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“It’s the bombs that the government has been dropping around the world that are now blowing up inside the U.S. borders. We’ve got something stronger than bombs, we have solidarity. That dream of revolutionary change is stronger than bombs.”

Sounds like a job for the shooting star graphic …

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(CNN) – State workers and others planned to rally at the New Hampshire capitol Thursday after the state House approved a package that would make changes to collective bargaining laws.

“Rally for New Hampshire” is scheduled for noon at the State House Plaza.

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Hundreds of people will show their support outside the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, when the High Court hears oral arguments in what could become the largest class-action civil rights suit in U.S. history.

The Stand with the Women of Wal-Mart rally will take place as the nation’s highest court hears arguments on Wal-Mart v. Dukes to decide whether the case can move forward as a class action.

Ten years ago, a group of women who worked at Wal-Mart stores, led by Betty Dukes, filed a lawsuit alleging the corporation engaged in company-wide gender discrimination by paying women less than men, promoting fewer women to management positions and promoting male employees more quickly. The case, now a class action, has made its way to the Supreme Court.

Wal-Mart is challenging the decision by a lower court to allow the women employed at Wal-Mart stores across the country to join together in a class action lawsuit to challenge pay and promotion practices that discriminate against women.

If Wal-Mart succeeds in keeping these women from joining together, the already uphill battle for women to fight pay discrimination will get even worse. But If the women prevail, their case will become the largest class-action civil rights suit in the nation’s history, with some 1.6 million female Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club employees.

A coalition of women’s, workers’ and religious groups are sponsoring the rally, including the AFL-CIO constituency group, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).  

In a statement, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), another rally sponsor, says class action can send a strong message to employers to follow the law in the first place. Lisa Maatz, AAUW’s director of public policy and government relations, says:

This case illuminates the dirty little secret that women know all too well — that pay discrimination is alive and well and undermining the economic security of American families.


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On Saturday, March 26, tens of thousands of working people, students, community activists and religious and political leaders will join in a massive march and rally in Los Angeles to protect workers’ rights and protect the middle class.

 The “Our Communities, Our Good Jobs” rally will focus on a series of attacks against LA-area  workers, from school teachers to grocery store employees. Teachers are facing massive layoffs, attacks on seniority, evaluations based on student test scores and schools that are being dissolved. At the same time, across southern California, 60,000 grocery workers at Ralph’s supermarket are working under an expired contract. The marchers will send a message to Ralph’s management that workers will not let the giant corporations force another strike and lockout like they did in 2003 and 2004.

Charles Cooper, a member of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 9588, says he decided to march at home after protesting with workers in Wisconsin:

They were all out there together. They educated each other and were so active. In LA and across the country, government and corporations are cutting everything under the auspices of ‘we’re broke.’  I am marching on March 26 not because I’m a union member. I am marching because in LA we need to have our voices heard right now more than ever.

Marchers also will stand in solidarity with workers under attack in states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Wisconsin Professional Firefighters Association, will be one of the featured speakers at the rally. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine will play along with Grammy award winning Latin rock and hip hop band, Ozomatli. Morello headlined a concert last month for the protestors in Wisconsin.


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When Obama administration Green jobs czar Anthony “Van” K. Jones resigned late Saturday night, September 3, 2009 over the long Labor Day weekend, a storm of breaking news about his radical anti-American history was being reported by conservative bloggers. One such storm was about the racist, hate-America rally Van Jones held the day after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States where speakers cheered the attacks and Jones himself said America deserved it.

World Net Daily was first to report on the rally, on August 28, 2009.

However, it was Powerline’s post the evening of September 3rd (and expanded on at Free Republic), hours before Jones’ resignation was announced, that included the first mention of what Jones said at the rally. The Powerline article was based on a leftwing report made at the time of the rally.

A YouTube video of the rally reported on by BizzyBlog on September 8th captures some of Jones’ remarks at the rally. (The quote from Jones is similar in nature to that quoted in the leftwing article. However, no context is given so Jones could have said both lines, or been accurately characterized but misquoted.)

Jones is featured twice at the end of the five minute video. BizzyBlog transcribed his comments:

(4:38) “It’s the bombs that the government has been dropping around the world that are now blowing up inside the U.S. borders.”


“We’ve got something stronger than bombs, we have solidarity. That dream of revolutionary change is stronger than bombs.”

One unidentified speaker on the video praised the 9-11 attackers as heroes (transcribed by Kristinn Taylor).

“We’re always seeing America dropping bombs on people. Now the chicken is coming home to roost, as Malcolm say. (Cheers from the crowd.) We gotta deal with it. They got people so dedicated they gonna commit suicide to make their point. We gotta understand there’s a war going on that people are fighting for their own life, for their land. Right? We gotta support those people. We cannot let the lies of the media take our spirits down. We don’t want to see our people dying, innocent people dying. But in fighting a war, they don’t have the army to fight and block our warfare with the American people. Don’t call them cowards. They’re heroes that died. And they’re the people that we have to support in this case. The people of color are rising here and we gotta understand that. I just want to say we gotta support and don’t let this thing turn your spirits down. Turn ‘em up!”


