Friday, March 11, 2011

Earthquake and Tsunami, warning across teh pacifica rim.

A massive earth quake hit japan followed by after shock after aftershock. Multiple waves of Tsunamis has been pummeling inland as far as fifteen miles and moving. Earthquake and Tsunami warnings have been advised across the pacific rim.

"On behalf of the University of Oregon, our hearts go out to everyone affected by the earthquake and tsunamis. Since the news broke last night, our International Affairs staff has been monitoring the situation in Japan and communicating with UO students in the country and our UO exchange partners and sister institutions in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. We are also mindful of the approximately 2,000 UO alumni in Japan.

Here in Oregon we are reaching out to our Japanese students and visiting scholars and helping to make connections with their families back home. We are working with the Japanese Student Association to offer the Mills International Center as a home base for students who may wish to watch the news and connect with other students and staff during this tragedy.

As tsunamis approached the Oregon Coast, I am thankful for the immediate precautions taken by our colleagues at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, moving all students and visitors to safe locations before sunrise. Events like this remind us how small the world is, and how much we value our family, friends and colleagues."- University of Oregon President R.LaRiviere.

This incident is made worse by industrialization and the boon of civilization. A nuclear plant in Japan may be venting toxic waste and there are floating masses burning in the Tsunami tide as they are pushed inland The water is on fire. These problems are outrageous.

The Insurgent stands in solidarity with all the families of students who are hurting and worried. This will be a hard time coming up for recovery and especially for the exchange students who have families in Japan. Take care everyone.

Pro Union Rally outside the Eugene, OR, Hilton.

Insurgent reporter a union rally in solidarity with Wisconsin at the Eugene Hilton. Following a march from the University of Oregon!

"There is major rally at the Eugene Courthouse, NOW"-Steve M.(5:39pm)

With signs saying:
'Wages are too damn low'
'you bet your ass we're the working class'
'Go Democracy!!!'
'we're sick and tired of being sick and tired.'
'Union busting is killing our American dream'
'Ducks for workers'
'We are Wisconsin'

Numbering in the Dozens (plural), with these signs and speeches on a megaphone, the workers called to defend the right to collective bargaining. The crowd has swelled to hundreds! The event was organized by AFSCME and the University Graduate Student Union the GTFF

The Student Insurgent stands in solidarity with the protests around the world for self determination and efforts to make a better life.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Support a General Strike in Wisconsin!

What Do We Face?

Walker's bill, if passed, will strip public-sector unions of the right to collectively bargain regarding all workplace issues other than basic wages. Workers would no longer have a legal say in their pensions, their healthcare plans, workplace safety, or any other pertinent issues. Without collective bargaining, we have no legally-recognized way to influence how we are treated at our jobs. Workers with access to a union have an opportunity to make their workplaces more democratic. Think about how much time we dedicate to work and work-related activities. With so much of our lives spent in undemocratic workplaces, how could we have real democracy in the rest of our lives?

The impact of Walker's bill reaches far beyond unions and public servants. Stripping public workers of their right to bargain affects the rights of everyone who works for a living. This attack on workers' rights will not stop with the public sector or with Wisconsin. These anti-union bills are spreading around the country from Indiana to Ohio to Nebraska in an effort to serve the corporate elite by lowering labor costs and weakening all labor.

What Does Any of This Have to Do With A General Strike & With Wisconsin?

In the recently released prank call by a journalist pretending to be billionaire David Koch, Scott Walker said, “All week there's been 15-30,000 [protesters] a day, but I remind our lawmakers that there's 5.5 million people in this state and just because a bunch of guys who can jump off work because of their union[s]...doesn't mean the rest of your people are with you.” The truth is that these protesters are not “guys who can jump off work” – they are students, activists, union and non-union workers from the public and private sectors, Wisconsin families, and members of the religious community. Additionally, unionized and non-unionized workers both risk job security by taking time to protest. Essentially, Governor Walker doesn't think that the protesters represent the rest of the state. He thinks that the majority of Wisconsin agrees with his attempt to strip workers of basic rights. He is wrong. Despite facing opposition from millions, Walker still won't budge from his position on this issue. It will take something bigger from the unions, and from the working-class as a whole: a general strike.

