Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday

Black Friday

This Thursday, families across Texas will be coming together to celebrate and reaffirm their connections. Thanksgiving has traditionally been a day of rest – one of the few available to wage-earning workers in this country where there are no mandatory holidays. Even public transportation agencies will operate on reduced schedules to allow many of their workers to spend time with their families. Here in Texas, Houston METRO (1) and Dallas DART (2)  will operate Sunday schedules on Thursday, and Saturday schedules on Friday.

For businesses, however, Thanksgiving and Black Friday represent opportunities for profit. Walmart is currently advertising sales that start as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, although many 24-hour stores will remain open all day. Target, Kohl's, and Sears will also open their stores at 6 p.m. Workers will likely be required to report for work half an hour or an hour before these times. Add in the average commute of 25 minutes (3), and an employee scheduled to work the 6 p.m. opening would need to leave home between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. These employees are being forced to give up time with their families for the benefit of their employers.

Walton Family Wealth

It is not simply that workers are being deprived of a traditional day of rest and togetherness. Corporations make money by paying their employees less than the full value of their labor. This value extracted from workers is then distributed to executives and shareholders. One example of this is the wealth of the Walton family, the heirs to the founders of Walmart. While many Walmart workers earn the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour (or $15,080 a year if they're full-time, before taxes), the wealth of the Walton family in 2010 was $89.5 billion, equivalent to the wealth of 41.5 percent of all American families combined. (4)

Protests

To support Walmart workers fighting for fair pay and better working conditions, people will be showing up at numerous Walmarts around the world to protest. Check http://www.blackfridayprotests.org/actions for locations in your area. Please remember that in Texas, you will not be able to protest on Walmart property, to include their parking lots and any sidewalks owned by them. The above site also includes more advice on what you can do.

James Wheat

1) http://www.ridemetro.org/SchedulesMaps/Holiday.aspx
2)  http://www.dart.org/rideralerts/fullra.asp?id=2324
3)  United States Census Bureau, Means of Transportation to Work by Selected Characteristics for Workplace Geography (2011-2013 American Community Survey 3-year Estimates). Retrieved from http://factfinder2.census.gov
4)  Bivens, J. (2012, July 17) Inequality, exhibit A: Walmart and the Wealth of American families. The Economic Policy Institute. Retrieved from http://www.epi.org/blog/inequality-exhibit-wal-mart-wealth-american/

Socialist Party Statement on the Ferguson Grand Jury Ruling

Socialist Party Statement on the Ferguson Grand Jury Ruling

The mask is off. We have seen behind the curtain. American Imperialism has
come home to roost, and it is wearing a badge.

The grand jury decision in the case of Darren Wilson -- the officer who shot
Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American man six times -- is
another tragically clear indication that the people of the United States are
the targets of a brutally racist and oppressive system that has multiple
definitions of "justice" dependent on one's class position. Racism, police
brutality, and oppression have received pardons. Again.

The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin are tragedies, but
not isolated incidents. Such deaths have become disturbingly frequent in an
era of increasing police militarization, decreased police accountability, and
continued racial profiling.

Police departments have reacted with increasing force in response to protests
stemming from public outrage caused by the deaths of these men, and many
others. Across the country, many police officers have demonstrated their
willingness to harm innocent civilians with impunity. These are not mere
accidents, but rather the predictable result of aggressive ‘shoot first, ask
questions later’ policies that allow police officers to use lethal force with
little consequence.

The Socialist Party USA stands in solidarity with the family of Michael Brown.
We denounce Jay Nixon and call for his removal from office, and for Darren
Wilson to be held accountable for his criminal acts.

We stand by those who have taken to the street to demand justice for these men
and all the victims of police brutality and systemic racism. We support non-
violent efforts to confront the growing police state in the US and condemn the
constant harassment and brutality that communities of color and working-class
people face.

The people have received their marching orders. Together, we can and will
fight for the changes that deliver equality, peace, and justice for all.
Nothing short of universal equality, peace, and justice is acceptable.

Passed by the Socialist Party USA National Committee 11-24-2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Democrats Steer to the Right and into Defeat

Democrats Steer to the Right and into Defeat
by the Socialist Party USA National Action Committee 11/8/2014

If progressives can learn one thing from the 2014 election cycle, it is
that they no longer have a place in the Democratic Party.

With Republicans on the offensive, Democratic incumbents and hopefuls
spent the entire election running away from anything perceived to be
associated with President Obama. In effect, this created numerous
Democratic campaigns that ran to the right of a president that was already
on a long-standing drift to the right of his own. This is in contrast to
the normal state of affairs, which is where Democrats campaign on ideas
that appeal to the progressive base and then do not deliver when elected.

