Asking for help

This will be a quick one. We’re putting together a public action kit for Thursday. It will be something that anyone can use anywhere to start up a dialog with strangers, find out what their concerns are, share yours and hopefully send out some positive, activist ripples.

All the fixings can be had at Staples and no doubt Office Depot or any office supply store. The final bit of work is to fine tune the content of the presentation. We have some eye-catching art work on the way (fingers crossed on the file size).

First sheet is issues/survey. What are the bullet point issues that get you most worked up? Personally, I’d need an UZI to list all mine. The survey is the premise for the discussion. People in general love to have their opinions asked. Ever stay on the line for a robo-poll?

Second list is a contact sheet – legislators, etc (we’ll be covering MA)

Second/third sheet is LTE contact info and talking/venting/screaming points.

Third/fourth sheet is a list of links to progressive sites. It’ll probably be a three sheet effort. And that’s not to the wind.

If you’re interested we’ll post the end samples here. The “package” is simple. Hand carry, backpack for extra handouts. Highly mobile. I was around in the late 60s and early 70s protests. I know mobility when it’s needed.


Clipboard – 3 for less than $4

Copies – $0.09 each going down to $0.08 in bulk, B&W, good quality paper

Color – depends but costs a bit $0.39 for less than 100, $0.29 over that on quality #24 paper (beats buying toner refills); $1.14 for #110 stock (suitable for framing)

Some pens and /or pencils. Name tag optional. No big deal. No great expense. You can use the #110 stock to make stick posters if you’re up for it.

So the help needed is a final pass on issues. What are your top three. Only three so choose wisely. Thanks.

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    • RUKind on April 30, 2008 at 5:56 am

    More at America Be Still. Their FP shows a 9/11/2008 (non)action. Some good wordsmithing there.

    • Robyn on April 30, 2008 at 6:16 am

    …almost never include equal rights.  Not that it would necessarily be in the top 3, but it would be nice to at least be included in the list.

    • RUKind on April 30, 2008 at 8:38 am

    There are no original ideas. Got the following mail late tonight, excuse the lack of formatting and fixed up links:

    MAY DAY: A Call To Action

    May 1st is shaping up to be quite a day of resistance, with strikes by the ILWU and other unions, plus immigrant rights rallies, and peace and impeachment activities. It’s Mission Accomplished Day (5 Years!) It’s Downing Street Minutes Day (3 Years!) It’s Impeachment Off the Table Day (2 Years!) It’s May Day, the original Labor Day (122 Years!) If you care about the future of our republic, we encourage you to visit your congress member’s nearest office at high noon, local time, on May 1st, and ask for impeachment hearings for the Vice President for Torture, Dick Cheney. Let us know you plan to do it, and find others to do it with you at

    Watch this video. Clarence Thomas, National Co-Chair of the Million Worker March Movement and Executive Board member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10, spoke on April 24th, 2008, at the Iraq Town Hall meeting, in the Grand Lake Theater, Oakland, CA. The ILWU has committed to blocking ports on May 1st in opposition to the occupation of Iraq.


    May Day, the First of May, 2008, is a Thursday. According to the Bush Administration it is Loyalty Day. Are you feeling loyal?

    In case you aren’t, FEMA has planned terrorism scare “exercises” on May 1st.

    May Day is the real labor day, the commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre and the fight for an 8-hour day in Chicago – an American holiday celebrated everywhere except in America.

    May Day had a long history in Europe as a seasonal celebration of rebirth and hope. It was also the first of a month, an ideal time for strikes in industrialized nineteenth-century America where workers tended to be paid at the end of the month. At its 1884 convention the American Federation of Labor adopted a resolution that all labor would strike on May 1, 1886, to demand an eight-hour day. The media, which in this country has always been completely fair and balanced, predicted a violent Communist insurrection. The Chicago Tribune reported responsibly: “Every lamp-post in Chicago will be decorated with a communistic carcass if necessary to prevent wholesale incendiarism or prevent any attempt at it.”

    As documented in “Labor’s Untold Story” By Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, 62,000 workers in Chicago committed to strike on May 1, another 25,000 demanded an eight-hour day without threatening to strike, and 20,000 were given the eight-hour day before May 1. Meanwhile, the Armours, Swifts, Medills, Fields, and McCormicks (Chicago’s royalty, people who would have adored Loyalty Day) mobilized the National Guard, the Pinkertons, and specially deputized police.

    Workers marched down Michigan Avenue in Chicago instead of working on May 1, 1886, and 340,000 did the same nationwide. Albert Parsons and August Spies spoke at the rally in Chicago, which ended peacefully. The Communist insurrection proved as real as Saddam Hussein’s long-range missiles. But two days later, Chicago police shot striking workers outside McCormick Harvester Works, and labor leaders organized a protest in Haymarket Square for the next day. In the meantime, thousands of workers all over the country were winning the eight-hour day and returning to work.