An article posted by “gkt” at the leftwing site in the early hours of September 13, 2001 reported on the rally held just hours before in Oakland, California’s Snow Park:

A recurring theme of the speakers was the brutal violence committed by or supported by the United States government on a daily basis. “The bombs the government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up in New York City,” said Van Jones, director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, who also warned against forthcoming violence by the Bush Administration. “The US cannot bomb its way out of this one. Safety at home requires justice abroad.”

In a diverse international community shocked by recent world events, deep feelings about the United States government were expressed. A young Puerto Rican person said that “the belly of the beast had something back to eat.” A young Filipino human rights activist said that “when we found out what kind of place got hit, we were kind of glad to see the Pentagon burning. But we also know that thousands of Puerto Ricans, Haitians and other workers were in those buildings.” An African-American man who works on gentrification issues in West Oakland said that “we’re always seeing Americans drop bombs on people. We watch the Vietnamese get bombed, Iraqis get bombed, Palestinians get bombed, now it has come home to roost.” Japanese-Americans spoke about internment camps and the nuclear holocaust brought on by US militarism.

Violence and repression within the United States was also talked about. A representative of TransAction said, “We know what it’s like to experience police violence on a daily basis.” Mesha Monge-Irizarry, the mother of Idriss Stelley (who was killed by SFPD in June), also spoke: “We pray for many lives killed by this government, of black people, and of innocent black people in the third world who will be slaughtered with this terrorism retaliation.”

United States support, in the form of arms and funding, for apartheid in Israel was also discussed. “You want to know why they hate us?” asked one woman. “Forty Israeli tanks just entered Jericho tonight.”

Those present were determined to make their voices heard in an increasingly hostile, war-mongering climate scripted by the government and recited by corporate media. They also vowed to fight within their own communities against racism and hostility towards Arab-Americans. Everyone sensed that this was an important time in history, and that the stuggle against injustice requires international solidarity. “Everyone should be as wise as these inner-city youth here today,” Van Jones concluded. “We all have more in common with the working people of the earth than we do with George Bush or Colin Powell.”<

The article described the gathering as:

Organized by youth and people of color in Oakland and San Francisco, solidarity speakers included supporters of Palestine, people returning from the WCAR in South Africa, police brutality activists, anarchists and socialists, anti-gentrification activists and other people representing dozens of cultures and ethnicities. International solidarity was the theme as community and activist groups stood together against the threat of more US violence.

The comment by one of Jones’ “wise inner-city youth” cheering the attack on the Pentagon appears on the video and was transcribed by BizzyBlog:

(4:10) “But when we knew what those places represented, we were kind of also glad that there’s a place called the Pentagon where, where, military strategies which have killed millions of people around the face of the world (unintelligible). We know, to see that place burnin’, there was some satisfaction to it.”

A press release for the rally issued by Van Jones’ Ella Baker Center and STORM, bluntly stated the groups’ leftist race-baiting agenda:

Anti-Arab hostility is already reaching a fever pitch as pundits and common people alike rush to judgment that an Arab group is responsible for this tragedy,” said Van Jones, national executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. “We fear that an atmosphere is being created that will result in official and street violence against Arab men, women and children.”

“No matter who ultimately is to blame for these bombings, we cannot tolerate stereotypes and blanket attacks against any ethnic group,” said Raquel of STORM. “And we especially don’t want Asian-American, African-American, Latino or Native American communities getting pulled into a frenzy of hatred toward our sisters and brothers. We must stand together.”

Though people of color in particular will be invited to speak at the gathering, but everyone is welcome. (sic)

The groups behind the instant racist hate-America rally were listed in the press release as:

the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Let’s Get Free, Youth Force Coalition, JustAct, Bay Area PoliceWatch, Underground Railroad and STORM/Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement.

Van Jones was a founder of STORM.

Newsbusters was the highest profile outlet to report on Jones’ remarks. After he resigned from the Obama administration, reporting on Jones’ background ceased. Even when he was picked up by Princeton and the Center for American Progress, the media swept his radical past under the rug.

In forthcoming articles, we’ll be picking the rug up to show more of what we and others found and reported about Anthony “Van” Jones that momentous Labor Day weekend of 2009.

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This post was written by Barry Rubin and is reposted here with his permission.

by Barry Rubin

The headline on the Associated Press story caught my eye immediately:

Thousands of Palestinians rally for reconciliation

I always look for stories that contradict my assumptions so that I can examine or change them if necessary. According to the headline, this might be an important new-and positive-development.

So, did thousands of Palestinians come together to rally for reconciliation with Israel following the horrendous murder of an entire family? Is there really the hope for Israel-Palestinian peace that the Western governments and media keep telling us about?

Of course not! (Sadly.). These Palestinians-about 25,000 of them-were rallying for reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas so that they could go to war against Israel together!

You know, Hamas, the organization that calls for the killing of all Jews and wiping Israel off the map. Reconciliation also includes, of course, the murderers of the Fogel children in Itamar and all the other suicide bombers and terrorists who killed Israeli civilians.