This set of events left progressives and even many liberals without the
party that they would normally identify with and vote for. The result was
a sweeping defeat for Democrats in the congressional and gubernatorial
elections, losing their Senate majority in the process.

At the same time that voters gave a resounding defeat to the Democrats,
they also voted heavily in favor of raising the minimum wage in several
states. Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota all
approved minimum wage initiatives by double-digit margins, while at the
same voting down statewide Democratic candidates by double-digit margins
in three of the four states. By doing this, working class voters have
proven that they are prepared and willing to embrace the issues and cast
off the party and politicians that fail to deliver on them.

Outside of the twin parties of capitalism, Tuesday's election saw
candidates running to the left of the Democrats collectively receive over
a quarter of a million votes. The parties and specific beliefs of these
candidates may be different, but the fact that so many people threw their
support behind at least one left-wing candidate cannot be ignored. Our own
Adam Adrianson can take credit for 33,000 of these votes from his
Socialist Party campaign for the Michigan State University Board of
Trustees.

Moving forward, progressives in the United States have to realize that
they no longer have a party that represents them. The Democratic Party is
on a one-way charge to the right, and progressive-minded people have no
place on that trip.

Politicians like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the limit of what
the Democrats have to offer. They serve as icons to entice progressives
and liberals with populist messaging and hopes of building a radical
element within the Democratic Party. In reality, they are puppets meant to
distract voters and activists with hopes that will never be realized in
the current political alignment.

Aside from staying in place and becoming increasingly marginalized and
powerless, the only alternative for progressives in the United States is
to break from the Democratic Party and move to the Left. By this, we mean
the real Left, rather than the left that the Democratic Party has
pretended to be.

Socialism, specifically democratic socialism, offers the social justice
and economic democracy that progressives yearn for but will never see in a
Democrat majority or the capitalist system. By moving towards democratic
socialism, working class people who currently identify as progressive or
liberal will find radical ideas they could have never dreamed of with the
Democrats, along with a rapidly growing movement that is dedicated to
building a new society of radical democracy from below.

We hope you will join us in this struggle.

Join the Witness Against Torture

Please start making your travel plans to Washington D.C. for our
annual fast to close Guantanamo and end torture. - January 5th -13th,
2015.

You are all invited to Join the Witness Against Torture community as
we gather in Washington D.C. to remember the opening of the prison
camp in Guantanamo. This January 11th, 2015, marks 13 years of
torture and indefinite detention. Right now 149 men remain, 79 of whom
have been cleared for release but remain held without charge or trial.
The administration will not disclose how many of them continue to
hunger strike and how many are being tortured through the brutality of
force feeding. We continue to struggle until all those unjustly
detained are free.

If you can only come for one day, join us for the major event with our
coalition partners on January 11th. Or join us as we gather in
community all week, from Tuesday January 5 until Tuesday January 13th,
to fast in solidarity with the men at Guantanamo, especially those who
remain on hunger strike, and to use our creative energy to encourage
citizens and government officials in Washington D.C. to see the
humanity of the men in Guantanamo and call for the closure of the
prison. For more information about coming to DC contact us at
witnesstorture@gmail.com


Chris Knestrick <cknest11@gmail.com>
Cleveland Catholic Worker
Witness Against Torture

Mass Mobilization to Shut Down School of the Americas

November 21-23: 25th November Vigil in Georgia Mass Mobilization to Shut Down Latin American Security Forces Training School, Largest For-Profit Immigrant Detention Center

Columbus, Georgia - This year is the 25th anniversary of the 1989 University of Central America massacre, in which School of the Americas-trained soldiers murdered a 16-year-old girl, her mother, and six Jesuit priests. Every year since 1990, human rights activists have gathered to call for justice at the gates of Fort Benning. Thousands will gather this year, from November 21-23, to close the SOA/ WHINSEC, shut down Stewart Detention Center, and organize against the cruelly intertwined immigrant prison system and militarized US foreign policy.

The Central American refugee crisis, the "Drug War" massacres and disappearances in Mexico, and the racist police brutality in Ferguson have made clear, peoples' movements across the Americas are uniting and pushing back against militarized security forces that only "serve and protect" the interests of the elites. On September 26, 43 Mexican student activists were disappeared, prompting mass protests against the collaboration between the Mexican state and organized crime, and against the US-supported war on drugs, which is used as a cover for political violence.