A general strike will show Walker that millions of people are willing to fight his agenda

A General Strike: The Ultimate Tool of Change

What exactly is a general strike? A general strike is a strike involving workers across multiple trades or industries that involves enough workers to cause serious economic disruption.

In essence, a general strike is the complete and total shutdown of the economy. A general strike can last for a day, a week, or longer depending on the severity of the crisis, the resolve of the strikers, and the extent of public solidarity. During the strike, large numbers of workers in many industries (excluding employees of crucial services, such as emergency/medical) will stop working and no money or labor is exchanged. All decisions regarding the length of the strike, the groups of workers who continue working, and demands of the strikers are decided by a strike committee.

Past victories won by general strikes are:

· Chicago, New York, Cincinnati, and elsewhere, 1886 – First victory in the fight for an eight-hour day

· Toledo, OH, 1934 – First successful unionization of the auto industry.

· San Francsico, CA, 1934 – Unionization of all West Coast ports of the United States.

· Poland, 1980 – Began the process of democratic reforms that led to the end of Soviet control over the country.

· Egypt, 2011 – Brought the 30-year reign of an autocratic despot to an end.

If enough of us act together, we’ll see some serious changes, and quick. That’s the “general” part of a general strike. We’re all divided up by race, religion, gender, and political affiliation. In a general strike, people come together in large numbers across those divisions and unite around our struggles as workers. If enough of us stand together and stop work, Walker’s bill will be defeated – even if it passes! If enough of us are united, WE can decide the outcome.

Who should participate and how

A general strike against Walker would begin the process of rebuilding a strong labor movement in the United States. Since the U.S. plays such an important role in the global economy and world political system, this could also invigorate workers' struggles around the planet. To make it happen will require participation from many people across industries, across unions, and across the country.

Public Workers

The South Central Federation of Labor, a federation of over 97 labor organizations representing 45,000 workers, has endorsed to educate and prepare for a general strike. If your local is part of a different federation or district council, contact their Executive Board and your members and start your preparations for a strike immediately.

Union Members and General Strikes

Trade unions enable large groups of people a powerful, unified voice, from the local and its officers, representatives, stewards, and negotiators up to the level of a union, such as AFSCME. It may be difficult to get your union officials to agree to a general strike. Labor law is set up in the United States to discourage unions from standing together. Your union’s officials will be afraid of possible legal ramifications. They will also be afraid that no other unions will endorse the call or actually carry out the strike. Your union may have contractual agreements that union officers are worried about. Be prepared for these objections. Remind everyone that if the labor movement does not take a stand to stop Scott Walker today, there may not be a labor movement tomorrow. There are risks to building a general strike, but the much bigger risk is that Walker will accomplish his anti-union agenda.

Talk to your co-workers about the general strike. If you are meeting soon, there is a sample resolution to be found at madison.iww.org that you can bring to your local. If you aren’t meeting soon, talk to your coworkers and union stewards about holding an emergency meeting; most local unions have rules that allow for these types of meetings in their bylaws. Help educate your fellow workers by sharing this pamphlet and the news. Form an education and preparation committee to help organize your local.

If it seems that your union is opposing the desires of their rank-and-file to hold a strike, it is possible to act on a general strike without the consent of these leaders, as long as enough rank-and-filers stand together. A strike committee can be formed by a few elected representatives from each participating local who then gather into a larger coordinating body. These representatives should be elected by the rank-and-file members of each local and they should be able to be recalled by a majority vote of the workers they represent at any time. This body would have to hold together when (not if, when) one group is attacked or encouraged to strike out on its own.

