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Socialist Running For Office [24 Oct 2007|12:30pm]
I know there are a lot of you here who consider yourselves Democrats, or at the very least are sure that President Bush is the worst president in the history of the United States.

Regardless, all of you are aware that the Democrats aren't doing very much to change anything. They might raise the minimum wage another 20 cents an hour or maybe they’ll even vote to attack another Middle Eastern country, again. If the Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, wanted to end the war in Iraq they would cut off the funding for it tomorrow.

I want you to know that there is an alternative political party out there if you are interested. It's the Socialist Party-USA (sp-usa.org). At our national convention in St. Louis we've nominated Brian Moore of Florida for President and Stewart Alexander of California for Vice President. While we acknowledge that we aren't going to take the White House any time soon, we want to educate the public about the truths and dispel the misconceptions surrounding Socialism. Hopefully in doing so, we will gain new members who share in the belief that all American’s should have things such as free education, socialized health care, and gender equality, as well as those who believe that the United States should end it’s occupation of Iraq.

In order to receive the federal funds necessary to finance and operate the Socialist Party on a more national level, we are concentrating on getting two of our nominees on the ballot.
We are also motivated and working towards getting those two nominees speaking engagements at public arenas such as high schools, colleges, and union halls.

If you'd like to help out or would like to learn more please go to:

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x-posted like whoa, my apologies [09 May 2006|04:15pm]

It's Official!!!

Jason's court date is Tuesday May 23 at 9am.

Anyone able to attend should do so. The address is
Chester County Courthouse
2 North High Street
West Chester, PA 19380

Jason asks that all who attend dress decently and behave in a professional manner. Now more than ever we need funds to cover legal fees which are still around $5,500. Please Help!

You can make Paypal donations from checking accounts to supportjason@gmail.com or credit card donations to arastore@hotmail.com. For those wanting to mail a check or money order, email supportjason@gmail.com for the address.

In Solidarity with ALL Political Prisoners,
Jason Robbins Support Committee
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to anyone in the Chicagoland area...and beyond! [23 Feb 2006|10:43am]

Major Rally: April 1, 2006, Chicago, Illinois

Visit the CIW website, www.ciw-online.org, for more details, or email
us at workers@ciw-online.org!

SUMMARY: Farmworkers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and
their allies will travel by caravan from Immokalee, FL, home of one of
the largest farmworker communities in the country, to Chicago, IL,
home of the world's largest restaurant chain, McDonald's.

The caravan will stop in over a dozen cities along the way --
including Louisville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor,
Madison, and South Bend -- spreading the truth about the sweatshop
conditions in the fields where McDonald's tomatoes are picked and how
McDonald's is collaborating with Florida tomato growers to roll back
gains won by Immokalee workers in the Taco Bell boycott victory.

On April 1st ­ the fifth anniversary of the launch of the successful
Taco Bell Boycott ­ the caravan will be joined by supporters from
throughout the region for a major rally in Chicago, where they will
call on the fast-food giant McDonald's to work with the CIW and help
establish real labor rights for the workers who pick tomatoes for
McDonald's suppliers. Specifically, workers and their allies will be
calling for:

1) The right to a fair wage, after more than 25 years of sub-poverty
wages and stagnant piece rates;

2) The right for farmworkers to participate in the decisions that
affect their lives, after decades of sweatshop conditions and
humiliating labor relations;

3) The right to a real code of conduct based on modern labor
standards, after McDonald's and its suppliers unilaterally imposed a
hollow code of conduct comprised of minimal labor standards and
suspect monitoring.

The Taco Bell boycott victory on March 8th, 2005, established
important new precedents for corporate social responsibility in the
fast-food industry. But since that time, McDonald's has taken a path
that threatens to undercut the wage gains won by farmworkers in the
Taco Bell Boycott and to push workers back away from the table where
decisions are made that affect their lives.

McDonald's clearly knows how to do better. The fast-food giant
recently announced an agreement to purchase only fair-trade coffee for
over 650 of its restaurants, paying a reasonable premium over market
price so that the workers who pick their coffee can receive a fair
wage and enjoy humane labor conditions. Yet McDonald's refuses to pay
even a penny more per pound for its tomatoes so that Florida
farmworkers can earn a better wage. Likewise, McDonald's requires its
toy suppliers in China to respect internationally recognized labor
rights, including the right to overtime pay and the right to organize,
but refuses to require its tomato suppliers in Florida to respect
those same fundamental rights.

In the face of McDonald's steadfast refusal to treat farmworkers with
respect, demand truly humane labor standards of its suppliers, and pay
a fairer price for tomatoes in order to address farmworker poverty ­
poverty which has helped pad McDonald's profits for more than 50
years ­ the CIW is traveling to McDonald's backyard with a clear
message: Nothing less than real rights will do!