Mexico’s security forces are being trained at the notorious SOA/ WHINSEC (School of the Americas, renamed in 2001 Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), and the institute continues to train the military muscle for US economic interests in Latin America. In 2009, Honduran president Manuel Zelaya made social reforms, considered closing a US military base on Honduran soil, and took on big business. In turn, SOA graduates staged a military coup and installed a repressive regime that was favorable to US corporate interests. Honduran security forces have since received increased US military aid and training, despite their well-known record of human rights violations and infiltration by the drug cartels they ostensibly combat.

“The annual November Vigil has grown to the largest annual anti-militarization gathering in North America,” said SOA Watch founder and veteran Father Roy Bourgeois, “because we stand with those whose bodies, lives, families and communities have been torn apart by militaries, police and prisons, on both sides of the border. We call for the closure of the for-profit Stewart Detention Center, just 30 miles from the SOA, and at the gates of Ft. Benning we will continue to call out the names of the martyrs killed by SOA/WHINSEC graduates. The struggles in Mexico, in Missouri, in Georgia, they stand together, as we will, with one voice, denounce those with blood on their hands and lift up our righteous demand for justice and peace.”

The three-day convergence will include a march to the Stewart Detention Center on Saturday, November 22, and a rally at the gates of Fort Benning in the afternoon. Speakers from North, Central, and South America will speak out against US military and political support of human rights abusers in their countries. A funeral procession will follow on Sunday, November 23 to commemorate the victims of US militarism. The event will also feature workshops, concerts and a movement strategy session. For a full schedule of events, visit SOAW.org/november

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Belated November Metroplex Calendar

Mon. Nov. 10 @ 3 pm: North Texas Rising Tide wkly. mtg.
Big Mike's coffee shop, Denton

Mon. Nov. 10 @ 7 pm: Queer Bomb Dallas wkly. mtg.
Cafe Brazil 3847 Cedar Springs Rd. Dallas 75219

Tue. Nov. 11 @ 9:45 am: Veterans for Peace N. Texas chapter contingent in the Dallas Veterans' Day Parade.
Meet in parking lot E, position #44 in the parade line (off of Memorial Dr. near Reunion Blvd. in dntn)
Float fabrication begins in this site at 8 am
Cosponsored by Iraq Veterans against the War
Bell ringing commemorating Armistice Day will take place @ 11 am (11th hr. of the 11th day of the 11th mo.)

Tue. Nov. 11 @ 6:30 pm: Dallas Sierra Club monthly mtg.
REI 2nd floor mtg. rm. 4515 LBJ Fwy. Farmers' Branch 75244

Wed. Nov. 12 @ 8 am: Vigil for rest breaks & water for construction workers
Dallas city hall 1500 Marilla Dallas 75201
City council mtg. following on 6th floor @ 9 am, at which a city ordinance is to be presented & voted upon on this issue per city council rules
Sponsored by Workers' Defense Project

Wed. Nov. 12 @ 7 pm: Monthly Jobs with Justice coalition mtg.
CWA hall 1408 N. Washington Av. Dallas 75204

Th. Nov. 13 @ 7 pm: Panel discussion of racist pro sports team mascots
UTA University Hall Rm. 108
Sponsored by students of the Indigenous American studies pgm.

Th. Nov. 13 @ 7 pm: Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance's Faith Voices monthly sermon & discussion, followed by refreshments
Subject will be antiracism, presented by one of the attendees of the overpriced FACING RACE conference in Dallas sponsored by Race Forward


Northaven United Methodist Church 11211 Preston Rd. Dallas 75230

Th. Nov. 13 @ 7 pm: Dallas Peace Center Mideast committee monthly mtg.
La Madeleine 3072 Mockingbird Ln. Dallas 75205

Sat. Nov. 15 @ 2 pm: IOPS Open Information & Coalition Building mtg.
Dallas exponent of national initiative to make unions more bottom up & less driven by 'leadership' (this is one of the complaints which was made regarding last summer's union led protest of the ALEC convention)
Panera Bread 1804 Precinct Ln. Hurst 76054

Mon. Nov. 17 @ 3 pm: North Texas Rising Tide wkly. mtg.
Big Mike's coffee shop, Denton

Mon. Nov. 17 @ 7 pm: Queer Bomb Dallas wkly. mtg.
Cafe Brazil 3847 Cedar Springs Rd. Dallas 75219

Wed. Nov. 19 @ 1 pm: Ft. Worth chapter of Texas Alliance for Retired Americans monthly mtg.
Furr's cafeteria 3233 Alta Mere Rd. FW 76116

Th. Nov. 27: Pls. do not shop on this date or patronize big box dept. stores which are open on Thanksgiving. Regardless of how one feels regarding the holiday itself (Indigenous issues), workers need this day off to spend with families. Plus, obscene "Black Fri." consumerism is extremely detrimental to the environment.