If your shop decides not to go out, you can still strike “on the job”, that is, slow down or halt production through clumsiness, ignorance, or “work-to-rule”: following the rules so carefully that nothing gets done.

How the rest of us can prepare

In order to successfully conduct a general strike we must fully prepare ourselves for all possibilities.

The first step is to get as many workers to commit to the strike as possible. This needs to be done beforehand; not the day before the strike, and not after the strike has begun. We need to be able to trust the commitments of other workers, regardless of union affiliation. Talk about the general strike with people at rallies, at work, online, and at home with your friends, family, and neighbors. Ask your community about practical ways that they can aid a potential general strike or pass around the included leaflet to community groups in the area. Consider preparing a phone tree or online contact list to keep your friends, family, and fellow workers connected and prepared for emergencies.

Bring cardboard, markers, sticks, and tape to make picket signs; write protest chants and songs; bring bullhorns from your workplace or home to the street. There is already a support system in the capitol building for hungry and injured protesters, but we need to be prepared to expand these systems to a larger scale. Being on strike is exciting, but it is also difficult and tiring. When a general strike happens, workers will need to push each other to stay resolute, support each other when times are hard, and be able to ask for and accept help when they need it. When you are tired, hand your sign to someone else and get some rest. Protesters at the capitol have created amazing mutual support networks over the past weeks through little more than word-of-mouth, and if we continue to work together these networks can only get stronger.

Why rank and file solidarity is important for a general strike

It is important in a general strike to support other workers regardless of their positions in the workforce (unionized, non-unionized, public or private)-- to build the kind of relationship where an injury to one group of workers is an injury to all. Within our locals & unions, personal rivalries and pettiness can erode unity and the ability to work together for common gains. Groups can be pitted against one another during a general strike―city workers versus workers in more rural or isolated areas, or, as Gov. Walker attempted (but failed) to do, police and fire departments against the rest of the municipal workforce. When one group of workers is pitted against another, the strength the movement is in trouble. In a general strike, rumors about a lack of solidarity and inappropriate acts may be circulated by our governor and anti-worker segments of the media to deliberately demoralize and divide the participating groups. We must make an effort to not believe everything we hear―to go to the source and get facts before reacting.

Solidarity means uniting everyone: union and non-union, native citizens and immigrants, men and women, white and black and brown. A labor movement that turns away any worker isn’t anything but a powerless social club. We must believe all other workers can have a higher standard of living and gain the power and respect they deserve on the workplace. We will need to seek out individuals, organizations and community groups of all colors and creed. Their fight is our fight!

Solidarity makes us stronger and it spreads quickly. People are impressed by it and drawn to learn about and support our causes. Love really is stronger than hate, and many working families throughout labor battles in the past have been inspired by positive support from all corners of the working population. “Workers united will never be defeated,” we chant―for good reason.

Ways to Know When It's Happening

T he efforts towards a general strike are just beginning and the lines of communication we use will emerge as the situation evolves.

For updates, a sample resolution for your local, and more information on the General Strike, visit madison.iww.org

To send statements of solidarity or to ask for help educating your fellow workers or community members about the general strike, contact wigeneralstrike@gmail.com

Published 2011 by the Madison IWW

PO Box 2442, Madison, WI 53703-2442

Wisconsin

The state passed a anti-collective bargaining bill. The Police have shut down the capitol...