    As the relatively small and peaceful meeting at Haymarket Square was wrapping up, 180 policemen marched on the crowd, and a bomb went off — which many believe was thrown by an agent provocateur. The Chicago Tribune demanded that Parsons, Spies, Michael Schwab, and Samuel Fielden be hanged for murder. The police began smashing up labor offices and beating up innocent people. “Make the raids first and look up the law afterwards,” said John Ashcroft – oops, I mean Julius Grinnell, Chicago’s State’s Attorney. The four men named above were indicted for murder, along with George Engel, Adolph Fisher, and Louis Lingg. Parsons, who had escaped, became a modern Socrates and turned himself in to face certain death. Testimony from “witnesses” who had been threatened with torture and others who had been paid turned out so contradictory that the prosecution shifted to a focus on the defendants’ thoughts and politics. Fielden and Schwab ended up with life sentences; Lingg died in his cell; the others were hung. Parsons left behind a note to his children that included this:

    “We show our love by living for our loved ones. We also prove our love by dying, when necessary, for them.”

    In the tradition of those who have gone before us and sacrificed so much for so many benefits that we take for granted, we are proposing a day of action on May 1, 2008, to include a general strike for peace, impeachment, and human rights. Here are proposals that have already been made from a variety of quarters:

    I. Longshore Caucus calls for Iraq war protest at ports on May 1

    Nearly one hundred Longshore Caucus delegates voted on February 8 to support a resolution calling for an eight-hour “stop-work” meeting during the day-shift on Thursday, May 1 at ports in CA, OR and WA to protest the war by calling for the immediate, safe return of U.S. troops from Iraq.

    “The Caucus has spoken on this important issue and I’ve notified the employers about our plans for ‘stop work’ meetings on May 1,” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath.

    Caucus delegates, including several military veterans, spoke passionately about the importance of supporting the troops by bringing them home safely and ending the War in Iraq. Concerns were also raised about the growing cost of the war that has threatened funding for domestic needs, including education and healthcare. Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard economist Linda J. Bilmes recently estimated that the true cost of the War in Iraq to American taxpayers will exceed 3 trillion dollars–a figure they describe as “conservative.”

    The union’s International Executive Board recently endorsed Barack Obama, citing his opposition to the War in Iraq as one of the key factors in the union’s decision-making process.

    Caucus delegates are democratically elected representatives from every longshore local who set policy for the Longshore Division.

    ILWU International President Robert McEllrath has written letters to President John Sweeney of the AFL-CIO and President Andy Stern of the Change-to-Win Coalition, and to the presidents of the International Transport Workers Federation and the International Dockworkers Council to inform them of the ILWU’s plans for May 1.

    Other unions and labor groups are joining in, including:

    Vermont AFL-CIO,

    New York City Labor Against the War,

    Unite the Union (Europe),

    San Francisco Labor Council,

    American Postal Workers Union – New York Metro,

    II. Call to Immigrant Rights Actions 2008!

    May Day 2008 National Mobilization of Immigrant Rights!

    Join the e-mail list:

    or send e-mail:

    A Day of Action for Immigrant Rights, Thursday, May 1st

    Pickets at the RNC and DNC offices on Capitol Hill:

    Gather at the Capitol South Metro at 12:30 pm

    Mass Rally in Malcolm X Park: 4PM

    March through the Community: 6PM

    16th and Euclid Sts. NW Washington D.C.

    Metro: Columbia Heights

    With national elections underway, this is a critical time for advocates of justice for immigrant communities to raise our voices in solidarity. Raids and deportations continue to tear families apart, both across the country and within the Washington metropolitan region. We aim to challenge the climate of fear that these raids have produced and to show that the immigrant community will not be silenced. We invite all organizations committed to the struggle for social justice to join us in making this mobilization a success.

    Our demands include:

    * Immigration Reform with Justice and Dignity for All

    * Stop the Raids, Deportations, and Use of No-Match Letters

    * Rescind the Anti-Immigrant Resolution in Prince William County

    * Declare the District of Columbia a Sanctuary City for Immigrants

    * Establish Workers Centers in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

    * Support the Right of Return for Mount Pleasant Tenants Displaced by the Recent Fire

    Sponsored by: The May 1st 2008 Coalition

    Including Mexicanos Sin Fronteras, the Metro D.C. Interfaith Sanctuary Network, D.C. Jobs with Justice, the D.C. Alliance for Immigrant Justice, Tenants & Workers Support Committee, Virginia Justice Center, Casa de Maryland, The Virginia Immigrant Peoples Coalition and many others.

    To Endorse or Receive More Information, email or call 202-640-5315

    LINK: Rally planned in NYC for immigrants rights and Sean Bell.


    Join PTI in building solidarity for the ILWU May 1 Strike. Carry the sign that helps organize an effective, legal, non-violent “work stoppage” in defense of our Constitution, our heritage, and our freedom.

    LINK: North Carolina Impeachment Groups Plan Action.



    LINK: DC Demands Statehood on May 1.


    LINK: Rome, Italy, Joins In.

    LINK: Diesel truck shutdown PDF.

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    LINK: We’ve got props and gear for you.

  1. …is a major action.  The Longeshoreman’s union will be closing down all 29 major ports between Canada and Mexico on May 1st.  They are not going to work; the SF Bay Area members will rally at ILWU headquarters at Mason and Beach, march to Justin Herman Plaza and rally again.

    Speakers include Cynthia McKiney, Cindy Sheehan, Danny Glover and more.

    The theme is:

        NO PEACE     —–     NO WORK!

    Join in support by striking wherever you are.

    Thanks RU for posting this.

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    After that lot’s of other stuff will get sucked up out of the cesspool.

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