Fri. Nov. 28 @ 9 am: Black Fri. protest of Walmart
Walmart supercenter 2225 W. Interstate 20 Grand Prairie 75052
Sponsored by OUR Walmart DFW

Sat. Nov. 29 @ 11:30 am: International Day of Solidarity with Palestine
Dealey Plaza 411 Elm St. Dallas 75202
Sponsored by One Democratic State, North Texas BDS, Dallas Palestine Coalition

Austin Beloved Community

Dear all,

Please go onto the website www.austinbelovedcommunity.org for virtual play
and to share with co-workers,friends and family. Lots new including Spanish
by Andrea Zarate and Grassroots Leadership clips about Karnes (click on the
star on organizations).

Let us know what to add on the google history map http://goo.gl/maps/wW8GF
with more than 30,000 hits and new stuff for 2014. We might have missed
important ones!

Keep the events coming for the site but also Austin Beloved Community
Facebook where you can post.

Speaking of events -- bad conflict coming up on Thursday Nov. 13 at 7 but
please go to either!

I'm screening Anne Braden: Southern Patriot with AFT/ACC along with
discussion about Ferguson and a new civil rights movement. (Have you seen
that map of the mayoral race results?)
https://www.facebook.com/events/653080921478810/

Also Texas Jail Project House Concert with Gina Chavez
https://www.facebook.com/events/1538343879712783/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_
user_invited
Again really important event for a great organization.

AND should we begin planning a new MAY DAY workers' celebration? Can we
coordinate with a march? Anyone interested in a meeting?

In love and solidarity,
Anne, Emma, and Jacob

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Two Austin Events and Update

Dear all,

First 2 events:

1. ACC/AFT Labor Film Series Presents: University Inc. on September 19th at
7pm at the Northridge Campus
https://www.facebook.com/events/359519557534949/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=reg
ular

Austin Beloved Community is a co-sponsor of the labor film series organized
by Emma Mutrux and Jacob Branson with ACC/AFT. Pace Davis, TSEU organizer
will speak after this showing.

University Inc. (1999) is by Kyle Henry, at the time an MFA graduate
student. It's about the specific loss of the film series at the Texas Union
-- and a great deal more about bureaucracy, hierarchy, and corporatization
of higher education. The film toured nationally with funding from Richard
Linklater and Michael Moore. An interesting 10 year update is located here
https://vimeo.com/71603889


2. Cine Resistencia @ the Women's Community Center with Director Anne Lewis
on September 13 at 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/695017800576026/

I'll be showing Fast Food Women (1992 but it hasn't changed). Think Fight
for 15. And Morristown (2007), a working class response to globalization in
the U.S. South and Mexico that ends in a victory.

Update: we are translating and turning www.austinbelovedcommunity.org into
Spanish as well English including events in the animation film.

We will add to/update the 2 google maps (in English), Austin organizations
and movement history. Anyone have great Austin events or organizations
they'd like added? Please send along to me!

Please keep letting us know about area events for our calendar and Facebook
page.

Finally I think it would be great to get together this fall to begin talking
about next May Day and any other ideas for getting together as a community.

In peace and solidarity,
Anne

Monday, August 25, 2014

Join the Discussion!


Hello All--

There are mean things happening in this land.

We would like for the progressive and socialist Left in Texas to be directly involved in talking about those mean things and what we can do about them.

We therefore would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the Socialist Party of Texas Discussion List.

It's time for all of us in Texas to really start to work together a little closer on a common agenda whether we are members of the Socialist Party of Texas or not; the main thing is that we start a dialog.

Like, how can we all work together to improve Texas?

Is it possible for us to develop a program which we might be able to work for in the Legislature?

Can we develop statements which can present our positions?

How do we grow our Movement?

What are the issues in our areas we can work on? Can we develop grassroots campaign around them?

Please join us in this dialog. If you are interested in being on our discussion list, please reply to sptx@moment.net and let us know what part of the state you are in.

We will then send you the formal invite.

It's time.

Solidarity,


The Socialist Party of Texas

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Texas Stands with Gaza

Texas Stands with Gaza


On Saturday, August 2nd, we will be assembling at the Capitol in Austin to protest against Israel's horrific assault on the population of Gaza, and to demand an end to our government's support for it. Peace and human rights activists and organizations from all over the state will join together to demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Gaza and our demands for an immediate halt to the mass murder of Palestinian civilians.