Visit the CIW website, www.ciw-online.org, for more details on how you
can help farmworkers from Immokalee speak truth to the power of
McDonald's! - Thanks, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
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NOVEMBER 21, 2005 -- STRIKE AT CAPITALISM [15 Nov 2005|02:33pm]

Everyday millions of gallons of water polluted with potentially dangerous chemicals that are meant to cleanse our bodies are heinously washed down the drain. These chemicals are more-often-than-not tested purposelessly on animals--a sample of your shampoo was probably injected into the belly of a greyhound or similar beast--and the long term effects of these products on human use has yet to be seen. What has been seen is that many so-called moisturizers actually dry skin out so that consumers become dependent on them. The point is clear: these products are not meant to make us more hygenic rather, but to fill the already bloated wallets of capitalists. STRIKE AT THE CAPITALISTS don't buy or use their hygeine products for a day.

Furthermore, those sisters and brothers who choose to not hold up the hygenic values imposed by greedy capitalists have become ostracized. This day will also SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE BROTHERS AND SISTERS who have chosen to not bathe to create new patterns of existence or simply because they cannot afford the capitalists' products.

Please distribute this as widely as possible.
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YPSLCON 2005 proceedings minutes (xposted to my lj) [15 Jul 2005|01:50pm]

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Ah, it's getter better... [11 Jun 2005|01:40am]
[ mood | hopeful ]

June 10th, 2005 1:11 pm
Poll: Bush Job Approval Dips to New Low

By Will Lester / Associated Press

About one-third of adults, 35 percent, said they think the country is headed in the right direction,

While 43 percent said they approve of the job being done by Bush.

Just 41 percent say they support his handling of the war, also a low-water mark

I'm actually starting to feel better about the mid-term elections in 2006; I think the Fascist party is going to lose its majority!

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crossposting [07 Jun 2005|04:23pm]

GM Plans to Cut 25,000 U.S. Jobs by 2008

By JOHN PORRETTO, AP Auto Writer 29 minutes ago

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[03 Jun 2005|11:34am]

(Please pass on to all lists!!)


The Chiapas Media Project/Promedios seeks university,
cultural and community-based sponsors to host screenings
on our Fall Tour 2005. The tour will feature new videos
produced by indigenous video makers from the states of
Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico. Dates are scheduled on a
first come, first-served basis and fill up fast, so please
contact us as soon as possible.

The Chiapas Media Project/Promedios is an award winning,
bi-national partnership that provides video equipment,
computers and training enabling marginalized indigenous
and campesino communities in Southern Mexico to create
their own media. The CMP/Promedios is currently
distributing 22 indigenous produced videos worldwide.

The CMP/Promedios has presented their videos at numerous
universities, museums, and film and video festivals around
the world. The CMP/Promedios has done presentations at
Georgetown University, Columbia University, La Trobe
University, Melbourne, Sundance Film Festival, Smithsonian
National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Modern
Art, NYC, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival and the
Intl. Human Rights Film Fest in Buenos Aires among others.

Alexandra Halkin, CMP/Promedios Founding Director will
present the videos. Presentations last between
one-and-a-half and two hours, include video screenings and
a discussion on the role of indigenous media and
self-representation in the context of the current
socio-political situations in Mexico and Latin America. A
Q & A session follows the video screening. Presentations
can be done in either Spanish or English. Sponsors need to
provide a video projector, a VCR with audio system and
comfortable seating.

The CMP/Promedios asks for an honorarium based on the
means of the host organization to help continue the work
of the CMP/Promedios. Press kits are available that
include articles on the CMP/Promedios, bios, photos etc.
Please check our web site: www.chiapasmediaproject.org for
more information.

For further information, please call Alex or Aasia at
773-583-7728 or e-mail us at
"The Chiapas Media Project is remarkable! This project is
a rare and powerful example of how indigenous people are
using the weapons of technology and trans-nationalism to
make their voices heard and advance their struggles. Not
only are their videos wonderful teaching resources, but
their presentations inspire students and faculty alike to
rethink old ideas about indigenous cultures, and forge new
ties of solidarity."
Maria Elena Garcia, Assistant Professor of Anthropology,
Sarah Lawrence College

?CMP videos inform and inspire--the videos are gems. CMP
presentations are lively and instructive, going beyond the
background we need to understand the videos to provide
hard-to-get updates on contemporary rural Mexico. We hear
the wonderful stories behind the videos and learn about
the process whereby video makers and communities interact
to shape video story and imagery.?
William H. Fisher, Associate Professor of Anthropology,
William and Mary College

