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text Detroit’s Retired City Workers in the Crosshairs Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2013-06-22 6:21 AM
With Detroit’s finances looking increasingly dire, the city’s creditors are beginning to face off with one another, each trying to minimize their losses. The city’s pension fund, which supports retired city workers, has found itself in direct conflict with a formidable opponent, the bondholders, individuals and institutions that gave the city money in order to enjoy the interest on the loan. (text/plain)

text Detroit’s Retired City Workers in the Crosshairs Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2013-06-22 6:17 AM
With Detroit’s finances looking increasingly dire, the city’s creditors are beginning to face off with one another, each trying to minimize their losses. The city’s pension fund, which supports retired city workers, has found itself in direct conflict with a formidable opponent, the bondholders, individuals and institutions that gave the city money in order to enjoy the interest on the loan. (text/plain)

text Grassroots protests planned nationwide in response to PRISM and government surveillance Evan Koser 2013-06-12 2:48 AM
Disgruntled citizens have begun collaborating their efforts online in an attempt to redress their grievances over the United States government's surveillance policies. (text/plain)

text Quantitative Crisis: Bernanke’s “Stimulus” For The 1% Mark Vorpahl 2013-06-01 6:29 AM
When I heard that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress last week that it was too soon for the Fed to end its extraordinary stimulus programs, I did a double take. (text/html)

image Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety -Interview w/ author and ex-con Shawn Griffith Angola 3 News 2013-05-23 5:16 PM
Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety -Interview w/ author and ex-con Shawn Griffith
If given the attention it deserves, an important new book is certain to make significant contributions to the public discussions of US prison policy. The author, Shawn Griffith, was released last year from Florida’s prison system at the age of 41, after spending most of his life, almost 24 years, behind bars, including seven in solitary confinement. (image/jpeg)

text Global-warming debate shouldn’t exclude role of livestock Systemic Disorder 2013-05-22 4:51 PM
Regardless of what the actual total of livestock contribution to global warming, it is part of the problem and we ignore it at our collective peril. (text/plain)

audio Rustbelt Radio for May 20, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-05-19 9:23 PM
Pittsburgh's Ride of Silence memorializes bicyclists injured on the roads; Cindy Sheehan interviews Margaret Kimberly of Black Agenda Report about the Obama administration's renewed pursuit of Assata Shakur; and the growth of bike sharing programs - Radio Ecoshock looks at the worldwide picture, and we bring you an update on Pittsburgh's new program. (audio/mpeg)

text SF Labor: Calls on Labor Movement to Mobilize in Washington, D.C. August 24 San Francisco Labor Council 2013-05-16 7:19 AM
In Support of the SCLC and King Center call for a March and Rally in Washington, DC on August 24, 2013 and in Support of the July 2 Northern California Demonstration to Demand a Massive Federally Funded Jobs-Creation Program and No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid (text/html)

text Obama and U.S. Military Divided Over Syria Shamus Cooke 2013-04-30 2:52 AM
Has Syria crossed the “red line” that warrants a U.S. military invasion? Has it not? The political establishment in the United States seems at odds over itself. Obama’s government cannot speak with one voice on the issue, and the U.S. media is likewise spewing from both sides of its mouth in an attempt to reconcile U.S. foreign policy with that most stubborn of annoyances, truth. (text/plain)

image Why Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Must Be Released From Solitary Confinement Interview by Angola 3 News 2013-04-24 6:19 AM
Why Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Must Be Released From Solitary Confinement
This month, a 30-day action campaign was launched demanding the release of Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz from solitary confinement, where he has been held for over 23 consecutive years, and 28 of the last 30 years, in Pennsylvania prisons. (image/jpeg)

text Opposition Grows Fierce to Austerity Cuts in Portland Mark Vorpahl 2013-04-19 11:46 AM
On April 11 over 400 people packed the third public Portland Budget Hearing, which was organized by the City of Portland and which left many spilling out beyond the room where the hearing took place. More importantly, for the City Council there was an unexpected critical outpouring from the vast majority who attended. For the first time, the City Council and Mayor Charlie Hales began to lose control over their attempts to sell austerity. (text/html)

text 14,000 Idle Wind Turbines a Testament to Failed Energy Policies Bob Adelmann 2013-04-12 10:03 AM
14,000 Idle Wind Turbines a Testament to Failed Energy Policies (text/plain)

audio Rustbelt Radio for March 25, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-03-25 9:36 PM
A verdict is reached in the Steubenville Rape trial; local employee hour cutting in anticipation for the Affordable Care Act; and on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war, Iraq Veterans Against the War and Iraqi groups come together to launch the Right to Heal campaign. (audio/mpeg)

text Obama’s Still Shopping for a Grand Bargain Shamus Cooke 2013-03-21 7:52 AM
President Obama’s recent closed-door sessions with Republican congressmen to reach a “grand bargain” has roused suspiciously little attention in the mainstream media. What scant reporting has occurred presents the following narrative: President Obama is a “middle ground” politician attempting to breach political divides with erstwhile Republican opponents. In reality these meetings are not between political opposites, but kindred spirits; perfectly matched ideologies that differ only in implementation, and only by degrees. (text/plain)

text Detroit Citizen’s Prepare to Fight Their Corporate Master Mark Vorpahl 2013-03-20 8:18 AM
Fresh from shoving his “Right to Work for Less” legislation down the throats of Michigan’s workers, Governor Rick Snyder has grown bolder in pursuing a corporate agenda. He has now appointed Kevyn Orr of Jones Day law firm to act as an Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) of Detroit. (text/html)