More details about transportation and other specifics will be added as soon as they are figured out. For now, invite as many people as you can.

People of Dallas-Ft. Worth, surrounding communities, if you could please join this page as well to coordinate travel:
https://www.facebook.com/events/266551620205865/

People of Houston, surrounding communities, if you could please join this page as well to coordinate travel:
https://www.facebook.com/events/619275884837661/

People of San Antonio, surrounding communities, if you could please join this page as well to coordinate travel:
https://www.facebook.com/events/250069318521148/

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stop ALEC!

Don’t Mess with Texas,

STOP ALEC AND DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY


The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is coming to Dallas from July 30th to August 1st. ALEC wines and dines state politicians and corporate lobbyists behind closed doors where they work together to rewrite our laws without any public input. It’s time we send a message to these out-of-touch politicians that they are supposed to work for us, not out-of-state companies.

These industry-backed laws help bankrupt our schools, make it more difficult to vote and expand tax cuts for the rich, just to name a few. The laws are written by lobbyists, passed often without any changes made and benefit corporations at the expense of you and me. This takes control of our state capitol away from us and circumvents the democratic process.

Let’s send a message to ALEC that we will not let Texas be assaulted!

Upcoming Events

July 26th: Movie Screening, Workshops, Teach-in at the CWA Union Hall

July 30: Protest, Rally, Panel Discussion at Community Brewery,
1530 Inspiration Dr., Dallas, TX 75207. Events will start before noon. More TBA soon!

July 31: More Speakers and Discussions
Times, places will be announced! Save the dates!


For more information become our friend on FaceBook at Jobs-with Justice-Texas, go to www.labordallas.org, or e-mail jobswithjusticetexas@gmail.com. Check out www.alecexposed.org and www.commoncause.org to learn more about ALEC.


In the last section of the conference, the group decided to add their actions and voices to the annual ALEC Meeting being held at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas on July 30th, 31st and Aug 1st. The planning committee, which includes about 30 progressive activist groups, from the AFL-CIO, Color of Change and Jobs with Justice, have settled on several activities on July 30th as indicated here:

Wednesday, July 30 - 11:00 am to 4:00/5:00 pm - Meet at the Community Brewery in Dallas, 1503 Inspiration Drive, Dallas, 75207
• Travel by bus to the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, 75207
• Rally and Press Conference
• Press Conference would include national press figures
• 1:00 pm - return to the Community Brewery by bus for panels, Bill Moyer's movie, The United States of ALEC, http://billmoyers.com/episode/preview-the-united-states-of-alec/, other strategizing
• That evening - IF we find out where ALEC is holding its offsite dinner – we plan another protest outside that venue

To date, there are no concrete plans for the other two days. Several groups: Texas MoveOn.org, Code Pink and Progressive Democrats for America are presently working on fleshing out activities for July 31st and August 1st. Members of this group have been meeting telephonically every Thursday morning discussing possible actions. If you would like to join the group on Thursday mornings, please reply to this email and I will send you the contact information.

Senator Bernie Sanders, one of the strong progressive voices against ALEC and Corporate Welfare, is pushing this action as well.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Strike Climate Change!