?The CMP presentation led our students to a place where
idealism and courage confront injustice. It is evident
that the CMP videos and the discussions that followed have
had a long-term impact; students refer to the Zapatistas
repeatedly. In times when young people can be overwhelmed
with feelings of insignificance, we are grateful for the
opportunity to challenge the cynical world fostered by
commercial media.?
Janice Windborne, Ph.D. Dept. Media, Journalism & Film,
Southwest Missouri State University

?The films have a powerful human component that you just
can not get from secondary sources about the injustices
occurring in Chiapas and Guerrero. Bringing the event to
the Fresno State campus provided a setting for exposure
and learning that otherwise would not be present. Its
artistic and informative.?
Maria Sofia Corona-Solyluna, Fresno State M.E.Ch.A/USAS

?CMP documentaries are an essential point of entry into
the world of indigenous resistance. CMP videos accomplish
their goal of telling the story from the perspective of
the indigenous by implementing the concept of autonomy in
their approach to video production. These documentaries
are an irreplaceable guide for understanding the
autonomous movement and why it is a workable alternative
to corporate controlled globalization.?
Glen David Kuecker, Assistant Professor of Latin American
History, DePauw University
***videos are now available for purchase at

We are Equal: Zapatista Women Speak
(Spanish and Tzeltal with English subtitles, 18 minutes,
Zapatista women speak about what their lives were like
before the uprising in 1994 and how their lives have
changed since. A very upfront and critical look at gender
relations within the Zapatista communities - how far women
have come and how far they still need to go.

Water and Autonomy
(Spanish and Tzeltal with English subtitles, 14:12
minutes, 2003)
Many of the indigenous communities in Chiapas have no
access to potable water. Water and Autonomy looks at this
serious problem and how the Zapatista communities are
solving it. Through solidarity and training from
internationals many communities are now building their own
water systems. Members of the communities speak about
ways the water project fits into their autonomous process,
helps fight sickness, has provided a means of reflection
for how to protect existing water sources and represents
another means of resistance to globalization projects like
the Plan Puebla Panama.

Caracoles: New Paths of Resistance
(Spanish with English subtitles, 42 minutes, 2003)
Produced in August 2003 in the communities of Oventik and
Morelia by 18 Zapatista video makers, Caracoles is a
celebration of the death of the Aguascalientes and the
birth of the Caracoles and the Good Government Assemblies.
Various members of the Zapatista leadership discuss how
these changes will affect internal political and economic
processes, gender relations, and their relationship to
international civil society. The video is an open call to
join with the Zapatista communities in their struggle for
recognition of their autonomy and in their fight against
neo-liberal economic policies and globalization.

Eyes on What?s Inside: The Militarization of Guerrero
(Tlapaneco and Spanish with English subtitles, 2004)
Inez and Valentina, two indigenous women from the montaña
region of Guerrero were raped by Mexican soldiers. Eyes on
What?s Inside looks at the economic, social and political
factors that lead to these rapes. The Organization of
Indigenous People Me phaa (OIPM) share their story but it
is really the story of many indigenous communities in
Guerrero. Discussed are the destabilizing effects of the
military presence on indigenous communities, and how the
increasing poverty/marginalization of the population has
contributed to the formation of armed guerilla groups and
the presence of narcotrafficking. The Mexican Constitution
lays out the internal role of the military and Guerrero
presents a clear example of how the military acts outside
of it?s constitutional mandate.
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Comrades! [30 May 2005|06:41am]
Hello all, my name is Chris, I'm 22 and I live in South Eastern MA. I've been starting to get into socialism about a year ago. I was influenced a lot by Howard Zinn, Michael Moore and the movie Matewan which is an excellant movie if any of you haven't seen it.

I'm trying to organize a socialist party at my local college with my girlfriend. I've already signed up and joined the YPSL site (AntiFlag563).
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www.shaunrichman.org [05 May 2005|12:35am]

Hi everyone,

I've been a member of YPSL for about nine years. I'm currently serving as Editor of the Torch. I keep a website with a journal. The URL is http://www.shaunrichman.org. My writing is all over the place, ranging from political essays to rock-n-roll reviews to the occasional seafood recipe, but it's always informed by my politics and occasionally interesting.

Livejournal is now running a feed of my site, so you can add it to your friends list, if you are interested. shaunrichman
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The South isn't All Conservative [19 Apr 2005|07:18pm]

[ mood | thoughtful ]

Musing around random Socialist Party state websites, I came across the state-by-state ballot breakdown of the Brown-Herbert campaign. They only got 10,000 votes in this election, which is the best showing they've had so far since their formation in 1973 (not counting the old Socialist Party of America which the SPUSA is a survivor of).