text Chavez Succeeded Where Obama Failed Shamus Cooke 2013-03-13 5:21 AM
When President Obama campaigned in 2008 in Portland, Oregon over 70,000 people came to hear his speech. And although I missed the event, I was intrigued by the raw emotion that the candidate’s words inspired in my community. Obama re-visited Oregon during his 2012 campaign, but the inspiration had faded from his voice, and the audience had drastically changed. The Oregonian explains: (text/plain)

text Democrats and Labor: A Tale of Abuse Shamus Cooke 2013-03-07 9:27 AM
The Democratic Party’s participation in the recent national “sequester” cuts is yet another big dent in their love affair with organized labor. But break-ups are often a protracted process. Before a relationship ends there is usually a gradual deterioration based on irreconcilable differences, until the split becomes inevitable. The decades-long marriage of labor unions and the Democratic Party is nearing such a divorce. Labor unions are becoming frustrated as the Democrats flaunt their affair with corporate America and Wall Street. (text/plain)

text 2015 end of times Jim Morris 2013-03-05 8:52 AM
2015 (text/plain)

text AFL-CIO’s Own Oil Disaster Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2013-03-04 1:11 AM
With less than transparency, the AFL-CIO just issued a statement endorsing “expanding the nation’s pipeline system.” Although it did not explicitly endorse the Keystone XL pipeline, the labor federation nevertheless managed to extend its blessing to the project while hiding behind vague generalities. However, the logic of its position is unambiguous: the federation is in favor of extending pipelines in general and without qualification; the Keystone XL is a pipeline. Therefore logic compels us to infer that the federation supports the extension of the Keystone XL pipeline. (text/plain)

text Austerity USA Begins March 1st Shamus Cooke 2013-02-27 12:55 AM
U.S. politicians have cried wolf over austerity long enough for the public to ignore them. A perfect time, then, for politicians to actually unleash the wolves. Barring an unlikely last minute deal, here’s a short list of some of the massive, national bi-partisan-created austerity cuts, according to the New York Times. (text/plain)

text What the 1% Heard During Obama’s State of the Union Speech Shamus Cooke 2013-02-21 8:43 AM
When President Obama speaks, most Americans hear what he wants them to hear: lofty rhetoric and a “progressive” vision. But just below the surface the president has a subtly-delivered message for the 1%, whose ears prick up when their buzzwords are mentioned. Obama’s state of the union address was such a speech — a pro-corporate agenda packaged with chocolate covered rhetoric for the masses, easy to swallow, but deadly poisonous. (text/plain)

image Author Nancy Kurshan: Strategizing to Defeat Control Unit Prisons and Solitary Confinement Interview by Angola 3 News 2013-02-16 12:02 AM
Author Nancy Kurshan: Strategizing to Defeat Control Unit Prisons and Solitary Confinement
Author and longtime activist Nancy Kurshan’s new book, entitled Out of Control: A Fifteen Year Battle Against Control Unit Prisons, has just been released by the Freedom Archives. Kurshan’s book documents the work of The Committee to End the Marion Lockdown (CEML), which she co-founded in 1985. (image/jpeg)

text Why Organized Labor Must Stand Against the Keystone XL Pipeline Mark Vorpahl 2013-02-12 12:17 PM
Spurred by real urgency over the corporate driven ruin of the environment, a growing social movement is taking shape that will be on display this Sunday, February 17, when tens of thousands descend on the streets of Washington, D.C. in a show of power titled “Forward On Climate.” (text/html)

text Obama’s Shakedown of Medicare Shamus Cooke 2013-02-12 7:26 AM
In a political era of corporate dominance it was inevitable that doublespeak would become the official language of Washington, DC. Now “cuts” to social programs are referred to as “savings,” while the destruction of these programs is “reform.” This is the essence of President Obama’s doublespeakish “Race to the Top” public education “reform,” as well as his yet-to-be-announced deficit plan based on Medicare “savings.” (text/plain)

text Another theory about Obama's domestic army Joseph Farah 2013-02-11 12:01 PM
Another theory about Obama's domestic army (text/plain)

image Reforming Prison’s Harshest Tactic –The Angola 3 case may help change the... Katti Gray, The Root (reprinted by A3 News) 2013-02-09 6:28 PM
Reforming Prison’s Harshest Tactic –The Angola 3 case may help change the...
The Angola 3 case may help change the arbitrary and sometimes abusive use of solitary confinement. "It's exactly the kind of movement on this issue that we've been pushing for," said attorney and law professor Angela Allen-Bell of Southern University Law Center. Allen-Bell is a member of the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3. (image/jpeg)

text More Austerity Cuts Coming to the States Shamus Cooke 2013-02-08 12:18 AM
The Great Recession has quietly devastated public services on a state-by-state basis, with Republican and Democratic governors taking turns leading the charge. Public education has been decimated, as well as health care, welfare, and the wages and benefits of public sector workers. The public sector itself is being smashed. Since the recession began, states have made combined austerity cuts of at least $337 billion, according to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities. (text/html)

text The Argument for Amnesty: An Immigration Policy That Works for All Mark Vorpahl 2013-02-06 9:53 PM
Millions experience the repressive nature of the U.S. immigration system on a daily basis, lifting its need for reform to a level of urgency. And fixing this broken program is integral to building the unity among U.S. workers that is required to challenge corporate America’s attacks on our wages, rights, public social services, and living conditions. (text/html)

text "Behavioral Psychology" Dave G 2013-02-06 4:14 AM
"Behavioral Psychology" (text/plain)

text INS report: details on amnesty Steven Lindman 2013-02-06 3:56 AM
Unreleased document assembled during Clinton era (text/plain)

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