Strike Climate Change!
We ask you to read a segment from an article posted in Socialist Resistance by novelist, historian, and activist Jonathan Neale:
“What climate change will mean--
If we do not have comprehensive changes in global energy use, we are on course for rises of 4 degrees centigrade in average temperatures. The rises will be higher further north, higher in cities, and higher in the summer. So the average rise on a summer day in New York or Seoul will be about 8 degrees. Some days will be hotter. That means many summer days of 127 fahrenheit in Chicago, 45 centigrade in London and 50 centigrade in Shanghai. The electrical grid will often break down. That will mean no air conditioning, no lifts, and many people trapped underground in subway systems.
The climate will also become much more unstable. Rainfall and storms will increase in intensity, and hurricanes and cyclones will move north and south. Some places will flood, and in others drought will spread. Crops will fail in many areas and decline overall.
Small rises in sea level will be magnified by hurricane surges – giant waves that carry all before them. Look at the damage done by a Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which had a surge 29 feet high (8.5 meters) when it hit land. Katrina was a small, weak hurricane. We can expect to lose many coastal cities.
As climate change intensifies, there will be many disasters, in many places, in the same year. Governments will be unable or unwilling to cope. The poor will be hit hard. The worst hit will be small farmers in poor countries hit by drought, working class people in coastal cities, and those disabled people in every country who cannot run or climb.
For example, old people living alone were the majority of the dead in the Chicago heat wave of 1995. People in wheelchairs were especially likely to die in New Orleans in 2005.
The impact of these “natural” events will be massively increased by the way society is now organized, aka “capitalism.” Crop failures will become famines. Disasters will lead to hundreds of millions of refugees. Those refugees will come up against armed borders. They may spend years in refugee camps, or the rich may become “tired” of feeding them. And there will be wars.
This is not just a prediction. Because of climate change the rains failed across the Sahel, south of the Sahara, in 1969, and have never really recovered. The long drought has led to a combination of famine, refugees and wars across Chad, Darfur, Mali, Chad, Somalia and northern Kenya. These situations are complicated, and many outside powers are involved. But there is also a simple dynamic – herders and farmers are killing each other for disappearing grass.
No one knows the precise form serious climate change will take. We can guess that hundreds of millions will die. How many no one knows. Two hundred million? Eight hundred million?
No one knows the timing either. A minority of you reading this are over sixty. You will probably avoid the worst. But not certainly, and your grandchildren will be there. But probably the majority of people reading this article will live through that time.” http://climateandcapitalism.com/2014/05/08/socialists-must-act-climate-change/
We need action now. We need movement now. We are asking you to join us on June 17th to completely avoid the use of oil for transportation. While we understand it may be difficult for many to avoid using electricity, which burns oil, coal, and gas, can you do your best on this day to minimize your electricity use to the greatest extent possible? Can you avoid using coal and gas to heat your homes on June 17th? Please try.
Reject corporate agribusiness on the 17th as well. Our food systems play a major role in the ecological collapse.
According to John Tummon, “The leading world authority on the politics of the food industry is Susan George, a prolific writer on the subject over many decades. She has pointed out that as much as half of all the food produced in the world – equivalent to 2bn tonnes – ends up as waste every year and about 1 billion people, or one in six of the global population, go hungry today, even though more food is being produced than ever. And yet, around the same number of people are overweight or obese and likely to have their lives cut short by diet-related disease. We have, in other words, a food system that is failing. It is a food system that is profligate with finite resources – with fossil fuels for agrochemicals, artificial fertiliser, processing, packaging and transport, with water that is increasingly scarce, and with soil that is being eroded and degraded. It delivers an excess of food that is unhealthy for the affluent and yet is incapable of producing enough calories for the poor. And it is a system in which the value of the food chain has been captured at each point, from seed to field to factory to shop, by powerful transnational corporations.” http://climateandcapitalism.com/2014/05/08/politics-food-poverty/
Buy locally grown. If you need help finding locally grown foods, feel free to send us a message and we’ll do our best to offer any assistance we can.
Attached below you will find calculators to show you the relationship between bicycling, gardening, and your carbon footprint. You can make a real contribution. There is simply no other choice short of ecological collapse.
Biking vs. Driving Calculator
Money Saved, CO2 Emissions Reduced, Calories Burned
Gardening Calculator, Savings on Groceries
In solidarity,

The Socialist Party USA Ecosocialist Commission

Sunday, May 11, 2014

No Keystone Pipeline Summer of Action Kickoff Potluck

Come meet Houston Environmental Justice and Climate Activists, get involved in the Summer of Action, join the resistance, celebrate the stalling of the northern Keystone XL Pipeline, and have some fun with good people!

STOP the Pipeline!

There will be light snacks and drinks provided, but feel free to BYOB and snacks to share.
Please invite your friends!
2017 W. Main St. Houston, TX 77098  6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fight for $15 in Houston!

Fight For $15 Texas!

May 15th Global Day of Action!!

Join fast food workers and allies from 36 countries and 150 U.S. cities in making Labor History as we call out some of the world's worst corporate behavior and leaders in income disparity.

 With success in exposing widespread wage theft, and in the wake of new reports showing an industry with the largest pay gaps between CEO's and workers, we're demanding change. 

Stand with our Houston workers as they continue their Fight For $15 and the right to form a union.

When: Thursday, May 15th 2014

Location and Time:

5:30am Burger King -1002 Westheimer Rd

10:30 am Wendy's --2928 Woodridge

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fr. John Dear To Speak in Amaraillo


The Peace Farm, in partnership with the Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, is bringing Father John Dear, priest, former Jesuit, peace and justice activist, author and speaker to Amarillo. 

There will be a reception at 6:30 PM, Friday, May 16, and Father John will speak at 7 PM. Both events are at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Amarillo, 4901 S. Cornell St.

Copies of his newest book, The Non-violent Life, will be available for purchase. 

Father John will autograph the books.

Please come share this evening with a true hero of peace!


Sunday, April 27, 2014

May Day in Dallas

Dallas May Day event on Thursday,  May 1 at  6 pm at Main St. Garden downtown.

