Day
May 3, 2012

'It seems strange, in the midst of the Great Recession,
when one out of six Americans who would like to get a
full-time job is unable to get one, to see stores
replacing low-wage cashier clerks with machines. The
innovation may be impressive, profits may even be
increased, but the broader economic and social
consequences cannot be ignored: higher unemployment,
lower wages for unskilled labor as the balance of
demand and supply tilts more against workers, and
greater inequality.

'The political system seems to be failing as much as
the economic system, and in some ways, the two failures
are intertwined. The system failed to prevent the
crisis, it failed to remedy the crisis, it failed to
check the growing inequality, it failed to protect
those at the bottom, and it failed to prevent the
corporate abuses. And while it was failing, the growing
deficits suggested that these failures were likely to
continue into the future.

'Americans, Europeans, and people in other democracies
around the world take great pride in their democratic
institutions. But the protesters have called into
question whether there is a real democracy. Real
democracy is more than the right to vote once every two
or four years. The choices have to be meaningful. The
politicians have to listen to the voices of the
citizens. However, increasingly, and especially in the
United States, it seems that the political system is
more akin to "one dollar one vote" than to "one person
one vote." Rather the correcting the market's failures,
the political system is reinforcing them.'

Economist Joseph Stiglitz
Daily Beast
May 3, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/dynoeo3

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/btmn4zr
School Funding
Signe Wilkinson

FRIDAY

Quote of the Day
May 4, 2012

'State and local governments continue to shed jobs.
They would be my first target for stimulus in a sane
world. Last month, local education jobs were down
11,000 and they're down about 100,000 over the last
year.  Next time your friendly politician is jawboning
about a) the benefits of austerity and spending cuts,
and b) the importance of education, please point out
the hypocrisy.'

Economist Jared Bernstein
blog
May 4, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/73lb49f

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/7e3f83k
Bidding
Tom Toles - Washington Post

SATURDAY

Quote of the Day
May 5, 2012

'Now, Woody Guthrie knew that history is not made by
presidents or popes, or kings or queens or generals, or
CIA kingpins running dope, history's not made by nine
rogue men, or billionaires or bankers.What our world
will be like, and the world we will give to our
children will depend on whether or not we put our hands
on the wheel of history, and turn it in the direction
that we would like.'

Tom Morello, guitarist and activist,
formerly of Rage
Against the Machine

Alternet
May 3, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/88okyoh

Video: http://tinyurl.com/789j5mx

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/72zrrba
GOP Closet
David Horsey - Los Angeles Times

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