Moreover, Hamas, even though the demonstration served its purpose generally, is so dictatorial that it attacked some of the participants because they were Fatah supporters, thus showing why there isn’t unity.

Of course, the headline should have tipped me off: You can’t have “reconciliation” with someone when you’ve never been willing to have “conciliation” with them in the first place.

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). His latest book is Israel: An Introduction, to be published by Yale University Press later this year. You can read more of Barry Rubin’s posts at Rubin Reports.

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Via Think Progress, a very good example of some of the rather odd ideas making their way around Arizona:

PEARCE: U.S. history, most of us weren’t around when the Constitution was written. But you remember we kind of existed before Congress, the states. We created the Congress, we created the federal government, by compact. Do you know what existed before the Congress, the states? Do you know, you’re not a citizen of the United States. You’re a citizen of a sovereign state. The fifty sovereign states makes up United States of America, we’re citizens of those sovereign states. It is not a delegated authority. It’s an inherent authority that states have over the federal government. [applause] It’s about time somebody gets it right!

Someone needs to educate Pearce about the Civil War, and the Fourteenth Amendment.

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The crowd kept growing today as thousands marched on the Wisconsin state capitol to support the right of workers to bargain for a good life.  Here are some more of the tweets from today’s march: 

tailorcut 4:03pm via web

RT @Pamster99: Best poster today in Madison: “Freedom is having the right to speak. Democracy is when your government listens” #wiunion #wearewi

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RT @SeleneMSC: “People power is so much stronger than corporate money.” #weareWI #WIunion #solidarity “We are fighting for economic power.”

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RT @all_a_twitt_r: I’ve never met a good teacher who was overpaid: Leave the teachers alone #1u #miunion #wiunion #mapoli #p21 #p2

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RT @plcorbett: What I love most about #WIunion? Proof that there are still socially and ethically responsible people in the world. #p2/Amen

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RT @thenewdeal: What is Happening Now Seems Much Like the 60’s, but Without the Drugs & Good Music. #WIunion #MIunion #OHunion #p2

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RT @henksijgers: Another weekend of pro-democracy protests in America. US Corp State Media continues coverage blackout. #wiunion


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Working people in Wisconsin continued to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-worker agenda with a march and rally at the state capitol in Madison. Iraq war veterans and union members, especially from the Machinists (IAM)  and OPEIU are circling the Statehouse.  Check out these tweets from  the rally:

KatieGrady 1:10pm via txt

Iraq vet-”Scott Walker, you don’t need to call the National Guard, cuz we’re already here!!” #wiunion #wearewi

wiscoDude 1:17pm via CoTweet

Pretty good #wiunion turnout today at the State Capitol.

mzlyman 1:21pm via TweetDeck

RT @ryanmlowery: WI Attorney General Appeals Restraining Order Blocking Anti-Union Law #1u #stateSOS #WIunion #p2

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RT @yesmagazine: RT @abauter: Veterans for Peace joining #wiunion protestors in worker solidarity march to the #WI capitol #SayYesSat

SeleneMSC 1:18pm via Echofon

Sign: “I work to make a living. I teach to make a difference!” #weareWI


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According to the Union Leader, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has confirmed that he will participate in a large Tea Party rally on April 15 hosted by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the front group founded and funded by petrochemical billionaire David Koch. Pawlenty has also indicated that he will speak at the AFP New Hampshire chapter dinner hosted two weeks later, along with other GOP presidential contenders like former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and pizza mogul Herman Cain.

Pawlenty’s participation in the event is further evidence that Koch-controlled front groups are heavily influencing the GOP presidential primaries. In 2008, Pawlenty, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and all of the other GOP candidates attended Koch conferences, hoping to shore up Koch support for the GOP nomination.

As Pawlenty strives for the Kochs’ and other conservatives’ approval, he has changed his beliefs, most notably on climate change. When he was governor, Pawlenty strongly endorsed action to curb carbon emissions and even attacked the Bush administration for not setting up a cap and trade system. Now, he doesn’t believe that man-made climate change exists.

Koch’s AFP group in New Hampshire will be key to the GOP primaries in coming months, and it has already flexed its muscle over the past two years. Recently, the group worked with the Republican state’s legislature to repeal New Hampshire’s participation in the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap and trade program. Corey Lewandowski, AFP’s state director, is also a top lobbyist for Schwartz Communications, a firm representing pharmaceutical corporations, the nuclear industry, and medical device companies. In 2009, Lewandowski helped organize a Tea Party protest against a town hall event President Obama was holding in Portsmouth, NH. Some Tea Party members showed up with openly displayed firearms.


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In a mass of 3-4,000 people it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Michigan Messenger thought it would be interesting to talk to a few of the protesters to find out who they were and what motivated them to drive to Lansing and join the rally. Here are a few videos:

Diane Bowman:

George Robinson:

Lynn Erman, who came from Kentucky:

And a man whose name was not clear from the videotape:

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This video actually comes from a Hamas website, where they are claiming that the people attacking the demonstrators are Fatah!

Hamas also attacked students at Al Azhar University in Gaza yesterday.

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