October 2012, Week 4


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Tidbits - Reader Responses and Announcements - October 25,

* We're making it even easier to make calls (Liz Shuler,
  Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
* Re: Jerry R. Tucker - Labor Warrior and Educator 1939-2012
  (Laurel MacDowell
* Re: Larry Itliong - Forgotten Filipino Labor Leader
  Initiated 60's Grape Strike (Phyllis Willett)
* How to contact Larry Itliong Foundation on Education (LIFE)
* Re: The Universal Soldier - (Friday Nite Videos -- Oct  19, 
  2012 - response to Leonard Lehrman) Jim Williams
* Re: California Food Fight: Just Say No to GMOs (George Fish)
* Breakfast Forum: Drowning in Debt: An Organizing Challenge -
  October 31 - New York
* Invitation to Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Official Opening in
  New York City - November 14


* We're making it even easier to make calls

I've been on the road a lot over the past few weeks. Like you,
I've made a pledge to volunteer as many hours each week as I
can so we can hit our goals before Election Day. But, as you
know, it's often difficult to find the time to do it.

But whenever I get a free moment, I'm able to use our Friends
and Neighbors tool as a way to meet my pledge goal if I can't
get to a walk or phone bank in person.

I know it can be intimidating at first to use. So, Jay, this
Saturday we'll be hosting a training for new Friends and
Neighbors users and I am hoping you'll join us.

Sign up here now to reserve your spot for the training and
make sure we reach our goal of 5,000 calls into battleground
states this weekend.

WHAT: Friends and Neighbors Training
WHEN: Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m.


Thousands of volunteers are already using Friends and
Neighbors to supplement the great work happening on the ground
in critical battleground states.

But we need to make 5,000 calls to meet our goals for this

I'll admit, the first time I used it, I didn't know what to
expect. But after I made my first couple of calls, it was easy
and really fun.

Saturday's training will give you everything you need to get
started and, if you RSVP, we'll also send you an update later
in the day with numbers on how many calls we've made together,
so you can see the important difference we are making in key
races in your state and others around the country.

Go here now to RSVP:


In Solidarity,

Liz Shuler
Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO


* Re: Jerry R. Tucker - Labor Warrior and Educator 1939-2012

Actually, I have decided that labor organizers are all heroes.
They work to improve peoples' conditions; they come up against
the largest, richest and sometimes most viscous companies
intent on making as much profit as possible and paying
employees as little as possible. Today they have to contend
with the insults of the media and the "dirty tricks" of an
organized right that is constantly filibustering their
activities and impugning their integrity even as their critics
sock away a lot of money and do little for anyone. It is a
thankless task. They do it because they like people; they
believe in a democratic society where all people should be
treated with dignity and should receive fair pay.

The problem is that not enough people these days are
supporting democratic values, and those that do are often
bullied by a hardline, brash, in-your-face aggressiveness by
conservatives who have gotten away with too much for too long.

Unfortunately a lot of labor people die young, as a result of
their sacrifices for their members and other people. But we
owe them a lot of gratitude for doing what they do, for
keeping at it even in hard times, for not fearing corporate
power or the power of the rich, and for being "warriors" for

Laurel MacDowell


* Re: Larry Itliong - Forgotten Filipino Labor Leader Initiated 60's Grape Strike

Just read the very good piece on Larry Itliong that included
the info that his son wants to raise $$ to put a bench by his
grave. Know how I might contact his son????

Phyllis Willett


Moderator's response - the following information should be
helpful for an readers who want to help support the efforts of
the Larry Itliong Foundation on Education (LIFE):


On Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, the
Larry Itliong Foundation on Education (LIFE) and Filipino
American National Historical Society (FANHS) Los Angeles
Chapter will be collaborating together to host the 3rd Annual
Larry Itliong Day at the food court area of the SouthBay
Pavilion, located at 20700 Avalon Boulevard in the city of
Carson, California. The event will be sponsored by the City of
Carson, Councilman Elito Santarino, Carson Mayor Jim Dear, and
the SouthBay Pavilion. This will include a Proclamation to
honor the significant contributions of Larry Itliong.

The purpose of LIFE is to provide educational material and
information on the life experience of Larry D. Itliong. On
September 8, 1965, Larry Itliong led the Delano Grape Strike
as a result of poor working conditions endured by farm workers
in Delano, California. As many as 1,500 Filipino farm workers
were involved eight days before Cesar Chavez joined the
massive boycott. LIFE provides the community, schools, and
groups with informational material, presentation, and
opportunities to learn about the legacy of Larry Itliong and
his contribution to the farm worker's movement.

1991, has supported the history and experiences of Filipino
Americans within the U.S. FANHS is a community-based, non-
profit organization, which documents Filipino American
experiences, provides public programs, develops opportunities
for discussion, facilitates learning, provides educational
platforms, and promotes the understanding of the history of
Filipinos living and residing in the U.S. This year, FANHS
celebrates October with the theme, "Filipino Americans: Making
History for 425 Years," as October 18 marks the 425th
anniversary of Filipinos setting foot within the Continental

The 3rd Annual Larry Itliong Day will be a FREE PUBLIC event
for the community, which includes Larry Itliong display
boards, spoken word poetry, panel discussion, question &
answer, featured movie trailer of "The Delano Manongs," and
musical performances. Invited guests include a presentation by
Patricio Ginelsa (Writer/Producer/Director), and a panel
discussion with Question & Answer to include Johnny Itliong,
Sumi Haro, Rose Ibanez, and Aquilina Soriano. Performances
will be shared by Ronald Buenaventura (Spoken Word), Florante
Ibanez, Kilusan Bautista (Performer), and MistaCookieJar and
the Chocolate Chips (Family Musical Band).

