The fate of the socialist left is tied to that of the working class movement—and the last four decades of one-sided class war have had dire consequences for both. The thread linking today’s generation of young workers to U.S. labor’s proud history of class struggle has been effectively broken and must be developed anew. This is a daunting but necessary task for rebuilding the working-class movement. Get the whole story: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/iso
An ISO View of the Future of the Left by Jennifer Roesch and Sharon Smith
A community forum of leaders and activists discussing vision and strategy for liberation on Sunday, March 1 from 1pm – 4pm at 3536 SE 26th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97202
China Is Building a $1.85B Methanol Plant in ‘Cancer Alley’ Louisiana but nobody bothered to inform
the Predominantly Black Community The company slated to run the plant in St. James Parish, Yuhuang Chemical Inc.,
is seeking expedited permits to construct and operate a plant on the sprawling 1,100-acre site and is awaiting the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s determination of the environmental impact of the project, a decision that is expected on March 6, 2015.
Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children’s Rights?
By Lawrence S. Wittner Within a matter of months, the U.S. government seems likely to become the only nation in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Sometimes called “the most ratified human rights treaty in history,” the Convention has been ratified by 195 nations, leaving the United States and South Sudan as the only holdouts. South Sudan is expected to move forward with ratification later this year. But there is no indication that the United States will approve this children’s defense treaty.
Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.
The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.
…The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan, General William Odom recently remarked, “by any measure the U.S. has long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the U.S. would be in violation.” rest of story: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/counterpunch at the NW Alliance Portal to Counterpunch
with foreword by crime writer Phil Stanford, is a fascinating first-hand account of the Portland Police Department during the gritty 60s & 70s. DuPay’s compassionate and insightful book paints compelling–and sometimes disturbing– portraits of a cop, a police department and a city. Join us for the launch of this book, enjoy treats with us, and hear Don’s anecdotes about the St. Johns of 40 years ago.