"The vote was 53-42 in favor of the bill.
"I applaud all members of the Assembly for showing up, debating the legislation and participating in democracy," Gov. Scott Walker said in a written statement.
State Senate Republicans had approved the amended version Wednesday night, despite the absence of 14 Democratic senators who fled the state to prevent a necessary quorum of 20 votes.
The amended bill stripped the spending components out of the original proposal, enabling lawmakers to pass the measure with fewer votes."-CNN

"Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unveiled billions of dollars worth of cuts to social programs and further tax cuts to the rich today in front of a small crowd of supportive citizens and lawmakers. In Walker’s budget proposal, schools would be prohibited from raising taxes to make up for the $900 million loss of state funding. Medicaid users will pay higher co-pays and deductibles to cover $500 million in cuts to the federal health care program for low-income people. Walker’s proposal will eliminate the rules that allow non-violent prisoners to earn time off of their sentences through good behavior, as well as in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants. Cities and counties will lose, respectively, $60 million and $34 million in state funding. Citizens in the audience were both admiring and respectful.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded the capitol lawn, banging on noisemakers and shouting “Recall Walker!” and “Kill the Bill!” Protestors swarmed the capitol entrance on State Street demanding access to their locked capitol building during the budget address. Next, they marched towards the King St. entrance in order to find the media crews who, protest leaders said, were busy filming a much smaller demonstration. Demonstrators have been demanding entrance to the building ever since 4 p.m. on Sunday when the police first locked the doors. But according to the state’s Department of Administration (DOA) the capitol is open to the public."-Twin Cities IndyMedia.

Meanwhile Unions are calling for a general strike:
"
Fellow Workers and Supporters:

The following motions were passed by the SCFL Monday February 21st:

Motion 1: “The SCFL endorses a statewide general strike, possibly for the day Walker signs his ”Budget Repair Bill,” and requests the Education Committee immediately begin educating affiliates and members on the organization and function of a general strike.”

Motion 2: “The SCFL goes on record as opposing all cuts contained in Walkers ”Budget Repair Bill,” including, but not limited to, curtailed bargaining rights and reduced wages, benefits, pensions, funding for public education and Medicare.”

Please pass supporting motions in your council and organize committees to begin educating affiliates and members on the organization and function of a general strike."-IWW

"Cries of "Shame, Shame, Shame!" filled the Capitol building following Thursday's vote. The bill will soon be delivered to Walker's desk, who is expected to sign the bill into law. Meanwhile, at least one Senate Democrat said he has returned to his home state after spending weeks in Illinois in an effort to prevent the bill's passage. Sen. Jim Holperin said the remaining 13 absentee Democrats will be returning individually between Thursday and Saturday. But Democrat Sen. Kathleen Vinehout quickly disputed that assertion, claiming absentee lawmakers have remained in Illinois. She added that she did not know where Holperin was. The weeks-long standoff reached a fever pitch Thursday after a spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the leader received two death threats, which detailed the ways in which the writer claimed Fitzgerald would be killed. Both threats were e-mailed from the same address, said the majority leader's spokesman, Andrew Welhouse."-CNN

This blow is a cry for class war. You, Walker, take our rights to live healthy and fulfilling lives, can we take away yours? Our rights of economic justice and equality, if you take them there will be a specter haunting America. You, Walker will have brought it.

The Student Insurgent stands in solidarity with efforts for economic justice. Solidarity Forever.



thanks to:
http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/03/10/wisconsin.budget/index.html

http://twincities.indymedia.org/2011/mar/police-shut-down-wi-capitol-walker-proposes-massive-upward-redistribution-state’s-wealth-0

http://www.iww.org/en/node/5352

Keeping the flame of resistance

This Picture was sent to the Insurgent, keeping resistance alive.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Forest Service's Own Scientists Question the Relevance of Contested Trapper Timber Sale

Cascadia Wildlands Reports:

"Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild are currently in litigation over the legality of the Trapper timber sale on the McKenzie Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. The timber sale was originally planned in 1998 as an experiment and proposes to aggressively log 150 acres of mature and old-growth forests above Blue River. New information not considered in the environmental review, including information about imperiled species, compelled the lawsuit. The plaintiffs are being represented by attorneys at Cascadia Wildlands and Western Environmental Law Center.

While reviewing court documents in the case, plaintiffs discovered a memo from prominent scientists at the Pacific Northwest Research Station to the Forest Service questioning the relevance of the project today. From the memo: "Research investment in learning from the Trapper units has been minimal. Therefore, we do not see substantial lost research investment or research opportunity by foregoing the Trapper units."