The event will be supported by Iron Lotus Productions, Kid
Heroes Productions, Pilipino Workers Center, Marissa Aroy's
"The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW," Authors of
the "Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay," the Filipino Club
at Stephen White Middle School, and will feature the musical
performance of MistaCookieJar and the Chocolate Chips.

For more information, find us on Facebook at "3rd Annual Larry
Itliong Day," e-mail [log in to unmask], or
contact Johnny Itliong @ 310.913.9848.


* Re: The Universal Soldier
(Friday Nite Videos -- October 19, 2012 - response to Leonard
J. Lehrman)

I have never liked the song "The Universal Soldier" that Buffy
St. Marie sang so well.  It places all the blame on the
individual soldier and not the warlords who sent him there.

Jim Williams


* Re: California Food Fight: Just Say No to GMOs

Reading over this article reminds me uneasily that the way the
left is attacking GMOs is very eerily akin to the way the
right advances "scientific" arguments against climate change &
evolution--not by directly addressing the science involved,
but by making political claims and frequent use of buzzwords &
language overkill to talk around the direct scientific issues
involved.  Case in point as illustrated here: don't talk
directly about genetics and genetic modification, talk instead
about pesticides and Monsanto.  Of course, such arguments are
often very effective because of most Americans' alarming
ignorance of science, & it is an underhanded attack on reason
and intellect when the right has done it in the past, and does
it now (because it was so successful).  Now is the left also
engaging in such speciousness?  I wouldn't be surprised
because, unfortunately, much of the left is also openly anti-
science & anti-reason & intellect, as much a blind supporter
of unquestioning faith as a Southern Baptist.

George Fish


* Breakfast Forum: Drowning in Debt: An Organizing Challenge

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 8:30 - 10:30 am

Labor Studies at The Murphy Institute
25 W. 43rd Street, 18th floor. New York City

By 2012, the average student debt was more than $27,000,
having doubled since 2007. Of those who graduated in 2005, a
staggering 41% were either delinquent or in default -  and are
now facing unprecedented levels of youth unemployment. But
that is only the beginning: fully 76% of American families are
now in serious debt, one in seven is being pursued by debt
collectors, and taking on debt has become a condition of entry
into middle-class jobs. Debt is quite literally, the wages of
the future.

Activists are now calling for a "union" of debtors that can
challenge the predatory debt economy and deliver debt relief.
Is this possible, or even desirable? Can organized labor
provide some guidance on this?

Speakers - members of the Strike Debt Assembly that emerged
out of an Occupy coalition -- will explore different aspects
of this growing struggle and present some possible strategies
to advance it.

* George Caffentzis, professor of Philosophy, University of
Southern Maine, will outline the goals of Occupy Student Debt
and explain how people have resisted debt from ancient Greece
to today;
* Suzanne Collado, labor and community organizer, will
describe the efforts to build solidarity and describe some
fruitful alliances;
* writer and organizer Leina Bocar will look at links between
debtors organizing in Strike Debt and tenant organizing on
rent strikes, and
* Andrew Ross, professor of social and cultural analysis at
NYU, will examine the links between debt and labor that might
be built upon in going forward.
* Stephanie Luce, professor of Labor Studies at the Murphy
Institute, will moderate the forum.


* Invitation to Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Official Opening in
New York City - November 14

On behalf of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, I'm writing to
invite you to join us in celebrating the opening of our New
York Office. To give you a little background, the Rosa
Luxemburg Foundation carries out research and civic education
in support of progressive politics. We were founded in 1990 in
Germany, where we work closely with the Left Party, and we
currently have offices in 17 countries across the globe. Here
in New York we plan to work on issues related to the United
Nations and progressive political issues across the United
States and Canada.

The office opening will take place on Wednesday, November 14,
from 2-9pm, at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen,
located at 20 West 44th Street. During the day, we will hear
from foundation directors and politicians from the German
Federal and European Parliaments on issues including:
international progressive politics, the economic crisis and
the EU, and how to build progressive political movements from
the inside out.

At 5:30, we are excited to announce a keynote speech by Gregor
Gysi, who is one of Europe's most prominent socialist
politicians and the head of the Left Party in the Bundestag.
Afterward, at 7:30, we will welcome Obie Award winning actress
Kathleen Chalfant for a dramatic reading of Rosa Luxemburg_

For more details, check out our website at
www.rosalux-nyc.org/Nov14, where you can also RSVP. We would
encourage you to invite friends and colleagues, and all are
welcome, even if they are only able to attend a portion of the

As part of the progressive political community in New York, we
are excited to get to know you better and hope you can join us
for what is sure to be an engaging and entertaining afternoon.

Best wishes,

Stefanie Ehmsen and Albert Scharenberg
(Co-Directors of New York Office)

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2114 - New York, NY 10016 
Phone (917) 409-1040
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