Here are the top five states for Brown-Herbert votes (this most likely does not include write-ins, considering many states end up discounting those).

1) Florida: 3,502
2) South Carolina: 2,124
3) Louisiana: 1,795
4) Michigan: 1,431
5) New Jersey: 664

The top three are Southern states. I find that amazing, and reassuring that the South isn't completely comprised of left-of-centre Moderates to Archconservatives. Congrats to our comrades in the South.

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What is democratic socialism?

What are the prospects for socialism in the 21st Century?

These questions and topics, including discussion on left unity and the antiwar movement, will be discussed by speakers and through panel discussion(s).

This is a public event and everyone is welcome to attend and participate.

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2004

Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Gallery Room C (basement)
Capital Area District Library
401 South Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Contact: spmi@spmichigan.org

Sponsors: Socialist Party of Michigan, League of Revolutionaries for a New America, News & Letters Committees and Workers World Party.

If your group would like to send a speaker, please contact us.
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[30 Jun 2004|11:21pm]

A bit of sillyness I made tonight. You know those colourbars that are oh-so-trendy? Mm. Yes. I jumped that bandwagon and made a little anti-Bush one. Nothing special.

Hail to the thief.
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Let's change the world together [25 Jun 2004|10:57pm]

[ mood | sarcastic ]

Dear Person Who Honked at Me Today While We Were Turning Left at the Traffic Signal:

I am sorry that I ride my bicycle. Your honking at me made me realize how sorry I should be. Not using a giant pickup truck or an SUV (or even a car!) for transportation is downright weird, and I really should cut it out.

I'll admit that at first I thought you might be jealous because I accelerated around the turn almost as fast as the car ahead of me. I didn't hold up traffic for one second. You could never ride a bike that fast yourself, because each one of your thighs is as thick as my entire body.

Then I came to my senses. It's obvious that my behavior is completely unacceptable because it just doesn't fit in with the rest of my fellow Americans.

I assure you that your honking was very effective in its intended purpose. I will stop riding my bicyle immediately and become a fossil-fuel-burning, TV-watching, pro-war American citizen. You can rest assured that you changed the world for the better in one thoughtful, well-timed action. Thank you!

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The problem with this place [10 May 2004|10:52pm]

[ mood | rushed ]

Why can't they just let me put my energy into something so I could get some actual results?

No. I have to take 10 classes per semester... that way, I don't actually LEARN anything. Instead I spend my time hopping from class to class. My focus is spread in 10 different directions. I have to learn how to play the oboe (learn music for band, orchestra, Barret, and prepare lit for a recital, make reeds), conduct, rehearse a band, play "name that tune" with 20 pieces at a time of band lit, know theory of 20th century music, most of which sounds like random noise anyway, know the styles of 20th century composers, compose pieces using 20th century techniques, learn how to play the bassoon, which hurts my hands, and write perfomance reviews and music research papers.

All of these things are great. Really. But, I just finished my last conducting class... and I CAN'T COUNDUCT TO SAVE MY LIFE. The most absurd thing is that I WISH TO EARN A LIVING AS A BAND DIRECTOR. How am I going to be any good at that if I can't conduct? And how am I supposed to learn how to conduct if I have 40 things to do all the time?

Maybe this system works for other people, and that's why it's still done this way.

I could be a great conductor if I was allowed to put time and energy into studying and practicing and had some guidance. I could probably also study flute and oboe while involved with conducting studies. Then gradually I could start looking at rehearsal techniqes too, and learn lit by PLAYING IT IN A GROUP instead of trying to memorize a stupid list.

That's it. I'm opening my own school.

But seriously...

How did things get like this? Are there too many people, or are they just too poorly organized?

Is this a result of capitalism? Is there a better way?

I swear I'm from somewhere else. Yep, we're going back to that again. It's the only way to explain why I just don't get how things work here. YOU PEOPLE ARE NUTS.

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Who's your candidate? [05 Jan 2004|04:02am]


Crossposted to socialists and  ypsl

I found a neat little quiz type thing here It's a candidate selector. Mildly amusing.  My candidate turned out to be Walt Brown. (Guess who was the very last candidate on my list. Yes, at the bottom of the barrel was good ol' G Dubya. HA!)

Who do you get?

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Welcome! [05 Jan 2004|03:55am]

Welcome to this humble Young People's Socialist League community. I was searching for one. I couldn't find one, so I created it myself.

Please, feel free to post and enjoy here.
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