The Eugene Weekly covered this story in its most recent edition and disclosed more details of the memo. Efforts by plaintiffs and the Forest Service to encourage Seneca Jones Timber Co., the purchaser of Trapper, to pursue less controversial timber volume in lieu of logging the timber sale has been unsuccessful. Please take action today encouraging the Forest Service to cancel the reckless timber sale."

The Student Insurgent stands in Solidarity with efforts to defend out wildland areas!

Checkout this link to Cascadia Wildlands website for more info:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5868/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4109

ASUO President's Veto Upheld, OSPIRG chapter to be RE-Funded

The President of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO), Vetoed the ACFC Budget (Athletic & Contracts Finance COmmittee, a budget committee of the Student Senate)- a budget that did not include funding for the OSPIRG- the Student run, Public Interest Research Group.

The vote was narrow and the discussion involved threats of resignation. But OSPIRG will receive an additional hearing, almost guaranteed to receive funding. While the ACFC budget currently only contains $5,000, the committee plans to renegotiate a contract with local transportation bureau (Lane Transit District, LTD) and possibly other contracts.

OSPIRG has been a chapter without funding for three years and has continued to function with the aid of other state chapters. This funding will go towards a chapter organizer and mostly towards a office staff in Salem who advocates on public policy issues and a federal staff who lobbies in D.C.

It is worthy of note that the University of Oregon chapter of OSPIRG, was the the original chapter of the PIRGs: Public Interest Research Groups. Which operate in many states.

The stated reason for dismissal three years ago was 'repeated services'. There was serious conservative pressure against the group; but the funds which are used (student funds) cannot be allocated based on the content of action, only upon whether services were rendered or not- a 'viewpoint neutral' decision. This question of service was ignored, in the original decision, but viewpoint neutrality must govern the dispersal of student funds.

The PIRGs have been accused of being reformists, hierarchical and even oppressive. These claims are of merit in deciding to participate in such a group, but they have no bearing upon funding.

The Insurgent Stands in Solidarity with efforts of political action, generally.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Peace, Feast and Walk- a Community Event

"Please join our efforts to make Eugene/Springfield a city of human security, a 'City of Peace' Walking together for a just world without war."

Saturday March 19th, 1130am -1pm, gather at First Christian Church(1166 Oak St., Eugene).
Chili provided by Church WOmen United, Additional Food Welcomed.

"Peace is more than simply the absence of war; it's the presence of Justice"- Martin Luther King

Sponsored by:
The Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), Beyond War, Code Pink, Community Mediation Services, First Christian Church, Food for Lane County, Peace Alliance, Permaculture Guild, Peace Village, and Women's Action for a New Direction (WAND).

The Student Insurgent Stands in Solidarity with efforts to build a more peaceful world full of understanding.

Report back from a farm in Mexico

The explosions call the Catholic pilgrims, the humans call the blood
sucking bugs. Circling, coming from all directions. The soul, the red
life stream. We love you.

Apparently the name of this eco-village is actually Ohmsua. Their
sponsor is Agrinac.