It is the city block bounded by Main, Harwood, Commerce, & St. Paul.

The event is sponsored by "Leftist Alliance," a coalition of Dallas leftist organizations, including Communist Party, Solidarity, Workers' International League, and System Change Not Climate Change DFW  of which

Marjorie Steakely will be representing the Socilaist Party at this event.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Houston Film Series

Please join us at the Houston Hearts and Minds Film Series.

Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm at the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston.

Occupy Love!

For more information climaterealitycorps@gmail.com

Austin May Day Celebration

The Original Blast!

Calling all working class poets, musicians, filmmakers, artists, cooks, organizers,
activists and everyone else invited to come and participate in celebration
and solidarity on Thursday, May 1 from 5:30 to 10 or so at the new
Resistencia space 4926 Cesar Chavez. Lilia Rosas will MC.

Commit, organize, put this together, communicate with us. We need you!

Here's a list of immediate commitments needed. Please respond.
1. MUSIC Would you like to perform? Do you know anyone you can ask for a
few songs or pieces? Son Armado has agreed. So has Sonoita. Matt will
provide ambiance.
2. POETRY Will you read a poem or two? Do you know any poets who would like
to read?
3. SOAPBOX SPEECHES Will your organization say a few words? You could also
stand and speak for yourself and your politics. All welcomed from the left
of center.
4. FILM CLIPS Would you like to show something really short? Maximum 3
minutes.
5. FOOD Will you bring food? Yes or no is sufficient. The lease does not
allow alcoholic beverages but all else is welcomed.
6. LITERATURE We'll have shared tables rather than separate. Again, all is
totally welcomed. If you have a table you're willing to share, please let us
know.
7. OTHER ART We'll have a stop motion animation station, a clothesline to
hang pieces for the evening, and welcome anything else including
performance.

Please contact austinbelovedcommunity.info@gmail.com and me cc'd above.

Other immediate needs
1. Invite all your friends to the Facebook Event page
https://www.facebook.com/events/1435501726689993/and to like https://www.facebook.com/austinbelovedcommunity2. List the event in organizational newsletters/newspapers
3. Distribute the attached flyer

INVITE everyone and every group you know and forward this to all. There are
a lot of people and organizations who need to be there not on this email.

Next planning meeting is Wednesday April 16 at 7 at Resistencia 4926 Cesar
Chavez.

In solidarity and love,
Anne, Jacob, Emma and all the other folks involved in Austin Beloved
Community

ALEC is Coming to Dallas; Be there.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, the corporate lobby owned and operated by the billionaire Koch Brothers to introduce reactionary legislation in the state legislatures, will be meeting in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole Hotel on Stemmons Freeway from July 30 through August 1.

Planning meetings are currently being held to organize popular diasaffection with ALEC's socially harmful political agenda.

Please spread the word and plan to be in Big D to protest.

For more information contact sptx@moment.net.


Endorsing Kristi Lara....

The Socialist Party of Texas again endorses Kristi Lara for the Dallas Independent School District School Board, District 8.

Solidly progressive.

A Plea from the Peace Farm

Dear Peace Farm friends,

We have not asked for donations for several years. As you know, we sold the Farm, except for one empty acre, which allows us to get communications from Pantex as a neighbor. Therefore, we've had enough money for awhile to pay for the few things we still do, mainly sending someone for several years now, except this year, to the ANA ( Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, our larger national organization) Lobby Days in Washington , D.C. That is fairly expensive, so our account is going down enough that we feel it is time to increase it some. We will rely on the people who have emails since we don't want to spend a lot on overhead and our regular mail list is very old and not reliable.

As I'm sure you know, the dangers of nuclear weapons are still with us. Russia and the U.S. are still on hair trigger for a nuclear war, and the Crimea situation put that back into reality as a definite possibility. We always want the Peace Farm to be a local and viable part of the antinuclear network throughout the nation and the world. We must continue to represent this area where all U.S. bombs are assembled. If you able to support us monetarily, please send us your contribution to: The Peace Farm, Box 4130 , Amarillo , TX 79116-4130 . You can also pay online at peacefarm.us.

We would appreciate if you would let us know any ideas you have about what we can do yet to continue making our mark on the nuclear problem. If you would like to be involved in some way, we would like to know that, too. Thanks for all you've done to make our world the place of peace and life for the next generations!

Sincerely,

Jerry Stein, convener
The Peace Farm

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Texas Wal-Mart Organizer Needs Our Support

My name is Colby Harris. I am a member of OUR Walmart (the Organization United for Respect at Walmart) and live in Lancaster, TX.

