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Building a Working Class Anti-War Movement--- This Thursday

A workshop will be held this week to explore building a working class
anti-war movement. Subjects for discussion include: What
are the real causes of the present war; what a community-based working
class anti-war movement would look like; and the need for
internationalism. Well look as well at successful historical working class
resistences to war.
Building a Working Class Anti-War Movement

Working people are the true losers in war. On all sides, working class people are the ones who do the dirty fighting, have bombs rained on them and starve. When theyre not soldiers, they are subject to increased speedups and increased repression in the name of national security.

A workshop will be held this week to explore building a working class
anti-war movement. Subjects for discussion include: What
are the real causes of the present war; what a community-based working
class anti-war movement would look like; and the need for
internationalism. Well look as well at successful historical working class
resistences to war.

The workshop will be hosted by Norm Diamond, former President of the
Pacific Northwest Labor college and co-author of "The Power in our Hands"
and Morgan Miller, long time member of the Industrial Workers of the
World, former Chair of its international Executive Board and writer for
the Industrial Worker newspaper.

Thursday March 13th 7PM
at IWW Union Hall, 616 E Burnside
a small donation will be requested to cover Hall rent.
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Combine all of the Issues or Fail 11.Mar.2003 13:15

Marriana Rivera alegriacomunista@yahoo.com

There is already a radical-grassroots-working class (and student-peasant-lupen) movement of more than 100 million people. It is evolving and thriving in South America and we can learn from them.

A new movement in the US needs to present intermediate local demands as part of a national and international program. To get people plugged back into believing in a good government and community action we need to demand state, county, local support to the solidarity sector. Demand a change in priorities from giant corporate construction projects like roads, bridges and convention centers to smaller community building projects like community centers, food coops, large community farming coops, subsidies for non-polluting industries that produce something needed locally (re-used lumber, home repairs, canned food, bicycle repair/production, biodiesel conversion/production, etc.) and community paid jobs in these enterprises and in environmental restoration.

Show people how increased taxes on the rich and new priorities can benefit them, their neighborhoods and children's future.

Also demand a gradual shift to local control and production in a framework of import substitution and ecological development. Higher property taxes to pay for rent subsidies for the poor and those who live without cars. Mandatory food gleaning and many community soup kitchens for nutrition and to bring people together. Steep progressive fees for water use and energy use and use the money to make basic water and energy use free.

In this program the cost of living for half the population would decline wonderfully (Alegria Communista!) and the rich would have less money so they would pollute less and eventually become happier in healthy ways.

All of this while funded locally/regionally would be demanded everywhere. Many places from South Africa to Venezuela and Argentina are making similar demands and making it happen now.

If you are not for an economic program like this then you are really not against the war because it is the desperate need for domination and cheap oil to maintain the growth machine that drives the US elite to "self-defense" of their system through war and intimidation..

Marrriana Rivera

Please contact me for a complete list of related publications and working examples of this model and much more rhetoric on why this is the way!

See debate on economics in Venezuela at:
 http://vheadline.community.everyone.net/community/scripts/thread.pl

 http://www.sf-frontlines.com/ - good argentina articel

Also see www.bluegreenearth.com in the archeves section there are many articles on localization economics and a World of Possibilites.

President Hugo Chavez Frias

http://www.rebelion.org
www.bluegreenearth.com

How Not to Oppose the War 12.Mar.2003 03:47

PROLETARIAT

Here is a link to a good article about how the American Labor Mafioso...er...union officials in the AFL-CIA, UAW, and UNITE are moving to coopt and domesticate the militant antiwar movement under their corrupt misleadership.