Things I’ve done on Ohmsua so far:
Our meals were so irregular I took initiative to cook, and have cooked
lunch and comida and sometimes dinner for five to seven people each
day (on a fire, usually beans, oatmeal, eggs, and we always have
tortillas (12 for 10 pesos ($1 USD)! ). Starting to get into more
complex foods like falafel with garbonzo beans we grind and soy milk.
I like cooking now, and will probably continue experimenting with
oddities when I return. Have to figure out how to produce my own oil
though… Let’s cook!
Dug and filled a trench.
Collected limo (organic matter that has been removed from a stream).
Created plans or done math for a stair case, making nopal paint, and a
simple refrigeration system. The stair case will be steep with very
tall steps, which seems silly to me. The nopal paint dries white and
is made by mixing nopal cactus with salt, lime, and water. I know of
two simple refrigeration systems. One uses two clay pots with one
fitting into the other. Wetted sand is put in between the two pots and
a wetted towel to cover it all which works as evaporative cooling. The
other involves digging a hole (the deeper the better) and lining the
bottom with cement and the sides with bricks. You have two lids to
create an upper chamber to trap heat. The temperature below ground
remains fairly constant not too far down, so it works well.
Painted with nopal paint.
Cut pieces of plastic for a dome that probably will not get done.
Seen glowing worms (I didn’t know where else to say this).
The work here is usually much more relaxed that at El Chuzo, but I
feel like I have much less free time and less energy. There is no
electricity so it is candle or a campfire at night (I don’t like using
my flashlights).
Jack wants to do many things with the place. He wants to plant
hundreds of roses and dry them and press the oil. He has begun raising
rabbits. First for the children, because children love their softness.
Second for the poop and urine. Third for their fur. Fourth for their
fur. In the natural foods store he wants to set up a system of food
trading.

This place is pretty negative, and it has gotten to both of us. The
owner Jack uses generalized terms to refer to us. The white people or
kids. He is stupid, and has even told me one plant can be eaten raw
which I researched and discovered can actually cause death if eaten
raw (poke weed). One of the young workers, Chucho, uses passive
aggressive language and makes fun of us like we’re in some
competition. I’m hoping to put a bad review on their WWOOF page so
WWOOFers don’t come here, but then, it’s a really cool project that I
think should be supported. The people here are just assholes. It’s
also hard to sleep when there is a chance of rain because I didn’t
bring tent poles to reduce the weight of my pack so the netting is in
my face and moisture accumulates. The bug bites start itching at
random hours too. Not to mention the explosions and rooster that start
sounding off at six in the morning…

I’ve hit my first roadblock here with everyone. It’s so apparent I
have some growing up to do and things to learn, but so badly want to
be back in Oregon reading a book or doing something mindless on the
computer. I have to confront this though. Ignoring it and putting it
away is what I’ve always done, but can’t now.
Friendship confuses me, but that’s why I’m here. Love and hatred. God
and the Devil.
If we can make it through this little bit of time, the next farm we
plan on going to sounds amazing, and the town is known for their
ice-cream! No more tents. Hot showers. Probably more bugs, but
whatever. We may just end up going to Chalma and finding a place in
the woods we can camp out until we can go to the next farm, but that
raises its own difficulties…

I want fiction so badly. I didn’t realize how important it was to me,
even when I went on my media and art fast for five months two years
ago. I am going to binge on books and games when I get back. My only
way of escaping this place is by drawing pictures, writing little
stories to go along with them, and thinking of all the stories that
I’ve heard in my life. Unfortunately my memory is not so good, but
it’s enough.
That said I did bring one book, The Little Prince. I haven’t read it
yet on this journey, but I keep seeing and hearing little relics that
remind me of it… The Little Prince and the Fox on a key chain at El
Chuzo… Hearing about a volcano… Seeing thousands of birds flying
overhead… Going through the desert… The Snake… Water… Friendship. It’s
one of those last resorts.

It was supposed to rain, but we only saw flashes of lightning every
few seconds in the distance. We’ve been dry for the past month and a
half and have been through 10 degrees Farhenheit to a high of about 90
degrees Farhenheit.

Since I left about five or six weeks ago (wow, it seems so much
longer), I’ve spent less than $300 USD. It is very cheap to travel
through Mexico hitchhiking or not, but unfortunately very difficult to
recycle things. I’ve had to throw away a lot. Most packaging has a
trashcan symbol and a recycling symbol, though it doesn’t seem like
too many people recycle here.

Sage Lisky
Corespondent, Student Insurgent.