One of our most courageous members, Marc Bowers, recently suffered a tremendous tragedy. Marc went to New Jersey on behalf of OUR Walmart. While he was away, he lost his home in a horrific fire that engulfed his apartment. Can you help get Marc back on his feet?

For over a year Marc has been advocating not just for Walmart workers, but has served as an active leader in his community seeking equality and justice for everyone. Last June, Marc was fired illegally for his participation and willingness to take a stand and engage in legally protected strikes speaking out over the past year and a half. With the loss of his job and his home, he is in special need of help from anyone willing to lend a hand and anything our community can do to support him in his time of need.

Let's take this opportunity to help Marc out and assist him in getting him back on his feet.

On behalf of all OUR Walmart members, thanks for your support.
In Solidarity,
Colby

Colby Harris
Lancaster, TX
OUR Walmart Member & Former Walmart Associate


LEGAL DISCLAIMER: UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Wal-Mart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publically commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.

John (Juancho) Stanford: People Before Profits-- A Life Celebration

This is to announce

John (Juancho) Stanford: People Before Profits-- A Life Celebration

at The Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice
922 San Pedro, San Antonio
3 pm on Sunday, February 23, 2014

Public is invited--
please help spread the word,

especially to those who counted Juancho as their friends, compas, comrades...
There will be a time to share memories,
as well as photos, books, slide show and words from fellow travelers on the line for justicia y paz,

& long time friends & family...

John Stanford, the iconic San Antonio activist and long time member of the Communist Party of Texas, passed away in September 2013.

On February 23, 2014 we will gather to celebrate his life and and his life in the Movement.

Friday, January 24, 2014

9th Annual Peace and Justice Gathering

PLEASE PASS THE WORD!

9th Annual
Peace and Justice Gathering

February 1st - Saturday
South Texas College (Weslaco campus), Student Services Bldg. F
Weslaco, TX
10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

THE NEW FACE OF AMERICA


Some special themes this year:

1. Labor and Immigrant Rights
2. Stopping the Texas Death Penalty

KEY NOTE SPEAKERS:

Dan LaBotz:

A longtime organizer and author of The Crisis in Mexican Labor, Made in Indonesia, Cesar Chavez and La Causa, Rank and File Rebellion: Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Troublemaker’s Handbook: How to Fight Back Where You Work and Win! And coming soon: The American Left and the Mexican Revolution.

Gloria Rubac:

Lives in Houston, is a teacher and has been active in left political work for over two decades and is an important figure in Texas opposing the death penalty.

ARE CHILDREN WELCOME? YES! YES!
Peace & Play Gathering For Children: A Unique Play Day of activities that foster rights, taking risks, problem solving, and peace strategies. All materials will be recycled embracing the theme of protecting the earth. Dr. Georgianna Duarte, and her Education students from UTB, will work their magic again.

For information or suggestions, email Erik Toren (ectoren@gmail.com) or call Linda and Nick Braune (956- 970-0604).

Founded in 2002, People for Peace and Justice is a coalition of persons and organizations based in the Rio Grande Valley. We oppose violence, lies, and greed that subvert democratic government and society. We will model peace and tolerance within our association and in our dealings with others. We come from diverse backgrounds, ages, races, ethnic groups, educational levels, religions and philosophies, political and sexual orientations. We welcome opportunities to work with other individuals and organizations who share our commitment to peace and justice. We meet every second Wednesday of the month at 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County Bldg., 1401 S. Nebraska Avenue in San Juan, Texas.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Urgent! Tell Congress Not to Fast Track the TPP

Please forward this message to your email lists today. And please call Congress Monday.

Urgent! Tell Congress Not to Fast Track the TPP

Call your Congressperson and Senators this Monday or Tuesday -
National Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

This week the Obama Administration will introduce Fast Track Authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership in Congress. The administration will try to push this through as quickly as possible. WE MUST STOP FAST TRACK!

Fast Track Authority takes away the constitutional duty of Congress to negotiate trade agreements and hands it to the president. The president can then negotiate, and sign the trade agreement and present it to Congress for an up or down vote, no amendments allowed.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens jobs, workers rights, the environment, public health, food safety, internet freedom, financial regulation and more. It allows transnational corporations to sue sovereign governments through international "Trade Tribunals" if that country's laws or regulations might potentially limit their profits. 

The TPP will be the model for all future global trade agreements. Rather than limit their right to review, amend and debate the TPP, our elected officials should be scrutinizing every one of its provisions.
For more information on the TPP see www.citizentrade.org