A Communiqué from 'Radical Women'

"One hundred years ago, female workers and socialists first observed a holiday that honored courageous battles by and for working women: International Women's Day. Then, as now, the questions of women and revolution were tightly interwoven. Initially marking heroic strikes by New York textile workers, March 8 has been the occasion of female-sparked revolutions and uprisings from Russia 1917 to the present day.

Sisters rise up globally, around the world, women are part of grassroots revolts against poverty and fear. In numerous Arab nations, women are instrumental to electrifying mobilizations against oppressive regimes. They have led marches, cared for the injured, defended other women, and stood their ground against government thugs. Strikes and rallies led by female workers in Egypt were pivotal to toppling the despised Mubarak regime.

These struggles are far from over. Feminists must stand in solidarity with our sisters by opposing threatened U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and North Africa, especially if the Pentagon tries to justify occupation by manufacturing panic about "defending women" against Islamic fundamentalism.

In the United States, "union maids" are key to mass actions and occupations by public workers defending living standards and collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. As a legacy of affirmative action, the majority of public workers are women and people of color-including teachers, nurses, office staff, and social workers. National Nurses United and others are boldly standing firm against concessions. They ask why the poor and workers are expected to "share the sacrifice" while last year Corporate America raked in record profits and Wall Street paid average bonuses of $128,530. Instead of slashing social services and workers' pay and benefits, elected officials should balance government budgets by ending give-aways to big business and the rich.

In all these battles for justice, women are proving themselves militant fighters for liberation. This is no surprise. The worldwide exploitation of women has created a specially oppressed sex whose potential for revolt and capacity for leadership is second to none. Their contributions and particular needs must be recognized.

All the way to liberation
In the past, some revolutionary movements have failed when they refused to deal with women's oppression or take on capitalism. Under the guise of "unity," women in El Salvador, Guatemala and Iran were told they must wait until some distant point in the future for an end to their oppression. The chance for progress passed and conservative regimes consolidated their hold. To avoid a repeat of this history, Hoda Badran, Egyptian activist and chairperson for the Cairo-based Alliance for Arab Women, says, "We have to demand our rights. I myself am optimistic but we cannot just sit around and do nothing."

Social and economic revolution are needed to win female liberation because the insatiable capitalist thirst for profits relies on inequality and the unpaid and underpaid labor of the female sex. Women, and their allies among queers, immigrants, youth and the entire working class, have the need and the strength to build a planned, collective socialist economy to feed, house, educate, and nurture all humanity.

Celebrate the revolutionary leadership of women by getting involved with Radical Women. Check us out at http://www.radicalwomen.org/. There you can learn more about our socialist feminist ideas and organizing efforts, and order a copy of The Radical Women Manifesto.

Viva the revolutionary force of women!"

The Student Insurgent offers the only possible response to such a call- VIVA!

Libertarian Mixed Feelings on Wisconsin

From C4SS- Center for a Stateless Society:

Anarchists want to abolish the state, with all functions now performed by the state being performed by voluntary associations. So naturally, we object to “public employment” — the funding of services through compulsory taxation — in principle.

The question is, how do we get there from here?

Some things currently done by tax-funded government employees are legitimate functions that would still exist in some form in a stateless society. Mail delivery is one example. Education would no doubt be different in many ways in a free society — no compulsory attendance laws, and no processing of human resources for the corporate state. But teaching children is an important function in any society, and much that public school teachers do now would probably carry over without much change. Even some of what police do, like stopping violent crime and apprehending aggressors, would still be necessary — but without laws against victimless crimes, or any of the thuggish behavior regularly chronicled by people like Radley Balko.

Many government employees perform such functions in an environment where the state has coopted the function and crowded out alternative ways of organizing it.

If we view the state as preempting necessary functions, and interposing itself between the providers of services and recipients of those services, our ultimate goal is to devolve such functions into the realm of voluntary association. Removing the parasitic middlemen, who have inserted themselves into the relationship between service providers and recipients, is an important part of this process. Anything that strengthens the hand of public sector workers against the commanding heights of the state, also weakens the hand of the state and its plutocratic allies.

It’s hardly obvious, despite Scott Walker’s rhetoric, that reduced bargaining power for public sector workers will translate directly into reduced taxes. The upper management of government bureaucracies typically justify cuts in pay, benefits and staffing levels for those actually providing services in the name of saving the taxpayers’ money — and then more than eats up any savings with management featherbedding, junkets and “motivational retreats” for themselves. To the extent that public sector unions fight attempts at downsizings, speedups and cutting corners, they may actually be defending the interests of service recipients at the expense of their bureaucratic bosses.

In the case of public schools, anything that strengthens the hands of school administrators and education departments at the expense of the autonomy of rank-and-file teachers, also serves to impose the authoritarian educationist dogma on all of them. The biggest victims of such policies are frequently, not incompetents and illiterates, but those who teach their pupils to question authority and undermine the official ideology of the corporate state. The best teachers I ever had in the belly of the beast, the ones who led me furthest astray from orthodoxy, spent most of their time looking over their shoulders. If anything’s guaranteed to weed out such mavericks, it’s removing their job security and turning them into at-will employees at the mercy of idjut principals and superintendents.

The same is true of other taxpayer-funded services. It’s often the production workers who fight hardest against senior management attempts to downsize service staff and skim off the savings for themselves. An at-will worker with no union contract is a lot less likely to stick her neck out as a public advocate against the management of a post office or VA hospital.

And frankly, Walker’s attempts to depict public sector workers as privileged leeches for their pay and benefit levels rankles me more than a little, given my own status as a blue collar worker. The compensation and bargaining power enjoyed by public sector workers were once shared by a major share of private sector workers, before people of Walker’s ilk busted private sector unions a generation ago.

So while I object to government employment in principle, I’m uneasy about the standard libertarian framing of the issue with rank-and-file government workers as the villains and Walker as the good guy. If it’s a mistake to defend government workers as such, the people who rally behind Wisconsin’s state employees at least do so on sound instincts.

They perceive, rightly, that Walker wants to break public sector unions not out of any principled attachment to free markets, but because they’re unions. Unions, such as they are, are one of the few remaining vestiges of a middle class way of life, in an age of stagnant real wages and skyrocketing CEO wages and corporate profits. Walker, like other establishment Republicans, serves the interests of an unholy alliance between big government and big business. If you want to know which master’s voice he obeys, just pay attention to who he takes calls from.

Our goal is to replace the present system with a different way of doing things — not to vilify those caught up in it.

Noam Chompsky to come to the University of Oregon.

World-renowned linguist, philosopher, political theorist and activist Noam Chomsky to deliver the Collins Distinguished Lecture, “Global Hegemony: The Facts, The Images”

at 7:00 pm, April 20th, 2011 in Columbia Hall 150 @ The University of Oregon in Eugene.

Sponsored by the English Department at the University of Oregon, this event is free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars now for what is sure to be a popular event!

The Student Insurgent encourages attendance at this event.

US Uncut and the protests against Bank of America

Eugene formed a chapter of US Uncut- the movement to call in corporate taxes. No more corporate tax cuts, make them pay.

Protests are starting against Bank of America's tax evasion and are happening in many areas. Bank of America paid $0 in federal income tax in 2009 but received $45 million in tax payer bailouts and a $1.2 billion tax benefit from the federal government. Actions have been happening all across America and the UK.

The Eugene chapter held a protest Saturday February 26th, holding a picket line against the bank, which takes money, exploits the public and is a tax-dodger.

Saturday March 12 at the Bank of America branch on 11th and Pearl, from 9am-2pm.

Come join in, thanks for your support.

The Student Insurgent stands in solidarity with the movement to demand corporate taxes and paying their share to pay for the services they and all their employees use (like roads for instance).